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 at noonday. 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.”
Some questions to consider
1) How does one dwell in the secret place of the Most High? See v. 1-2. Gal. 3:26-29; John 1:12-13; 3:14-18; Mark 16:16; Col. 1:19-23.
2) What does God promise to those who trust in Him? See v. 3-8.
3) Do Christians have any reason to be afraid of disease and pestilence, of wars or other dangers?
4) What are the believer’s shield and buckler? Where do we find this? See Psalm 119:160; John 8:31-32; 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:14-17.
5) See. v. 8. What does God call the disease, pestilence and bloodshed which come upon the world? How is this true?
6) How do we make the LORD our dwelling place? See. v. 9; cf. Prov. 3:5-6; Acts 16:31.
7) What does God promise to those who trust in Him? See, v. 10ff.
8) Do Believers, too, suffer from disease and violence and even die? Has evil triumphed when a believer dies? See John 11:25-26; Job 19:25-27; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 14:13.
9) What promise does God make to believers in regard to His holy angels? What does this mean? See v. 11-12.
10) What does God promise in v. 14?
11) Does God hear and answer the prayers of His children who call upon Him? What does He promise? See v. 15; 1 John 5:12-15.
12) What special promise does God give to those who trust in Him? See v. 16. What will God reveal and show to them through His Word and, finally, through the fulfillment of His Gospel promises?
O almighty God, grant that I hide under the shadow of Your wings through faith in the Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Grant to me Your protection in the midst of troubles and preserve me in the true faith unto life everlasting, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
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