2016Continuing my word of encouragement for “Election Depression” from Psalm 91, in an earlier post  I invited you to consider four spiritual truths for overcoming post-election blues.  The first, the saints of God find SANCTUARY when they purpose to abide “under the shadow of the Almighty” (91:1-2).  God’s child can confidently confess, the LORD is “my Refuge, my Fortress: my God” and I trust Him!

The second truth for overcoming anxiety and post-election blues is the LORD is the SECURITY of His people (91:3-7).   He delivers His people out of trouble (91:3) and is their Defender (91:4-7).  Three thoughts of exhortation flow out of Psalm 91:4-7, the first is Be Comforted, the LORD is with you and His Truth is a “shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).psalm-91-4

A second exhortation is, Be Calm (91:5-6), don’t be afraid!  Don’t be afraid of what you cannot see [“terror by night” – 91:5a].  Don’t be afraid of accusations that fly like arrows in the day (91:5b).  Don’t be afraid when calamities threaten to come upon you (91:6b).

A third exhortation is, Be Confident (91:7) knowing the LORD is your Defender.  Many may falter and fall around you; however, the man of God is confident he has nothing to fear in the LORD.

A third spiritual truth for overcoming anxiety in Psalm 91 is the SURENESS or certainty of the saints when they make the LORD their Sanctuary and Security; .

psalm-91-7Psalm 91:8 – “Only with thine eyes [sight] shalt thou behold [look; consider; regard] and see the reward [recompense; retribution] of the wicked [ungodly].”

The perception of the righteous is the wicked seem to prosper, tempting some believers to question the justice and holiness of God.  Be assured, though the judgment of the wicked is not immediate, it is imminent.  The righteous will see the wicked brought to justice and receive the reward they deserve for their evil, malicious ways.  Human justice may fail in this earthly life, but the saints are assured they will see the wicked punished. (Revelation 20:11-15)

The LORD assures the saints His loving protection (Psalm 91:9-10).

Psalm 91:9-10 – “Because thou hast made [by faith; set; appointed] the LORD, which is my refuge [shelter; hope; trust], even the most High [Supreme], thy habitation [dwelling place]; 10  There shall no evil [wickedness; mischief; trouble] befall [approach; meet] thee, neither shall any plague [plague; wound; affliction] come nigh thy dwelling [tent; home].

When the saints make the LORD their refuge, they take comfort in this assurance: “There shall no evil…no plague come nigh” (91:10).  That does not mean God’s people will not face hard and difficult trials; however, in the providence of God they are assured “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28).  When the saints of God make the LORD their refuge, they have no reason to fear His displeasure.

The LORD not only assures His people of His protection, He also sends His angels to guard their way.psalm-91-10

Psalm 91:11-12 For He [the LORD] shall give His angels [messengers] charge [command; appoint] over thee, to keep [guard; watch; observe; preserve] thee in all thy ways [journey]. 12  They [the angels of the LORD] shall bear thee up [take or carry away; lift] in their hands, lest thou dash [smite; inflict; stumble; strike] thy foot against a stone.”

Because the LORD’s presence offers Sanctuary and Security, the saints who find their refuge in Him have a Sureness and finally, a SATISFACTION that frees the most troubled souls of fear and anxiety.  The closing verses of Psalm 91 present four promises stated by the LORD in six “I will” statements (91:14-16).  The saint is promised the LORD’s Protection.

Psalm 91:14 – “Because he [the saint] hath set his love [desire] upon me [the LORD], therefore will I deliver [i.e. carry away to safety; save] him: I will set him on high [exalt; defend], because he hath known [perceived; recognized] my name [the name of the LORD and all that it embodies in His character].”

The saint is promised His Prayers will be heard and answered.

Psalm 91:15a  – “He shall call [cry out] upon me [the LORD], and I will answer [hear; reply] him…”

The saint is promised the LORD’s Presence (91:15b).psalm-91-15

Psalm 91:15b – “…I will be with him in trouble [distress; affliction]; I will deliver [strengthen; equip for battle; rescue] him, and honour [glorify] him.

Finally, the saint is promised Preservation, a long, satisfying life.

Psalm 91:16 – “With long life will I satisfy [fill to satisfaction] him, and shew him my salvation [deliverance; prosperity].”

Believer, I do not know who will be elected President, or the troubles and trials our nation will face in the future; however, I know fretting, worry, and despair is not God’s will for His people.  Writing to persecuted believers in the 1st century church, Peter challenged them, Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

I invite you turn your fears and anxieties over to the LORD…He cares for you!

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith