I love this part of the verse. It shouts with praise to our Father. Even though I’ve studied this off and on for years, Holy Spirit pulled back the curtain a little more today and with it He brought a big deposit of trust. Previously what I saw was God’s protection when the enemy came to take me out. However, that is not what is going on here. Let’s take a look.
Going back to verse 5, “You shall not be afraid of:
• The terror by night
• The arrow that flies by day
• Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness
• NOR of the destruction that lays waste at noonday
So we can see, it is all about things NOT to be afraid of. Let’s dig in a little deeper.
Destruction 6986 : A masculine noun meaning destruction. God is always connected with this concept of destruction. It seems ironic that in two passages, God was the source of the destruction (Deut 32:24; Isa 28:2), while in another passage, He was the salvation from the destruction (Ps 91:6). On further reflection, though, it becomes evident that God is the source of this destruction, which was a means of divine retribution. The difference is that in Deuteronomy and Isaiah, God was brought His judgment on the wicked, but in Psalms, God preserved the righteous in the midst of His judgment on the wicked. The specific nature of the destruction is flexible. In each of the passages, it is set in a different context and is parallel with a different word: rešep (7566), meaning fire (Deut 32:24); deber (1698), meaning plague or pestilence (Ps 91:6); and mayim (4325), meaning water (Isa 28:2).
= Qof 100 = Election of God’s chosen ones, set apart as holy. Means: Holiness, Consecrated, Divide, sun on horizon, Back of the Head, Make a Complete Circle, End of a Cycle, Final, Behind, Dome
Whenever you see the letter Qof – holiness is involved. So what does destruction have to do with holiness? Well, this is only one of three times this word is used in the Bible. Notice in the Strong’s definition it says:
God was the source of the destruction in (Deut 32:24; Isa 28:2)
He was the salvation from the destruction in (Ps 91:6). On further reflection, though, it becomes evident that God is the source of this destruction, which was a means of divine retribution. The difference is that in Deuteronomy and Isaiah, God brought His judgment on the wicked, but in Psalms, God preserved the righteous in the midst of His judgment on the wicked.
With all of this in mind we can say:
DESTRUCTION means: Because we are God’s chosen ones, Set Apart to represent Him, in the time that He brings Judgment on the wicked, He will Surround us and Divide us out for safety in His House. He will be our Dwelling Place.
Okay, let’s take a look at waste.
WASTE: The Fire of God to consume His enemies, to Secure them, and bring them to the Gate or Door
In case you do not know, the gate of any middle eastern city was the place where people were judged for crimes they committed. The elders would sit at the gate (Deuteronomy 22:13-21; Ruth 4:7-12) and determine guilt or innocence and sentence was meted.
Finally, here is noonday:
Noonday 6672 sohar: A masculine noun meaning noon, midday. At noon is bassoh¯rayim (Gen 43:16,25); It indicates noon as a time of prayer (Ps 55:17[:18 ]). With preceding, it means at noonday, in broad daylight (Isa 16:3). An afternoon nap, lying down in the afternoon, is a time of rest, a siesta (2 Sam 4:5). It is used figuratively as a time of blessing, joy, happiness (Isa 58:10).
= Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, poverty of the Spirit results. Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience
NOONDAY: God exercises His Righteousness in pursuing the enemy and calling him to Attention to His Word. He makes it clear that He is the Head and puts an end to Human Reasoning that lacks Obedience.
Rather than Journal notes, I am going to share with you something we just experienced last month. We had a terrible fire here in California. Over 70,000 acres burned and my husband and his brother have a 40 acre piece of property in the middle of the burn area. Both of them built small ‘guy’ cabins to camp out in during deer season and such.
My brother in law is a contractor and had several of his hauling trailers on the property, several big metal freight containers and his little cabin built with fire proof cement shingles and roofing. My husband built his ‘cabin’ about 25 feet away, but used all plywood and lumber.
The fire completely turned my brother-in-law’s cabin to ash. The tires melted on the hauling trailers and all the wood framing burned. All that is left are the steel frames. The fire got so hot that the locks on the metal freight containers melted and my brother-in-law is not able to open them. He also had a large bulldozer on the property they were using to clear the Manzanita. All of the electrical system and hoses melted.
Twenty feet away stands my husband’s cabin untouched. Every tree around is burned but the 3 oaks around his cabin are not. He even had some of his equipment sitting in the middle of my brother-in-laws things, and there is not even a scorch mark on them and the tires are all intact.
Explanation, as far as we can figure out: my brother-in-law is a good man but he is not following the Lord and even though he says he is a believer, he is not living like one. My husband is a believer and he is doing his best to follow the Lord.
They were not able to get to the site until days after it happened, but during the fire, my husband commanded angels to watch over his cabin. The result of those prayers and the covenant my husband has with the Father, you can see for yourselves the outcome.
I do not think that this was God’s act of judgment on the wicked, but it is definitely a sign of His faithfulness to keep covenant with us and protect us in the midst of destruction. Everything on the 40 acres burned except the two hundred foot circle around my husband’s cabin.
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
In these times of uncertainty and threat, we have mighty promises to hang on to out of this psalm. God is Faithful and we can trust in Him to protect us.