More than at any other time, we are in dire need of divine protection. And for us to acknowledge that, we need to humble ourselves and say: “With all my smarts, with all my degrees and qualifications, with all the titles to my name, only God can put me at the right place and the right time. We read the entire Psalm 91 last week and it is important and imperative that you are aware of the promises in Psalm 91. Remember this: Psalm 91 begins with the names of God in the Old Testament. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. We mentioned last week that the secret place of the ‘Most High’ is ‘Elyon’. Today we go further, alright, “I will say of the Lord,” “the Lord” there is Yahweh. We touched on Yahweh last week. He is my refuge and my fortress. My Elohim. Alright, “My God” is “My Elohim”, “in Him I will trust.” I will trust. “Batach” – “trust”. Verse 3, “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler.” Very interesting. The snare of the fowler. It is a picture of a bird trap, ok, and we are likened like birds. In fact, the analogy in the picture of birds, are used often in this psalm of protection. God says, “Surely, God will deliver you from any trap the devil lays up for you.” Can I have a good amen? And that’s why, if something is attractive by itself, you don’t need to—if something is so beautiful, then you don’t need a trap. You need a trap when you want someone to believe that the thing that he wants is there but try to distract him from the fact that he would—this—this box will come crashing on him, for the bird. So, we have seen this God wanting to deliver us from the perilous pestilence. This pestilence here is open pestilence. You will see this word “pestilence” here, “perilous pestilence” which means open pestilence. Like the Ebola, like the SARS. Well, God SURELY will deliver you, He says. Right? So that—we are starting the—to see the promises of God, of Psalms 91. And here, the next promise, “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Now we have a picture of God as an eagle which many other scriptures talks about Him, as an eagle. Alright, He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall trust. And when you start thinking about it, we must use language of scripture. If the Bible says that God wants to be an eagle for protection, we ask ourselves, why? Why an eagle, ok? And the last line says, “His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” “Shield” is a large shield that covers your front. But “buckler” is a very interesting shield that really don’t really you know, fit the bill. Because shield is a large shield like the Romans would use in the front. In fact, the first mention of that shield, the front shield is in the story of David and Goliath, where Goliath, when he went down the valley of Elah, he had a man carrying his shield. That’s how big it was. Nothing was told about the man after Goliath died. He must have fled. That’s—that’s a front shield, a large shield. But buckler, literally is a shield that goes around. It goes around the person. Like in the ancient times, they have a fortress or a fort. You have walls that go around. It is a protection all around. So we have, we have Most High, Almighty Lord and Elohim. And the last verse of Psalms 91. Here is something that God gave me many years ago. Never heard anyone preach this but I’m telling you that people will stop there and they say the names of God are in verse 1 and 2 but I tell you, the Lord’s name in the last verse. “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” The entire Psalm ends with Jesus literally. My Yeshua, in Hebrew. So that, that is a name Yeshua. Can you see that? So the names of God are important. We have Yeshua, the name of Jesus. But don’t forget there’s one more name that Jesus came to reveal. And this is all-important. In as much as you learn Psalms 91, all the Old Testament Scripture, whatever it is, it must be brought into the new covenant. You say, “Pastor Prince I don’t know the names of God as much.” It’s alright, child of God. There’s only one name you need to know – Father. Father. And that name denotes what? Family. The Bible says you cannot call God “father” unless you have received the spirit of sonship. When you say “father”, all fears go. Now how does he say he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow. Come here, bro. Stand down here. Okay you are now under my shadow. See just now you were not under my shadow. You were under my sprinkling just now. But now, but now you are under my shadow. You see because you came close. He came close. Thank you. Alright not only that. In verse four. “He shall cover you with His feathers.” You know what they do with the, the, the chicken, mother hen? I told you a story in one of the, I forgot sometimes which service I preached on this. But uh it’s a true story of a farmer whose, whose farm got burnt down. And he wept and finally after the, it was all in smouldering and some smoke was still around, and everything was blackened with soot and all that. He went out there with tears in his eyes and then he passed by his chickens and they were all burnt and all that. Then he saw one particular chicken, alright. And with his foot, absentmindedly, just moving the chicken and underneath that chicken came all the little chicks running out. What happened? They took refuge in the mother. The mother gave her life. Yes, so running to be under His feathers speaks of what? Closeness. You cannot take Psalm 91 and say, “I claim this promise. I claim this promise.” That’s not what God wants. God wants you to come close to Him. Don’t just, “I have already recited five times. Five is the number of grace. Now you are obliged to protect me.” Then something happens, you get angry. No that’s not the way it works people. No, no, no. This whole thing is relationship. It talks about abiding under the shadow. It talks about under His wings, under His feathers. Jesus wept over Jerusalem and this is what he said in Matthew. “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I would want, I want