by Ruth Olsen
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This is the third devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:9–16.
‘For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go’ (Psalm 91:11).
To which of the angels did God ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’ (from Psalm 110:1)? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (see Hebrews 1:1–14 NIV)?
Revelation 12:9 tells us that Satan, the one deceiving the whole world, was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. They work against people, to entrap people in captivity. But yes, God’s beloved Son Jesus now reigns, superior to all angels; and God’s angels minister as those sent to serve people. He gives them their instructions – we don’t – although we can ask him to send his angels to anyone in need.
Satan quoted from Psalm 91:11–12 when tempting Jesus at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (see Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13). Satan knew the word of God, but Jesus did too and replied ‘It is also written [in Deuteronomy 6:16]: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test”‘. At the end of those temptations, the devil left, and angels came and attended Jesus (Matthew 4:11; see also Matthew 26:53 and Luke 22:43).
We need to get to know God’s word to apply it, also to help us discern when Satan uses it with a twist against us, as he did with Jesus.
Lord, thank you that you send your angels to help people in need. Amen.