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How to Live in Safety (Part 2)

Ps. 91

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. Last week we studied the first 2 verses of this delightful Psalm. We learned that all who are willing to permanently remain under God’s sovereign guidance, and continually trust Him — establish themselves in the security and protection God wants to provide for His own children. Now, let’s consider first:

  1. DIVINE PROTECTION 3-8. Since The Fall in Eden when God came looking for Adam and Eve, He has been demonstrating His ultimate desire and purpose is to rescue and deliver people from everything evil. In the NT, of course, we learn The Lord Jesus is God’s Ultimate Deliverer. God’s divine protection is a universal proposal. We read in 2 Pet. 3:9 that “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Everyone is given the opportunity at some point in their life to repent of their sin and sinfulness by confessing the Lord Jesus as their Savior and trusting in His finished work at Calvary to take away their eternal sin penalty. God’s divine protection is also uniquely personal. Here in Ps. 91:3 the word “you” is second person singular. This protection or deliverance is one of the blessings or rewards God extends to those of His adopted children who have surrendered their heart to Him in daily living. These true men and women of God who have turned from their sin in repentance to Christ in faith enjoy, if you will, special or extraordinary protection and deliverance from God. As you well know that does not mean their life is free from adversity, pain, sickness, and the other maladies of the sin infected world. What it does mean however, is that the person who lives in verses 1, 2 is kept from a lifestyle filled with sinful thoughts, words, and actions that would put them in eminent danger – even life-threatening situations. Why? Because they are made aware of the traps that are cunningly, secretly laid for them to suddenly spring and catch them off guard. . But that’s not the whole picture, notice God also provides:
  2. ANGELIC PROTECTION 9-13. V. 10 is the result of V. 9. Another way to say that is-  V. 9 is the “if,” and v. 10 is the “then.” However, v. 11 can be considered the focal verse of this paragraph. It is important to notice that angelic protection is still divine protection. David reassures us of that truth when he says, “He, (God), will command His angels…” The NT commentary on these verses is found in Rom. 8:31-39. The entire doctrine of salvation including all the individual doctrines of Scripture that God has given to help us understand not only the magnificence but the magnitude of our salvation is focused on the spiritual, not the physical! It is the spiritual part of man that is redeemed, re-created, and regenerated at our conversion. Conversion was the point in our lives where we stopped trusting in ourselves and our sin tainted works – and start trusting in Christ as a living Person and His finished work at Calvary to save/deliver us from the eternal penalty of sin in hell. In addition to divine and angelic protection there is:
  3. DELIVERANCE PROMISED 14-16. I think one of the most revealing promises that God has given to His adopted children to prove His eternal love for them is that in addition to delivering us from the eternal penalty of hell; God also promises to deliver us from this entire sin-filled world. The point is God is telling us He is responding to the one who holds fast, doesn’t quit, perseveres, doesn’t give up in difficulty, or for any other reason – but holds fast to God in love – receives deliverance. In our language today we might say, “no matter how bad, hopeless, dark, overwhelming, or difficult, or how painful, lonely, rejected, or in any other way unappealing – there is nothing conceivable to the human mind that would cause an adopted child of God to forsake Him for any reason.

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