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LONG Life

“I will satisfy you with a long life.  I will show you how I will save you.”  (Psalm 91:16 GWT)

Today’s medical science has proven that worry, stress, and anxiety will cause medical problems of sufficient severity as to shorten your life considerably.  Lack of peace in all areas of our lives is detrimental to our health; surprisingly, even infants and small children suffer from this problem.  Intimacy with a loving and caring ABBA Father solves this situation permanently; His name is ‘Sar Shalom’, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).  And because He IS the Prince of Peace, the closer we cling to Him, He gives us HIS peace as a means to live this long and full life …
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [stop ALLOWING yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not PERMIT YOURSELVES to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”  (John …

I WILL Deliver

I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will extricate him and bring him honor.”  (Psalm 91:15 CJB)

In the 16th chapter of the book of Acts, we have the story of Paul and Silas being imprisoned in the Philippian jail.  We are told how YHWH Elohim had used Paul to deliver a young girl from an evil spirit, which then caused the girl’s masters’ to become angry, and have Paul and Silas thrown into a prison.  Not only were they placed within the lowest and most inaccessible part of the prison (the dungeon), but their feet were placed in stocks, a frame made of wood in which prisoner’s feet were placed for further security.Midnight finds them in total and complete darkness, yet they were confident and secure in their praise and worship to YAH, their Father, their deliverer, and their strong tower (Acts 16:24-25).
ABBA Father came through for them.  The Word describes it as a ‘great earthquake’ (Acts 16:26), and it not only opened all of the cell doors of the prison, but it also loosened …

give ME a call

“He will call on me, and I will answer him.”  (Psalm 91:15 CJB)

One evening, a few years ago, we received a call, late in the evening, from our oldest daughter.  While on her way into town (40 miles away), she had blown a tire on her car, and, unfortunately, she had no spare tire with her.  She knew immediately who to phone for help, had the assurance of who would come to her assistance, and rescue her from the predicament that she was in.  Her DADDY is her ‘kinsman-redeemer’ (Ruth 3:12), by right of the blood relationship that they have, and when she calls on him, her dad answers her.  Occasionally he says ‘no’ to her requests, but he ALWAYS answers her.
Because of the relationship we now have with our ABBA Father, through our acceptance of everything Messiah Y’shua purchased for us, Adonai YHVH is our ‘kinsman-redeemer’, just as my husband is to our daughter.  We now have the right, and the privilege, because of the blood sacrifice of Adonai Y’shua, to call out to our Father, our Crea…

Devotion

“BECAUSE he is devoted to Me, I WILL deliver him; I WILL keep him safe, for he knows My name.”  (Psalm 91:14 Jewish Study Bible, Tanakh Translation, emphasis mine)
Noah Webster, in his dictionary of 1828, defines ‘devotion’ as “a solemn attention to the Supreme Being in worship; a yielding of the heart and affections to God, with reverence, faith and piety; ardent love or affection; attachment manifested by CONSTANT ATTENTION” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, emphasis mine).  YHWH has impressed upon me a strong urgency, during this series on Psalm 91, to stress this one point:  we MUST stay fixed, permanent, un-shakable in our residence in the “secret place in the Most High”.  From our position under the shadow of His wings, our attachment, and our attention, to HIM should be strong, and our eyes remain steady – FIXED - upon our ‘Elohim’, our God, the MIGHTY God.
BECAUSE we choose to stay in this position, ABBA says that we will know His name.  However,…

Underfoot

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample UNDERFOOT.”  (Psalm 91:13 Amp, emphasis mine)
At one time, during its long and fascinating history, the Tower of London was home to its own private ‘Menagerie’, or zoo.  During the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century, the Menagerie was opened to public viewing, and boasted an assorted population of lions, tigers, bears, leopards, elephants, hyenas, and other animals.  There is a story told of one particular lion, who had a loud and ‘fiercesome’ roar, and would invariably let it sound out when the corridors were the most crowded.  Visitors were assured that his cage was secure, that no, he could not escape, and that yes, he was properly fed and not hungry.  And besides all of that, he was also missing most of his teeth.
We are told in the Word of God that our “enemy, the Adversary, stalks about LIKE a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Peter 5:8 CJB, emphasis mine).  S…

