“O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him” (Psalm 140:7-11).
In our many afflictions, adversities, and battles with our theological enemies God has protected and preserved our heads. We have not lost them (our heads) due to the cunning and craftiness of wicked men who lie in wait to deceive, if possible, the very elect. According to Christ in John 10:5, the regenerate elect cannot be deceived. True Christians are “the ones in the power of God being guarded through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). We exult in the regenerating power and preservation of God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“…yet a little while, if need be, grieving in manifold trials, so that the proving of your faith, much more precious than perishing gold, but having been proved through fire, may be found to praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ; whom having not seen, you love; in whom not yet seeing, but believing, you exult with joy unspeakable and being glorified, obtaining the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:7-9).
In the midst of spiritual battles with our adversaries, some who once professed faith in Jesus Christ have defected from true gospel faith. Purveyors of damnable heresies (religious and secular) have laid waste former supposed adherents of the faith at noonday. This shakes and grieves us to our very core.
“A thousand shall fall by your side, and a myriad at your right hand; it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes you shall look, and see the retribution of the wicked. Because You, O Jehovah, are My refuge; You make the Most High Your habitation, no evil shall happen to You, nor shall any plague come near Your tent. For He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You in all Your ways. They shall bear You up in their hands, that You not dash Your foot on a stone. You shall tread on the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent You shall trample under foot. Because He has set His love on Me, therefore I will deliver Him; I will set Him on high because He has known My name” (Psalm 91:7-14).
A thousand may succumb and fall to the dark plague of defection. But it shall not come near us, thanks be to God our Refuge.
“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).
“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” (Galatians 1:4).
“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:18).
“Now to Him being able to keep you without stumbling, and to set you before His glory without blemish, with unspeakable joy; to the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty and might and authority, even now and forever. Amen” (Jude 1:24-25).