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Wednesday, October 07 2015
Based on sermon notes from September 26th
Psalm 91:1-16 KJV
[1] He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
[2] I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 
[3] Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 
[4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 
I recently read a forum in which people commented on their thoughts concerning the purpose of a shadow.
Chris C wrote, "But what is indeed the very purpose of a shadow? Shadow's purpose is simply to attest & prove the very presence of color, light & anything visible because of light."
Hanadmac commented, "The purpose of a person's shadow is to remind them that they're really there and that they're not alone. Other shadows are a place to hide from the light."
Another commented that a "shadow has no purpose; it is a result".
But every word in the Bible has been crafted and placed in the scripture to serve the purpose of an Almighty God.  Jesus in His response to Satan's temptation says:
Luke 4:4 KJV
[4] And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
In my mind's eye, I can see the Psalmist sitting at a table with a scroll set out before him.   His pen touches the paper and at that very moment God inspired him to write, "He that dwelleth"
Dwelleth means to "remain, sit or abide".
He continues to write "in the secret place".  Secret is defined from the original language of Hebrew as, "Covering, shelter or hiding place."
Once again, his quill meets the paper and he pens, "Of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
The Psalmist wrote "Shadow".  To many, a shadow serves no purpose, but in the heat of the day, we seek out a shadow to provide relief. 
Song of Songs 2:3 KJV
[3] As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
But the shadow of the Almighty God is not is blocking light because He is the light.  
Psalm 17:8-9 KJV
[8] Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (as a mother bird would its babies to protect them from the elements)
[9] From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
It is the protecting cover that God provides for the protection His people.  
Psalm 34:7-9 KJV
[7] The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 
[8] O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 
[9] O fear the Lord , ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
The protection of God is for those that:
  • Fear Him (revere or stand in awe of)
  • Love Him
  • Obedient 
  • That abide in Him
Jesus explained to us what Abide is:
John 15:4-11 KJV
[4] Abide (remain) in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 
[5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 
[6] If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 
[7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 
[8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 
[9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 
[10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 
[11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
We can not have the expectation to receive the benefits of God unless we abide in Him on His terms.
But the Psalmist tells us what we can expect by abiding under the shadow  of the Almighty:
Psalm 91:5-16 KJV
[5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
[6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 
[7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 
[8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 
[9] Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 
[10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
[11] For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 
[12] They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 
[13] Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 
[14] Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 
[15] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 
[16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 12:40 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email