It’s All Good For Those Who Qualify

Psalm 91 Is the Psalm to read when you need a pick-me-up. It is one of the most uplifting Psalms in the entire Bible.  It is more than likely a Psalm of Moses as is Psalm 90 to which his name has been attached. It is of interest that the Hebrew word “shadday/shaddai” which is found 48 times in 9 Old testament books, and is translated “Almighty”, “most powerful” or “the Almighty of God”, occurs all of 31 times in the book of Job. This is consistent with Job’s need to rely on and trust in the God who is almighty and more powerful than his painful circumstances.  When listing the Names of God it is common to use the unabbreviated term “El Shaddai”  which first appears in Genesis 17:1, where “El” is the standard Hebrew word for God- hence El Shaddai = God Almighty.

But don’t be fooled by the grandiose superlatives of protections and preservations and powerful promises.  They are all conditional. Failing to satisfy the condition renders the blessings null and void as far as personal relevance is concerned. And yet the conditions are not onerous, and like all conditions laid out by God, are in our best interest to satisfy. So let us scour the Psalm, both for the conditions and the blessings:

First Condition is in Psalm 91:1 – “Whoever dwells…”

First Blessing is in Psalm 91:1 – “will rest…”

The second condition is found in Psalm 91:2 and in the following 7 verses, we find a series of blessings that follow.  The condition, though somewhat cloaked, is clear. “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” Simply put, if you are not prepared to make this declaration, then you have no entitlement to the blessings that follow.

The second series of blessings are as follows: God will save you from:

  1. The fowler’s snare (Psalm 91:3)
  2. The deadly pestilence Psalm (91:3)
  3. Fear of the terror by night (Psalm 91:5)
  4. Fear of the arrow that flies by day (Psalm 91:5)
  5. Fear of the pestilence that stalks in the darkness (Psalm 91:6)
  6. Fear of the plague that destroys at midday (Psalm 91:6)
  7. God will cover you with His feathers (Psalm 91:4)
  8. God will give you refuge under His wings (Psalm 91:4)
  9. God’s faithfulness will be our shield and rampart (Psalm 91:4)
  10. God will protect you from surrounding disaster that will consume the wicked and that you will observe (Psalm 91:7-8)

The third condition is found in Psalm 91:9. Note that this is a bifocal condiotion. God expect us to declare something as well as to do something, and of the two, the doing is the more important condition.

The third series of blessings are:

  1. No harm will overtake you (Psalm 91:10)
  2. No disaster will come near your tent (Psalm 91:10)
  3. God’s angels will guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11)
  4. You will not strike your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:12)
  5. You will tread on the lion and the cobra (Psalm 91:13)
  6. You will trample the great lion and the serpent (Psalm 91:13)

The fourth condition is visibly cloaked in Psalm 91:14. Notice it does not say, “because he says he loves me”. God knows those that love Him, and for those the fourth set of blessings apply:

The fourth series of blessings are found in Psalm 91:14-16:

  1. God will rescue you (Psalm 91:14)
  2. God will protect you (Psalm 91:14)
  3. God will answer you when you call (Psalm 91:15)
  4. God will be with you in trouble (Psalm 91:15)
  5. God will deliver you and honor you (Psalm 91:15)
  6. God will satisfy you with long life (Psalm 91:16)
  7. God will show you His salvation (Psalm 91:16).

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