You have heard it said that there is a battle going on and it is happening even now as I write this devotional. It is in the unseen spiritual realm. We can feel it sometimes more than others as we sense an invisible presence of heaviness in our spirit. There are times when oppression bears down on our mind or our attempts to pray are thwarted. Add to all of that a few sleepless nights and you have a mess on your hands. It isn’t always noticeable but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. I am grateful for Psalm 91. It is about warfare, battles, and conflict. It is a song written to describe the enemies attach yet holds in it the promise of God’s deliverance.
The enemy of our soul has lost the battle but he is still trying to convince people that the battle is still up for grabs. In one sense, it is a self fulfilling prophesy. We will determine who actually wins the battle in our sphere by what we choose to do during those oppressive times. Since the enemy is supernatural in strength, we need supernatural help. The good news is that supernatural help is available to all of us. Look with me at Psalm 91:4-7:
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be yourshield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
We have a promise from the Lord of absolute deliverance and protection upon us. Let me encourage you to go and read Psalm 91 today. The Lord declares six “I wills”:
I will deliver him (v. 14)
I will set him securely on high (v. 14)
I will answer him (v. 15)
I will be with him in trouble (v. 15)
I will rescue him and honor him (v. 15)
I will satisfy him (v. 16).
What a list of promises. If you are a Child of God, they are addressed to you. “Because he loves me… for he acknowledges my name” says the Lord. These promises are given to believers who, by faith, wrap themselves around Jesus. That is the way we ought to live. It reminds me of Isabelle Naylor as she was wanting to get baptized for several years. She couldn’t wait to get dunked under the water as Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Everyone who is baptized is like that. What a great reminder of how our hunger ushers in the deliverance of God on our lives.
We will have a video of our baptisms for our first service on Sunday that happened during the second service this past Sunday. We already have 3 more to be baptized after Easter. Let’s continue to anticipate God moving in miraculous ways as we serve Him with all of our hearts. I love my Church…
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene