Trampling Over the Dragon
“Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” Psalm 91:13
Predators, whether real or imagined, will be no match for those who have put their trust completely in the Lord Most High. They will utterly dominate them trampling them underfoot.
Lions in Scripture represent power and authority as in Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah on the one hand, and the wild, untamed violence and destruction of the animals against their prey on the other, as when the lion came to attack the herds and David slew it to save his father’s sheep.
The adder is a highly venomous snake, common to the Middle East and Europe, but may be found in many other parts of the world in one variety or another. This threat to life like the lion will also be trampled underfoot.
The dragon is considered by many to be a mythical, fire breathing, flying creature with sharp teeth and tentacles that can grab or tare its prey. With the fire of its nostrils it could destroy almost anything in its path and was feared for its association with hell and the devil. In fact, the devil is often referred to as the dragon.
The great dragon is one of the names of the devil and he is no myth.
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9
To trample on something is to overwhelm it by treading heavily to lay it to the ground and to continue to stomp on it like an army moving forward, especially after its enemy is defeated and fallen.
We trample on the enemies that Jesus has defeated through His triumph over death, hell and the grave, over sin, sickness and disease, over fear, poverty and want, over all that comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. All of these works of the lion, the adder and the great dragon, the devil, we will trample under our feet by the power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and God’s Word in our mouths.