Connecting Champions to the Vine – C2TV

Home » Favorite Authors » What God Does – Charles R. Swindoll

What God Does – Charles R. Swindoll

August 2013
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Categories

RSS Ligonier Ministries

  • What Is the Biggest Issue We Face in the Church Today? August 23, 2019
    Sadly, false teaching abounds on the person and work of Christ. From one of our Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul warns us against foundational errors that have threatened the church from its earliest days. To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript
  • $5 Friday: Guilt, Forgiveness, & the Atonement August 23, 2019
    It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as guilt, forgiveness, Islam, the Holy Spirit, the atonement, atheism, John Calvin, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

RSS Our Daily Bread

  • Servant’s Heart August 23, 2019
    Cook. Event Planner. Nutritionist. Nurse. These are just some of the responsibilities regularly performed by modern moms. In 2016, research estimated that moms likely worked between fifty-nine and ninety-six hours per week doing child-related tasks. No wonder moms are always exhausted! Being a mom means giving a lot of time and energy to care for children, w […]

Recent Comments

Dr. / Rev. Richard… on Prayer Warrior – The Pow…
sammis4@zoominternet… on Prayer Warrior – The Pow…
Rob Henry on Smoke Signals – Greg…
Joe and Tinna Hambli… on I can do all things through Ch…
MaryAnn on It Is A Part Of The Cross, J.C…
Dr. Richard & Loryann Schnitker

Dr. Richard & Loryann Schnitker

C2TV ministry is designed to strengthen your spiritual walk. This ministry newsletter began in 1999, first known as the Family Tree Ministry. The goal is to be a connection builder, serving as a spiritual connection between people and matters of faith. Our mission is simple: Connecting men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus – encouraging them to impact their community with His values, ethics and love. In the age of technology the newsletter has transformed into a blog with many more features that the old paper format couldn't provide. In November 2012, The Family Tree Ministry was renamed to "Connect to the Vine - (C2TV)" based on the Book of John, Chapter 15, where we are told to remain connected to Christ. In October 2016, this blog was renamed to "Connecting Champions to the Vine - C2TV." This change came about with the adding of the ADVOCARE bar at the top of the blog site. Originally focused on a ministry outreach to family members, C2TV has expanded to reach all those whom we come into contact with. Our prayer is that this blog becomes a means of illuminating God's work in our culture and encouraging one another to stand firm in Him! At the heart of the spiritual journey is the understanding that it is a journey. None of us are perfect. Once we become believers, we are not expected to achieve instant spiritual maturity. Rather, the Christian life is a process involving both our attention (2 Corinthians 7:1) and God’s work in us (Philippians 1:6). And it has more to do with opportunity and intentionality than with age (1 Timothy 4:12).

View Full Profile →

rescuedPsalm 91:3–4

         3 For he will rescue you from every trap

          and protect you from deadly disease.

         4 He will cover you with his feathers.

          He will shelter you with his wings.

          His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

While the first two verses of Psalm 91 depict the faithful character of God, verses 3 and 4 describe what God does. The psalmist names three actions the Lord takes on our behalf:

a. He delivers: from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence

b. He covers: with His pinions/under His wings

c. He shields: by His faithfulness

The Hebrew sentence structure enables us to point out particular emphases in our study from time to time. In this case, the emphatic part of verses 3–4 is “He.” We might render the line: “He alone” or “He it is—not anyone else!” Practically speaking, you will find no absolute assistance or deliverance from anyone other than your Lord.

Now, one at a time, let’s look at the specific actions God takes to protect and sustain us when the enemy attacks. The psalmist describes these actions using three different analogies.

1. He delivers from the snare of the trapper. The first analogy imagines a bird becoming entangled in a fowler’s trap, which is baited with something the bird needs. My Webster’s dictionary says that a trap is “something by which one gets entangled, something deceptively attractive.” The word “deliver” is translated from natzal, meaning “to separate, to cause removal.” It suggests that the bird has already been deceived by the trap and has been caught. Certain death awaits, as described by the phrase “the deadly pestilence.” Literally, from “a death of destruction.” One translation renders this “a violent death.”

2. He covers with His pinions, under His wings. The Lord is here pictured as a bird keeping close watch over its brood. Both Psalm 36:7 and Psalm 57:1 mention the protection we have under our Lord’s “wings.” When danger presents itself, baby ducks and geese make a beeline for their mother, who creates a shroud with her wings. The mother will then pivot to keep her young hidden from any predators.

3. He shields by His faithfulness. The psalmist has pictured our Lord’s protection in three distinct ways in verses 3 and 4. First, in the scene of a trapper. Second, in the scene of a bird and her brood. Now, in the scene of a battle. Here he assures us that we are guarded by His faithful presence. The Hebrew word for “shield” depicts a protective barrier large enough to protect a soldier from a hail of arrows. The term translated “bulwark” comes from a term that carries the idea of “surrounding.” It could be another kind of large, curved shield. Because the term also denotes a particular kind of stone, the concept of a fortified barrier, such as a castle wall, makes better sense.

Regardless, the idea is the same: in the heat of battle, when the enemy’s attacks become too much to bear, the faithfulness of God is there for your protection; hide behind Him.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

August 2013
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  
John Maxwell

Improving your spiritual journey toward Christlikeness

The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast

Improving your spiritual journey toward Christlikeness

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Tracking events and trends in Israel, the U.S., Russia and throughout the Epicenter (the Middle East & North Africa)

Under Gods command

Online Training in Gods Army

%d bloggers like this: