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How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

11-22-2017   Part 1         Psalm 62.  

I would like us to read some verses from this New Testament Book, then I would like to get your impression of what you have heard and read.

Read II Timothy 3:                                                                                                                                                            1.  But know this, that in the last days (perilous times) will come.  And how will we know?                                   2.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemer, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,                                                                                                                                            3.  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,                                              4.  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,                                                        5.  having a form of godliness, but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!

Question, So, then is it possible that we are living in the trouble times that are described here in verses 1-5?

Question, and if so, how do you give and receive encouragement in times like these?

This afternoon our new topic from the LORD as we return back to the Book of Psalms will be, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

For in the days and weeks ahead, I believe the Lord will help us to see God’s principles to live by, that are in embedded in four special Psalms.                                                                                                                                Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                                        Psalm 73.                                                                                                                                                                    Psalm 91.                                                                                                                                                                    And Psalm 121.

These four special Psalms can reveal to us God’s principles to live by in trouble times, but they also will help us to give and receive encouragement.

Now, embedded here in Psalm 62, are some of the divine principles to live by, and they will help us to give and receive encouragement in these trouble times.

Now, see Psalm 62, and noticed the introduction of the Psalm and who it is by!      David testifies, having received encouragement, he now gives encouragement.

Notice the introduction of this Psalm says, “A Psalm of David.  To the Chief Musician.  To Jeduthun."                   

Now, notice David’s testimony!                                                                                                                                      1.  Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.                                                                      2.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.                                      5.  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.                                                                    6.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.                                                  7.   In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.                                  8. Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.  Selah

Now again, embedded here in Psalm 62, are some of the divine principles to live by, and also, they will help us to give and receive encouragement in these trouble times.

Let’s see if we can identify them!

First in vs. 1, David testifies, having received encouragement, he now gives encouragement.                              1. Truly my soul silently waits for God; (Because) from Him comes my salvation.   The first divine principle to live by, and that will help us to give and receive encouragement in these trouble times is, God is my source!

But tell me what does that mean to you that God is your source especially in troubling times?                            Psalms 33: 20.  Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.                                                            Psalms 130: 5.   I wait the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word, I do hope.                                                            Psalms 37: 39&40.                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 39, But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.                Vs. 40. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.

 11-29-2017   Part 2

Our new topic from the LORD as we return back to the Book of Psalms will be, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

Now, here in Psalm 62, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in trouble times, and that is “my God is my source”!

Now, notice David’s testimony to this fact!

Vs. 1.  Truly, my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.                                                              Vs. 2.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.                                Vs. 5.  David says it again, my soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.                            Vs. 6.  David says it again, He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.          Vs. 7.  In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.                        Vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.  Selah

So, in Psalm 62, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement as we face these troubling times, and that is “my God is my source”!

And last Wednesday we looked at,                                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Truly my soul silently waits for God (Elohim) the Creator and Sustainer, the source of all things.                  Then David explains why!                                                                                                                                              Vs.  1.  From Him comes my salvation or deliverance, my rescue or my safety.  

Now, this afternoon lets continue to see our God as our source in troubling times!

Notice vs. 2.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

Can you truly say that?                                                                                                                                                    Do you really believe that?

Two things to note.                                                            

First, vs. 2a.  He, only is my rock and my salvation.

Psalm 62:6.                                                                                                                                                                  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Psalm 62:7.                                                                                                                                                                      In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

The word “rock” can mean, a cleft, a hollow area or an indentation within a rocky wall.                                        The word “rock” can mean, a large rock or boulder, and not a small or medium size pebble or stone.

And figuratively speaking, “rock” can refer to something that is solid and strong, unmovable and durable.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

See Psalm 27:5.                                                                                                                                                          For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

See Psalm 78:35.                                                                                                                                                            Then they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God, their Redeemer.

See Psalm 92:15.                                                                                                                                                            To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Next, vs. 2b.  He is my Defense; therefore, I shall not be greatly moved or overthrown.

My Defense.   A Strong's definition is from the Hebrew verb מִשְׂגָּב misgâb, from H7682.  A cliff or a loft, an inaccessible place, or high fort, a tower, a refuge, or a defense position.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Next, vs. 5. David says I again! My soul, wait silently for God alone!  Because for my expectation or ‘’hope is from Him.

See Psalm 31.                                                                                                                                                                  Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.

See Psalm 146: 5.                                                                                                                                                            Happy or blessed are they who have the God of Jacob for their help, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

See Jeremiah 17: 7&8.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 7.  Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.                                                Vs. 8.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Next vs. 6.  He, God only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Interestingly, the LORD leads David to repeats this very important point again from vs. 2.                                    Remember vs. 2, He, God only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Do a brief review on these three special words.                                                                                                    The word ”salvation” can mean deliverance, or rescue, or safety.                                                                       The word “rock” can mean, a cleft, a hollow area or an indentation within a rocky wall.                                        The word “rock” can mean, a large rock or boulder, and not a small or medium size pebble or stone.

And figuratively speaking, “rock” can refer to something that is solid and strong, unmovable and durable.

The word “defense” can mean a cliff, or a loft, a inaccessible place, or high fort, a tower, a refuge, or a defense position.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

12-06-2017   Part 3       

Our new topic from the Book Of Psalms will be, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

And here in Psalm 62, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in trouble times, and that is my God is my source! 

Now this afternoon lets continue to see our God as our source in troubling times!

Next, vs 7.  In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength and my refuge is in God.

Notice first in vs. 7.  In God is my Salvation.                                                                                                                  The word, ’salvation’ can mean deliverance, or rescue, or safety.

In God is my glory.  The word, ”glory” in this case can mean, dignity, worthiness, or of value or honor.

See Psalm 3: 3.  But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.

The word, ”glory” in this case can mean, dignity, worthiness, or of value or honor.

See Jeremiah 9: 23&24.                                                                                                                                                Vs.  23. Thus says the LORD:  Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches;                                                                                                              Vs. 24.  But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight, says the LORD.

The word, ”glory” in this case can mean, dignity, worthiness, or of value or honor.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                            Vs 7.  In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength.                                                                        God is the rock of my strength!  The word “rock” can mean, a cleft, a hollow area or an indentation within a rocky wall.  The word “rock” can mean, a large rock or boulder, and not a small or medium size pebble or stone.  And figuratively speaking, “rock” can refer to something that is solid and strong, unmovable and durable.

Now, my refuge is in God!  A refuge is a safe dwelling place from enemies and foes.  A place of healing and renewal after a battle.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Finally, vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us. Selah

Trust in Him God (Elohim) Creator & Sustainer, the source of all things.                                                                    To have confidence in.  Reliance upon.  Dependence on.                                                                                          At all times! In troubling times?  Yes!

You people!  Not just people in general.  Nor everyone who is alive.                                                                        But a chosen people.  A covenant people.  A unique people.  A people set apart.

See I Peter 2: 9&10.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 9.  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.                                    Vs. 10.  Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 8. Trust in Him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before Him. Make known, reveal, hold nothing back every desire, care, fear, and concern of your heart.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us.                  A refuge was a safe dwelling place from enemies and foes.  A place of healing and renewal after a battle.

See Psalm 46: 11. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.                                                    For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.  Selah!

Lastly, the Hebrew word ‘Selah’ is used a lot in the Psalms.  What does ‘Selah’ mean?                                          Selah can mean instruction upon reading of the, something like "stop and ponder what is being said.”  In fact, Selah in The Amplified Bible translates the meaning as "to pause, and think on that."

See Proverbs 4:20-22.                                                                                                                                               Vs. 20.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.                                                                  Vs. 21.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.                                           Vs. 22.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Now turn to Psalm 73.                           Psalm 73.    

Now, with God’s help, let’s continue to learn from four special Psalms from the Book of Psalms.

•Psalm 62.  We learned that God is to be my Source.                                                                                        •Psalm 73.  We will learn that God is to be my Justice.                                                                                     •Psalm 91.  We will learn that God is to be my Protector.                                                                                             •And Psalm 121.  We will learn that God is to be my Help.

For I believe embedded in these four special Psalms are divine principles to live by, that enables us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times.

Now here in Psalm 73, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times, and that is God is my Justice! or, I can find justice from God!

But before we consider Psalm 73, I would like to do an exercise with you.

Please write the words,                                                                                                                                  •Injustice.                                                                                                                                                                          •Inequality.                                                                                                                                                                  •And Unfairness.                                                                                                                                                              Now, write this phrase, “those that are privileged, but they use It in a wrong way!”

