Psalm 91: God’s Protection

Why might God’s “protection” be different from what we expect?

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Psalm 91:1–2 Those who live in the presence of Almighty God will enjoy his protection.
I will say, “Lord, you are my refuge and strength. I trust you, God, to keep me safe.”
King James
Psalm 91:1–2 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

What kind of “trapper’s snare” and “life-threatening dangers” will God help us out of?

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Psalm 91:3–4 He will deliver you from the trapper’s snare and life-threatening dangers. He will cover you like a bird shelters its chicks with its wings. He will faithfully shield you from harm, keeping you safe.
1 Corinthians 10:13 You are subject to the same kinds of temptations as everybody else, but God is always faithful to those who rely on him. The choice is yours. He won’t allow temptation beyond what you can bear, but with your surrender to him, he will bring the victory.
King James
Psalm 91:3–4 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

When people are “scared to death,” what can we say to diminish those fears?

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Psalm 91:5–6 You don’t have to fear the night’s threats nor the day’s arrows that fly your way, neither plagues from the darkness nor disasters that strike at midday.
King James
Psalm 91:5–6 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

When facing something life-threatening, how do the typical reactions of Christians compare with others?

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Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but none will come near you.
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Psalm 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Why will the righteous see the wicked punished?

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Psalm 91:8 Without being touched, you will see the punishment of the wicked.
King James
Psalm 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

How do we make the Lord our “refuge”?

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Psalm 91:9 When the Lord is your refuge, you have made your home with the Most High.
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Psalm 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

What comfort can we give to Christians who are injured or suffer from a life-threatening disease?

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Psalm 91:10 No harm will come to you. No disease will come near your home.
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Psalm 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

If we can’t see angels, why should we think they are present?

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Psalm 91:11–12 God will command his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you in their hands lest you strike your foot against a stone.
King James
Psalm 91:11–12 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Which is better, to subdue “lions and venomous snakes” or to avoid them? Why?

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Psalm 91:13 You will subdue lions and venomous snakes, trampling them underfoot.
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Psalm 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

How does our love for God affect what he will do for us?

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Psalm 91:14–15 Because you love him, God will deliver you. He will protect you when you respect his direction and authority.
When in trouble, call upon him and he will answer. He will protect you and honor you.
King James
Psalm 91:14–15 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Why might Christians have little confidence in what God will do for them?

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Psalm 91:16 You will see his deliverance and live a long, satisfying life.
Luke 7:20–23 So the men went to Jesus and said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to ask, ‘Are you the one to fulfill God’s promise, or must we look for someone else?'”
At that time, Jesus was healing many who were sick or had physical handicaps. He cast out evil spirits and gave sight to the blind.
“Go tell John what you have seen and heard,” Jesus said. “The blind see, the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised, and the needy receive words of hope. Tell him a man is blessed when he puts his faith in me.”
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Psalm 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Luke 7:20–23 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.