Sermon on Psalm 91: Safety and Assurance

 "Safety and Assurance in the Shelter of the Most High"

A journey through the comforting and reassuring words of Psalm 91—a passage that speaks of divine protection, security, and deliverance. This psalm, often referred to as the "Psalm of Protection," reminds us of the safety we find when we dwell in the presence of the Almighty. In this sermon, we will explore the profound truths found in Psalm 91.

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I. Standing in the Presence of God: Psalm 91:1

The opening verse of Psalm 91 sets the stage for our exploration: "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." This verse encourages us to stand in the presence of God, seeking intimacy and communion with Him. It is in this secret place that we find refuge, comfort, and the assurance of His protection.

II. Making God Our Complete Security: Psalm 91:2

In Psalm 91:2, we are reminded that God is our complete security: "I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.'" When we make God our refuge and fortress, we declare our trust in Him as our ultimate source of safety. This verse encourages us to place our full confidence in the Almighty, knowing that He is our protector.

III. Deliverance from Man and Plague: Psalm 91:3

Psalm 91:3 speaks of God's deliverance from both human adversaries and deadly diseases: "Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence." God's promise of deliverance extends to all forms of danger and harm, assuring us that He is our shield and defender.

IV. Intimate Protection Coming from God and His Character: Psalm 91:4

Verse 4 of Psalm 91 provides a beautiful image of God's intimate protection: "He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler." This imagery portrays God's care for us, akin to a mother bird protecting her chicks. It emphasizes the truth of God's character as our safeguard and protector.

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V. Freedom from Fear and Miraculous Preservation: Psalm 91:5-7

Psalm 91:5-7 reassures us of freedom from fear and miraculous preservation: "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday." God's promise is that we need not fear the unknown, for He watches over us day and night, preserving us from harm.

VI. A Safe Abode (Psalm 91:10)

We begin our journey through Psalm 91 with verse 10: "No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling." This verse emphasizes the safety and security we find when we make the Lord our refuge. It assures us that, under His divine protection, we can dwell securely, knowing that no harm will befall us. The promise of safety becomes a reality when we abide in His presence.

VII. Protection (Psalm 91:11-13)

Verses 11-13 of Psalm 91 expand on the theme of protection: "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra." These verses reveal God's commitment to safeguard His children. He assigns His angels to watch over us and protect us from physical and spiritual dangers. When we trust in Him, we can walk confidently through life, knowing that nothing can harm us.

VIII. Deliverance (Psalm 91:14)

Verse 14 reassures us of God's deliverance: "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known My name." God's deliverance is not arbitrary but a response to our love and devotion to Him. When we intimately know His name and rely on His promises, He promises to deliver us from life's trials, setting us on high above our circumstances.

IX. Answer to Prayer (Psalm 91:15)

Psalm 91:15 presents the promise of answered prayer: "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him." When we call upon God in times of trouble and adversity, He is faithful to answer our cries. His presence and deliverance are a testimony to His faithfulness in responding to the prayers of His children.

X. Long Life and Salvation (Psalm 91:16)

The final verse of Psalm 91 offers a beautiful conclusion: "With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation." God's promise of long life is not merely about earthly years but about the quality and abundance of life that comes from walking in His presence. Ultimately, He promises us salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of deliverance.

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In Psalm 91, we find the promise of God's presence, complete security, deliverance, intimate protection, and freedom from fear. These truths remind us that when we dwell in the shadow of the Almighty, we are under His divine care and provision. As we navigate the challenges of life, may we take refuge in the promises of this beautiful psalm, knowing that our God is our ultimate protector and the source of our peace and assurance.

Psalm 91 is a testament to God's unfailing love, protection, and deliverance. As we abide under the shadow of the Almighty, may we find safety, refuge, and answered prayer. May we experience the promise of long life and, above all, the assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. In Him, we find our ultimate security, and in His presence, we discover the true meaning of life. Let us trust in the Lord with all our hearts, for He is our ever-present help in times of trouble. In the name of Jesus, amen.

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