Now question, how does the words, Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, make you feel?

If you can, give me an emotional word that would best describes how these words make you feel,                    •Injustice.                                                                                                                                                      •Inequality.                                                                                                                                                                      •Unfairness                                                                                                                                                                      For example,                                                                                                                                                          Angry,                                                                                                                                                                              Sad,                                                                                                                                                                      Offended,                                                                                                                                                                        Victimize,                                                                                                                                                            Outrage,                                                                                                                                                                  Envious,                                                                                                                                                                            Hostile,                                                                                                                                                                            Rebellious,                                                                                                                                                                      Want to Revolt.

Next, now how does this phrase, “those that are privileged, but they use it in a wrong way, make you feel?”

Give me an emotional word that best describes how this phrase, makes you feel!   For example;                         Angry,                                                                                                                                                                              Sad,                                                                                                                                                                      Offended,                                                                                                                                                                        Victimize,                                                                                                                                                            Outrage,                                                                                                                                                                  Envious,                                                                                                                                                                            Hostile,                                                                                                                                                                            Rebellious,                                                                                                                                                                      Want to Revolt.

So then, this afternoon we want to begin to see how (should) the blessed man or woman, give and receive encouragement in troubling times, especially when dealing with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, or those who are privileged and they use it in a wrong way?"

A Psalm of Asaph.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Truly, God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                                    Vs. 2.  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. Why?                                    Vs. 3.  For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of

12-13-2017   Part 4    

How does the blessed man or woman give and receive encouragement in troubling times, and that is to know that God is my justice? or to say it another way, I find justice from God!

Because here in Psalm 73, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times, and that Is that God is my justice?

So then, this afternoon we want to begin to see how should the blessed man or woman, give and receive encouragement in troubling times, especially when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way?

Vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                                        Vs. 2.  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. Why?                                        Vs. 3.  For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Now fortunately, Asaph confesses and admits his internal struggle when it comes to understanding that God is good!                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.

For Asaph’s main problem was he had a very narrow view in understanding, that God is good!                            •In other words, what does it mean that God is ‘good’?                                                                                         •And who should benefit from God’s Goodness, and who should receive God’s goodness?

Show You what I mean!

Notice vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel.  But is that accurate? Is God only good to Israel?                                    Vs. 1. Continues, good to such as are pure in heart.  But is that accurate?  Is God only good to such as are pure in heart?

Asaph’s main problem was he had a very narrow view in understanding, that God is Good!                                                  

And is that true about you and me as well?                                                                                                                 •In other words, what does it mean that God is good?                                                                                        •And who should benefit from God’s goodness, and who should receive God’s goodness?

First, what does it mean that God is good?

To say that God is good is to extol one of His major character traits.  For our God is intrinsically good.  That is, he didn’t learn how to be good!  And no one taught him to be good!  Because His essence and nature and character is intrinsically good.

Our God, Himself is the definition and the standard of Good!                                                                              Just like God himself is the definition and the standard of love, God is love!

God Himself is the definition and the standard of Good, God is good!

For our God is the very opposite of bad!                                                                                                                    For, some English synonyms for bad areevil, pernicious, wicked, harmful, injurious, sinister, threatening, unhealthy, hostile, adversarial.

But some English synonyms for Good aretrustworthy, dependable, safe, solid, stable, unblemished, flawless, perfect, uncontaminated, uncorrupted, undamaged, unimpaired, benevolent, charitable, kindhearted, merciful.

Psalms 100: 5.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Psalms 136: 1.  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Lamentations 3: 25. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person  who seeks Him.

Nahum 1: 7.  The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.

Back to Psalm 73.                                                                                                                                                            Asaph’s main problem was that he had a very narrow view in understanding, that God is good! 

Could that be true about you and me as well?                                                                                                            •In other words, what does it mean that God is good?                                                                                                •Next, who should benefit from God’s goodness, and who should receive God’s goodness?

Notice vs. 1 again.  Truly God is good to Israel.  But is that accurate?  Is God good to Israel?

Notice vs. 1.  Continues, truly God is good to such as are pure in heart.  But is that accurate?  Is God only good to such as are pure in heart?

Matthew 5: 45, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Acts 14: 17.  Nevertheless God did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

Back to Psalm 73.                                                                                                                                                          See vs. 1. Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.

Question, So, how can a good God let bad things happen?

See Romans 3:                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 10.  As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one.                                                                                      Vs. 11.  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.                                                        Vs. 12.  They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 23.  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

•How can a good God let bad things happen?                                                                                                        See Romans 5:12, Therefore just as through one man, sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.                                                                                                              •How can a good God let bad things happen?                                                                                                            See Romans 8: 28 NASB.   And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

12-20-2017   Part 5   

This afternoon, we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those That Are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way)?

See 1.  Truly, God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                                      2. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. Why?                                                3. For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Now we are blessed to have this kind of honesty.  We are fortunate to have this kind of transparency.

Because Asaph reveals and admits his internal struggle when it came to understanding God’s ways especially when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way!

Now see vs. 2 again.  Asaph said, concerning himself, “But as for me,                                                                      •My feet had almost stumbled;                                                                                                                                      •My steps had nearly slipped!”  Stop there.

This is a word picture, a metaphor to help describe him being tempted to Backslide, to have almost defected, to have experience disillusionment.

Say something about disillusionment.                                                                                                                          Disillusionment can be defined as the negative feelings of disappointment or betrayal resulting from the discovery that something or someone is not as good as one first believed it to be.

Say something about defection.                                                                                                                            Defection can be defined as the turning away from, or the desertion from an allegiance or commitment, loyalty, duty, or a believe or practice.

Say something about backsliding.                                                                                                                                Backsliding can be defined as the relapse or return back to that which you were made free from.

Now notice vs 3, for or because, I was envious of the boastful.  Stop there!

We had a group discussion about the difference between envy, jealousy. covetousness or to covet.

12-27-2016    Part 6   

This afternoon we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give and Receive Encouragement In Troubling times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those That are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way ?

See Vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                            Vs. 2.  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped.  This is a word picture, a metaphor to help describe Asaph’s struggle or temptation to backslide, to have almost defected, to have experience disillusionment.                                                                                                                                            Vs. 3.   Why?  For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

We are blessed to have this kind of honesty.  We are fortunate to have this kind of transparency.

Because Asaph reveals and admits his internal struggle when it came to understanding God’s ways especially when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way!

Now see vs. 3 again, Asaph said concerning himself, for or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Notice he said, “when I saw the prosperity of the Shâlôm can mean, safety or soundness in body.          Shâlôm can mean, health or prosperity.                                                                                                                      •But mainly, the word Shâlôm means, peace, quietness, tranquility, contentment of mind.                                    •Peace or favor within relationships, especially within our covenant relationship with God, only if we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Notice vs. 3 again.   Asaph said, “When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”                                                             •When I saw the wicked experiencing completeness and fulfillment.                                                                       •When I saw the wicked experiencing, safety and soundness in body and health.                                                 •When I saw the wicked experiencing prosperity.                                                                                                      •When I saw the wicked experiencing, peace, quietness, tranquility, and contentment of mind.                             •When I saw the wicked experiencing peace and favor within their relationships.

As a result of this kind of thinking, Asaph with much sarcasm here in Psalms 73: 4-11 characterizes the unfairness, and the lack of justice when it came to the wicked, and what they are able to get away with.

Next, in Psalms 73: 12-16, Asaph expresses pain and regret for living Godly because the way the wicked and the ungodly, seem to get away with everything!

But notice vs. 16.  When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me!

Now, something dramatically happened to change Asaph’s view.                                                                            And surprisingly it happened to him in a familiar place!                                                                                              A place of assembly.                                                                                                                                                      A designated place where the Head of the Church, meets with us, communes with us, and ministers to us.

Quote Matthew 18: 20.  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Notice vs. 17.  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end, or their outcome! Wow!

This was the turning point for Asaph’s attitudes and feelings, as his attitudes and feelings were confronted by the Head of the Church, and the truth of God’s word!

Quote Psalm 63:2. “So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and your glory.”

Now, notice again Psalm 73: 17, I went into the Sanctuary of God!

The Sanctuary or Worship Center is a sacred place, a Holy place, where everything within that space is consecrated or hallowed.

•And therefore, that space is consecrated or hallowed, it should not be used for personal use.                            •It should not be used or handled in any way that is inappropriate.                                                                          •It should not be used or handled in a way that would dishonors God.

