Psalm 91 is chock full of wonderful and marvelous things that are so pertinent to living in today’s world of plagues, terrorists and depraved men motivated by satan but I want to look at the last verse and point out a couple things for you to meditate on today.
Psalm 91:16 says, “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
That statement is a little blind to us not knowing the full impact of what was actually communicated in the original Hebrew text as well as in light of what God Himself has specifically said previously.
Let’s break it down a bit!
1. “With long life”….you and I do not have the right to decide what “long life” actually is in the heart and mind of God. We have to depend upon what God has actually said about the lifespan of a man or woman.
Contrary to traditional religious thinking, “three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength, they be fourscore” is NOT what God said about lifespan! Back up one chapter to Psalm 90 and let’s look at this. At the top of the chapter, my reference Bible says this is “a prayer of Moses” so that is who is speaking here and as you read down through the chapter it becomes obvious that this took place during their time in the wilderness and that this lifespan is for a disobedient, rebellious people (as a matter of fact, if you go back and research this, it was actually the people who pronounced this sentence upon themselves with their own words).
I have not been able to improve upon the way the translators of the Amplified Bible Classic Edition describe this in their foot note on this verse:
“Psalm 90:10 This psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Num. 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity. When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Gen. 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua 110 years of age. Note as well that in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isa. 65:20).
The only place in the Bible where God Himself states what the lifespan of man is supposed to be is found in Genesis 6:3…”Yet his (mans) days shall be 120 years”
THAT’S the long life referred to in Psalm 91!
2. “Will I satisfy him”….living a satisfied life! Not a beat up, beat down, just trying to survive life. In fact, as you study that word out you find meanings such as satiated, full, satisfied and, get this, so full and satisfied that you don’t even want to think about more! The implication is like that of when you overeat, I mean really overeat, to the point of not even wanting to look at or think about more food!
THAT is “will I satisfy him!”
3. “Shew him”…you would think this small phrase would be simple enough and in one aspect it is. It does mean “to see or to look” BUT it also includes the idea of personal experience and, according to Strongs, “to make to enjoy!”
4. “My salvation”….does not mean simply to make it to heaven as so many mistakenly believe. That word “salvation” most definitely includes making it to heaven but it also includes complete health, tremendous financial wealth, all encompassing protection and peace for your soul!
Romans 10:10 tells us that it is with the heart that man believeth unto righteousness but is with the mouth that confession is made unto this “salvation” so let’s declare our salvation today!
Say this, “Father, I see it in Your Word and so I put it in my mouth that my life on this earth shall be 120 years of joy, 120 years of health, 120 years of financial abundance, 120 years of protection from calamity and disasters and 120 years of peace, tranquility and soundness of mind! That’s your will for my life and I receive it! I take it now in the name of Jesus! I have it and I thank you for it, sir! And Father, as an act of my will, by faith I forgive anyone that I have anything against today! Amen!”