The verse reads: You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra. The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
The writer who penned this Psalm would certainly understand the current catch phrase "crush it". Young David knew all about "crushing it". He had overcome the lion in his shepherding. Goliath was next on his hit list because David understood that it was not he, but God, who provided victory. And, no enemy is too big for God.
Psalm 91:13 can have a number of applications, dominion over the animal kingdom being one of them.
I recall walking around Woodland Lake in Arizona one lovely day when a mean-eyed black Chow came at me. No one was around. The dog seemed to be on his own with some pretty evil intent. I stood still, faced him and quoted this verse. I promised to step on his head and do it considerable harm. The dog stopped, his eyes fixed on my face.
After what seemed like forever, the dog looked away and I walked on. Darn! Doggie fell into step, walking along side like I owned him.
Now my prayer went something like, "Oh God, send this bugger home." In a moment or two the dog departed without a farewell.
Thirty minutes later I ran into two adults frantically searching for a missing black chow. He had escaped his cage and was considered quite dangerous. "Well, he was behaving himself last time I saw him."
You're probably thinking, "That dog was no Goliath!" and you're right. But, you've got to start somewhere.
Surely David fought off badgers and wolves before he got to fight the lion and the bear. It was all prep for the Phillistine giant.
David had opportunities every day to trust God and he must have taken most of them to come to such a place of faith at so young an age.
You and I have numerous chances each day to trust God. Most of the time I pass them up because I can take care of this myself. Why bother God! Why bother God?…I need to bother Him because He has allowed those circumstances to give me an opportunity to grow my faith in Him, to practice for the big ones.
Now I have to tell you I have lived in faith for years:
- faith for healing,
- faith for finances,
- faith for open doors,
- faith for protection, you name it…I've exercised faith for it.
But, I'm feeling challenged to raise the bar. I have not arrived. None of us have. We are in a season that requires faith like most of us have never experienced.
There is excitement in the spirit. We are in a time when we are called to truly live out who we are as Kingdom people,
- doing the work of our Father,
- manifesting the sweet aroma of Christ in the earth,
- being a people set apart.
I'm hearing Paul's word to the Romans playing in my head.
Romans 8:18-19 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
This is a time for that revealing. This is a time for the sons and daughters of God to walk in faith for the promises God has given us, to rise up into the fullness of who God destined us to be.
Psalm 91:3 is just one of those promises. We have so much treasure yet to unpack.
Please continue with me on this topic in the next post and if you haven't already gotten started with the free Psalm 91 study: Release the Power of Psalm 91, this is a perfect time to do so.
Stirred and believing, Jeanie R