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THE SOLDIER'S PSALM

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Defence from attack, hurt or exploitation. The ultimate protector is God but he also uses others in defending the weak and needy.

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INTRODUCTION

`A psalm of confidence, is sometimes called “The Soldier’s Psalm” because it emphasizes Yahweh’s protection of people in times of crisis
` focuses on dealing with the difficulties of life, but the emphasis in this psalm is on the dangers of life.
The anonymous author (though some think Moses wrote it) warns about hidden traps, deadly plagues, terrors at night and arrows by day, stumbling over rocks, and facing lions and snakes!
However, in view of terrorist attacks, snipers, reckless drivers, exotic new diseases, and Saturday night handgun specials, the contemporary scene may be as dangerous as the one described in the psalm.
The saints who abide in Christ (vv. 1, 9) cannot avoid confronting unknown perils, but they can escape the evil consequences.
Moses, David, and Paul, and a host of other servants of God, faced great danger in accomplishing God’s will, and the Lord saw them through.
Be Exultant Psalm 91

The psalmist described the elements involved in living the life of confidence and victory

`The psalmist described the elements involved in living the life of confidence and victory

FAITH IN GOD - THE HIDDEN LIFE (V.1-3)

The most important part of a believer’s life is the part that only God sees, the “hidden life” of communion and worship

Tabernacle - Only in the H of Holies could the priest meet God. Everyone else was doing their own thing but it was the priest who went the farthest that met God. Point, in our desire to hear from God, He is looking for those who will go further than anyone else; not to look spiritual but to commune with the Father.

God is our refuge and strength (46:1)

Psalm 46:1 AV
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

POINT - He hides us that He might help us and then send us back to serve Him in the struggles of life.

God is our refuge and strength (46:1). He hides us that He might help us and then send us back to serve Him in the struggles of life. (See 27:5; 31:19–20; 32:7; 73:27–28; 94:22; 142:5; .) The author of the psalm had two “addresses”: his tent (v. 10) and his Lord (vv. 1, 9). The safest place in the world is a shadow, if it is the shadow of the Almighty. Through Jesus Christ we find safety and satisfaction under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies (36:7–8; 57:1; 61:4; 63:2, 6–7). Jesus pictured salvation by describing chicks hiding under the wings of the mother hen (; ), and the psalmist pictured communion as believers resting under the wings of the cherubim in the tabernacle.
The most important part of a believer’s life is the part that only God sees, the “hidden life” of communion and worship that is symbolized by the Holy of Holies in the Jewish sanctuary (; ). God is our refuge and strength (46:1). He hides us that He might help us and then send us back to serve Him in the struggles of life. (See 27:5; 31:19–20; 32:7; 73:27–28; 94:22; 142:5; .) The author of the psalm had two “addresses”: his tent (v. 10) and his Lord (vv. 1, 9). The safest place in the world is a shadow, if it is the shadow of the Almighty. Through Jesus Christ we find safety and satisfaction under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies (36:7–8; 57:1; 61:4; 63:2, 6–7). Jesus pictured salvation by describing chicks hiding under the wings of the mother hen (; ), and the psalmist pictured communion as believers resting under the wings of the cherubim in the tabernacle.

The author of the psalm had two “addresses”: his tent (v. 10) and his Lord (vv. 1, 9).

The safest place in the world is a shadow, if it is the shadow of the Almighty. Through Jesus Christ we find safety and satisfaction

He hides us that He might help us and then send us back to serve Him in the struggles of life. (See 27:5; 31:19–20; 32:7; 73:27–28; 94:22; 142:5; .) The author of the psalm had two “addresses”: his tent (v. 10) and his Lord (vv. 1, 9). The safest place in the world is a shadow, if it is the shadow of the Almighty. Through Jesus Christ we find safety and satisfaction under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies (36:7–8; 57:1; 61:4; 63:2, 6–7). Jesus pictured salvation by describing chicks hiding under the wings of the mother hen (; ), and the psalmist pictured communion as believers resting under the wings of the cherubim in the tabernacle.

Jesus pictured salvation by describing chicks hiding under the wings of the mother hen (; ), and the psalmist pictured communion as believers resting under the wings of the cherubim in the tabernacle.

Matthew 23:37 AV
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
MATT

The names of God used in these verses encourage us to trust Him.

