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:
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: 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:
= 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.
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.