He Shall Deliver Thee
“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.” Psalm 91:3
The Scriptures never use hyperbole or exaggeration to emphasize or embellish the promises of God for effect. So when God affirms a Word with surely it is for the purpose of assuring us that we can have absolute confidence in the certainty of the promise being fulfilled.
“Surely he shall deliver thee,” means just what it says. God will not disappoint us or fail to fulfill His Word. He will deliver His people from the snare of the fowler.
The fowler is used here as a metaphor for anything that ensnares or traps us to enslave, to debilitate or devour us in order to keep us from God’s intended purpose and destiny of blessing and peace for pour lives. The fowler is a person who hunts and kills all sorts of winged or flying creatures by means of snares and traps.
The fowler who seeks to ensnare mankind is the devil, the thief, who comes only to steal, to kill and to destroy but Jesus has come as the deliver from the snare of the fowler and He gives life and that more abundantly. He will also deliver us from the noisome pestilence.
This is one of those Bible phrases that if heard only can sound like it has one meaning until the words are seen and read. The word noisome is not derived from noise. It has its origin in a Middle English word from which we get annoyance.
Noisome ‑ offensive to the senses and especially to the sense of smell:
noisome garbage: highly obnoxious or objectionable noisome habits
So, the promise here is that God will deliver us from the annoying smell of pestilence, the rottenness of decay and dying things. He will deliver us from the stench of sin and all the manifest works of the devil. There is an offensive order of sin that emits a more offensive stench the deeper the degradation of the acts it manifests.
We were not meant to live in that place or to be identified with it in any way. But if we are ever ensnared in it, God will surely come to our aid to deliver us. We can put our confidence in His promises and know with certainty that He will never fail us.