Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 26, 2016

“You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 91.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
12 They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”  Psalm chapter 91.

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We live in a dangerous world.

There is terror.  There is destruction.

There are plagues and pestilence.  

But, God protects us, those who trust in God, their refuge, their fortress, their dwelling place.

You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.”  Verses 8-10.

We may wonder why it is even necessary for us to see terror and destruction, plagues and pestilence.

The following Scripture gives us the answer.  

What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:22-24.

In other words, we believe God more and appreciate God’s protection more when we know of the danger around us than we would if we did not know of the danger around us.

We see a specific example of this when Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  It certainly was not necessary for both Israel to see the Egyptians chasing them and then thereafter to see the Egyptians dead on the seashore in order for God to save Israel.  God could have wiped out the Egyptians before Israel even saw them.  But, these sights caused Israel to fear the LORD and believe in the LORD. 

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.”  Exodus 14:30-31.

We also appreciate more the justice of God when we see the “recompense of the wicked”.

The constant temptation is that we tend to forget about God and trust ourselves, but when we know the danger, we run to God and cling to Him.

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.”  Proverbs 18:10.


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