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February 24, 2019
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 91:1-8, 11-16
KEY VERSE: He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. (Psalm 91:15)
INTRODUCTION: INTRODUCTION: As Psalm 90 was a psalm of death, so Psalm 91 is a psalm of life; it is a messianic psalm and gives a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
· However it reveals a wonderful place of protection and security for us too. It is a psalm that is very popular among God’s people, both old and young of all ages. Many have been greatly blessed by it.
· Psalm 90 was a picture of the first man, Adam; and in Adam all die. It was a psalm of death. But Psalm 91 is a picture of the Lord from heaven, a truly messianic psalm and a psalm of life.
· This is a psalm that was quoted by Satan. It is one he knows very well, as we shall see in our Bible study today.
I. REFUGE AND FORTRESS. (Psalm 91:1-4)
A. God’s People Have A Fortress. (Psalm 91:1-2)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psalm 91:1-2)
This is beautiful language. “I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress.” The One who is depicted for us in these verses is the same Man who was the blessed Man in Psalm 1 -- the Lord Jesus Christ -- the perfect, holy, sinless Man. He always dwells in the secret place of the Most High. My problem is that I am there sometimes, but my stay is like it is in motels -- only for a night or two at a time.
B. God’s People Have A Protector. (Psalm 91:3-4)
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence [the pestilence that destroys]. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:3-4)
A young man (named Terry) in the church I pastored in Rockford, Illinois in the 1960s joined the Marines during the Viet Nam war, and our congregation claimed these verses in Psalm 91 for him. Even though he was wounded in battle, it was not serious. And we felt that it brought him through combat and home safely.
II. YOU WILL NOT FEAR. (Psalm 91:5-8)
A. God’s People Have A Deliverer. (Psalm 91:5-6)
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. (Psalm 91:5-6)
In typically poetic style, the psalmist in verses 5 and 6 beautifully portrays that God’s protection of those who dwell in the secret place is constant, never failing day or night.
“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night,” a probable reference to robbers, “nor for the arrow that flieth by day,” perhaps a reference to open warfare. “Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness,” a poetic picture of the grim reaper stalking the night looking for victims; “nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.”
The word rendered “destruction” here and in Deuteronomy 32:24 means the danger of the day -- sunstroke (see, Psalm121:6).
INSIGHT: When we are willing to take up our residence in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we are assured of round-the-clock, twenty-four-hour protection from the devil and his angels.
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked” (Psalm 91:7-8). Think about times when God has protected you (or someone you know) from physical or spiritual danger. Can you trust God to do it again?
By Dave Branon
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
· Most people know that dialing the numbers 9-1-1 in the United States will get them in touch with emergency help.
It’s so simple that even preschoolers have saved the lives of family members by using it. Three numbers do it all.
· In one case, a woman’s car had been hijacked with her and her infant son inside.
She dialed 9-1-1 on her cellular phone, but the hijacker was totally unaware of what she had done. With the police dispatcher listening, the young mother cleverly included clues about her location as she talked to the hijacker. Police were able to locate her and her baby and arrest the criminal.
· In an emergency, help is as close as three pushes on the phone keypad.
Often, though, the situations we face cannot be remedied by human rescuers. Many times our crisis requires divine assistance. When that happens, we can call a different kind of 9-1-1 – Psalm 91:1. There we find the help and protection of our Almighty God. This verse reminds us that God is our “shelter” and that we can rest in His shadow.
· When we face the crises of life, we often try to survive on our own.
We forget that what we need most, God’s protection and the comfort of His presence, are available for the asking. The next time spiritual danger strikes, dial Psalm 91:1.
– By Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread, May 4, 2000
III. GOD’S PROMISED RESCUE. (Psalm 91:11-16)
INSIGHT: The psalmist says, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Psalm 91:9-10). These verses speak of Jesus Christ. This is a picture of our Lord.