Think about it everything we do or every item within that space is consecrated or hallowed.

For example: the prayers or the giving of thanks.                                                                                                        The worship and the praise, or the music ministry of a choir, or of an individual.                                                    The music or the dance.                                                                                                                                                The seating or symbols that is, a communion table, a cross etc.                                                                                The offering time or the communion time.                                                                                                                    The welcoming of visitors, or the announcements of coming events, or ways to help or volunteer.                      The musical instruments or microphones of the sound system.                                                                                The pulpit or podium or lectern.                                                                                                                                    The baptistery or the ministry platform.                                                                                                                        The call to discipleship or a commitment to Christ.

But perhaps, the most important priority or necessity should be, the Proclamation, the Explanation, the Application, of God’s Word the Bible.

01-3-2018  Part 7

This afternoon we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those that Are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way ?

Now remember, something dramatically happened to change Asaph’s attitude in vs. 2-16.

And surprisingly it happened to him in a most familiar place!

See Psalms 73: 17.  Asaph said, until I went into the Sanctuary of God; then I understood the wicked’s end or their outcome!  Wow!

Notice, the Sanctuary of God, or a place of assembly.

Listen.  A designated place where the head of the church, meets with us, communes with us, and ministers to us.

Quote Matthew 18: 20.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.

Question.  When we gathered together in His name as He promised to be in our midst whether we are many or few, what do you think is the primary purpose that the LORD has in mind for us? 

As for Asaph, the turning point for helping to change his attitude and his feelings in vs. 2-16, was when his attitudes and feelings were confronted by the head of the church, and the truth of God’s Word!

You know, you and I may disagree at this point.  But, I believe that the most important purpose and priority should be when we come together in the Sanctuary of God is the ‘Proclamation, the Explanation, the Application’, of God’s Word, the Bible.  So that our attitudes and our feelings are confronted by the Head of the Church, and the truth of God’s Word, the Bible!

See Psalm 119: 130. The entrance of Your words gives light; it (your words) gives understanding to the simple.

See Psalm 119: 105.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

See Psalms 119: 133.  Direct or order my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalms 119: 9-11.                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 9.  How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your word.                                  Vs. 10.  With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!                 Vs. 11.  Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

See II Timothy 3:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 6.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,                                                                                                                                          Vs. 17.  that the man or woman of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Therefore, it is paramount that we who administer God’s Word on a regular basis, that we do not compromise, that we do not deviate, that we do not capitulate, from the proclamation, the explanation, the application, of God’s Word, the Bible.  So that our attitudes and our feelings can be confronted by the Head of the Church, and the truth of God’s Word, the Bible!

Show you what I mean!

See II Timothy 4: 2.  Preach the word! Be ready in season, and out of season. convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.                                                                                                                                      Vs. 3.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap-up for themselves, teachers;                                                          Vs. 4.  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Also see I Timothy 4:                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 6.  If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.                                                        Vs. 11.  These things command and teach.                                                                                                                Vs. 13.  Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.                                                                  Vs. 16.  Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine.  Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

01-17-2018    Part 8

This afternoon we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or those That Are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way?

Now remember, something dramatically happened to change Asaph’s attitude in Vs. 2-16.

And surprisingly it happened to him in a most familiar place!

See Psalms 73: 17, Asaph said, until I went into the Sanctuary of God; then I understood their (the wicked’s) end or their outcome!  Wow!

Listen, as a blessed man or woman, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way.

We can give and receive encouragement because even though it appears that the Unsaved are doing well!

Even though we know that God is good and merciful unto the unsaved that are doing well!

But we also know God will be just and righteous unto the unsaved that are doing well and they have no concern about Him and His judgments!

Show you what I mean!

Now, notice again, Psalm 73:                                                                                                                                       Vs 18.  Asaph said, Surely You, O God Has set the wicked in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs 19.  Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Listen, divine retribution is always inevitable because no one is getting away with anything!

Listen, in some cases it may be swift and immediate.                                                                                               In other cases, it can be on hold allowing time for Godly repentance to have its work, or for it to be rejected.

Therefore, with God’s help, we need to address what should be our attitude, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Psalm 37: 1-40 is another song or Psalm of David before he was made king. Actually, David in this song or Psalm is an enemy of the state, and is being persecuted by the existing king of Israel, King Saul, although David was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next king of Israel.  David was not to take matters into his own hands.  He had to wait on the Lord's timing, and the Lord's will to be fulfilled.  David has had to learn to encourage himself in dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way, like King Saul.

And Psalms 37 is another song or Psalm by David, that can help us to encourage ourselves in dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Now Psalm 37, a Psalm of David.                                                                                                                                  Vs 1.  Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.     According to vs. 1 there are two responsibilities that we have personally in this matter.                                                                                      •Fret not (thyself or yourself)!                                                                                                                                        •Neither be thou or you envious against!  

And there are two groups, that we can never allowed to influence us to do wrong.                                                •Evildoers!                                                                                                                                                                      •The workers of iniquity!                                                                                                                                                The first, responsibility that we have personally in this matter.                                                                                  •Fret not (thyself or Yourself)!

Our English word ‘fret’, can mean, to worry, something or someone.  To be consumed by one's thoughts.  To be agitated about something or someone.

But in Psalms 37: 1, this Hebrew verb חָרָה chârâh,  a primitive root compare H2787; to glow or grow warm; figuratively usually to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy or be angry, be displeased, upset. fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, very, be wroth.  This Hebrew verb is (Hithpael) which means, to heat oneself in vexation.

By the way, synonyms for vexation are annoyance, irritation, aggravation, exasperation, indignation, anger, displeasure, bad mood.

Also, let’s see the words, “fret not” used in other places in the Old Testament.

Psalm 37: 7,                                                                                                                                                               Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him or her who prospers in their way, or because of the person who carries out wicked schemes.

Vs 1.  Samuel 1: 6.  And Hannah’s adversary (the other wife) also provoked her sorely, (for to make her fret), because the LORD had shut up her womb.

Proverbs 24: 19.  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked.

Now, the second responsibility that we personally have in this matter.  Neither be thou or you envious against!

Also, let’s see the word envy or envious, used in other places in the Old Testament.

Psalm 73: 3 For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:31.                                                                                                                                                              Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.

Proverbs 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always.

Proverbs 24:1.   Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them.                                                      Proverbs 24:1.   Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked;

Now Psalms 37: 2 says, for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Now, here is a divine promise of pending demise for someone when there is no repentance.

Listen, when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or having deal with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, remind yourself of Psalms 37: 2, “For (they) the evildoers, the workers of iniquity, shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

Also remind yourself of Romans 12: 19.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.  Amen!

01-24-2018   Part 9   

This afternoon we want to finish up our look at How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those That Are Privileged and They Use It In A Wrong Way?

Because we know even though God is good and merciful unto the unsaved that seem to be doing well!

Yet, one day our God will be just and righteous unto the unsaved that are doing well, and have no concern about Him and His judgements!

Now, notice again Psalms 73: 18, Asaph said, surely You O God has set the wicked in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 19.  Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!  They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Now, there are some important guidelines for us to follow especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Now notice Psalm 37:                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

And last Wednesday, we considered two areas that we are personally responsible for!                                        •Fret not (thyself or yourself)!                                                                                                                                  •Neither be (thou or you) envious against!

Also, there are two groups that we can never allow to influence us to do wrong.                                                    •Evildoers!                                                                                                                                                                  •The workers of iniquity.

This afternoon, let’s finish up here with Psalms 37:

And these important guidelines for us to follow, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Notice vs. 2.  For (they) evildoers, and the workers of iniquity shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Now, here is a divine promise of pending demise for someone when there is no repentance.

Also, notice vs. 9.   For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.    Vs. 10.  For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 20.  But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows shall vanish.  Into smoke (they) shall vanish away.                                                                                                                Vs. 38.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

Now, here in Psalm 37: are some important guidelines for us to follow, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Notice vs. 3, Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His, the LORD’s faithfulness, or verily thou shalt be fed.

First, trust in the LORD, how?

See Proverb. 3: 5&6.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.                                            Vs. 6.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Next, do good! Not just do right.  But do good!

Listen, doing right many times can focus the attention, or the recognition on oneself, and on what you did!

But, to do good, focuses the glory and recognition to God!

For example, Genesis 45: 8 says, so now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father or protector to Pharaoh, and lord or steward of all his house, and a ruler or governor throughout all the land of Egypt.

Next, Psalms 37: 4, says, delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.        A conditional promise based on a specific command!

