“Treasures from the Secret Place”
“Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
…and from the noisome pestilence,”
Noisome pestilence? Call the exterminator.
In Missouri, during certain summer seasons, the Cicadas are so noisy, it is difficult to sleep. Between them, the crickets, and tree frogs…it is a cacophony of sound. Closing the windows does not drown it out. The noise is especially brutal if you are camping.
When I first read this verse, cicadas are what came to mind. Goodness, I could relate. However, when I picked up my mining gear, my Strong’s concordance, I found it had little to do with cicadas or crickets or any other insect. Let’s see what David was talking about.
- eagerly coveting and rushing upon
- mischievous (thing)
- perverse thing
- very wickedness
1942 hawwah: A feminine noun meaning destruction, desire. Eagerly coveting and rushing upon. This word usually describes an event associated with calamity, evil, or destruction. It can speak of the wickedness of evildoers (Ps 5:9[:10 ]); the devastation a foolish son could cause his father (Prov 19:13); the destruction intended by the tongue (Ps 38:12[:13 ]; 52:2[:4 ]); the calamities of life which require refuge in God for protection (Ps 57:1[:2 ]). In several places, this word depicts the evil desires of the wicked that resulted in destruction: God would cast away the wicked person’s desire (Prov 10:3); the evil desires of transgressors would be their downfall (Prov 11:6); and destruction awaited the ones who trust in their own desires (Ps 52:7[:9 ]).
Noisome: Hey not only means Revelation in a good sense but like the picture of the man with the uplifted hands…in a negative sense the enemy is jumping up and down with arms waving – “HEY, you are going the wrong way. Let me show you some ‘truth.’ Hey—look at me!” If we look and listen to his ranting, we are Hooked and Nailed into his domain instead of the Lord’s.
Pestilence—Get ready for an interesting find.
- to speak
- (in a destructive sense) to subdue
Pestilence: <1696> dabar (daw-bar’); a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), TO SPEAK; to subdue: KJV – answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use [entreaties], utter.
A verb meaning to speak, to say. God told Moses to tell Pharaoh what He said (Ex 6:29). It can mean to promise (Deut 1:11). When used with the word song, it can mean to sing or chant (Judg 5:12). The word can also mean think, as when Solomon spoke in his heart (Eccl 2:15). In Jeremiah, it means to pronounce judgment (Jer 1:16). This verb also refers to speaking about or against someone (Mal 3:13) or someone speaking to someone else (Mal 3:16).
= Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, poverty of the Spirit results. Picture: the Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience
Pestilence: How often the enemy enters the Door of our Home when we are already feeling weary or down on ourselves or upset with someone else and he Speaks judgment, unbelief, or stirs strife that causes us to feel Insufficient and question if God really is in charge. Those emotions bring division in our relationship with God and those we love most.
I was surprised when I took these two words together—“noisome pestilence” with their definitions. Initially “noisome pestilence,” looked like a plague of locusts eating my garden or ants invading my pantry. Instead the definitions indicated that it was a storm of words used by the enemy to subdue us or turn us away from faith, away from love, away from the peace and security we find in the secret place.
Have you ever been going along, minding your own business, fully enjoying God’s presence and walking in His will, only to be suddenly attacked by someone spouting vicious lies about you or accusations that have no merit? Or possibly the attack comes in the form of inner dialogue that causes you to question, “Did God really say?”, shaking your faith in His promises? Any of these or a thousand others can cause us to pause from our rest and turn our eyes on something other than the love and faithfulness of our Self-Existent, Supreme, Almighty God. Yet, David is saying that if we establish ourselves in the secret place, God will deliver us from this blow hard sneaky deceiver.
Noisome Pestilence can come from the outside or the inside:
Proverbs 6:2 You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth.
Proverbs 18:7 A [self-confident] fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to himself.
Jeremiah 9:8 Their tongue is a murderous arrow; it speaks deceitfully; one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he lays snares and waits in ambush for him.
In November 2005, God showed me a critical spirit at work in my life toward myself and others. That the critical spirit was an enemy to God’s purpose in my life. Repenting and turning to God for His help I heard:
“You are seeing this as an enemy to be dealt with. You have power over the enemy with My Word. Here is the word to speak to that noisome pestilence, ‘Go!! In the name of Jesus!!’ I want purity in the inward parts.”
It is no accident that I’d been singing again, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.”
“I made your mouth and I made your heart. I know how to correct, change, and heal both. This thing permeates your whole life and it’s kept you from My purposes many times.
Are you willing to deal with it now? Are you willing to pay the price to see it forever removed? Just say yes, and we will begin.”
“Lord, I feel like I’m giving you permission to do heart surgery without anesthetic.”
“Worship will be your anesthetic. I will never leave you.”
“I surrender Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes! Yes, Lord! Amen! (Godly government for my soul.)
I surrender to Your plan. I’m trading my endless sorrow over all of this to You. I’m laying it down for the JOY of the LORD! Let’s get started.”
I’d love to say that the critical spirit no longer plagues me, but he still shows up periodically to see if I mean business. I have the perfect repellent…repentance and the name of Jesus.
In this chapter, we’ve discovered two more benefits of living in the secret place. God will deliver us from the hidden traps of the enemy and He will deliver us from the storm of words that often come to destroy our faith or activate our anger and self-will. He knows that these things are part of everyday living as a believer, yet, He’s put in place all that we need to overcome and live a LIFE FULLY SURRENDERED TO HIM. He is the answer to every obstacle the enemy throws in our path. He is our Deliverer!
Father, how I thank You for daily delivering me from the traps of the enemy. I thank You for Your ability and willingness to help me face every attack to my faith and trust in You. Lord, truly “You are able to give me strength for all things. It is You who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through You Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Your sufficiency.” (Philippians 4:13 AMP paraphrased) You are my Deliverer, my Enabler, and my Lord. Amen