He is the Most High (Elyon; vv. 1, 9), a name found first in . He is higher than the kings of the earth and the false gods of the nations.
He is also the Almighty (Shaddai), the all-sufficient God who is adequate for every situation. (See ; ; .)
He is LORD (vv. 2, 9, 14), Jehovah, the covenant-making God who is faithful to His promises.
He is God (Elohim, v. 2), the powerful God whose greatness and glory surpass anything we can imagine. This is the God who invites us to fellowship with Him in the Holy of Holies!
POINT - THIS HIDDEN LIFE OF WORSHIP AND COMMUNION MAKES POSSIBLE THE PUBLIC LIFE OF OBEDIENCE AND SERVICE

PEACE FROM GOD – the Protected Life (v.4-13)

POINT - WHEN WE PRACTICE “THE HIDDEN LIFE,” WE ARE NOT ALONE FOR GOD IS WITH US AND COMPENSATES FOR OUR INADEQUACIES.
The Fruits of Faith (91:4–10, 13)
To find refuge under Gods wings (91:4)
To be protected by the armor of Gods faithfulness (91:4)
To be reassured in times of terror, danger, and evil (91:5–7, 10)
To see the punishment of the wicked (91:8–9)
To tread upon the lion and snake (91:13)
The Friends of Faith (91:11–12)
Who they are (91:11) : They are angels who do his bidding.
What they do (91:11–12)
They guard believers (91:11–12): They protect us wherever we go.
They guide believers (91:12) : They hold us with their hands.

God Protects His Own:

John 17:11–12 AV
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Philippians 1:6 AV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

How does God protect us?

By watching over us

Psalm 121:5 AV
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ;

By his presence with us

Hebrews 13:5 AV
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
See also ; ; ; ; ;

By sending angels to protect us

Psalm 91:11–12 AV
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Psalm 34:7 AV
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

By using people to defend them

Proverbs 31:8–9 AV
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ;

Protection from:

Natural Dangers–

Oppressors – bullies (abusive men/women, gangs, bad bosses, Napoleon Pastors, etc)
Exploiters – liers, cheaters, users

Spiritual Dangers –

`from satan

1 Peter 5:8 AV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Matthew 6:13 AV
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Ephesians 6:11–12 AV
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

From satan’s agents in the world

John 15:18–19 AV
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Psalm 27:2 AV
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
A. To find refuge under Gods wings (91:4)
B. To be protected by the armor of Gods faithfulness (91:4)
C. To be reassured in times of terror, danger, and evil (91:5–7, 10)
D. To see the punishment of the wicked (91:8–9)
E. To tread upon the lion and snake (91:13)
IV. The Friends of Faith (91:11–12)
A. Who they are (91:11) : They are angels who do his bidding.
B. What they do (91:11–12)
1. They guard believers (91:11–12): They protect us wherever we go.
2. They guide believers (91:12) : They hold us with their hands.

Psalm 72:4 AV
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
See also ; ; ;

Confident from Start To Finish (WE ARE IMMORTAL)

Protection from exploitation

Job 24:3–4 AV
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
Philippians 1:6 AV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
See also ; ; ; ; ;

Means of protection against physical attack

THOSE WHO AIDE IN THE LORD ARE SAFE WHEN WE ARE DOING HIS WILL. GOD’S SERVANTS ARE IMMORTAL UNTIL THEIR WORK IS DONE

Armour

Romans 8:28 AV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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Shields

Jeremiah 46:3 AV
Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle.

Helmets

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John 17:11–12 AV
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Philippians 1:6 AV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Believers need protection from spiritual dangers

From Satan

1 Peter 5:8 AV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
See also ; ; ; ; ;

From Satan’s agents in the world

John 15:18–19 AV
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

God protects his people

By watching over them and helping them

Psalm 121:5 AV
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ;

By his presence with them

Hebrews 13:5 AV
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
See also ; ; ; ; ;

By sending angels to protect them

Psalm 34:7 AV
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

By using people to defend them

Proverbs 31:8–9 AV
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ;

LOVE FOR GOD - THE SATISFIED LIFE (v.14-16)

Prayer

Psalm 72:12 AV
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
See also ; ; ; ;

Right attitudes

Psalm 91:14 AV
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.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ;

LOVE FOR GOD - THE SATISFIED LIFE (v.14-16)

POINT - A SATISFIED LIFE BEGINS AND ENDS WITH OUR EYES POINTED TOWARDS HEAVEN AND OUR HEARTS GIVEN OVER TO JESUS
v.14 - love = “to cling to, to cleave, to be passionate”
Psalm 91:14 AV
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.
Psalm 72:12 AV
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
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The satisfied life is a life of blessings (not that we won’t experience hardships):

deliverance
protection (set him on high)
answered prayer
companionship in times of trouble
honor
long life
Psalm 91:16 AV
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalm 63:5 AV
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
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