I love this picture. Just as this gull is soaring in the heavens, we too are meant to soar above all the enemy’s schemes without fear.
This part of the verse shouts with praise to our God.
“You shall not be afraid — from the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”
Even though I’ve studied this off and on for years, Holy Spirit pulled back the curtain a little more and with it 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 is Strong’s #6986 and it looks like this: It is defined as: to cut off, ruin, destroying or destruction. While destruction is a fearful thing, David wrote that we will not be afraid of destruction that lays waste at noonday. He was pointing to the destruction of the wicked by God’s judgment and the preservation of the righteous.
Let’s see if there is more in the letters:
=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
= Tet 9 = Judgment. Means: Choice, Basket, Snake, Surround or Twist
= Bet 2 = Divide or Division Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place (Temple)
Whenever you see the letter Qof – holiness is involved.
DESTRUCTION means: Because we are God’s chosen ones, set apart to represent Him (Qof), in the time that He brings Judgment (Tet) on the wicked, He will Surround us and Divide us out for safety in His House. He will be our Dwelling Place.(Bet)
Okay, let’s take a look at WASTE.
Waste is Strong’s #7736 and it looks like this: is a primitive root and it is defined as to devastate, waste, or rendering something useless.
= Shin 300 = Victory of good over evil, Holy Spirit. Means: Teeth, Fire, the Fire of God to consume all His enemies, Devour, Destroy, Something Sharp.
= Vav 6 = Man. Means: Nail or Hook, to Secure, Pin together, Connect -Yeshua
= Dallet 4 = Earth or creation. Means: Door, Gate, Impoverished man, to come from indicates a pathway, a place of decision, or an entrance to life or death.
WASTE: The Fire of God to consume His enemies (Shin), to Secure them (Vav), and bring them to a place of decision. (Dallet)
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 and determine guilt or innocence and the sentence was decided.
Finally, here is NOONDAY:
Noonday is Strong’s #6672 and it looks like this: It means noon or midday.
= Tzade 90 = Humility. Picture-Fishhook. Means: Righteousness, to pull toward, Desire, Trouble, Harvest
= Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention – (at the end of a word: comes from letter before)
= Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience. (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)
NOONDAY: God exercises His Righteousness (Tzade) in pursuing the enemy and calling him to Attention to His Word (Hey). He makes it clear that He is the Head and puts an end to Human Reasoning that lacks Obedience (Resh).
Rather than Journal notes, I am going to share with you something we experienced several years ago. There was a terrible fire when we were living 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. He also had several big metal freight containers and his little cabin. He built the cabin with fireproof 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. The only things left were the steel frames. The fire got so hot that the locks on the metal freight containers melted. My brother-in-law was not able to open them. He also had a large bulldozer on the property they were using to clear the Manzanita. All the electrical systems and hoses melted.
Twenty feet away stands my husband’s cabin untouched. Every tree around burned but the 3 oaks around his cabin. Mike had a cement mixer sitting in the middle of my brother-in-law’s things. (see in the picture below) When he investigated later, there is not even a scorch mark on it and the tires are all intact.
Explanation: As far as we can figure out: my brother-in-law is a good man. He says he is a believer. But the fruit in his life, at that time, didn’t reflect that. My husband is a believer and he did his best to follow the Lord.
During the fire, my husband commanded angels to watch over his cabin. They were not able to get to the site until a week or more after the fire. But the result of my husband’s covenant with God, is evident in the pictures below.
I do not think that this was God’s act of judgment on the wicked. It was a sign of His faithfulness to keep covenant with us and protect our property in the midst of destruction. Everything on the 40 acres burned except the two hundred foot circle around my husband’s cabin.
My brother-in-law’s trailer is here. And my husband’s cement mixer here.
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.
Let’s see the treasure we found in verse 5 and 6.
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As a student of Hebrew, I thank you for the added touches with Hebrew letters! As a mother, I thank you for what I learned about God’s protection! I am memorizing Psalm 91 and speak it daily over my family. During the Covid-19 pandemic this Psalm has been comforting to me, and has encouraged my faith in the Lord. Your remarks are indeed a blessing. Shalom, Barb
Thank you Barbara for your kind words. I hope to get all of Psalm 91 posts into book form at some point. Happy that you were able to glean from these posts.
Thankyou Mary Ellen! I have been memorizing Psalm 91 and I actually typed in to study this part of the scripture and your blog came up! Wow, God is so amazing how he watches over us and helps in ways we can’t do on our own; and one of them was through you! He knew I needed to read your kind words! What a true testimony from the California fire and how His covenant covers us! Blessings to you! Lana
Thank you Lana. Yes, His covenant is everlasting and His covering is ever with us as we trust in Him. That fire miracle has fueled our faith and many others. God bless you in your studies.
I have been going through this experience. For 6 months I have been searching for anyone who understands Psalm 91. If your interpretation is right, which I hope it is. I have been going through this destruction and attack. The verse is describing an actual demonic attack. It started exactly at noontime, when I felt a spirit swirl around my heart 3 times, then my forehead 3 times. Im trying to figure out God’s plan and Purpose for it all, Maybe sharing my story is what I’m supposed to do.
Andrew, are you saying the attack was the spirit swirl or that God caused the spirit swirl? God is doing a lot of housecleaning right now in His children, so, it very well may have been God. Let me know. And if it was, He may not tell you right away. 🙂