How does finding refuge under God's wings in Psalm 91:4 relate to seeing the punishment of the wicked in Psalm 91:8-9, if, in fact, it does?

Psalm 91:8-10 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, "The LORD is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

Psalms 91:8 - 10

ESV - 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place - the Most High, who is my refuge -

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Mini Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
Moses is the likely author of this Psalm according to Jewish tradition. Moses certainly had many opportunities to make God his refuge and watch God deliver the nation of Israel from its enemies. 

God saved his people at the parting of the Red Sea because they took refuge in him. Then they witnessed the destruction of the Egyptian army who were swallowed up and destroyed when the sea closed in again.

Moses also witnessed other occasions when some of the Israelites rebelled against God, complaining bitterly, and wanting their old life back in Egypt. God sent various plagues to destroy the wicked from among his people and Moses, who had taken refuge in God, witnessed all of them.

I believe this psalm is also very prophetic, as some of the verses speak of Jesus first coming. But from what we know of the whole New Testament, I believe we too will see the destruction of the wicked. Each Christian has taken refuge in God by accepting Jesus as our personal saviour and the Lord of our life. When Jesus comes again to judge the living and the dead, to destroy all evil and wickedness on the earth, we will be coming with him, and will witness everything he does.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the idea of finding refuge under God's wings conveys the idea of being in a safe place that completely separates and shelters the followers of God from whatever punishment may be visited upon the wicked.

Although cases of such protection may certainly occur in this life and world. (and the punishment of the wicked may also be visible to those who are saved), I would also say that, for the followers of God, the greatest good that will ever befall them -- as well as the circumstance that will create the most consequential and lasting separation of them from the wicked -- will not be any temporal condition, but the attainment of eternal life in God's presence, when the wicked will never again be present.

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