to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings but you were not willing. See? Your house is left.” He did not say that “I, I make your house…” God didn’t make the house, the temple desolate. You left the house desolate. “I say to you, you shall see me no more till you say blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. You know all Israel today, there’s one saying that’s growing and Jesus promised that when Israel says, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”, He will return. And in Hebrew, it is berok kaba, blessed is he, da shem Adonai. Remember when you were young? And it was thundering at night and you were in your little toddler room and you were afraid, what do you do? Do you go to your toys and play? No! You ran to your parents’ room. And you jump on the bed and what do you do? You went under your mummy’s wings. Right? You hide there and, and after for a while, you fall into sound sleep. You see, you don’t have to learn the seven steps of overcoming fear. The presence of your parent, loving parent, you’ve got to be a loving parent. Alright, the last thing a child wants is to run to a parent’s room that is abusive. So, some of you are hurt because the name “father” brings up ideas of pain, alright. It reminds you of rejection, pain, abuse. So I’m here to tell you that this Father in heaven loves you and He wants to be like an, an eagle, like a mother hen. Jesus says, “How I wish I would have gathered you under My wings.” And He wept. And I, and I believe that He saw the Holocaust. Not just AD 70 when the Romans came in. He saw the future. “… and you are not willing.” So in other words, you must be willing to come under His wings. I said, “You must be… but you were not wiling.” The last part of verse 37. You must be willing. Are you willing to be protected? Are you willing to be close to Him? Are you willing to have Him as your refuge? I don’t care about you. Amen! Pastor Prince. For me and my house, we say, “Amen.” Now church, protection in the Father’s name is amazing. Jesus Himself said in the High Priestly prayer. Let’s, let’s “eavesdrop” ok. Man, “adamdrop”. So as you listen to Jesus’ High Priestly prayer… That was bad. Anyway look at John 17. Jesus prayed, “Now I am no longer in the world but these are in the world (his disciples), and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through Your name, those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as we are. Keep through Your name.” The only name that Jesus came to reveal is Father. And it puzzled them, even… It was first offered to the Jewish people. He says, “Hey, don’t worry about what you shall eat, what you shall drink, what you shall wear. Your heavenly Father knows you have need of these things. And if your Father clothes the lilies of the fields, which today is, tomorrow is burned up, how much more will He clothe you? Hey, you of little faith. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” He kept on preaching your Father, your Father, your Father, only to the land, the nation of Israel, in anticipation of them receiving Him as the king, becoming God’s children. But they rejected Him. They only knew God as stern. They want to keep God in the Holy of Holies. They want to keep God in the temple, so that they can do whatever they want. They don’t want this closeness. It’s amazing that Joseph, after he reconciled with his brothers, the first thing he said was this, “I am Joseph.” The next thing he said was, “Come near me.” And these are the brothers that betrayed him, rejected him, causing years of pain, alright. He said, “Come near me.” And then he said, “I’ll put you in the land, you and your little ones, and your flock, and all that you have in the land of Goshen.” Read up the word ‘Goshen’. Everything has a meaning in the Bible. The word ‘Goshen’, alright, means ‘drawing near’. Goshen. “And in that place, I’ll provide for you.” Draw near to God. Before you board a plane, have some time, say, “Father, we are getting on board together. Father, I’m Your child. Just say, “Father, Father in heaven how we love You. Father, You are close to me. And Father, you are going on board this plane with me.” You don’t have to pray. That’s more important than say, “I claim this. I claim that.” You know. Like, like, like you think that God works by you pushing buttons. “Now I pushed already. Your turn. Your turn. Don’t forget Your turn.” You know. And sometimes we think that our confessions, our this and our that, you know. Friend, let’s get real. Come on. This is not, this is not claiming promises without drawing near. All these ‘abide under the shadow, under His wings you will take refuge’ speaks of closeness, love, family. You know the only ones that can, little ones that can take refuge under that, little eaglets under the, the, that mother eagle, are her own. It’s a family thing. It’s a family thing. A puppy can’t do that. Alright? A mother loves the child because he is hers. No one can compare the Father’s love. So Jesus says, “Keep through Your name.” So there is protection in the name of the Father. Aren’t you glad that there is a place of refuge during times like these? Amen? A place of refuge where it is not, you know, use this product—and it is a heavy promotion on the product, and it is all about money. You know, or—or use this cream, or use this. I mean there is one Person who will never want to get anything out of you just for His benefit. He is out to love you and I mean love you, and protect you and your family. He is the only One you can trust. He has no marketing ploy. Amen? And what He says is what He says. He doesn’t give—give empty guarantees. He backs up every promise. And he doesn’t even have to promise and yet the Bible says He promises. His word alone is enough. So, He is our God.
Live life with boldness under the protective wings of the Almighty when you know how much He loves you as Father God! This excerpt is from: Intimacy With The Father Brings Protection—Truths From Psalm 91 (27 Jul 2014)
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