Yesterday we talked about “dwelling” in the secret place of the Most High, which provides us the safety we need. We also discussed briefly that what we say is a direct reflection of that which we have been concentrating on or where we’ve been “dwelling”. Saying the wrong thing is just as bad as saying nothing at all. David, the author of this Psalm, was prophet, priest, and king. He tapped into his priestly and prophetic anointing when he penned verses two and three; leaving nothing to chance by pointing us in the right direction leading into verse four..
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Refuge– shelter or protection from danger or distress
Fortress– fortified place or stronghold
Snare of the Fowler – a trap and the one who set it; sometimes deceptively attractive
Pestilence – a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating
Try this on for size:
“My confidence is in the Lord, who is my shelter and protection from danger or distress. He is my fortified place, my stronghold. He delivers me from deceptive traps and from the one(s) who set it (them). I am protected from contagious or infectious epidemic diseases (including corona virus)”
Knowing this truth is your protection. We can all identify with a shield, but a buckler in this text is a shield that surrounds you completely! The Lord says not only will I be a shield, but I will encompass you like a fort. Beloved, it is only the truth that you know that makes you free! Notice I did not say the truth that you read, or heard. Well Fred, how do I know that I know?
The only way one can measure whether or not a student has learned the material is through an examination. Unfortunately, in the devil’s multiple choice exams, all of the answers appear correct (Don’t you hate those kind of exams?). That’s why we have the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. No worries though. I have a sneaking suspicion that if you fail the initial exam, a retest will be available. Continue to study and meditate on the material. Blessings.
Next time, we’ll tackle fear.
Grace and Peace
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