- Psalm 91:3-8
God is surely our great refuge and fortress. He protects those who trust in Him. To this the psalmist testifies (v2). We now read about God as our deliverer (v3). There is a two-fold aspect to God’s deliverance and both meanings deal with a preservation of the human soul.
God preserves or delivers man by liberating him from the penalty of sin (death). Those who rest in this liberation are indeed answering God’s calling and now stand in complete freedom (Galatians 5:1, 13; I Peter 2:16). Freedom from sin is our salvation, our rescue.
Additionally, God delivers man by means of a transfer. This is best explained by Scripture.
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His beloved Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
- Colossians 1:13, 14 (Webster Bible)
Scriptures tells all we need to know about the transfer which God conducts. God removes His people from Satan’s reign and ushers them as full citizens into the reign of Jesus. All citizens of Christ’s kingdom receive redemption from and forgiveness of sins.
Satan is the great fowler. He is the hunter of human souls. He sets the traps that catch and entangle people into the place of complete destruction. Within his kingdom resides the noisesome, contagious plague of death by which all people have become infected. But through His greatness, Jesus Christ stands as the deliverer from the snare of the fowler. His work is the cure for the destructive plague.
It is here that we receive a great promise from God. If we but recline within His safety, He will deliver. His deliverance trumps all other danger faced in this fallen world because it rescues from the great danger of sin and death. He Himself covers His people with His mighty but gentle wings as a mother hen protecting her young (Matthew 13:34; 23:37). We find perfect refuge and safety because He is faithful to fully protect (v4). This is God’s deliverance.
Some may ask whether the psalmist could be speaking of deliverance from dangers we encounter in this temporal life. My answer is a resounding, “Yes”. Just as God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt, David from Goliath, and Peter from imprisonment, he can certainly rescue anyone from any danger faced. But deliverance from temporal danger alone is not adequate deliverance for the soul of mankind. It is but a delay of the real danger which threatens mankind. This real danger is eternal separation from the presence of God.
I submit that God’s people should not place much value on deliverance from temporal trouble for it is the salvation which the world seeks. It is the type of salvation in which no relationship with the Master is established. Temporal deliverance requires no submission to Christ and calls for no repentance from the root problem of man, which is sin. Rather, God’s people are those who seek the preservation of eternal life over the preservation of the temporal life (Matthew `10:39; 16:25).
- Pastor Randy