Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What Does The Bible Say About Angels? Psalm 91:11

We wonder about angels. What do they do and why? The Bible has many references to angels; one of the most familiar is in Psalms 91.

"If you make the Most High your dwelling- even the Lord, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angles concerning you to guard you in all your ways. They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:9 -11, NIV.

These verses offer some general answers to questions about angels.

The reference to angels is a plural.  We often think of "A" Guardian Angel, but it seems God commands many to action and to watch over each his faithful, like a royal body guard.

Angels obey the command of God.  The verse says, "He will command his angels..."  The Lord of heaven rules the angels; he orders them to do what he pleases.  It does not appear that angels are free agents with free will; the Bible indicates that they completely obey.

In this verse the Almighty is directing the angels to influence his people.  God seems to be more concerned in the well-being of people than he is of the angels.

Angels guard and protect.  Maybe angels exert an influence on the spirit of people.

In the spiritual conflict between good and evil demonic forces seek to influence our lives for evil; it must be in the context of the unseen realms that angels guard over the Faithful.  Angels stand between demons and the harm they would do us.

The angels are a real presence in our lives since they lift us up in their hands.  The hands may be actual or the statement may be symbolic of power, but the point is clear that they manifest good in our lives, in some way.

There is an "if" in the passage.  If we make the Most High our dwelling and refuge then the promises in these verses are for us.  It is unreasonable to expect God's angelic protection if one is disobedient and rebellious against His holy will.

The wrong things to look for dwelling place and refuge things are...
     * Angels
     * Saints
     * Heritage
     * Tradition
     * Our own goodness
     * Or our religion
But we are instructed to make the Lord God our refuge.

If God is not our abiding place we are living precarious lives and are exposed to all sorts of evil without the refuge of the Almighty.

If you want to know more about making God your abiding place follow this link: click here.

(c)Adron Dozat

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