Have you ever had a word just stick in your mind and you can’t shake it? My word for today is trample. I woke up with it on my mind. I decided to look into it. Trample means “to tread or stamp heavily and noisily; stamp; to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly.” Do you get the picture? It’s not just stepping on something or someone by accident. It’s a violent, intentional act.
When we were at Ghost Mountain Ranch one of the highlights each day was to watch the horses released from the corral and sent out to pasture. They were an amazing force of nature rushing by. The sound of their hooves pounding the ground was like a train passing by. The smoke screen they created was so thick you couldn’t see through it. They would have trampled anything that stood in their path with the force with which they were traveling. It was a sight to see.
Psalm 91 is known as a protection or warfare psalm. It talks about the Lord’s provision of protection to those He loves who love Him. There have e been times I have actually had people say, “I prayed Psalm 91 over you” when I’ve asked for prayer covering. The encouraging thing about having someone pray scripture over you is you never have to wonder if it is God’s will for your life. It’s God’s Word and He never contradicts His Word.
My word, trample, is found in Psalm 91:13 and the picture it paints is even more powerful than the horse stampede I described above. It says, “You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” That’s just impressive sounding. Think about it, trampling the great lion and the serpent. That isn’t done by sissies. So who can claim these promises?
Matthew Henry addresses who the “you” in this Psalm. He states three qualifiers for the “you” who can claim the promises. Those who: 1. know His name, “by His name He has made Himself known, and with that we must acquaint ourselves.” 2. love Him, “will fix their love upon Him with a resolution never to remove it to any rival.” and 3. call upon the Lord, “keep up a constant correspondence with Him, and in every difficult case refer themselves to Him.”
This would be the moment you jump up and high five me in celebration with very loud cheers in the background. We are the “you” in Psalm 91. We, the follower of Christ, can lay claim to the promises of Psalm 91. It wasn’t just David who could hold onto these words as truth. You and I can also.
Now, before you buy a ticket to the zoo and ask to be let into the lion’s den, I think you need to recognize David was speaking of trampling the lion mentioned in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Satan is after us to destroy us any way he can, but God is after us also [John 10:10]. Satan may have us in his sight, but so has the Lord and His weapons trump anything the enemy has aimed at us [1 John 4:4]. We’re in the enemy’s site for destruction, but we’re in God’s sight because He desires to bless us beyond words, giving us life to the full.
Be encouraged. The battle has already been won and we can walk in victory. We no longer have to walk in fear. Psalm 27:1 is our battle cry: “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” Take that, fear!
What are you afraid of today? Tell the Lord. Lay it down at His feet, because He’s got it. Whatever it is, He can handle it, so you don’t have to. Let the high-fiving begin!