The Power of Psalm 91
In Psalm 91 it talks about “God’s shadow”, but in James 1:17 it says God has no shadow.
What is God’s shadow?
A shadow is a representation of an object.
Yeshua is the representation of the Father.
• It is through Yeshua we receive the anointing and the fellowship with God.
“God’s shadow” is the power, or anointing, of God.
Psalm 91, written by Moses, tells about the protection given to believers who “dwell in the secret place.”
Because of what Yeshua has done, Bible study and prayer equal fellowship with God. (the “secret place”)
If you were to outline the 91st Psalm, it would be divided into three sections:
• The conditions
• Who is doing the protection
• The extent of that protection
WHO is the Protector?
"Moses said, "Please show me your glory." And he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name 'The LORD.' And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." (Exodus 33:19-20)
When Moses asked God to show him his glory, God declared His name.
All of God’s Glory is represented by His Name
Psalm 91:1-2 reads, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
There are four names of God that are given in verses 1 and 2.
• “The Most High,” which, in Hebrew, is “Elyon”, meaning “Strongest of the Strong, supreme”.
He is introduced in Genesis 14:18
• “Almighty,” in Hebrew, is “SHADDAI”, meaning “All-Sufficient, All-Powerful.”
He is introduced in Genesis 17:1
• “Lord”, which, in Hebrew, is not pronounced by the Jewish people; but is called “HaShem” or “The Name”.
This is the “I AM” given to Moses at the burning bush.
It means, YHVH - “I will be with you wherever you go”
He is introduced in Exodus 3:14-15
• “God”, which, in Hebrew, is “Elohim.”
This is the Highest Supreme Creator who made the world from nothing and the Supreme God of Israel.
He is introduced in Genesis 2:4
How would you like to have Him on your side as your Protector?
What is the extent of that protection?
From verse 3 to verse 16, it gives you the power of God’s deliverance and protection.
• In verse 5, you are protected from some attacks you will not be aware of.
• In verse 7, as you read about the ones who fall on your right and left sides, realize that they are not your enemies, because you would normally face, or run from, them. These are other believers who did not fulfill the conditions of verses 1 and 2.
• In verse 13, it talks about protection from the enemies of your soul.
The most powerful verses in this Psalm are verses 14-16.
The personal noun of these verses changes from “He” to “I”.
God, Himself, is speaking through the mouth of Moses
How are you Protected?
Protected from your front by verses 3,4,5 & 9
Protected from your back by verses 3,5 & 9
Protected on your right side by verses 3, 7 & 9
Protected on your left side by verses 3, 7 & 9
Protected from your top by verses 3,4,5 & 9
Protected from your bottom by verses 3,4,9 & 13
Protected during the day by verses 3,5,6 & 9
Protected during the night by verses 3,5,6 & 9
Protected inside your home by verses 3,9 & 10
Protected outside your home by verses 3,10 & 14
Protected in this life by verses 8,11,15 & 16; and
Protected in the life to come by verse 16.
The Four Promises of Psalm 91
It is written in Psalm 91:15 “He shall call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him"
Promise One – “You pray, and I will answer.”
The Lord is saying, “You ask. I will answer.”
Have you wondered if God ever hears?
He is saying, “Live in close communion with me and I will hear.”
What does this mean?
It’s the voices of those closest to you that you hear.
Stay up under the shadow of His wings and you won’t even have to shout
Promise Two – “I will be with you in trouble.”
How many times have you found yourself in a tight spot, feeling utterly alone?
• These can be painfully lonely times.
But hear the Lord in Psalm 91:15 saying that He will be there.
He is - like no human being can
Promise Three – “I will deliver you”.
God is promising to be with you in trouble but also to take some action on your behalf.
With this kind of Psalm 91:15 assurance, you can keep your head, keep your confidence, and not make foolish decisions.
You can come out of this tight spot whole and intact.
Promise Four - "I will honor you."
You come out of the crisis intact, free of shame and regret because God is honoring you.
This doesn’t mean that everyone around will honor you
God is honoring you for trusting Him.
God’s PROTECTION IS AWESOME!