trust god

If you love God you will trust Him. Psalm 91 is an anointed psalm and a reminder that when we trust God, He honors and protects us. Psalm 91 is a poetic masterpiece, but it is much more than poetry. Whenever you are doubtful, afraid, or insecure, open your Bible to Psalm 91. This psalm was written with this present-day generation in mind. It is a message from the Holy Spirit, not only to comfort you but to help you withstand today’s perils. I pray that this blog will encourage you to trust God to be your refuge from trouble.

God is Our Refuge

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
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.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands, they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life, I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Psalm 91

Confession of Confidence in the Lord

The blessings promised in Psalm 91 are for people who love God and live in close fellowship with Him. In the Old Testament, God’s dwelling was in the Holy of Holies located in the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle. Under the law, only the priest could enter the inner sanctuary. But now that grace has come, born-again believers like you and me can boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), being justified by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).

One of the Hebrew names of God is El Shaddai or the Almighty God. El Shaddai means the God of more than enough. Our God is able to make all grace abound toward us, that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).

In the secret place, we suddenly realize that God is bigger than all of our problems. In the secret place, the Lord becomes our refuge and our fortress where we are protected from everything that can harm us. Throughout the day, begin to declare safety in God by speaking faith. Declare that God is your refuge from despair, trouble, and sorrow. Understand that the forces that come against you are not just ghostly powers that can be coerced with mere words. By faith, know that the power behind your words is God Himself.

Assurance to Fear No Evil

The psalmist says, “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and the perilous pestilence.” A fowler is someone who catches birds. His traps catch birds off guard. Pestilences are diseases, plagues, sicknesses, and pandemics, all of which are dangerous to the innocent and unsuspecting. When we trust God, He promises to protect us from the unseen traps of the devil and the diseases that he unleashes on the world.

God is likened to a loving mother hen, whose wings her chicks run to for shelter and comfort. Shields and bucklers are used to protect soldiers in battle. When you are afraid or in need of comfort, begin to see God as that mother hen, and like the little chicks, run to His loving arms. His word is the truth that protects you from evil.

When you trust God and spend time in God’s secret place, you don’t have to fear anything, whether by day or by night. Nighttime is the time of terror; bad things happen at night, things like robbery and murder. Evil lurks in the darkness of night. But you have assurance from God that He will protect you from evil.

When Satan shoots his fiery darts at you, there is no need for fear. Having been in the secret place, you know that Satan’s arrows directed at you will miss their target, for God has already told you that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Whether arrows come by day or by night, they will not come near you.

Freedom from Doubt

Every time you visit the secret place, it’s like going into a fortified structure. Once inside, no evil can befall you. This means that no disease, like influenza or coronavirus, can come near your dwelling. When you trust God He gives His angels charge over you, to protect you and keep you from harm in every area of your life (Psalm 91:11).

If the devil can’t steal your faith, he will try to render it useless by creating doubt in your heart. Lions, especially young lions, are bold, courageous, and fearless. The cobra is shrewd and deadly. Both of these creatures can strike fear in the heart of the average person. However, when you trust God, you partake of His fearless nature. If you walk in faith, without doubt, it doesn’t matter how big the problem or how deadly the disease is, God assures you the victory.

The Gift of Salvation

Psalm 91 ends with God confirming His promise to those who love Him. The Hebrew word translated as “love” is chashaq. It means “to cling to. to cleave to, to be passionate.” Chashaq is used in Deuteronomy 7:7 and Deuteronomy 10:15 to describe God’s love for His people.

We can only love God when we know how much God loves us. When you love God you will trust Him. In return, God will show you His salvation. For most people, the first thing to come to mind upon hearing the word “salvation” is deliverance from hell. But the word involves much more than that. In the Bible, salvation is translated as Soteria (so-tay-ree’-ah). It covers a wide spectrum of deliverance, including deliverance from hell, answered prayer, companionship in times of trouble, healing, honor, satisfaction, and long life.

Anyone who accepts God’s conditions of repentance and faith in His Son (Acts 4:12) will experience His salvation. It is important to know that salvation is the gift of God, and you are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). No amount of work can earn salvation. We stand justified before God only by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16). Nothing else can save us from the wrath of God.

Psalm 91 ends with a personal promise from God. This is His promise: If you love God, He will deliver you and set you on high. When you call on God, He will answer you; when trouble comes knocking at your door, He will be with you. He will honor you with long and satisfying life and save you from all peril.

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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