14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
Psalm 91:14 (NLT)
Welcome to my series on Psalm 91. In the previous article, we have learned that God wants us to go for the offensive. We are not supposed to just sit around to wait for Satan to attack us. We should take the initiative to attack him back when we want. God has promised that we will trample on Satan and his demons. In other words, Satan and his demons are called to be our doormats. We are free to trample on them as we pleased.
This statement must have offended Satan that he sent a messenger who introduced me to a crackpot preacher. I have checked out this guy. He went around telling Christians that they are not really saved. Just because you ask Jesus to come into your life it does not mean that he will do it. You have to go through some procedures (which no doubt requires this crackpot’s approval) in order to be truly saved.
I see this as the greatest proof so far that theology has been degenerating. What we are seeing now is theologians do not even bother to pretend to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ at all. Some of them have denied that God is even a person. They think God is just a system of goodness. Now, they have even dare to say that our salvation is false. Believing in Jesus and asking him to come into our lives does not guarantee your salvation. You have to go through some procedures, which only this crackpot can approve in order to go to heaven. In short, the only thing constant about theology is the change for the worst. Living under the bondage of theology must be full of misery.
On the positive note, the presence of this messenger must show that my last article is making a deep impact. Satan must be scared. I am following up in this article. Here we go.
Psalm 91:14 begins with a condition. The condition is we have to set our love on God. How shall we do that? When we set our love on God, we are basically entrusting him with all our hopes and things that we hold dear. We are telling God that no matter how bad the situation may look like or what evils that the theologians are saying, we remain committed to trust in him alone. This is called setting our love on God. We do not allow external events to disrupt our relationship with God.
Once we do that, God promised he will deliver us. What is he going to deliver us from? In order to understand this, we need to make up our mind that our God is not a pervert. He is not a sadist despite what the theologians say about him. God will never do perverted things on you like making you poor, sick and suffer. When God says he will deliver us, it always means he will deliver us from bad things.
The bad news here is bad things can happen to us. There are many sincere believers around the world who are suffering in every area we can think of. Many Christians are poor, sick, lost hope and live in failures. You may be one of them. Welcome to the real world. We have real problems in this real world. However, just because the trouble is here now, it does not mean it has to stay with you for the rest of your life. God promised he will deliver you if you set your love on him.
This means if you want God to deliver you from your present troubles, you have to start trusting him. You must not allow that bad situation to get into your soul. Outwardly you may be sick, poor and in distress but inwardly you are filled with joy, prosperity and health. When you do that, you are effectively in position to receive the deliverance from God. This is not all.
In the second part of the verse, God promised to set us on high because we have known his name. When God sets us on high, we are on high ground. All our problems are below us. When we look at our problems we look down. We are already in a superior position. This is the way God wants us to see our problems. Whenever troubles come into our lives, we treat them as our inferiors. God has given us everything we need to get rid of them. Once you believe in this, you will no longer be troubled by troubles. There is a condition for this. We have to know his name. What is his name?
In fact God has many names. I have written about the names of God in the past. The following is a copy of it.
JEHOVAH-JIREH: “The Lord will Provide.”
God is our provider. He is able and willing to provide everything we desires. Once we understand this, we will never be in lack. Through him we have all the prosperity that we can ever dream of. If you are facing a financial crisis right now, trust in JEHOVAH-JIREH to provide for you, with all the money you need to overcome your situation. As long as you believe and don’t give up, you will see the provision of God in your life.
JEHOVAH-ROPHE: “The Lord Who Heals”
He is our healer. You may be very sick right now. You can feel the sickness. Your doctors may have told you that your disease has reached the terminal stage where there is no cure. According to their professional opinion, you are going to die very soon. You have to understand that the reason why the doctors said what they have said is because they do not know who JEHOVAH-ROPHE is. At the Cross, Jesus took all our sickness and disease. He is more than willing to heal us if we allow him to. All we need to do is to believe in him. In the mind of God, no disease is incurable.
JEHOVAH-NISSI: “The Lord Our Banner.”
Banners were used in ancient warfare to rally and organize the troops for battles. If you are with your banner, you know for sure that you are not alone. You are fighting along with many others who are on your team. You will not feel discouraged but you will have the courage to charge forward and crush the enemy. Therefore, whenever you feel discouraged, turn to JEHOVAH-NISSI. He will give you the strength to fight on because he who is in you is greater than he who is in this world.
JEHOVAH-SHALOM: “The Lord Our Peace”
The situation around you can be very chaotic but you can still have peace inside you. Through JEHOVAH-SHALOM, we can have great peace that enables us to analyze the situation calmly and find the solution to our problems. We will not be agitated, stressed or panic. No matter how bad and impossible the negative situation appears to be, we have the peace and confidence that our God is greater than them all.
Once you have set your love on God and know his name, he will deliver you and set you on high.