But what is the command?                                                                                                                                        Vs. 4a.  Delight yourself (also) in the LORD Himself!                                                                                                The word ‘delight’ can mean to find pleasure in.                                                                                                        The word ‘delight’ can mean satisfaction, fulfillment, and completeness based on a relationship.

Not only does this verse have a command, "Delight thyself also in the LORD."   But this verse also has a conditional promise, that must be correctly applied.

In Psalms 37: 4b, and (He) the LORD shall give you, the desires of your heart.     Note, that the word translated ‘desires’, the Hebrew verb means, to ask or request something beyond the surface.

Listen, the desires of your heart are not referring to the fantasy’s, or the wants. Nor the superficial, or the mundane.  Nor, the trivial, or the fads of our times.

The desires of your heart are the deeper longings that are beyond the physical, and beyond the atemrial.

In fact, Psalms 37: 4b, is telling us the source of the desires, where they're coming from, and Who's behind them.

The LORD shall give you the desires, that are of the heart.

Listen, if you're truly a child of God, the LORD has given unto you desires over a period of time that are in your heart that are now much different, because you've taken the command of God seriously when it comes to delighting yourself in the Lord.

For example, the desires of your heart are to have and maintain a closer walk with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to daily fulfill the Lord’s or Disciple’s Prayer in Matthew 6: 9-13.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are for Christ to be seated on the throne of your heart, without a competitor, or any competition from you.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to be being filled with the Spirit at all times.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to also walk in the Spirit so that you do not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are that you might decrease and that He (God) might Increase.  Because, it's all about Him and not about you.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to sin less and less, and to obey more and more.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to resist the devil at all times.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to not be conformed to this world, and to love not the World. You want to have an undivided allegiance with God.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to be a doer of the word, and not just to hearer only.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to study to show yourselves approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to be a witness for Christ, to share the Gospel effectively, that sinners might repent and be Saved.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to worship God, in spirit and in truth, and to fellowship regularly with a local church family and with those within the body of Christ.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to truly Love one another in the body of Christ, as well as those who have not yet come to salvation.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to pray without ceasing.  Being consistent in prayer.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to improve in the areas of giving and receiving.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are the soon coming of the 1000-year reign of Christ Jesus on this earth.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to receive a resurrected, glorified body that is sinless and perfect, so that you can serve God more than we did in this life.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to hear the Lord say, "Well done good and faithful servant."

Now, notice Psalms 37: vs. 5, commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.        Vs. 6.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

Psalms 37: 5a, the English word ‘commit’, one of the English meanings for the word commit means, to send, to entrust, to relinquish, to give over, or to deliver.

Actually, the Hebrew verb means to roll (literally or figuratively).  To give over, or to deliver, entrust.

The idea here is that of rolling a heavy load or burden from ourselves onto another. Laying it upon them, so that they may bear it for you. "roll your way upon the Lord!"

Quote Psalm 55: 22.  Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He the LORD will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Now Psalms 37: 5b; Trust also in Him, and He (the LORD) shall bring (it) to pass.

Remember Psalms 37: 3 said, trust in the LORD, and do good, dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Next, Psalm 37: 7.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

See Psalms 37: 7.,                                                                                                                                                            •Rest in the LORD.                                                                                                                                                          •and wait patiently for Him (the LORD).                                                                                                                        •Do not fret, because of the person who prospers in their way.  Or, because of the individual who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Now, let's consider Psalms 37: 7a.                                                                                                                              •Rest in the LORD!

The word ‘rest’ can mean to be silent, to be still, to hold one’s peace.

Psalms 46: 10&11.  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!                                                                                                                                                                            The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Amos 5: 13&14.  Therefore, the prudent keep silent at that time, for it is an evil time.  Seek good and not evil, that you may live; So, the LORD God of hosts will be with you, as you have spoken.

Now, in Psalms 37: 7.  And wait patiently for Him (the LORD).

Lamentations 3: 25&26.                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 25. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, and to the soul who seeks Him.                                          Vs. 26.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation, the deliverance, the rescue that comes from the LORD.

Psalms 62: 1-2, 5-8.  Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.                                      He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.                                            Vs. 5.  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.    He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.  Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalms 37: 7.  Do not fret, because of the person who prospers in their way.  Or, because of the individual who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Now this is the second time in Psalms 37 that the Spirit of God leads the Psalmist to admonished us concerning these words, do not fret.

In fact, remember Psalms 37: 1, fret not thyself (or yourself)!                                                                                    Fret not thyself (or yourself) is a responsibility that we have personally in this matter.

In Psalms 37: 1, this Hebrew verb also meant to blaze up in angry, to heat oneself into vexation.

Synonyms for vexation. Annoyance, irritation, aggravation, exasperation, indignation, anger, displeasure, bad mood.

See Proverbs 24: 19.  Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked.

Back to Psalms 37:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 8.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret it only causes harm.

When dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or (dealing with) those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, cease from anger.     ‘Cease’ means to abandon, to refrain, to forsake.

Now, the word ‘anger’ used here refers to the rapid breathing through the nose, or nostrils to indicate displeasure, unhappiness, or bad feelings toward something or someone.                                                              Example: Bulls or Buffaloes.

See Ephesians 4: 26&27.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 26.   Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath,                                                          Vs. 27.   nor give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4: 31&32.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 31.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.              Vs. 32.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Back to Psalms 37: 8.

Next, forsake wrath.

When dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or (dealing with) those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, forsake wrath.

The word ‘forsake’ means to depart from, leave behind, let alone or let go, to abandon, to forsake, to neglect.

See James 1: 19&20.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 19.  So, then my beloved brethren let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath                       Vs. 20.   for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Finally, Psalms 37: 8.                                                                                                                                                      Do not fret!  It only causes harm.  Or, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

When dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or (dealing with) those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, do not fret.  It only causes harm, or fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Do not fret!                                                                                                                                                                  Now, this is the third time within eight versus, that this command, this directive from the LORD has appeared, “do not fret”.

Remember Psalms 37: 1, 7, 8.                                                                                                                                          •Vs. 1.  Fret not (thyself or yourself)!                                                                                                                        •Vs. 7.  Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.                                                                                                                                                                            •Vs. 8.  Do not fret, it only causes harm.  Or, fret not thyself (in any wise) to do evil.

Do not fret!                                                                                                                                                                Again, fret meant to blaze up in angry, or to heat oneself into vexation.

Synonyms for vexation.  Annoyance, irritation, aggravation, exasperation, indignation, anger, displeasure, bad mood.

See Genesis 4: 4-8.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 4.  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.  And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 5.  but the Lord did not respect Cain and his offering.  And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.  Vs. 6.  So, the LORD said to Cain, why are you angry?  And why has your countenance fallen?                            Vs. 7.  If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.  And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.                                                                                                                              Vs. 8.  Now, Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

01-31-2018   Part 10        Psalm 91 

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times? 

And there are four special Psalms from the Book of Psalms that we have been considering for a little while now.                                                                                                                                                                        •Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                                        •Psalm  73.                                                                                                                                                                  •Psalm 91.                                                                                                                                                                        •And Psalm 121.

These four special Psalms have revealed to us God’s principles for us to live by in troubling times.

But also, these Psalms can help us to give and receive encouragement if we would embrace the major theme in each Psalm.

For example, in Psalm 62, the major theme of that Psalm was my God is my Source!                                            In Psalm 73, the major theme of that Psalm was my God is my Justice?                                                                    In Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm will be my God is my Protector!                                                              And in Psalm 121, the major theme of that Psalm will be my God is my Helper!

Now, here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to live by, and that will help us in troubling times to be able to give and receive encouragement, is knowing that my God is my Protector!  Amen

Read Psalms 91:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.          Vs. 2.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.                                   Vs. 3.  Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.                        Vs. 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 5.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,                                       Vs. 6.  Nor, of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.              Vs. 7.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.   Vs. 8.  Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.                                                        Vs. 9.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,           Vs. 10.  No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;                                                      Vs. 11.  For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.                                                Vs. 12.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.                                       Vs. 13.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.                                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 14.  Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my name.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 16.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

And once again it appears that the major theme of Psalm 91 that will help us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times, is knowing that our God is our Protector!  Amen!

But what do we mean when we say that our God is our Protector?                                                                          Ask the Bible study group what do they mean when they say that your God is your Protector?

Let consider this insight about a Protector.                                                                                                                  A Protector is a highly trained and totally dedicated individual who is committed to protect and to preserve those under their care.                                                                                                                                                    A Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care from times of danger or attack.  From hurt or harm.   Or, from calamity or tragedy.

