Deadly Sandstorms: What Happens in the Darkness, Psalm 91, pt. 3

Deadly Sandstorms: What Happens in the Darkness?

Psalm 91 part 3

“You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon” (vv. 5, 6).

Terror by night is the absence of light.  In the light, you can see and understand. However, in the darkness, just as today, ancient folklore told of demons and evil spirits who lurked in the opaque atmosphere of night. When you are alone at night, not knowing who or what is out there, you need not fear, for God will protect your soul and your being. 

“Arrow that flies by day” is not a human weapon, rather, metaphorically some demonic power. “The LORD will protect you from all evil: He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever” (Psalm 121:7, 8; cf. SOS 3:8).

Pestilence, the context is that of demons, or envoys of evil.

Destruction: The Hebrew word is “qetev” meaning “destroying, to cut-off, to scourge.” Like that of a scorching desert wind, or a deadly sandstorm.

Points to Ponder: 

  1. God protects in the darkness where there is no light, and at noon, when the brightest of the light shines.

      2.  Jesus taught his disciples, “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops” (Matthew 10:27).  

      3.  It is in the darkness that we learn to listen to Jesus.  It is during the times of trial and uncertain circumstances that He whispers in our ears.  

      4.  To hear Him, we must be quiet. If we talk, or move around busying ourselves with “helps” we may not hear. Be silent and pause.  

      5.  Listen to what God wants to say through the Holy Spirit, and then, in the light, shout it from the rooftops, or simply share with your neighbor or loved one. 

      6.  Through the discipline, we learn in the darkness humility comes, and our hearts grow into clay from stone, and then we can hear God.