We’ve uncovered the treasure in Psalm 91: 5-6. The Biblical text says,
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
Here is a summary of the interpretation through our Hebrew lenses.
When we dwell in Him, we are not afraid, because God, the supreme head over all, extends His right hand of power in our behalf.
Terror comes with spoken words, threatening separation and lack of protection, tempting us to feel helpless, like an impoverished man.
Night is when the enemy comes to goad us, leading us away from the light and the strength of God’s right hand of power. He wants to put us in the dark.
Arrows then in Psalm 91, are words spoken—shot like arrows, that fence us in separating us from the truth, from righteousness. Rather than foster humility, they stir us to respond in kind.
The enemy loves to show off (Flieth). He sees an opportunity to attack and tries to nail and connect us under his government with his fearful ways. And words are one of his main tools.
By day, the words often come from someone we value and they pierce deeper. Their words are powerful and pin us down trying to convince us that they know more than we do. They see truth and the convince us that truth remains hidden to us. We have somehow missed it.
This is deception in its highest form, because it speaks to our soul (mind, will, and emotions—it touches how we feel about ourselves, God and others.)
Pestilence is The enemy walking right through our door and speaking as if he is the head of the house. If we listen, we feel judged and proven insufficient and inadequate. Those emotions cause us to withdraw bringing division from those we love most, starting with God Himself.
If we aren’t eating daily from God’s word and receiving His truth as our identity and lifestyle, we’ve stepped out of the Secret Place and opened the door for the enemy’s visit. He doesn’t even have to knock. The door is standing wide open and he can come and go as he wills. He cannot come into the Secret Place because darkness cannot abide in the LIGHT.
Walks: We are to be led by the revelation of God’s Word and surrender in obedience to Him. But the enemy uses the Word as a goad to shame and humiliate or he twists the word. If we listen to him, we often surrender to his ploys and he covers us and puts us in bondage.
In the Darkness, the enemy always portrays himself as a powerful leader. He attacks by speaking his words. Portraying himself as an authority, he goads us and sometimes even uses God’s word to attack us, blinding us to the Father’s love.
We are God’s chosen ones, set apart to represent Him. In the time that He brings judgment and Destruction on the wicked, He will surround us and divide us out for safety in His house. He will be our dwelling place.
God doesn’t waste any opportunity. The Fire of God to consume His enemies, He secures them and brings them to the Gate or Door giving them the opportunity to see the One who already overcame them at the cross.
God exercises His righteousness at Noonday pursuing the enemy and calling him to give attention to His Word. He makes it clear that He is the head and puts an end to human reasoning that lacks obedience.
As you can see, these are two powerful verses of truth. You may want to camp out here a few days and fully digest it. We have nothing to fear from the enemy. God surpasses him on every level and God has made a covenant with us that He will not break.
The next post talks about a thousand falling as we stand in Him.