For example, St. John 17:                                                                                                                                                Vs. 14.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 15.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

But also, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care in the midst of danger or attack within the hurt or harm.   Or, after the calamity or tragedy.

For example, Psalm 23:                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 4.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.                                                                                                                     Vs. 5.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

So once again, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care from times of danger or attack.   From hurt or harm.  Or, from calamity or tragedy.

But also, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care in the midst of danger or attack.  Within the hurt or harm.  Or, after the calamity or tragedy.

Which means in both cases the one who is being protected must trust in, depend upon, and obey what is been told to them to do.

Now notice vs. 1a.   He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.

But what is the ‘Secret Place’?

See Psalms 27: 5.                                                                                                                                                      For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

Psalms 31: 20.  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Psalms 32: 7.   You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.

02-07-2018   Part 11   

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times? 

And here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to live by, and that will help us in troubling times to be able to give and receive encouragement, is knowing that my God is my ‘Protector’!  Amen

A Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care from times of danger or attack.  From hurt or harm.  Or, from calamity or tragedy.

But also, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care in the midst of danger or attack within the hurt or harm.  Or, after the Calamity or tragedy.

Which means in both cases the one who is being protected must trust in, depend upon, and obey.

Now, another extremely important thing to know about Psalm 91 is what is been told to them to do.  That, Psalm 91 is one of the many Messianic Psalms from the Book of Psalms.

By the way our English word ‘Messianic’ can mean, the belief and expectation of a Messiah or Christ that is Divine.  Who is a Ruler of a kingdom.  A Deliver, a Champion and a Savior from God.

Messianic is the belief and expectation that Messiah or Christ came the first time, and will come again in the future a second time.

For example, Messianic Jews or Judaism.   A belief system among some Jewish people who believe and have accepted Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) of Nazareth as the promised Messiah of the Hebrew Scriptures.  These Jewish people however do not stop being Jewish.  But, they continue to remain strong in their Jewish identity, lifestyle and culture, while following Yeshua as He is revealed in the Brit Chadashah, or the New Covenant.

In fact, here are a few of the Messianic Psalms that refer to the Messiah in some way from the book of Psalms.

For each Psalm below is a reference to the Messiah in the book of Psalms, which is making reference to Jesus of Nazareth who claim to be the Messiah of Israel and for all mankind.

•Psalms 2: 6-12. The Messiah’s future exhortation.                                                                                                      •Psalms 22: 1-22. The Messiah as the suffering Savior.                                                                                                •Psalms 24: 7- 10. The Messiah as the King of Glory that shall reign forever.                                                            •Psalms 91: 1-16. The Messiah as a Protector.                                                                                                                •Psalms 118: 22-29. The Messiah as the Chief Cornerstone.

Therefore, Psalms 91: is a Messianic Psalm about a Messiah, a Deliver, a Champion, a Savior who Protects those who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Now, notice vs. 1a.  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.

But what is the secret place, The hiding place, or the shelter?

See again Psalms 31: 20.  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

See Psalms 32: 7.  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

See Psalms 90: 1.  Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Now, notice Psalms 91: 1a.  he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.   By the way, “The Most High,” a title name for God used here in Psalms 91: 1.

And In Psalms 91: 9, “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even The Most High your dwelling place.”

The Title Name For God Here In Psalms 91: “The Most High,” is, Elyôwn.  And From The Hebrew language The Title means One Who Is Elevated, Or One who is lofty, Or Supreme.

Also, here in Psalms 91: 1, Grammatically in English The Preposition word “Of,” Can Be helpful in understanding the source concerning the secret place!

Because The preposition word “Of,” can mean belonging or connection.

The preposition word “Of,” can mean, expressing the relationship between a part of the whole.

For Example, the sleeve “of” his coat is a part of the whole, The coat!

Psalms 91: 1 Says, He who (dwells) in the secret place (of) the Most High. 

The word (Dwells) this Hebrew verb is (Qal).  Therefore Dwells means to, remain or stay relationally. To have as One's Abode or Home, or Residence.

Listen the Phrase, The Secret Place, The hiding Place, or The Shelter, is a part of the whole, Which Is The Messiah Himself!

I’m convince that The Secret Place of The Most High, is being in an abiding personal relationship with The Messiah Jesus Christ.

St. John 15: 4&5. 4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

Vs. 5.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

See I John 3:24, Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

02-14-2018   Part 12   

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

And here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to know and for us to live by in troubling times is, God can be your protector, Amen!

For He is able to protect you from any danger.  Or, He is able to protect you in any situation.

But you and I must trust in, depend upon, and obey what He has told us to do!

Also, remember that Psalm 91 Is one of the many Messianic Psalms from the Book of Psalms.  The word Messianic means, the belief and the expectation of the Messiah or Christ, Who is Divine and yet, human.  Who, is a ruler of a kingdom, a deliverer, and a champion.  A promise Savior, Who came the first time unto His own and they received Him not.  But, He will come again in the future a second time.

By the way, there has only been one person in all of human history that this could be referring to.

And most of us believe that it is Jesus of Nazareth.

For He Himself claimed and He demonstrated supernaturally and prophetically that He was the Messiah!

And therefore, Psalms 91: Is a Messianic Psalm about the Messiah, Jesus Christ who protects those who have an abiding relationship with Him.

Those who have chosen Him as their “Hiding Place”, their ‘’Shelter.  Because as far as they are concerned, He is the “Most High”, He is the ‘Almighty’.

Now, notice vs. 1 again, He or she who dwells in the secret place, the hiding place, the shelter of the Most High.  Shall abide under the shadow or shade, the protective covering of the Almighty.

Notice the verb ‘dwells’.  This Hebrew verb is (Qal).  Therefore, ‘dwells’ means, to remain or to stay relationally connected.  Or, to have as one's abode, or home, or residence.

Next, “the Most High,” a title name for God here in Psalms 91: from the Hebrew language which means, One Who is elevated, or One Who is very lofty or supreme.

Shall abide.  A Strong's Definition: לוּן lûwn, or loon; or לִין lîyn.  In Hebrew the verb is (Hithpalpel), which means to dwell in, or abide under or with.

Also, the word “shall” which starts this phrase, helps us to know that you must be volitional.  You must choose what you are going to do each time!

Shall abide under the shadow, or shade, the protective covering.

The Almighty.  “El Shaddai or Shadday,” is another compound name or title for God like ʻElyôwn, which meant, “The Most High.”

Now, “El Shaddai” is a very complex title or name for God which has multiple meanings that can be very helpful to us.

For example, there is a masculine meaning and there is a feminine meaning to the Hebrew word Shaddai or Shadday.

The masculine meaning of the Hebrew word Shaddai or Shadday, speaks of God’s ultimate strength, ability, and power over anyone or anything.

But the feminine meaning of the Hebrew word Shaddai or Shadday, speaks of God as one who feeds or gives nourishment.  Or, one who nurses to help one to be sustained and grow, i.e, to breast-feed.

And therefore, depending on the context of the verse or verses, El Shaddai or, the Almighty, could be referring to the masculine or the feminine meaning, or both.

Now, this Is the first time El Shaddai or Almighty is used as a title or name for God.

Notice Gen. 17: 1.  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to Abram, I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

Question.  Did you know that Jesus, not only claimed to be the Messiah, but also claimed to be the Almighty, the El Shaddai of the Old Testament?

Notice Revelation 1: 8.  Jesus is speaking, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, Who Is and Who Was, and Who Is to come, “the Almighty.”

Back to Psalms 91:                                                                                                                                                    Now notice vs. 2.  There is a noticeable change in the narrative at this point.

“I will say of the LORD, He (the LORD) is my refuge, and my fortress; (my God), in Him (the LORD), (my God) I will trust.”

First, an experiential relationship, that gives confidence.

See the beginning phrase, “I will say! “ - first person singular!

Listen, the human writer of this Psalm whomever it may be, is giving their personal testimony.

Experientially, they are sharing their complete confidence that they have in the LORD.                                        For this is not a positive confession, but a relational profession by someone who knows The LORD.

For example, see Psalms 23:                                                                                                                                     Vs. 1.  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.                                                                                                   Vs. 2.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.                                      Vs. 3.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.                            Vs. 4.  Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.                                                                                                                Vs. 5.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.                                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 6.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.                                                                                               

See Psalms 18:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 2.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.                                                                                               Vs. 3.  I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So, shall I be saved from my enemies.                    Vs. 4.  The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.                             Vs. 5.  The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.                                           Vs. 6.  In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

02-21-2018   Part 13    

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

And here in Psalm 91, the Major theme of this Psalm from God, For Us To Know And For Us To Live By In Troubling Times Is, To Know That God Can Be Your Protector, Amen!

