The king is a faithful believer, who does what is said in v. 9, he applies the truth of v. 1:
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
The king who applied the truth in v. 9 receives a promise:
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
God’s king, who applies the truth of God’s faithfulness will escape all harm. Verses 11-12 are quoted by the devil as he seeks to tempt the Lord Jesus (Matt. 4:6). As we approach Easter, next week we will have some holy week devotions, we will be reminded that Jesus was God’s king who calls out to His heavenly Father for protection. God, through the death and resurrection, is rescued from the final enemy, so we can have the confidence that we, his people, will be safe under his care.
But though the promise is shown to be true in God’s eternal dealing with his Son, Jesus as he approaches the cross willingly gives up the protection, he does not give in to the temptation of the devil. Though he surely could call on the angels for assistance, he chooses not to. Our suffering is often involuntary, we do not choose whether we get sick or lose our job, though we have some responsibility. However, Jesus as God’s faithful king who looks for help in his Father, his suffering is always voluntary, he chooses to undertake such suffering. And he does so, not for his sake, who would choose sufferings for their own sake, but for ours. He chooses to give up his angelic protection so that we can share with him in the divine protection that his Father offers us.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
And as he makes such a costly choice on our behalf, even in his suffering he receives victory from the hand of His God.
After Adam’s sin, when the whole world is brought under judgement and sin, the curses that are given are mixed with a promise:
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Gen. 3:18)
We have the promise, made afresh, to God’s king. And that is the promise that was fulfilled at the cross. When Jesus died, he crushed the serpent, he defeated the devil.
We live in a time of uncertainty, we do not know what the next few days will bring, let alone the next few months. However, the victory of our King, gives us eternal certainty. God through his Son, who willingly suffered on our behalf, has crushed the serpent and brought forgiveness and grace to those who now trust him. And if we make him our refuge, then we share in the eternal protection that has been won through his Son.
Thank you that you eternally protect all those who call on you.
Thank you that your Son chose to suffer on our behalf and that you gave Him victory over the devil, at the cross.
Help me each day, to commit my trust to you,
In Jesus name,