Abide In His Shadows
Psalm 91 has to be a favorite.
Look at this:
1. Verse 1
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
o We see from the Psalmist – right from the start to Dwell on God
o We see that battle begins in the secret place of the most high – in prayer
o We see that the object of our prayer is God Almighty – not what keeps us up all night.
Children learning to play baseball are often afraid of the ball when it is their turn at bat. Their instinct is to duck or step out of the path of the oncoming ball.
o Their perception of the situation is that every ball is going to knock them out or hurt them.
o They have to learn to Trust that most will never touch them – and the Joy of the game is only realized when we stand our ground and face the heat.
The batters box is like our prayer closet.
That is where the joy happens – that is where the home runs start from.
2. Verse 2
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Daniel – Trust in the Lord – regardless of the outcome (Delivered or eaten). Not only if we get the outcome we want.
Martyrs – 10 of the 12 – and countless more under NERO throughout Rome and even today
Compare that to our problems of bills, bondage, and broken hearts.
Jesus is our provider
Weather we see Jesus feeding the hungry – giving water to the thirsty
or a propitiation for Father Abraham – sparing his son – through the Sacrifice of the Eternal Son – Jesus is our provider and he is always right on time.
3. Verse 3
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
Satans snares – means the distractions and delusions of this world
The lies that keep us on looking at ourselves rather than God.
The distractions that cause to ask God “Why” or “Where” is he – Rather than seeking to know more about “Who is is”
Jesus is our deliverer
Consider this –
o Nothing on earth is more powerful than the Holy Spirit flowing through the faith of a born again disciple of Jesus (1 John 5:4).
o Through faith nothing is impossible says (Matthew 17:20).
o When a Christian is full of Spirit-empowered faith, he cannot stop and cannot be stopped speaking about what he has seen and heard says(Acts 4:20).
o Not even death can silence him we read in (Hebrews 11:4).
The only thing Satan’s forces fear more than the vibrant faith of a Christian is the unified, collaborative, vibrant faith of a community of Christians.
But we do have one vulnerability: unbelief. It weakens us and can destroy us. And Satan knows this very well.
Satan’s After our Faith.
In the Gospel of Mark Jesus said , “If[a] you can believe, - all things are possible….”
24 Immediately the father of the healed child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
We all struggle for faith – and that is where Satan lays his traps -
But we also - learn that through the Holy Spirit and the living Word of God that we can grow in that strength and in our comfort through Christ.
4. Verse 4 (Reads)
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
His Truth is scripture
His Truth is the Bible
His Truth is the Word of God
The Word of God has also come as flesh – as Jesus Christ.
Jesus is Truth – He is the Way and the Life. (John 14:6)
He became Flesh and dwelt amongst us. (John 1:14)
Like Jesus – James 1:18 tells us that- He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.
5. Verse 5
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
In other words – God wants us to - Worry about nothing
Philippians says – “Be anxious for nothing”
…and Jesus is comforter
Our brains have chemical reactions to fear.
The amygdala is a part of the brain that activates when we sense a threat stimulus and prompts the body to have a physical response, like the “release of stress hormones and sympathetic nervous system.”
For example, seeing a lion is likely to provoke a fear response in the brain, but that response is tempered by the existence of a thick glass wall in a zoo.
That tempering is what our faith in God is supposed to do, operate as an instinctive grid through which we view fearful events or circumstances, reining in our responses with the knowledge that he is in control.
Stay stay in prayer - stay in His shadow.
Stay in the Word - stay In His Truth.
Stay under His wing - Fear nothing of thie world.
o ..Our Comforter
o …our Deliverer
o …our Redeemer
o …our Truth
o ….Jesus is our Shield and our Sword & In Him we are victorious! Amen!