For He is able to protect you from any danger.  Or, He is able to protect you in any situation.

However, you and I must trust in, depend upon, and obey what He has told us to do!

And therefore, Psalms 91: Is a Messianic Psalm about the Messiah, who many of us believe is Jesus of Nazareth.  Who protects those who have an abiding relationship with Him.  Who is our secret place, hiding place, our shelter.  Because as far as we are concerned, He is the Most High, He is the Almighty.

Now notice vs. 2&3.  There is a noticeable change in the narrative from verse 1.                                               Vs. 2.  “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”                                Vs. 3.  Surely, He shall deliver you, from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome or perilous pestilence.

Now, here in Psalms 91: 2&3, we have an expression of an experiential relationship, that causes one to have an unwavering confidence, giving encouragement in troubling times.

Show you what I mean!

See the beginning phrase vs. 2a, “I will say!“

Whoever, the human writer of this Psalm is, they are sharing their personal testimony.

Experientially, they are revealing their complete confidence that they have in the LORD.

For this is not a positive confession, but a relational profession by someone who knows the LORD.

Notice vs. 2, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, and my Fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”

Now, notice the two different names for God mentioned in vs. 2.

Notice vs. 2.  “I will say of the LORD!  Now this is a different name for God that we have not seen in Psalms 91 so far!

For the name or title LORD Is, Yahweh Or Jehovah.

See Exodus 6: 2-4.  In the KJV says, vs. 2;  And God spake unto Moses, and said unto Moses, I am the LORD:  Vs. 3.  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.                                                                                                                 Vs. 4.  And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

Listen, the name or the Jehovah or Yahweh can mean, Self-Existent or Eternal One.  This was revealed unto Moses when the LORD said unto Him, “I Am that I Am.”  See Exodus 3:14.

But also, the name Jehovah as a Hebrew substantive verb, can also mean, “to be,” or “to become what one needs!”

For example, using the name Jehovah along with another Hebrew Word, name, or title can help us to understand God’s commitment and His awesome presence in our situation no matter what.

Here are just a few of the compound names for Jehovah.                                                                                •Jehovah-Jireh, the LORD will see and provide.                                                                                                    •Jehovah-Shalom, the LORD is my peace.                                                                                                              •Jehovah-Sabaoth, the LORD of Hosts, or armies.                                                                                                    •Jehovah-Nissi, the LORD my banner.                                                                                                              •Jehovah-Raah, the LORD my shepherd.                                                                                                            •Jehovah-Rapha, the LORD That heals.                                                                                                            •Jehovah-Shammah, the LORD is near.                                                                                                          •Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the LORD our righteousness.                                                                                      •Jehovah-Mekoddishkem, the LORD Who sanctifies you.

And finally, the name or title Jehovah or Yahweh is His covenant name or title for His people in every generation.

For the name or title Jehovah or Yahweh is a covenant reminder of His faithfulness and commitment to all of His spiritual children who trust in Him.

Now notice again Psalms 91: 2, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, and my fortress; my God!

And here is another name for God that we have not seen in Psalms 91.  My God or my Elohim.

Elohim, as a name or a title is mainly referring to God as the Creator and sustainer of everyone and of everything.

See Genesis 1: 1.  In the beginning God or Elohim created the heavens and the earth.                                          Vs. 3.  Then God or Elohim said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.                                                                But also, Elohim is a revelation of God concerning His tri-Unity.

See Genesis 1: 26. Then God or Elohim said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

Also see I John                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 5: 7.  For there are three that bear witness in heaven: The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

Now, notice the two word pictures used to describe God as a protector.

Vs. 2.  “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge.                                                                                                Refuge!  A place of shelter in the midst of danger or being pursued.

Again vs. 2, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress.                                                          Fortress!  A strong place, a castle, a stronghold, in a positive sense.  A Fortress was a place that can keep you safe from enemies, danger or captivity.

And finally, in vs. 2, “I will say of the LORD He is my refuge, and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Question.  How should you and I trust in the LORD?                                                                                                And how can we have the same confidence like others in the Bible who trusted in the LORD?

So then, how should you and I trust in the LORD?

See Proverbs 3: 5.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;                      Vs. 6.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

How can we have the same confidence like others in the Bible who trusted in the LORD?

See Daniel 3: 16.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, we have no need to answer you in this matter, our minds are made up!                                                                                                 Vs. 17.  If that is the case that you would threaten us, our God, whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.

Notice.  Not only the bravery, but the confidence!

In fact, God shows that He is well able to deliver even in the midst of a situation.

So, notice King Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony!

See vs. 28.  Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and protected their bodies, so that they should not serve, nor worship any god except their own God!

02-28-2018   Part 14   

Our current topic How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

And here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to know and for us to live by in troubling times is, to know that God can be your protector, Amen!

Let’s review one more time vs. 1&2.                                                                                                                             1. He or she who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

And remember this is a picture of an abiding personal relationship that one can have with the Messiah, the Son of God, Who is the Most High, Who is the Almighty.

Next vs. 2 continues as a testimony!                                                                                                                             I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.

Remember, this is a relational profession by someone who knows and trust in the LORD as Yahweh or Jehovah and who knows and trust in God as their Elohim.

However, there is a third piece to this picture puzzle concerning the Messiah, that we need to see, in order for this Psalm to have significance and meaning for us.

And so that our relationship with God is about intentionality and not our entitlement.

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                                                            See vs. 9.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place or habitation.

I believe that this statement in vs. 9 is the missing puzzle piece for rightly understanding and interpreting and applying this Psalm into our lives.

In other words, Psalm 91 is not about our entitlement as a child of God.  But according to vs. 9, as a child of God have you and I been intentional in our pursuit of a relationship, an ongoing fellowship, and a trust in the LORD’s protectorship?

Explain what entitlement for some, is all about.

Now explain, Intentionality!  Which is being deliberate or doing something on purpose.  Engaging or initiating.

Ask the group for some examples of how we could be more intentional in our relationship building with God?

Now notice vs.9.  Because you have made the LORD, who by the way is my refuge even the Most High, because you have made the LORD, Your dwelling place or Your habitation.

Notice again vs. 9a, because you have made the LORD, Yahweh Or Jehovah.                                                Notice the word ‘made’.  Strong's Definition: שׂוּם sûwm, soom; or שִׂים sîym; Qal) which means to put, or set, or lay upon.

Next vs. 9.   Continues, who is my refuge, even the Most High.                                                                           The title name for God here in Psalms 91: “The Most High,” is, ʻElyôwn.  And from the Hebrew language the title means, “One Who is Elevated”, or “One who is Lofty, or Supreme”.

And finally, vs. 9 says, even the Most High, You have made Your dwelling place or habitation.

Notice the word habitation or dwelling place.                                                                                                  Strong's Definition. מָעוֹן mâʻ ôwn, maw-ohn'; or מָעִין mâʻ îyn; which means an abode, a retreat, a den, an asylum, that is a place of protection and safety. 

Question. How do you and I intentionally make the LORD, the Most High our dwelling place, or habitation? First you must be Saved, Born Again, having believed and received Him!

But even after that, you and I must continue to be intentional to make the LORD, the Most High our dwelling place, or habitation.

See II Chronicles 7: 14.                                                                                                                                                 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are four biblical principles for relationship building with God, that requires intentionality on our part.

See II Chronicles 7: 14.                                                                                                                                                    1.  Humble ourselves.                                                                                                                                                   2.  Pray.                                                                                                                                                                         3.  Seek My face, saith the LORD.                                                                                                                              4.  Turn from our wicked ways.

03-07-2018   Part 15  

Our current topic How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Because here in Psalm 91: 3-13, we have a divine outline of nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

Then we also have another divine outline here in Psalm 91: 14-16, that has three factual statements which can bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus, and not a self- focus!

Explain what a conditional promise would be all about based on Psalms 91: 3-13 omitting vs. 9, because we already learned about this verse.

Listen, based on Psalms 91: 3-13, omitting vs. 9, there will be three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                                                                                                                                            •An abiding relationship.                                                                                                                                           •An ongoing obedience.                                                                                                                                          •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose for you and me!

