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Psalm 91:3 Surely He will deliver you

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:3

I love this verse. It is straightforward, crisp, and clear. God’s intention is for you to be delivered, pure and simple, from snares (danger) and disease.


Nothing is more settled in the Word of God than any statement preceded by the word SURELY. Whenever Jesus said, “Verily, verily…” in the gospels, He was saying “Absolutely. Certainly. Beyond a shadow of a doubt. Set in stone.” This word “surely” is the exact same thing. God is saying, “I’ve made up My mind about the issue.”

He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler…

Your God is ready and willing to deliver you from danger. He sees the path you take and is prepared to deliver you from any and all harm along the way. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have liberty to violate the precepts of the Word or your conscience just because “God will cover it no matter what”. Remember verse one? These promises are for you who seek to put the Lord first place in your heart, life, and decisions. (Satan tried to get Jesus to take a flying leap from the top of the Temple quoting another verse from this Psalm—“Hey! God’s angels will catch You up in their hands if You jump! Just do it, and everyone will know You’re God!” Jesus told him, “BUG OFF! You don’t have the right to put the Lord your God to this kind of stupid test” (see Matthew 4:5-7; my paraphrase).

But trust me—God knows how human we are; and He cares for us nonetheless. Do you seek to put Him first? Then whether you’re perfect or not (and you’re not), He’s prepared to deliver—rescue, snatch you away, recover you, and pluck you out—from every conceivable trap, snare, or danger. He just wants you to look to Him first for help—and help will come.

I’ve experienced several occasions in which God came through for me in a big way. Car accidents were averted, turbulence on planes was brought to nothing, violent people meaning to harm me backed off for no apparent reason (one man threatening to “martyr” my friend and me literally fell over backwards when I quoted God’s Word), and I’ve even had God tell me one Monday not to mow my lawn on Thursday—no explanation, but when Wednesday came, I reluctantly mowed—and then mid-morning Thursday (my prime mowing time) I sat looking out the window and CRASH! Down came a large silver maple across the width of my back yard—right where I would have been mowing!

The Lord is not limited to delivering you from physical danger; He is also well aware of moral, emotional, social, and relational dangers. He may give you a subtle nudge to avoid a certain party, meeting, or date; as you yield to His leading, you are sparing yourself unnecessary trouble. Even when someone actively seeks to undermine your reputation, He is willing to deliver you. Trust Him; as you lean on Him in purposeful trust, He’ll show you what to do—and what not to do. Obey Him, and you will see yourself rescued from big fat headaches and heartaches.

And from the deadly pestilence.

As greatly as He cares for your safety, He also cares about your health. In fact, He made provision for this in Christ. It is written, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

Don’t think the Lord isn’t aware of Covid-19 and everything that has to do with it—fact and fiction, danger and disinformation. It’s His stated purpose in this verse to SURELY deliver you…from the deadly pestilence. He’s given you the tools to use—common sense and good hygiene knowledge—and has graciously granted a plethora of insight into how to build your immune health just for the asking. Above all, though, dare to trust Him with your body. He knows how to protect it; and even if you do contract this or any other virus or disease, SURELY He is faithful to deliver you and to walk with you through it to the other side.

Honestly, with the world around us swirling in a chaotic cacophony of injustice, violence, despair, and disease, I can’t think of any better place to park my focus:

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the deadly pestilence.


© 2020, Dorothy Frick