Treasures from Psalm 91:7-8
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
These two verses show the culmination of what God accomplishes, when we trust in the Lord and permanently move into who we are IN Him.
To begin with we discovered that the words, ‘a thousand,’ can be a definite number, but it can also refer to just a large number or an extended family or clan. Often times it is our extended family members or our peers who the enemy uses to lob attacks on us with their words.
God is saying, if we will trust Him and willingly obey what He tells us to do He will restore order. God will speak in His authority, bringing those who have contended with us to a place of humility, helping them to see that they are impoverished men.
Then again, ‘ten thousand,’ is not necessarily a definite number, but countless numbers of people will fall at our right hand. Not only will our peers and family be humbled, but also others, some who may not even know us but have picked up rumors or other people’s offenses against us.
Wherever scripture indicates the ‘right hand,’ it is referring to God’s supernatural power and strength vs. our own power (left hand). In this case we can say that those who have been goading us with their words, will end up humbled in God’s right hand of power. God’s heart is not to kill them but to reach out in compassion. 2 Peter 3:9 says: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
As they are in God’s right hand, they will be unable to take action or retaliate against us because God will use His fiery zeal to hold them in check. God does this for our benefit but also for theirs. It keeps them from entering into more sin and judgment.
When the battle is completed, we will see the result of God’s powerful hand that took action on our enemies.
To ‘behold’ in verse 8 means that we will see life restored to God’s house through the judgment of God’s choosing, and we will have a front row seat to see what takes place in the lives of those who chose to follow the enemy.
The ability to truly see comes from our Head, God. Our own head is often skewed with human reasoning. When we see through His eyes, we receive revelation of His power at work in our lives.
We will see the destruction of the false ‘authority’ who was goading us with his words and actions and God will reveal His hidden truth. The lies will be uncovered. We will see the ultimate victory over evil and restitution made.
The wicked are those who have goaded us with their lies and evil deeds trying to draw us into their camp.
I feel prompted to add, that we may not see the result until the end of time. In the mean time, we need to pray for those who spitefully use us. Here is Jesus’ counsel:
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
May we all be found faithful at His coming.