“And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains… and the peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of God and Jacob… that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.’” Micah 4:1,2
Psalm 91 was written at the time of the last days of Moses life. He had just delivered God’s laws and commands before the people. When they reached the Jordan at the border of Canaan, many still held on to their unbelief and rebellion and did not live to cross over to the Promised Land. The days of Moses came to an end here–he died on the mountain at the age of 120 years. It is important to look at the time period in view of Old Testament history. The new covenant had not yet been given and the law of God is what the people were commanded to live by. The Israelite’s were murmurers and complainers. They were never satisfied. They constantly stirred up God’s anger towards them. Moses was their only intercessor.
Truth for today: Nothing can touch those who are under Gods protection and care. Trusting in God we can rest securely. We will not be immune to difficulties, but for the one who takes refuge and joyfully trusts and loves and serves Him—in the midst of difficulty there is security.
There is no other promise better than this! The Lord God is a secure defense for those who take refuge in him. The one who takes refuge in God will be as His children. His almighty power will be spread around them during the night of peril and trouble. The picture is a protective “shadow”–like a mother bird which hovers over her young. He will rescue from “the snare of the Fowler. ” As the mother bird covers her young with her wings, so God protects his own with His truth. His faithfulness to his promises— is a defense (a shield) against many dangers.
Psalm 91 There is Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress—my God, in Him I will trust.”3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge— His truth shall be your shield and buckler..
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand—
but it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
9 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.”