Psalm 91 has long been known as the Psalm of Protection because of the many protections the Lord has promised. Every one of the verses of Psalm 91 carry a wonderful promise to us as believers. But today let’s focus on verses 14 through 16. Let’s read:
Psalms 91:14-16 (NKJV)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.”
If we had time to read all the verses of Psalm 91 you would notice that in the first 13 verses of this Psalm the promises of protection are told by the author to someone. But notice in the last three verses it is God speaking to His people. Now notice the subject matter of these three verses. It is all about a deep relationship between God and us. He is content to let the author tell someone about His promises of safety and security. But when the subject of love and relationships is brought up, He desires to speak directly to us.
From the very beginning in Genesis, we are told the story of God wanting to commune with His people. He still demonstrates that intense desire to be in a relationship with us today. Actually you could say that His love affair with us started even earlier than Genesis.
Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
He loves us so much that He raised us up with him. The Lord says, “I will lift him out of reach of his enemies and honor him.” God has lifted us above the reach of our enemies. He has set us in a place of honor with Jesus at the right hand of the Father. We are told that in Ephesians:
Ephesians 2:6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 1:20-21 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Now look at all these “I wills” that the Lord gives us in verses 14 through 16:
I will deliver him; I will set him on high; I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him; I will honor him; I will satisfy him; (with long life), and I will show him My salvation.
These blessings are all promised to the one who loves God and acknowledges His Name. All of these blessings, these “I wills” will follow us. This is an ironclad guarantee from the Lord, Jehovah. “I will do this,” He says. Look at Numbers 23:19:
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
God has spoken these promises. He will do them!
One final word we need to look at before we close. That is the final word in Psalm 91: salvation.
God will show us His salvation. The Hebrew meaning goes beyond just salvation, which is to be rescued from punishment. It also means deliverance from distress and/or danger. It also means help and security in time of need. It also carries the meaning of victory and of prosperity. All of those meanings, wrapped up in just one word. In Old Testament Hebrew that word is pronounced “yeshuwah.” In New Testament Greek, that word is pronounced “Jesus.”
Jesus provides us with all of those things. We just keep our eyes focused on Jesus. We follow the Great Shepherd and these blessings of Psalm 91 follow us.