Dwelling in safety

torres-del-paine-303400_640Psalm 4:8: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (ESV)

To dwell in safety is to be without the possibility of being harmed by any means. That is pretty extensive. But that is available in God.

David wrote: he who dwells in the secret place of the most high will abide under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91). What followed was a litany of dangers that come to different people on the earth, but with the assurance of safety for those who trust in God.

He said those who have God as cover are protected from them. It starts with what we say.

David wrote: I will say to the Lord, he is my refuge and fortress, in whom I will trust. That helps us to have peace within, which comes before peace on the outside. Jesus said: my peace I give you, even if there is trouble in the world (John 14:27). God becomes for us what we say he is. What we say of him determines how we seek him, how we relate to him, how we extend our faith to him. And the bible says that the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17).

David wrote about things God will do. Paul said that God is able to make all grace abound to me, so that in all things and at all times, we will abound in every good thing (2Corinthians 9:8). “God is able” should be the song we sing.

We need to fixate on the ability of God not the possibility of the devil, we need to have faith in what God will do rather than be in bondage to the immobilising fear of what the devil may do. Paul charged Timothy that God has not given him the spirit of fear (2Timothy 1:6-7). He wanted him to be all he can be in God, but the spirit of fear works against that.

God wanted the children of Israel to enter the Promised Land a few years after coming from Egypt, but they were overran by the spirit of fear and that became a mirage for that generation (Numbers 13-14).

They did not say the right things about God. Twelve spies went to check out the Promised Land, after they came back 10 said in essence that God is not able to give them the land because the people there are giants, while Caleb and Joshua said God is able. The two ate the fruit of their words (Proverbs 12:14). They entered the Promised Land while the 10 died soon after. Lack of faith draws the ire of God, while faith draws his attention.

God has a protective edge around you against any danger that you face. The bible says that those who trust in God will be like mount Zion that cannot be moved. The Garden of Eden was a place of safety for the Adam and Eve, they were protected from death, from lack, from adverse weather, but when they broke the edge (Ecclesiastes 10:8) of that protection though sin, they were struck with death (Genesis 2:15-17; 3).

The ability of God is made manifest to the one who believe. That was why when Jesus was in his home town and the people disregarded him, he could not manifest his healing power but left there frustrated (Mark 6:5).

David wrote about different things God will protect us from. He said that we should not fear the terror of the night.

Night time is when many evil take place and darkness itself is a symbol for the operation of the devil. In the book of Genesis, the bible says that darkness was upon the face of the deep. Darkness then was associated with the earth having no form and being void. But the work of creation began when God said: let there be light (Genesis 1:1-5).

John wrote that the light shines in darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it (John 1:1-5).  God enables us to prevail over the terror of the darkness, by making us light (Matthew 5:14).

We are not dominated by the devil, we dominate the devil. Just as we should not fear the spiritual darkness because we are light, we should also not fear natural darkness, since God’s protection also extends to the natural realm. Remember, the earth is his footstool.

David also wrote we shall not be afraid of any arrow by day. With the protection in the night and in the day we are covered 24/7.

He added we would not fear deadly pestilence. There are different diseases affecting animals affecting man all across the world, but we have the divine protection against them. We can live protected, we can live in peace, not bothered. We can choose not to be subject to fear because we are in the hands of God and are protected by him.

God is committed to delivering those who trust in him from all forms of dangers. When we call upon him he answers us (Psalm 86:7).

Though Samson was a powerful man who dealt with many an opposition in his time, there was a time he was in a desperate strait. After defeating the enemy, 1000 of them, he was dying of thirst, and he cried to God, who provided water for him.

When Abraham chased Hagar and her son out, and he was thirty for water and was also dying, God opened the eyes of Hagar to see a well just around the corner, which saved the life of the child. God is committed to delivering you from difficult situation. You will call upon him in time of need and he will answer you.

Paul said that he was in shipwreck many times, and one of it was recorded in the book of Acts (Acts 27:22). In that incident, not only was he saved, but God saved all who were on the ship with him, because of him. God is committed to keeping you and those with you, e.g. your household, safe. Because you are dwelling in the secret place of the most high, no evil will come near your dwelling place.

In that psalm of safety, David ended with God saying that he will satisfy us with long life. That means you are excluded from dying young, and there is nothing satisfying about sickness and diseases or accidents. You are ordained to have a rich full life.

Therefore as part of God’s safety plan for you, you are able to live above sickness and diseases (1Peter 2:24). That is why no plague will come near your dwelling.


3 thoughts on “Dwelling in safety

  1. Hand on the Helm
    By Katherine Pollard Carter
    Copyright 1977. Chapter 5.

    “Ninety-First Psalm Became Their Impenetrable Shield”

    “For four long years, in the front line warfare of World War I, the British regiment commanded by Colonel Whittlesey had not one single battle casualty. They did not lose a single man! They could only give one explanation for this incredible record.

    “During those interminable years of danger and valor, every officer and every enlisted man in the regiment daily affirmed his faith in God’s protection by repeating the Ninety-First Psalm.”

    “Each officer and soldier in the regiment carried a complete copy of the psalm and either read it or recited it from memory daily.”

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