I was reading this in another forum. It strikes me as wrong, but I can't put my finger on exactly why. First, I'll put the question that was submitted:
Psalm 91 says God will keep us safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases.
Since we believers experience the same dangers and diseases as unbelievers, why does scripture have so many promises of God's protection?
This was the response:
Here's the point. We need to remember what the Psalms are. They are poems intended to be sung. They were not written as doctrinal letters like Paul's letter to the Romans. There is so much in Psalms that we need to be cautious in taking as universal promises or universal teaching. Much of the Psalms are emotional expressions and often "overstated" not to lie but just expressing emotion. What if Psalm 91 was a poem/song created right after a miraculous deliverance - the Psalmists heart is overflowing in gratitude. That same psalmist might have in the past or the furture be bitten by a snake. The point is that God is a protector and is trustworthy, but that is not a promise from any hardship. Listen to what C.S. Lewis says about the Paslms:
“are poems, and poems intended to be sung; not doctrinal treatises, nor even sermons…Otherwise we shall miss what is in them and think we see what is not.”
I can give many more illustrations of the danger of taking Psalms or any Hebrew poetry like Proverbs as universal promises.
Can anybody shed some light on this?