There’s no more powerful description of God’s protection than Psalm 91. As we just read in The Amplified Bible, verse 1 says, He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty. [Whose power no foe can withstand]. You must realize that God is all-powerful. There is no other power greater than Him. You need to focus on His power and His ability to protect you, rather than those things that cause fear to rise up in you.
Now if you don’t have these truths firmly fixed and established in your heart, you will live in fear. You’ll drive down the road at night, and you’ll be afraid. You won’t even be able to go out. When you get on an airplane, you’ll be sitting there holding onto the seat, your knuckles white.
Have you been afraid of something recently? You need a revelation of Psalm 91! Fear comes knocking on every door. It even has the nerve to call on me! But God wants you to get to the place where you’ve become stable and your heart is fixed on the fact that He is your protector and no foe can withstand Him.
There’s no enemy big enough to prevail over Almighty God. So guess where I’m going to hide? Psalm 20 says that some trust in chariots, and some trust in horses, but we will remember the name of our God. Proverbs 18:10 says that the name of the Lord is a strong and a mighty tower, and the righteous run into it and are saved.
When this becomes a revelation to you, you’re going to be believing differently and speaking differently. Psalm 91:2 in The Amplified Bible says, I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge. When trouble comes, you will find out what a person believes, because it will come out of their mouth. When some people get into a crisis situation in an airliner, for instance, the first thing they say is, “Awwww we’re going to die!”
But when I get in an airplane, bless God, I don’t care if there is a bomb on board. I know there will be ten angels holding that bomb so it cannot go off until we’ve landed and deplaned. I believe that with all my heart. God is our protector. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, my fortress, my God, on Him I lean and rely and in Him I confidently trust. This is our confidence; this is our hope. He will deliver us.
When you say He is your refuge, your protector, that’s when you stand still and you see the salvation and deliverance of God. You don’t have to lie awake at night worrying about your family members. His hand is upon your family. He will protect them. He will protect their rising up and their lying down, their coming in and their going out.
You won’t have to pray, “Lord, please give us blessing on this journey.” I’m not saying you shouldn’t; I’m saying you won’t have to pray it when you say it. You’ll just say, “He’s my refuge and my fortress.” You acknowledge Him because you know He’s right there in the automobile with you. He’s right there in the plane with you. He’s right there when you get up. He’s right there when you lie down. He’s right there when you come in and go out. He’s your refuge, your strong tower, your fortress, your shield, your protector, your bomb shelter.
In addition, He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence (v. 3). All around the world there’s turmoil and wars and rumors of wars, men against men and nation against nation. But as believers, as those that are washed in the blood of the Lamb, with Jesus on our side, we’ll just see it. It’s not going to come near us, for He is there to protect us. And when the enemy comes against us, there’s that wall of fire about us.
Remember the exodus? When the children of Israel left Egypt, God gave them a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. But when they got to the edge of the sea and Pharaoh started coming behind them, the fire of God went between the children of Israel and the enemy so they couldn’t get near them. He’s still our pillar of fire today!
Then it says in Psalm 91:4: He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you find trust and refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. This is not a tiny shield; it’s a giant shield covering you. The enemy can’t even find you. All he sees is God’s shield.