Notice Hebrews 11: 33-34, 36-38, for an important insight into how God’s will, plan, and purpose can be different for each one of us.

Vs. 33.  Who, through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 34.  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to fight the armies of the aliens.

Now, noticed the difference.

Vs. 36.  But others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment.        Vs. 37.  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;                                                                Vs. 38.  Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Again, God’s will, plan, and purpose can be different for each one of us.

Now notice, based on Psalm 91: 14-16, there are three factual statements which can bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus, and not a self-focus.

What is a factual statement?                                                                                                                                           •A statement that is related to the facts.                                                                                                                   •A statement that is based on what is true.                                                                                                         •Lastly, a statement

That which is reliable, trustworthy, or credible.

Now, let’s notice the nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.                                                                                                                   

1.    Vs. 3.  Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.                2.   Vs. 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.                                                                                                                                                  3.   Vs. 5.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day.                                   4.   Vs. 6.  Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.       5.   Vs. 7.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.                                                                                                                                                                                  6.   Vs. 8.  Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.                                                 7.   Vs. 10.  No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.                                                 8.   Vs. 11.  For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.   Vs. 12.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash, your foot against a stone.                                                                            9.   Vs. 13.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.                 

Next, here are the three factual statements that bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus and not a self-focus!  1.   Vs. 14.  Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.                                                                                                                                                  2.  Vs. 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.                                                                                                                                                                               3.  Vs. 16.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.

03-14-2018    Part 16  

Our current topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Because here in Psalm 91: 3-13, we have a divine outline of nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

Now, lets consider the first conditional promise that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

By the way, these nine promises are not for everybody!  They are not intended for just anyone!

Because there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                              •An abiding relationship.  Vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                       •An ongoing obedience.  Vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                  •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me!  Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now, see vs. 3 again, surely He shall deliver you, from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

First of all, who is the ‘He’ in vs. 3?                                                                                                                             In vs. 1.  The Most High, the almighty.                                                                                                                          In vs. 2.  The LORD, Yahweh or Jehovah, and notice vs. 2 again my God, or Elohim.

Next, who are the you in vs. 3?

See vs. 1 again, he or she who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, and abides under the shadow of the almighty.

Is that true about you and me?

Now, see vs. 9.  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High your habitation, or your dwelling place.

Is that true about you and me?                                                                                                                            Again, this promise is not for everybody!                                                                                                                This promise is not Intended for just anyone!

Now, let’s notice specifically this first promise!

Notice the first few words of vs. 3. “For surely or truly He shall deliver!”                                                        •There is a certainty about this!                                                                                                                          •There is something reliable about what God can do!

See also, Psalms 34: 17,19.                                                                                                                                          Vs. 17.  The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.                             Vs. 19.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

See Psalms 37: 39&40.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 39.  But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.           Vs. 40.  And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.

But remember, there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part as well!                                           •An abiding relationship.  Vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                       •An ongoing obedience.  Vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                  •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me!  Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now, notice in vs. 3, God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual realm.                           First, truly He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler!

This metaphor reveals God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual realm.                       But is this phrase pointing to an evil person or to the evil one?

See Psalm 124: 1&2,7&8.                                                                                                                                            Vs. 1.  If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, let Israel now say.                                                         Vs. 2.  If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us.                                       Vs. 7.  Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped.  HOW?                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 8.  Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Notice again God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual realm of the evil one.

Now, see II Timothy 2: 25&26.                                                                                                                                   Vs. 25.  In humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 26.  And that they may come to their senses, and escape The snare of The Devil, having been taken captive by him, to do his will.

Now, see I Corinthians 10: 13.                                                                                                                                    No temptation or test or trial has overtaken you except such as is common to man; But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation or test or trial, will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

And notice again God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual realm of the evil one.

But remember, there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part as well!                                           •An abiding relationship.  Vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                       •An ongoing obedience.  Vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                  •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me!  Psalms 23: 4&5.

03-21-2018    Part 17  

Our current topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Because here in Psalm 91: 3-13, we have a divine outline of nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

Now, let’s finish up the first conditional promise in vs. 3, that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

By the way, these nine promises are not for everybody!  Surprisingly, they are not intended for just anyone!

Because, there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                             •An abiding relationship.  Vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                      •An ongoing obedience.  Vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                        •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me!  Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now, let’s notice in vs. 3, God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm.

Notice in vs. 3b, truly He shall deliver you from the noisome pestilence!

Now, the word ‘noisome’ as an adjective used here can mean, destructive, perilous, or very bad or awful.

Listen, noisome, used as an adjective, is not referring to something that is minor or insignificant.

Noisome is something that can be destructive or devastating, perilous or dangerous, very bad or awful.

Now, the word ‘pestilence’ as a noun that is used here can mean, a plague, an epidemic or a pandemic.

In fact, the Biblical use of the word pestilence or plagues, generally indicates that they can be an act of divine judgment in some cases.

For example, in Exodus chapters 7-12.  The 10 plagues against Egypt.

In Deuteronomy 28:15-57.                                                                                                                                               The pestilences or plagues against Old Testament Israel in their disobedience and idolatry.

And in Matthew 24: 7.                                                                                                                                                 The pestilences during the Tribulation time before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

However, notice something special in Exodus 15: 25&26.                                                                                     Vs. 25.  So, Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree.  When Moses cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet or drinkable.  There the LORD made a statute and an ordinance for them, and it was there the LORD tested the people.

Now, notice the conditional promise from the Lord in vs. 26.                                                                                Vs. 26.   And the LORD said, if you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes.   I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians.  For I am the LORD who heals you.

See Exodus 23: 24&25.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 24.  You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars.

Now, notice the conditional promise from the Lord in vs. 25.                                                                                  Vs. 25.  So, you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water.  And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

See James 5:                                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 14.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.                                                                                                        Vs. 15.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Now, notice the conditional promise from the Lord in vs. 16.                                                                                 Vs. 16.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

One more thing to notice in Psalms 91: 3, “For surely or truly He shall deliver!”                                                  Say something about the word deliver or deliverance.

A Strong's Definition: נָצַל nâtsal, the verb is (Hiphil) which means: to take away or snatch away.                            To rescue or deliver from enemies or troubles or death.                                                                                          To deliver from sin and guilt.

Can someone name some possible ways that the LORD delivers?

For example, the LORD delivers by means of Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ from the penalty, the presence, and the power of sin.

•The LORD can deliver by means of miracles, for He can rescue from enemies, or troubles, or death.       •LORD can deliver by means of healing.                                                                                                                •The LORD can deliver by means of the casting out of the devil and or demons.                                                •The LORD can deliver by means of supplying all our need according to His riches in glory.                                •But also, the LORD may choose to deliver by means of physical death of His servants.

By the way, one of the three conditions that is necessary on our part was,                                                            •An abiding relationship.                                                                                                                                             •An ongoing obedience.                                                                                                                                          •And thirdly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me!

Listen, could the LORD choose to deliver His servants by means of physical death?

See Acts 12:                                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 1.  Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.                Vs. 2.  Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.                                                                         Vs. 3.  And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.  Now, it was during the days of unleavened bread.

See II Timothy 4:  6.  The Apostle Paul is speaking, for I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.                                                                                                                          Vs. 7.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.                                               Vs. 8.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Isaiah 57: 1&2.  From the New Living Translation.                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Good people pass away; the Godly often die before their time.  But no one seems to care or wonder why.  No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.                                     Vs. 2.  For those who follow Godly paths will rest in peace when they die.

See Psalms 116: 15.  Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.

Now, let’s notice in Psalms 91: 4.  Which is the second conditional promise that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

Vs. 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Now, let’s notice God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical and the spiritual realms.

But who is the ‘He’ in vs. 4?                                                                                                                                  Again in vs. 1, it is the Most High, it is the Almighty.                                                                                                Also, in vs. 2, it is the LORD, or Yahweh or Jehovah.                                                                                             And also, in vs. 2.  It is my God, or Elohim.

Again vs. 4.   He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Next, who are the ‘you’ and ‘your’ in vs. 4?

See vs. 1 again, he or she who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty.                                                                                                                                                                 Is that true about you and me?

Also, see vs. 9.  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High your habitation, or your dwelling place.                                                                                                                                                     Is that true about you and me?

Again, this promise is not for everybody!                                                                                                                   This promise is not intended for just anyone!

Because there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                                    •An abiding relationship.                                                                                                                                                  •An ongoing obedience.                                                                                                                                           •And thirdly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me!

Now notice vs. 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall trust, or take refuge within; or to flee unto for protection.

