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With New Testament Eyes: 62 - The Victory of the Messiah

By Henry Mahan

      Psalm 91

      Many believe this Psalm was written by Moses because the Psalm preceding it is credited to him. Others believe that David is the author and the person spoken of is Solomon, his son. But this Psalm certainly speaks of the Messiah and contains promises of protection and safety to him, as man, from diseases, evil spirits, and wicked men, under the care of angels.

      Satan referred to this Psalm on the mount of temptation (Matt. 4:6). This is truly the victory of the Messiah and of everyone that is in him, represented by him, and perfected by him. Every believer is always under Divine care and protection (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 37:5; Heb. 1:14).

      1. The believer's dwelling place

      vv. 1-2. 'The secret place of the most High' is within the veil (Heb. 6:19-20) in the very presence of God, seated with Christ (Eph. 2:5-6). By the righteousness and blood of Christ, we not only come in to God's presence but we dwell there, never to leave (Heb. 10:19-22). We abide under the shadow or protection of the Almighty God, like small chicks under the wings of the mother hen (Psalm 17:8-9). No harm can come to us because the Lord is 'our refuge and fortress.' Even the gates of hell shall not prevail (John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:35-39). Our assurance and confidence is only in him as described by four names!

      We come reverently only through the blood of Christ for 'He is the Most High' and 'holy.'

      We rest in him because 'He is the Almighty and sovereign.'

      We rejoice in his salvation because 'He is the Lord, Jehovah.'

      We trust him as 'my God;' everything is here because he is my God (Col. 2:9-10).

      2. The believer's confidence

      vv. 3-8. Someone said, 'I love the shalls and wills of God's word.' There is no maybe, perhaps, nor uncertainty connected with the purpose and promises of God in Christ Jesus (Psalm 23:6; John 10:16).

      v. 3. The Lord Jesus shall deliver us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13), from the penalty of sin (Rom. 8:1), from the wrath of God (Rom. 8:33-34), and from all enemies, even invisible enemies (6-12).

      v. 4. The Lord Jesus shall cover us with his spotless Robe of Righteousness, his glorious wedding garment (2 Cor. 5:3). His WINGS are both for healing and hiding, and his truth (his word of promise and faithfulness) will turn to flight every enemy (Luke 4:1-13).

      vv. 5-6. Because Christ is our redeemer, we shall not fear the terrors of the night--neither men nor devils; we shall not fear the arrows of the day-wars, floods, accidents, nor earthquakes; we shall not fear the pestilence that walketh in darkness--diseases, plagues, and demons; we shall not fear the destruction that wasteth at noonday--the final judgment of God upon the earth. He hath hedged about his children (Job 1:10); and neither devils, men, nor death can touch one without his permission.

      vv. 7-8. Evil may be near the child of God, but not upon him. The plague that killed the firstborn in Egypt was near the Israelites, but it entered not into them.

      God's people shall have trials, tribulations, and infirmities in the flesh, but only by the will of the Father. They shall die, but only when he decrees, never as the result of any other will or reason. With our eyes we shall see the judgments of God upon an evil race and shall agree with his judgments and praise him for our deliverance.

      3. The believer's redeemer and refuge

      vv. 9-13. Here is the only reason that we dwell within the veil, that we are delivered from all condemnation and judgment, that we are covered with his righteousness, hidden under his protective wings, and have no fear of terror here or hereafter-- 'because thou, Lord, art my refuge and my dwelling place.'

      There is no safety nor security anywhere nor in anyone but Christ Jesus--not in religion, law, works, nor morality--only in Christ (Gal. 2:21; Gal. 3:11-13; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 5:1-2). It is true 'thou hast made the Lord thy refuge and habitation,' willingly and sincerely; but we love him because he loved us; we come to him because he came to us; we have made him our Lord and refuge because he made us his people and called us to faith (John 15:16; John 1:12-13; Rom. 9:15-16). To God be the glory!

      The angels (created spirits, made by the Lord, and are at his command) are ministering spirits to his people. They encamp about them and are committed to their care by him who is Lord of heaven and earth.

      4. The believer's promises

      vv. 14-16. Here is the Lord God himself speaking of his chosen ones. 'Because he hath set his love upon me;' not because they deserve mercy; but with all their imperfections, they do love the Lord (John 21:17). There is first his love for us without our love, then there is our love for his love, which is genuine and sincere.

      'Therefore;' there is always a 'because' and a 'therefore' in law and grace. Because we sinned, therefore we die! Because Christ died, therefore we live! Because we believe and love Christ, therefore--

      '[I will] deliver him' from sin, Satan, and wrath.

      'I will set him on high' in Christ.

      'I will answer him,' when he prays and when he seeks mercy.

      'I will deliver him in time of trouble' (Rom. 8:28).

      'I will honor him' (John 12:26).

      'I will satisfy him with long life,' not here necessarily, but with eternal life.

      '[I will] show him my salvation' (Exo. 33:18-19; 2 Cor. 4:6).

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant


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