Loving + Acknowledging God = Protection (Psalm 91:14)

by Jocelyn on March 27, 2012

by Kathy Guzzo

Most of us were forced to continually study grammar throughout our education and if we paid attention to what we’d learned we’d notice that in Psalm 91:14 the tense changes from talking about God in the third person throughout the first 13 verses to God speaking directly to us. This shift is dramatic and powerful if we pay attention to the seven promises he makes to us in the last three verses of this psalm.

But first we need to look at the very first word in the verse. ‘Because’. What does that word mean? Again, back to grammar, ‘because’ is a conjunction, a word that joins two independent thoughts or phrases. The word itself means or can be replaced with, ‘seeing that’ or ‘since’. So what we need to remember is that he is expecting us to do something, in this case, love him, which will result in the fulfillment of his promises.

We must reflect on all the ways he has taught us to love him, the greatest of which is to spend time with him. There is an old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow stronger”, and after talking with many military wives, fiancés, and moms, I’m not sure I would agree with that. When someone we love is out of reach for months at a time, love doesn’t necessarily diminish, but it many cases, it’s different. Why? A strong relationship reflecting agape love involves being present with one another emotionally and physically while continually sharing life’s ups and downs. That’s how we develop a love for the Lord, by being present with
him.

Once we develop that love for him he will fulfill his promise to rescue or deliver us from all the evils of the world, both internal and external that were described in the first 13 verses of this psalm. He will rescue us whether we are in our own home or fighting on foreign soil. If we are struggling emotionally, physically or mentally, he promises to deliver us, if we love him.

His next promise is to ‘rescue him’, or some version say ‘set him securely on high’, which makes me picture him pulling us up to his level totally out of the situation and close to him where he has dominion and authority over everything. But once again, this protection is a result of acknowledging who He is. It’s for those who in good times and bad call out to Abba Father, God, Emanuel, The Lord, The Almighty, The King of Kings, and The Most High God because of whom He is. He knows that the more we call on His name, our reverence and love for Him will grow, resulting in the protection we so desire.

Just as a chick snuggles under the wing of the mother hen during a storm, the closer we are to him the more protected we will feel.

Today, regardless of your situation, call out his name, draw near to him, express your love to him and you will see His promises fulfilled in your life.

Psalms 91:14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.”

Joel 2:32 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be delivered.”

Psalm 73:28 “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”

About the Author:
Kathy Guzzo is the mother of four adult children and the author of several articles for military families, including the brochure, “Deployment: What’s A Family To Do?” She is a contributor to Faith Deployed. . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody Publishers 2011). Her son served in the USMC from 2004-2008, which included deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. She is the coordinator for Hope at Home Ministry in Rockford, Illinois, serving women with loved ones in the military. She also writes a bi-weekly newsletter sharing encouragement and resources with women across the country. Kathy and her husband of thirty-two years, Mickey, live in Rockford, Illinois.

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