Monday, September 10, 2012

Psalm 91

 Psalms 91:1-16 

There are promises from our God that He desires to gives to us. Psalm 91 gives a clear explanation of God's promises for us. Below is a break down and explanation of each verse.

It is believed that this Psalm was one penned by Moses himself. Moses had a lot of  experience with God being his refuge and defender. God uses Moses to write this Psalm for all to learn from.

 (1)Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

 The key to obtaining the promises of God comes from the simple act of obedience. Obedience to His words and obedience to His ways.We step out from His protection once sin becomes a dominate force in our lives. Sin has the means of destroying the goodness of God within us.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,  (10)  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  (11)  And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
The bible is clear that those who walk constantly in these sins will not inherit the Kingdom of God and will find themselves in an eternal damnation. Why is this so hard for people to believe and understand? When we step outside of God's protection and walk into sin then the Shadow of His Almighty is removed. I know those believers of the LOVE camp don't like this statement; all I can say is read your bible a little better. It is clear that God's love never leaves us, but it is equally clear that we can leave it.

 (2)  I will say to the LORD, "You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." 

The basic fundamental truth for all believers is to put their whole trust in the Lord. God desires to be our refuge in time of trouble. He desires to be our fortress in times of distress. He desires to be right there in the midst of our circumstances.  I can look back over my life and see the faithfulness of God. He has taken care of my family many times and I am forever grateful. His hand of mercy has overshadowed me and all I had to do is simply put my trust in Him. Trust means devoting all to someone bigger than yourself. It means surrendering all to the living God. We can't fool God either. He knows the ones who truly trust in Him.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. ”

We can't  fool the almighty. Going to church or saying you are a Christian does not constitute trust in the Almighty. Either you do or you don't. You will never understand how your God can be your refuge until you surrender your all to Him. Try it today. Take a circumstance that you are going through and simply put it in the Lord's hands. See what happens!

 (3)  He is the one who will rescue you from hunters' traps and from deadly plagues.  

The bible is very clear that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. We fight against demonic forces that we can't always see. We are fighting against the tempter who does not want to face that he has already lost the war. In this verse, we have the promise of rescue from hunter's traps and deadly plagues.  The word " rescue" is the word "natsal" in the Hebrew which means to snatch away. The Lord will snatch us away from the hands of the enemy. He is our protector.  What is He snatching us away from?  He is snatching us away from the enemies' snares in life. Those rabbit traps of life that get us caught in a box with a trap door. When we put Him first, His power begins to work on our behalf.  Sin truly has no dominion over us.

(4)  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.

Thomas Watson, a 17th century puritan preacher writes the following about verse 4.
 Christ's wings are both for healing and for hiding ( Matthew 4:2 ), for curing and securing us; the devil and his instruments would soon devour the servants of God, if he did not set an invincible guard about them, and cover them with the golden feathers of his protection. 

Like a mother hen who brings her chicks underneath, so does our God when we are in danger or need of protection. That word refuge means finding hope or security. It is a joy to feel the great protection from our Lord. Underneath His wings I find healing and renewal for my soul. His truth of promise is like a shield to me. His desire to fulfill His truth in my life is also my armor against the evil of this world. There is only one absolute truth, and it belongs to the maker of truth. As we live in a world that is constantly trying to redefine truth; we can rest in the arms of our living God who is the TRUTH. 

 (5)  You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 
 (6)  plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon. 
 (7)  They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.  
(8)  You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 

When we are nestled in the promises of God. When our heart beats for His , and we are in relationship with Him then one need not fear. We need not fear with what goes bump in the night.  The arrows of evil which fly over head become like trophies on our mantles of life. We overcome because He is our savior. We overcome because our God is near us and loves us. The enemy cannot come near us while we are in the Lord's care. Thousands will fall beside on the right or the left but we will be unharmed. This is the promise of the Lord. He desires to keep His promise through His people. All we have to do is believe. All we have to do is come unto Him.

 (9)  You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your home. 

The writing was trying to explain the greatness of our God. He said the Most High was his home. This means the universe beyond the universe is His home. He owns it all. There are millions upon millions of galaxies which make up the know universe. It is said that the universe is a living organism and it is in fact still growing. Our God owns it all. Our God lives outside of it and within it. He truly is our refuge.

(10)  No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house. 

 I might have to go through the fire like the three Hebrew men but I don't have to get hurt. God's promise is for no harm to come to us. His promise is for no sickness to come near our house. Moses and the people of Israel saw this take place many times. Jesus came to bring our complete healing which means cure.

1 Peter 2:21-25  For you were not called to this? For Christ also suffered on our behalf, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps,  (22)  He who did no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth,  (23)  who when He was reviled did not revile in return. When He suffered, He did not threaten, but gave Himself up to Him who judges righteously.  (24)  He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.  (25)  For you were as sheep going astray, but now you are turned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 (11)  He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.(12)  They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.

Another promise from our Lord is that He sends His infinite amount of Angels to protect us and defend us. What do we have to fear? Why do we allow fear to over take us? We have the Lord and his heavenly host on our side. This promise once again comes out of our  relationship with Him. He loves you and He love me. What a wonderful truth.

(13)  You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 

We are promised to stomp the devil and his demons down to the ground. They have no power over you and I. The only power they have come from us.

(14)  Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. 
 (15)  When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you.  
(16)  I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

This Psalm ends with a greater break down of the Lord's promises.

1. He loves us some much.
2. He rescues us.
3. He protects us by knowing Him deeply.
4. He answers us when we call.
5. He stands with us in time of trouble.
6. He saves us and lifts us up in honor above all wickedness.
7. He gives us a long life for trusting in him.
8. He shows us His greatness and His protection over our lives.

Without a doubt our God is full of promises . Each promise is for you and I. All we have to do is have a great a relationship with our father and trust in Him. It comes back down  to relationship. The key to unlocking His promises for us comes out of our relationship with the Almighty and being obedient to all His ways.
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