When surrounded by demonic hosts, situations of life, and even things of our own making, God promises to encompass (surround) us with His mercy, presence, power, and protection. This brings with it both positive and negative implications.
In the midst of it all, God promises to stretch around, encircle, surround, and embrace the whole of us and our situation. We are “kept (protected) by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5).
Encompassed About by Death and Hell
This is always associated with deliverance for the believer.
Psalm 18:5 – “The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented (confronted) me.”
Psalm 40:12 – “Innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”
2 Samuel 22:5-7– “When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented (confronted) me; In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and He did hear my voice out of His temple, and my cry did enter into His ears.”
2 Chronicles 18:31 – “And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.”
Have you ever felt that you were encompassed about by the sorrows of hell, death and innumerable evils, to the place that your heart is failing you? The waves of death were encompassing you about? The very snares of death were confronting you?
When the powers of darkness are encompassing you about, you must simply turn to the Lord with all of your heart. In such times, as we call out to God in our distress, as David and Jehoshaphat did, you’ll see the Lord bring the deliverance you so desperately need.
Encompassed About With Songs of Deliverance
Psalm 32:7 – “Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.”
This entire chapter was written in the context of David’s sin with Bathsheba. Even in the midst of our sin and failures, He is still our hiding place, He still preserves us from trouble, and encompasses us about with songs of deliverance.
This means He even delivers us from our-self. When we’ve messed up royally, and everything seems to be falling in around us, we can find our hiding place in Him. In the midst of everything coming down around us, even of our own making, God encompasses us about with songs of deliverance.
I can only imagine, the Lord Himself, encircling us with songs of deliverance. I’m reminded of Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty – A victorious warrior; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will quiet you in His love, He will joy over thee with singing – with shouts of joy.”
When the world, the devil, and often the people of God are hurling accusations against us and condemning us, the Lord is encompassing us around about with songs of deliverance, decreeing in song our deliverance. God never does anything halfway! He shouts songs of deliverance over us, drowning out all accusations being cast at us.
When He is singing over you, your deliverance is sure!
Encompassed About With Mercy
Psalm 32:10 – “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.”
This too is said in the context of David’s sin. Grace is giving us what we do not deserve, whereas mercy is not giving us what we rightfully deserve. When everyone is looking on and saying we need to get what we deserve, God has us encircled with a wall of mercy. I’m so thankful He’s a merciful God and doesn’t give us what we deserve. If He did there would be no hope for any of us.
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity” (Psalms 32:1-2). This quoted by the Apostle Paul concerning justification by faith. “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:6-8).
This is God’s mercy not man’s. In the case of man, this is not so. God shows mercy, men seldom do. Sadly, this is often true as well of believers and the body of Christ – The Church. Know this, that when insults, accusations and condemnations are being cast at you, God has encompassed you about with a fence or wall of mercy.
When they’re saying you should get what you deserve, mercy shouts back – GET OFF MY FENCE! GET OFF MY WALL! The one you’re attacking is encompassed about by the mercy of the Lord. We must do likewise, when one of our brothers or sisters in Christ have fallen and experienced failure, we too must encompass them about with a wall of mercy, protecting them from the accuser(s) of the brethren, casting them down (Revelation 12:10).
Psalm 109:3 – “They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.”
Allow me to vent a little here. I’m tired of the body of Christ beating up on those who have experienced some type of failure, kicking them while they are down. We’re the only army that shoots its wounded. The church is to be a spiritual hospital, nursing the wounds of its fallen soldiers, not finishing them off. “If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
This goes for denominations and ministerial fellowships as well. It gets me how we can throw away good ministers when they have gone through failure of any kind. Instead, we should be lifting them up, mending their wounds, and putting them back on the battlefield and back into the service of the Master. I’m tired of seeing them cast aside as something that is of no value. THAT’S NOT GOD! God encompasses us about with mercy. We should be doing no less!
After Peter’s denial and Jesus had risen, the angel told Mary, “Go your way, tell His disciples and Peter” (Mark 16:7). Don’t forget Peter, He still loves him, believes in him and has plans for him. His call on his life has not changed. It was less than fifty days later that the Lord used Peter to preach that great gospel message on the day of Pentecost where 3,000 were saved and the eleven stood with him in full support (Acts 2:14).
God uses flawed vessels! Those who became David’s mighty men were made up of “every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented” (1 Samuel 22:2). “Let My outcasts dwell with you… Be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler” (Isaiah 16:4).
Remember, “your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
Romans 11:29 – “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance – irrevocable.”
God gives victory His people when they’re are compassed about by enemies and accusations. When criticisms, complaints, accusations and condemnations are being hurled at us on every front, we must stand in faith, declaring victory in the name of Jesus. “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee” (Job 22:28).
Psalm 118:10 – “All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.”
Psalm 118:11 – “They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”
Psalm 118:12 – “They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”
Encompassed About by an Angelic Host
Psalm 34:7 – “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
It’s significant to note “The angel of the Lord” is singular. This, no doubt, refers to the Lord Jesus Himself. He is the “captain of the host of the Lord” (Joshua 5:13-15). He is head and commander over all the angelic host of heaven. He, Jesus, is the one who is encamped around us, accompanied by His host of angelic beings.
This was said in the context of the goodness of God. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” (Psalms 34:7-10).
Elisha had been revealing to Israel the plans of the Syrian army and frustrating their plans. Every one of their planned attacks were being thwarted. The King of Syria was frustrated and asked his servants who was siding with Israel and revealing their plans to them.
“And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2 Kings 6:12-16).
When the enemy has come after you and has plans to capture you, and fear strikes your heart saying, “Alas, my master! what shall we do?” When the enemy has compassed you about with horses and chariots, God has encompassed you about with His angelic host, that are far greater than those who are coming against you. “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” The Bible says, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14)?
Encompassed About by a Great Cloud of Witnesses
Hebrews 12:1a – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.”
This was written in the context of Hebrews 11 of the heroes of the faith such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae; David, Samuel, and of the prophets: “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews 11:33-38).
These are a part of this great heavenly amphitheater. They’re sitting there looking on as we run the race that is set before us,