Face to Face with God, Angels, Psalm 91, pt. 6

Face to Face with God, Angels

Psalm 91, part 6

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways” (v. 11).

Angels are like divine bodyguards.  Angel (Heb. malach) means a “messenger” who communicates the king’s wishes.  An angel represents the king – God the king.  God sends them to fulfil a specific task, a mission of God’s choosing. The Talmud says that certain angels accompany a person throughout their life (Chagigah 16a). The Talmud is correct. 

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14)?  This gives voice to the fact that angels, not only serve Jesus (Matthew 4:11) they also serve His   children, “those who will inherit salvation.”

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). 

Face: in Exodus 33:11 it is said that, “the LORD spoke with Moses face to face” (Heb. p’anim al p’anim). Face-to-face is a very intimate position.  When God spoke to Moses, “face to face” it was a very intimate – an otherworldly moment.  

The angels assigned to little ones have intimate conversation with God face to face.  He knows who harms the children. Here Jesus warns those who would harm children implying that judgment would be severe upon those who abuse.

Guard you in all your ways refers to protection from the evil onslaught of influences and attacks against God’s people.  Ways is the Hebrew word “derek” meaning one’s journey, manner of one’s course of life, or moral character, one’s walk.  

As evil attempts to persuade and dissuade our choices, and our actions, angels will guard you as you walk.  These divine bodyguards are protecting us from evil attack. In Daniel chapter 10, the angel sent to Daniel with an answer was in battle with a satanic adversary.  Michael, the prince of angels who watches over Israel, 12:1, came and helped to defeat the adversary.   Meanwhile, Daniel was wrestling in prayer with no answer for 21 days – Though perhaps uncertain, and tired, he kept “walking” in moral character and faith. The answer did come.

God Himself is sometimes camouflaged as an angel.  “Now the LORD (YHVH) appeared to him by the [terebinths] of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.  When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, and said, ‘My lord (Adonai), if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by’” (Genesis 18:1 – 3). 

These 3 men were the LORD and two angels (Genesis 18:1, 13).  Abraham was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.  Rabbinic scholars attest that he was still recovering from his circumcision (Genesis 17:24).  

Immediately, he recognized that one of the three was the LORD. Though in discomfort from the circumcision he ran towards them and bowed before them, his face pressed in the earth.  He washed their feet and brought food and drink, and he stood off to the side while they were eating. He knew who they were. 

After the meal one of the angels said that Sarah would become pregnant and bear a son.  She laughed.  And the LORD asked, “Is anything too difficult for the LORD” (Genesis 18:14)?  Or is anything too “marvelous for the LORD?” 

Points to Ponder:

  1. Our divine bodyguards (angels) fight for us.
  2. Our angels have intimate conversations with God.
  3. As we journey with God and trials come, even when we do not have immediate answers, we must persevere and keep walking until the answer comes.
  4. Develop a sense of awe, reverence, and expectancy for the LORD’s presence.  There is no pretentiousness here, no artificial posturing. A developed sense of spiritual intuition acknowledges the LORD is in our midst. 
  5. Abraham’s acts of humility, reverence, washing feet, and serving them is a mirror of what Jesus taught His disciples (John 13; Matthew 20:28). In times of trial or healing through pain, we are to serve, and worship God – it’s not about us, it’s about Him.
  6. As with Sarah, God knows our heart that we often teeter questioning what He says.  When pushed, we deny that we “laughed.” Fear of the unknown often causes us to recoil. But then, low and behold, the miraculous happens.
  7. God can do the impossible!