To "give charge" is more than simply to
command! It is to come to one and PERSONALLY place into his
hands the responsibility to achieve some longing of a Superior!
(Believing friends, this very day there are angels who are
individually "charged" with caring for you!) The verb is in the
"Piel" stem ... meaning that it represents INTENSIVE action!
These angels diligently (vehemently) care for their "charges."
And the "time" sense of the word is that of continuous action!
(They are always on the job!)
"Over" is a preposition that can also mean:
to, towards, belonging to, according to, etc. It shows
"direction," not motion. The "care" of these angels is focused
toward the child of God who rests under the Wings of Almighty
To "keep" is to guard or watch or protect!
This little verb is a "Qal" infinitive, which suggests on-going
action also. YOU are being guarded day in and day out by the
angels of God!
And the noun "ways," ("derek" in Hebrew) has
the idea of a road or a path. It's speaks of a frequented
route. (ALL thy ways is a startling term here!) It could only
be given to one who has learned to constantly dwell in the
secret place of the Most High!
Now you all know that God can protect His Own
children without having to have the angels' help! Why does He
allow them to participate in this great plan of safety? THEY
ARE HIS SERVANTS! And God seems to love to give us all a
calling, a vocation which we can follow for His Glory!
We had better remember what ONE angel can do
in a night's work! (Like slay 185,000 enemy soldiers! 2 Kings
Christian, this verse today ought to be
memorized by every one of us! It is a sweet "tasty" delight for
our souls! CHEW on it throughout the day! The week! The
year! Your whole life!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
"They shall bear
thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a
The "they" of our verse has reference to the
very angels of God! They DO help protect Believers in our Lord
Jesus Christ! They (the angels) are
"ministering spirits." Hebrews 1:14 asks (expecting an
affirmative answer) --- "Are they (the
angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for
them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
By the way, as you study this verse today, I
want to remind you of something. The very Eyes of Jesus have
fallen upon these words! (So have the very eyes of Lucifer!)
This verse was part of the "battle" (which Jesus won) during His
days of temptation while He was on this earth! (Matthew 4:6 and
Did you ever think about the "hands" of
angels? Well, for the first time this morning I am realizing
that we are not only in Jesus' Hands and not only are we in the
Father's Hands ... but God has also placed us in the hands of
angels for safe keeping!
The verb translated "bear thee up" means to
lift and carry! The "time" sense of the verb represents
continuous action! IF ONE DWELLS WITH THE MOST HIGH ... AND
ABIDES UNDER GOD'S ALMIGHTY SHADOW ... THE ANGELS DO CARE FOR
HIM OR HER METICULOUSLY! Now this does not mean that trials
will never come your way! (They came to Jesus and to Paul and to
Jeremiah and to every other Christian. But it DOES MEAN God
will lovingly be with you and you'll not be harmed by evil!)
To "dash" is to strike or to hit. We are
being told here that God can keep us from stumbling (Jude 24)!
The noun for "stone" can mean either a large or a small rock!
Just think of all the "stumblingblocks" out there on the
spiritual path we walk! And God promises to his faithful saints
victory over them all!
Again, may I remind you that these promises
may not be for EVERY BELIEVER. BUT IT IS DEFINITELY FOR THOSE
WHO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF VERSES 1 AND 2 AND 9 AND 14!
Some of the "stones" you may avoid: "Hurt
feelings!" "Church splits!" "Worldliness!" "Broken
marriages!" "Liberal preachers!" And so many more!
Read Isaiah 63:9 in the light of our verse
today: "In all their affliction He was
afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them: in His love
and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried
them all the days of old." (Wow!)
Now these promises of safety do not mean that
you ought to go somewhere and jump off a building or sit in the
middle of a busy highway! (Those are silly examples but some
Christians do some rather strange things under the guise of
divine protection!) This is exactly what the devil tempted Jesus
to do! AND JESUS REFUSED!
Now you know one more reason WHY you have not
"fallen" along the way as so many others have! (It was not YOUR
great strength, after all!) It was God's Protection at work in
Folks, we ought today to "praise the Lord" as
That's our "nugget" for Monday!
PSALM 91, VERSE 13 ...
"Thou shalt tread
upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt
thou trample under feet."
