Posted August 21, 2012
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
This is our latest and last installment of Psalm 91! Thanks for joining us on this journey... We'll continue to release weekly posts to help you memorize Scripture. If you're wondering how we pick verses, we're following the Fighter Verse memory system (www.fighterverses.com).
Psalm 91:14-16 ends with a strong and clear pledge by God Himself. There is much to take in, but we'll focus in on a couple things:
We first notice that God doesn't want us to merely "hold fast to him". How we hold on to him matters! He wants it to be in love, not duty. Would our hearts & affections be turned toward the Lord! He wants all of us, not just our words. We can only love Him because He loved us first (1 John 4:19). He's revealed Himself (His Name) throughout Scripture by His Spirit. He's a God who hears our prayers, so we can call to Him and He'll listen to us! Sit for a moment pondering the truth that a holy God hears lowly sinners like you and me... Not only that, but He answers us & wants to be in relationship with us!
Secondly, note God's radical commitment to his children:
to deliver us
be with us in trouble
rescue us & honor us
satisfy us with long life (read eternal life)
show us his salvation
Obviously these truths found in the Old Testament come into fuller view in the New Testament through Christ! The deliverance most deeply needed is from the pit of our sin! The long life & salvation is a promise that we'll ultimately be with Him for eternity... Even in the toughest of times, may we remember God's great strength and life! May Psalm 91 be a chapter that we hold ever before us as a reminder of God's nearness and power. May Christ never be a theoretical refuge, but an actual one that energizes us with faith, hope, and love. If you want to explore these verses more, check out this blog: http://fighterverses.com/blog-post/because-he-knows-my-name/
This week's song was written by our friend Robbie Seay, a singer/songwriter & worship leader out of Houston, TX. Check out his latest record "Rich or Poor" here: http://www.robbieseayband.com/
The graphic design work is by Zach McNair, another Houstonian who's an incredibly talented creative director & photographer. http://work.zachmcnair.com/