EXPOSITION: Protection, Provision, Praise

“You are are on verge of victory, or the enemy would not show his hand.” (Pastor Stidham)

“Lifting you up in prayer right now brother! psalm 91!” (Jay Burke)

“July 6, Morning

“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

– Pro 1:33

Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab’s table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God’s people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save his people under heaven, he will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.” (Spurgeon)

Psa 91:1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psa 91:3  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

Psa 91:4  He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

Psa 91:6  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Psa 91:7  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Psa 91:8  You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Psa 91:9  Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place– the Most High, who is my refuge–

Psa 91:10  no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

Psa 91:11  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Psa 91:12  On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13  You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

Psa 91:14  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.

Psa 91:15  When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

Psa 91:16  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”


“July 9, 
Morning

“Forget not all His benefits.”

– Psa 103:2

It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe his goodness in delivering them, his mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping his covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of his goodness and of his truth, as much a proof of his faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that he wrought all his mighty acts, and showed himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare his arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. Let us review our own lives. Surely in these we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God. Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you had no manifestations? Have you had no choice favours? The God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart, hath he never listened to you and answered your requests? That God of lavish bounty of whom David sang, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things,” hath he never satiated you with fatness? Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have you never been led by the still waters? Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old. Let us, then, weave his mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls give forth music as sweet and as exhilarating as came from David’s harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endureth for ever.” (Spurgeon)

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