This is the verse satan DID NOT quote to
Jesus in the temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4 and Luke
In Matthew 4:6 the devil stopped quoting at
verse ten! "And (satan) saith unto Him
(Jesus), If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is
written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time
thou dash thy foot against a stone." (The devil likes to
use parts of Scripture. The parts that are convenient to him!)
Why would the devil stop there? BECAUSE
treading on the lion and adder are pictures of our victory over
satan himself! For the devil to emphasize those verses would be
a bit like "satanic suicide!"
The devil's "preachers" to this day like to
"pick and choose" only the verses (or parts of verses) that suit
their evil goals! Some of those reprobates this very day are
scouring the Bible to try to validate sinful activity and false
belief! They will find something, too. But only because they
have not "rightly divided the Word of Truth!"
In the past two verses of our 91st Psalm
here, God has promised protection from stumblingstones, lions
and snakes! What a passage!
The verb "tread" means to stomp upon
(obviously) but also can mean to "march forth." The idea may be
not that we just stand around and and look for an enemy to tread
under foot ... but that as we travel our Christian pathways ...
any lion or snake that comes along CAN BE DEFEATED via the Power
of God! The dictionary in Strong's concordance says our verb
also means (not just "to tread or to walk") to string a bow (as
in bow and arrow)! To do so someone had to put his foot on the
bow and bend it in order to "string" it! (Maybe the Lord is
saying that by "treading" upon these enemies we are just
preparing the future weapons we'll need to assure final
The noun "lion" it is believed comes from a
verbal "root" meaning to ROAR! That no doubt is a frightening
sound! God can handle our fears! Of course according to Peter
the lion is a picture of the devil! (1 Peter 5:8 ---
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.")
An "adder" is a snake. It comes from a verb
meaning "to twist" and probably pictures the contortions of a
poisonous serpent called an asp or cobra. (This does not mean
we are to go out and start handling snakes either!) But if the
devil comes to attack ... step on Him!
Now here's something strange about our
verse. We've already had the Hebrew word for lion ("shachal")
... but added to that is another word for young lion ("kephiyr").
The word originally meant a village covered by walls. It is
thought that here it pictures a (young) lion covered by a
healthy glistening mane! (The root idea is "to cover.") Maybe
it implies that the devil comes often "under cover" to attack
us. God can give victory to an old devil or a young devil! A
lion attacks overtly. A snake attacks secretly!
I was taught that old lions have worn their
teeth to the point they can't attack and kill as well! They
must hide and depend upon the paralyzing effect of their roar
... then attack their prey. While the young lion is strong and
can outrun nearly anything. It looks to me like God has us
protected either way!
In the King James Bible "dragon" is
translated as "serpent, sea monster, and even whale!" (Sea
snakes or land snakes ... God can handle either!) Whatever it
is, it's BIG! And deadly! (And defeated ... through the Power
of God!) In the New Testament also the dragon is a picture of
the devil (Revelation 12:4).
To "trample" is "to abusively stamp upon!"
It's what happened to Jezebel in 2 Kings 9:33 ---
"And he said, Throw her down. So they
threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on
the wall, and on the horses: and he TRODE her under foot."
This is sort of a bloody verse today! But
the Christian is on the winning side (again)!
Did you notice that the Lord did not promise
there would be NO serpents or lions or dragons?
BUT He did promise victory over them when
I've got a few "nuggets" here today. When we
finish this Psalm (Friday, the Lord willing), I'm going to have
enough "nuggets" to go into the jewelry business!
Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 91, VERSE 14 ...
We're nearing the end of our journey through
the great 91st Psalm! Today study with me verse 14.
"Because he hath
set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set
him on high, because he hath known my name."
It certainly seems to me that at this point
(and for all the last three verses) the LORD speaks!
No longer does the Lord speak OF us (as He
has done for 13 verses), He now speaks TO us! Bask in the
sunlight (Sonlight) of His great Love as you ponder these words!
"Set his love" is a verb (in Hebrew) that
means "to cling, to join or even to delight in!" (Another
lexicon says "to be attached to.") It is only found 11 times in
the whole Bible! It's a Qal stem verb ... indicating simple
active voice. Here's the Believer CLINGING to His Lord! The
"action" sense of this verb is "perfect," which means it is
based upon a "one-time" past decision. When our psalmist got
"saved," he set his love upon the Lord!
