God will deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. Perhaps you have read these words many times as I have without realizing their meaning. But to write this devotion, I needed to understand their meaning. So while doing research I read part of a sermon by Charles Spurgeon, a great preacher of the 1800’s on this subject. He explained that a fowler was one who secretly tries to snare or trap birds. He carefully sets his trap and places a bit of food on the trigger for enticement. This reminded me of traps my dad set to catch quail. He built his traps, placed food inside the trap, and placed the traps where quail spent time. Dad not only trapped quail, I remember once his having a cardinal in his trap.
Also we might think of the fowler as Satan: because he traps many by his deceitful ways. To quote Spurgeon again, he wrote if the devil came to your door with his horns visible, you wouldn’t let him inside, but if he came with a hat on, dressed respectably, you would admit him inside. Beware! He is deceitful and cunning deceiver.
Heavenly Father, help unsaved and believers know that the devil continues to sugar coat or varnish sin to make it look appealing, but give us insight into his deceitful schemes and not be trapped. Christians have that help through the Holy Spirit; so we thank You in Jesus name for making that possible. Amen.