Carry You

They will carry you in their hands, so that you won't trip on a stone.” (Psalm 91:12 CJB)
Ancient Jewish wisdom suggests that the reason angels try to prevent us from ‘tripping on a stone’ is so we will not fall into sin.  The Word of God teaches us that the angels of Adonai YHWH are “ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).  We learn also that angels respond to the WORD of God (Psalm 103:20), and hasten to obey the Word when it is spoken in faith. 
YHWH’s Word is very blunt and factual concerning the “wages” of sin being  death (Romans 6:23).  How awesome, and how very humbling this concept is, that our ABBA Father would send forth His angels to assist us, help us, and aid us that we NOT sin.
May we always remember WHOSE angels these are.  Our ‘Elohim’, our God, the ONLY God, is the ONE to receive praise and thanksgiving for their help and assistance, not the angels themselves, for the…

Armed Guards

“For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [OF OBEDIENCE AND SERVICE].”(Psalm 91:11 Amp, emphasis mine)
It seems a lifetime ago that this particular incident happened, but I can remember it like it was yesterday.  A neighbor and friend had brought her children, who were of similar ages to mine, over to play for the afternoon, returning later in the afternoon to pick them up.  While my friend (and her children) were already loaded up in her old Jeep Cherokee (late ‘70’s model?), I and my oldest daughter Karen (about 6 years old at the time) were standing at the vehicle windows saying our farewells.  Karen was leaning in the window of the backdoor, talking with her friends, while I talked with mine. As we said goodbye, both of us Moms assumed that Karen had heard us, and had moved back away from the vehicle; unfortunately, she hadn’t.  So therefore, as my friend stepped on the accelerator, the forward motion threw Kare…

NO EVIL

“Because YOU have made the Lord YOUR refuge, and the Most High YOUR dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near YOUR tent.”  (Psalm 91:9-10 Amp, emphasis mine)

As we move with greater acceleration toward the day of Messiah Y’shua’s return, we can see with our eyes increased evil of EVERY sort exploding in the world around us.  Sexual perversions unimaginable, violence that is now common place, not to mention the natural disasters that are happening on a daily, almost hourly schedule.  There are many warnings throughout the Word of what is now taking place, yet here, in this opening verse, we have a promise of protection and shelter from anything that could, or would, come at us.
However, ABBA Father can do very little until WE first choose to make HIM our refuge, our habitation, our permanent address.  In modern day terminology, this is known as choosing and accepting Messiah Y’shua as our own personal Savior, asking Him to come into our hearts a…

Spectator

“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.  Only a SPECTATOR shall you be [yourself INACCESSIBLE in the secret place of the most high] as you witness the reward of the wicked.”(Psalm 91:7-8 Amp, emphasis mine)
In 2Kings chapter 19, we find the account of an amazing deliverance worked by ONEangel, at the command of YHVH.  The King of Assyria, Sennacherib, had sent a GREAT army against Hezekiah, the Hebrew King of Judah, and was determined to defeat him.  Hezekiah was a man who loved YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and was devoted to serving Him.  As the city of Jerusalem lay surrounded and besieged by this vast army, Sennacherib’s general sent an insulting letter to King Hezekiah, demanding the complete surrender and submission of Judah to Assyria.  Hezekiah takes this letter to the ‘House of the Lord’, spreads it out before the Lord (2Kings 19:14), and sought Adonai YHVH for divine intervention.  The result?
“And i…

Not Afraid

“You shall NOT BE AFRAID of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.”  (Psalm 91:4-5 Amp, emphasis mine)
It is human nature to be afraid of what we cannot see, and darkness can hide many ugly things.  But there are also many attacks and ambushes that appear out of nowhere in the brightness of day; we all have a ‘blind side’ that our enemy is well aware of.  These attacks come in every shape and form, and their single purpose is to pull us away from believing and trusting in the only true and living God. 
It was interesting to find that in the original Hebrew ‘Tanakh’ (Jewish Study Bible), from the old Chaldean manuscripts, these verses also imply attacks from demonic forces and rulers of darkness.  Included is also the angel of death, who was active during the first Passover, and the exodus from Eg…