Today we’re going to wrap up our study of the text, and then we’ll spend a couple more days reviewing and thinking about how to apply what we’ve been learning. (Our 30-day study is going to sneak a day or two past thirty days. 🙂 )
Let’s take a closer look at two more words and a whole lot of promises as the psalmist brings his song to a close.
Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you begin your study today.
- Then read (or recite!) all of Psalm 91. If you haven’t managed to memorize the whole psalm yet, spend some time working on it today. Write the next verses you’re memorizing on cards to carry around with you, or tape them up around the house.
- Now read verses 14-16 again. Slow down enough to really take in what God is saying in these verses. They are packed with promise after loving promise. These are words from the God who loves you. He is committed to you.
- Open Blue Letter Bible and search on Psalm 91:15. We don’t have time to study each word (but you’ll know how to study them on your own now).
What does verse 15 say God will do when we call to Him? He’s not like us, who weary of answering children’s questions and calming their often irrational fears. He always answers. He may not answer when we think He should, or how we think He should, but He does answer.
- God’s next statement in verse 15 helps us see the promises of this psalm in a better light. What does He say about trouble? There is a very important two-letter word in this verse that we need to notice.
God will be with us in trouble.
We’re going to have trouble; there’s no doubt about it. But God is going to be with us every step of the way in those troubles.
- Use the interlinear tool on Blue Letter Bible to look at the word trouble in verse 15.
- Note its meaning in the “Outline of Biblical Usage.” Isn’t the definition interesting? Think of Leah and Rachel competing for Jacob’s affection, or of Sarah’s attitude toward Abraham after Hagar became pregnant and gave birth to Ishmael. Rivaling wives give us a pretty good idea of how troublesome trouble can be!
- Skim the definitions under “Strong’s Definitions.”
- Then, under “Concordance Results Using KJV,” skim and take notes on verses from the Psalms only (to save time) that contain this same Hebrew word.
What should our response be in troubles? What is God’s response?
- Now click the back arrow twice to return to the text of Psalm 91.
- Open the interlinear for verse 16.
- Click the phrase, him my salvation. What is the last word in the list of definitions under “Outline of Biblical Usage?” Read verse 16 again, replacing the word salvation with the word victory. Does this change how you see this verse?
God is going to show us His victory!
He is the final victor over every trial, every disappointment, every danger, every disease, every concern we ever experience in this life! This is the certainty in which we can rest, the shelter we can make our home, the shadow that gives us shade in the blazing heat of our most trying times.
God is the victor, and that means we are victors, too.
- Read verses 14-16 one more time. Look at all those verbs you marked at the beginning of our study — words that describe God’s actions on your behalf. List them one more time in your notebook, or in the margin of your Bible or marked text.
These words don’t describe a God who stands aloof while we suffer. He is there. He is with us. His Son, who suffered far more than we will ever suffer, intercedes for us.
God will deliver. He will answer when we call. He will be with us in trouble, the trouble that He, in His incomprehensible wisdom, graciously allows into our lives for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory. These troubles are where we learn just how unfailingly faithful He is.
He will satisfy us, and He will show us His victory. Step into that shelter. Flee to that fortress. Keep holding that shield up as you continue to fight. God is faithful.
For your children:
- Review memory work.
- Then read Psalm 91:14-16 together.
- Make a list of everything in these verses that God promises to do.
- Then discuss the kinds of troubles your children experience – fears, disagreements with friends or siblings, difficulties in school, sickness, etc.
- Help your children realize that God is with them in these troubles. He is there to help them. He watches out for them. When they call to Him, He will answer.
- If you haven’t memorized all of Psalm 91 with your children, be sure to at least memorize verse 15. This is a verse your children need to have in their hearts.