"Deliver" (a verb) is in the "Piel" stem.
That makes the action INTENSIVE! God vigorously protects and
"brings into security" the trusting Christian! (Only found 25
times in all the Scripture!)
To "set him on high" means to be made
inaccessible! The action here is on-going. God places him on
high again and again. (Perhaps it is saying that God keeps the
trusting believer on high!) Job 5:11 says that God sets on high
those who were low! Job 36:22 adds that God "exalteth" (our verb
here) by His Power! It's translated "defend" in Psalm 20:2!
And in Psalm 148:13 our word is rendered "excellent!" (The
Lord's Name alone is "excellent!")
"Hath known" translated the verb "yada,"
which implies knowing experientially (even knowing intimately)!
It suggests (again) habitual (lifelong) action.
What a verse!
What a bunch of "nuggets!"
We all should praise the Lord all day!
He's done so much for us!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 91, VERSE 15 ...
Today we study the "penultimate" verse of
Psalm 91. (That's a Latin term meaning "next-to-the-last.")
He shall call upon me, and I will answer
him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him,
and honour him. Psalm 91:15
As was so yesterday, the LORD is still
(It almost seems that the Lord is just
"thrilled" with the faith of this godly man who "abides under
the Shadow of the Almighty!")
God already knows that THIS man (or woman)
will "call upon Him when trouble comes! This little verb "call"
(qara in Hebrew) can mean "to cry out loud!" (It's all right to
verbally call on the Lord!) Vine's Word Dictionary says the
verb may imply (not just the act of calling out, but ...) the
specification of the NAME on which one calls! When we pray,
should we be specific which Name of God we use? He is ONE GOD
... but has many Biblical "Names!" (Lord, God, Almighty,
Saviour, Jehovah, Etc.) The verb indicates continual prayer
also! (Not just "calling" on Him once)
When the troubled man calls ... God promises
that He will "answer!" The verb defined: "to eye, to give
attention to, to heed, to respond, to sing, to shout, to
testify, to announce!" Glory! The lexicons say that this
"response" (answer) is not necessarily verbal either! If can be
a movement of God's part other than simply words! (Doing
something!) It thrice even means "to invite!" (And the verbs
match here! As long as the man calls ... God answers!)
Look at the next phrase: "I will be
with him in trouble." (See the italics! The King James
translators were so accurate. Their use of italics here means
that those italicized words were supplied to enhance the meaning
of the sentence. The Hebrew says that God declares: "I WITH
HIM IN TROUBLE!" (This reminds me of Isaiah 63:9 where God
says that "In all their affliction He
(God) was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them:
in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them,
and carried them all the days of old.") When we hurt ...
God hurts! Remember Daniel 3. When the three Hebrew young men
were "in the fire," God was in there with them!
"Trouble" simply means "tightness" and is a
picture of things closing in all around you! (Constriction!
Pressure! Stress!) Ever been there?
Furthermore God promises that He will
"deliver" the poor troubled (but trusting) believer! Of the 44
times this verb is used in the Bible, it is translated
"delivered" 15 of those times! But watch this! Eighteen (18)
times it is translated "armed men" or "army" or "armed soldiers"
or to "arm" with weapons! (WOW!) It's in the "Piel" stem which
intensifies (!!!) what God is doing! It can mean that God is
putting on His armour to defend his trusting child! Isaiah
59:17 describes God putting on His armour!
"For He put on righteousness as a
breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head; and he
put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was
clad with zeal as a cloke." Or perhaps the word is
teaching us that God will equip us with proper armour for the
Lastly, God says He will "honor" this blessed
Christian! The Hebrew verb "kabad" here means "to be heavy!"
(The word picture is that of giving "weight" to a person in some
way. Treating them with gravity and care!) Just think of
that! If I do what the Psalm says ... God Himself will "honour"
me! But that's exactly what Scripture says elsewhere. The Lord
says in 1 Samuel 2:30 --- "For them that
honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be
lightly esteemed." (See the idea of "weight" here?
Four great promises are here! Trust the Lord
... pray to Him ... dwell with Him ... AND HE WILL (1) ANSWER
YOU! (2) BE WITH YOU! (3) DELIVER YOU! AND (4) HONOUR YOU!
What a series of "nuggets" today!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PSALM 91, VERSE 16 ...