A. The Lord Gives His Angels Charge. (Psalm 91:11-13)
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (Psalm 91:11-13)
1. This is the passage that the Devil quoted.
The interesting thing is that Satan knew this psalm applied to the Lord Jesus. During the Lord’s temptation, Satan said, “For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee.” This statement is recorded in Luke 4:10; it seems that the Devil quotes Scripture for his own purposes.
2. Well, I do not think Satan can quote it, but he can misquote it.
In this case that is just what Satan did. He left out the words, “in all thy ways.” The Lord Jesus Christ came to do the Father’s will, and that meant to walk in His ways. He would have stepped out of the will of God if He had attempted to make the stones into bread, or if He had accepted the kingdoms of the world from Satan, or if He had cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple. To do any of that would have been out of the way of God. The promise is: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
INSIGHT: In Both the Old and the New Testaments there are stories of angels protecting God’s people. Angels comforted the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; angels rescued the Apostle Peter from prison; and angels delivered Lot and his family from wicked Sodom.
What about today? Today we may be confident of God’s protective influences. (1) We have the promised guidance of Scripture, (2) the wisdom of mature believers, and (3) the protection of God’s angels who watch over us. We should not be afraid to step out and do the will of God for our lives!
B. The Reward Of Blessing. (Psalm 91:14-15)
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. (Psalm 91:14-15)
Notice that in verse 14 there are two “becauses,” and they are very important:
You see, the perfect Man went into the jaws of death. He went down into the lowest parts of the earth, which meant death and the grave. Deliverance came on the third day when God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead and gave Him glory. God says, “I will set him on high.” What a picture we have of the Lord Jesus Christ in this psalm! It also reminds us of our resurrection when Christ returns in the rapture.
C. The Reward Of Satisfaction. (Psalm 91:16)
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (Psalm 91:16)
1. “With long life will I satisfy him.”
This promise is in marked contrast to the apparent despair of Psalm 90, which describes long life as “labor and sorrow” (Psalm 90:10). What can the difference be? The difference is the reality of verse 1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
2. “And show him my salvation.”
To see the salvation of God is to see beyond today and to know that, “… the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
For His Time
By David Roper
My times are in thy hands…. (Psalm 31:15a)
When South African pastor Andrew Murray was visiting England in 1895, he began to suffer pain from a previous back injury. While he was recuperating, his hostess told him of a woman who was in great trouble and wanted to know if he had any counsel for her.
Andrew Murray said, “Give her this paper which I have been writing for my own encouragement. It may be that she will find it helpful.” This is what Murray wrote:
“In time of trouble say:
· First -- God brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place. In that I will rest.
· Next -- He will keep me in His love and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.
· Then -- He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
· Last -- In His good time He can bring me out again -- how and when He knows.
I am here -- by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, for His time.”
We want the instant solution, the quick fix, but some things cannot be disposed of so readily; they can only be accepted. God will keep us by His love. By His grace, we can rest in Him.
Lord, it’s hard to endure times of illness and
suffering. Comfort me and help me to trust You.
– By David Roper, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 2016
CONCLUSION: So much for what the Psalm says! But WAIT! You are probably thinking of what it does not say, of important questions that it does NOT answer.
INSIGHT: For example, how can we reconcile all these promises of safe-keeping for the Messiah with the fact that men ultimately did put Him to death? And if we apply the Psalm to believers today, how does it square with the fact that some of them do succumb to disease, or fall in battle, or die in plane crashes?
· Part of the answer, at least, lies in this: The one who trusts in the God of the Bible (“Jehovah”) is immortal until his work is done.
Jesus said as much to His disciples. When Jesus suggested returning to Judea, the disciples said: “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him” (John 11:7–10).
The Lord knew that the Jews could not touch Him until He had finished His work. And this is true of EVERY believer; he is kept by the power of God through faith.
· Then the Lord may speak to a believer in a special, personal way through some verse of this Psalm or another verse found in the Bible.
If He does, the person can claim the promise and rely on it. The personal incident .
· And finally, it is true in a general way that those who trust the Lord are sure of His protection.
We may tend to overemphasize the exceptions. The general rule is still true: there is safety in the Lord.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.
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