Comment about certain mother birds’ instinct and willingness to protect their young by using their own bodies.

Now, see Matthew 23: 37.  Jesus is speaking, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her.  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”

Back to Psalms 91: 4.                                                                                                                                                      Again, Psalms 91: 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

See the phrase, “His truth”!

So many of God‘s people have assumed that this phrase is referring to God’s word, the scriptures, the Bible itself!

But actually, in this case, vs. 4, this is not a reference to the scriptures, the Bible.  It is a reference to God’s fidelity and faithfulness.

A Strong’s definition: אֶמֶת ʼemeth, from H539; used figuratively to speak of one’s fidelity, trustworthiness, reliability, or having integrity.

And finally, Psalms 91: 4, His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

As a metaphor, two different word pictures are used here.                                                                                         A shield - the large and broad square-like shield.

But a buckler was usually different, a smaller shield.  More portable for hand-to- hand combat.                            Or, the idea of the buckler can be referring to the fact that it is circular or is rounded.

And therefore, the picture is, a person who needs protection is in the middle and is surrounded, and like being in the middle of a circle, they are completely protected.

See Psalms 35:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 1.  A Psalm of David.  Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me.                                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 2.  Take hold of shield and buckler and stand up for my help.

04-04-2018    Part 18

Our current topic How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Because here in Psalm 91:3-13, we have a divine outline of nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

Now, let’s consider the third conditional promise in vs. 5 that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm.

By the way, these nine promises are not for everybody!  Surprisingly, they are not intended for just anyone!

Because there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                                  •An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                          •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may be different for you and me, like in Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now, let’s notice in vs. 5, God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm.

Notice in vs. 5.                                                                                                                                                           You shall not be afraid of *the terror by night, nor of *the arrow that flies by day.

Again, notice God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and therefore, you and I do not have to be afraid or fearful!

Notice in vs. 5a.  You shall not be afraid or fearful!                                                                                                      I don’t know if you struggle with being afraid or fearful?                                                                                      Can you name one thing that causes you to be fearful or afraid?                                                                            I’m not talking about phobias, for example, claustrophobia, aqua-phobia, etc.    But can you name one thing that causes you to be fearful or afraid?

In fact, the Psalmist mentions some possibilities in vs. 5.                                                                                          *the terror by night! *the arrow that flies by day!                                                                                                     Vs. 6. *The pestilence that walks in darkness!   *The destruction that lays waste at noonday!                              Vs. 10. *Evil shall befall you.   *Or, any plague or pestilence come near your dwelling.                                 Interestingly, in vs. 13, the Psalmist mentions *The lion and the cobra. *the young lion and the serpent, as well.

Can you name one thing that causes you to be fearful or afraid?                                                                    Listen, we know fear or being afraid is a legitimate emotion that will happen to us from time to time!

But personally, I’m not concerned that fear or being afraid will happen to me or you.

What does concern me, is how we choose to handle it with God’s help!  Amen!   Now, notice in vs. 5a you shall not be afraid of fearful!                                        

Question, is this statement in vs. 5a referring to a personal confidence that you have within yourself?  

Or, is this statement in vs. 5a referring to a relational confidence you have in the Lord? 

See Psalm 112:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 7.  He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

See Psalm 27: 3.  Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.

See Proverbs 3: 23-25.                                                                                                                                              Vs.  23. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.                                                          Vs.  24.  When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.             Vs.  25.  Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes.

Now, notice in Psalm 91:5, the Psalmist mentions, *The terror by night!                                                                    Terror means, an extreme form of fear or dread.  Something that causes intense fear or anxiety.  Any period of frightful violence or bloodshed or threats of violence used for intimidation, coercion, or as terrorism.  Example, New York City, September 11, 2001.

Next, in vs. 5, the Psalmist mentions, *the arrow or spears that flies by day!   Any projectiles even of our day.  Bullets, RPG‘s missile, explosive mortar rounds, etc.

Next, in vs. 6, the Psalmist mentions *the pestilence that walks or moves about in darkness, or the unseen or the undetected.

And last time we saw vs. 3b, truly He shall deliver you from the noisome pestilence!

Next in vs. 6, *the destruction that lays waste at noonday.                                                                                          Possibly, a destructive storm like a tornado or a hurricane, or a killer earthquake, or wide scale flooding.            Now, notice the promise along with the possible outcome or results because of vs. 5&6.

See vs. 7. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.                                                                                                                                                                        Notice vs. 7a.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, a large casualty rate.

Also, the possible outcome or results because of vs. 5&6.                                                                                    Vs. 5.  The terror by night.  The arrow that flies by day.                                                                                          Vs. 6.  The pestilence that walks in darkness.   The destruction that lays waste at noonday.

See vs. 7.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; Now, notice the promise, but it shall not come near you.

This promise is not for everybody!  It is not intended for just anyone!                                                          Because, there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                             •An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                  •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                             •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may be different for you and me, like in Psalms 23: 4&5.

However, if these things mention be true about you and me, then you and I do not have to be afraid or fearful!

See Psalm 32:                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 6.  For this cause, everyone who is Godly shall pray to you in a time when you may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him.

04-11-2018     Part 19    

Our Current Topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Because here In Psalm 91: 3-13, We have a divine outline of nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

By the way, these nine promises are not for everybody!  Surprisingly, they are not intended for just anyone!

Because there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.

•An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                  •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                            •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me, kike Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now last Wednesday we considered the three conditional promises in vs. 5, 6, & 7.

Today, let’s consider the sixth and seventh conditional promises (in vs. 8 & Vs. 10), that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm.

First see vs. 8, only with your eyes shall you Look or see, or behold the reward of the wicked.

Now this sixth conditional promise in vs. 8, what does it mean and what should we expect?

See vs. 8.  Only with your eyes shall you Look or see or behold.  Stop there!

The word ‘eyes’ in scripture can sometimes have another meaning than just visual seeing or sight.

Interestingly, the word ‘eyes’ can also refer to the understanding.

That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

Back to Psalms 91:                                                                                                                                                    See vs. 8 again, only with your eyes or your understanding shall you know or understand.  Or, have insight about the reward of the wicked.  Stop There!

The word ‘reward’ means, deserved retribution or, recompense, or payback.

So then, there are three possible ways to understand and to interpret this conditional promise in vs. 8.

First, believers may one day witness the eternal judgement of the wicked that will take place at the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20: 11-15.

Therefore, Believers may one day witness the eternal judgement of the wicked that will take place at the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20: 11-15.

Next, Believers can sometimes witness the consequences of earthly judgement or punishment upon the wicked.

Psalms 91: 5, 6, & 7.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 5.  *the terror by night!   *the arrow that flies by day!                                                                                          Vs. 6.  *The pestilence that walks in darkness!   *The destruction that lays waste at noonday!                              Vs. 7.  *A thousand may fall at your side, *And ten thousand at your right hand.

Read later Genesis 18: 20-33 & Genesis 19: 1-29.

And therefore, Believers can sometimes witness the consequences of earthly judgement or punishment upon the wicked.

Finally, Believers will know and understand because of the Word of God, that there is a irrevocable spiritual law at work, especially when one is wicked or disobedient, “You reap what you sow!”

See Galatians 6: 7&8.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 7.  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.                        Vs. 8.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

And therefore, Believers will know and understand because of the Word of God, that there is a irrevocable spiritual law at work, especially when one is wicked or disobedient, “You reap what you sow!”

Now, see Psalms 37:                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 34.  Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and the Lord, shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.                                                                                                                                        Vs. 35. I have seen the wicked in great power and spreading themselves like a native green tree.                      Vs. 36.  Yet, they passed away, and behold, they are no more; Indeed I sought them, but they could not be found.

Back to Psalms 91:                                                                                                                                                    Now vs. 9.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.

You might recall back on March 19, 2018 that we learned together about vs. 9 and how it could be linked together with vs. 1&2 of Psalms 91, to be another relational goal that you want with God.                                      Or, that vs. 9 can be a relational reality that you have and you enjoy with God!

Now, see vs. 10.  No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.                                 This promise magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm.                                                                                                                                                                             And this promise is two-fold.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 1.  No evil shall befall you.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 2.  Nor, shall any plague come near your dwelling.

First, no evil shall befall you!                                                                                                                                  Evil, actually the words or bad, or harm would be a better understanding in this case, the word ‘befall’ means to be allowed to meet you!  In other words, no bad or harmful situation or person would be allowed to meet you or come near you.

Secondly, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.                                                                                    The word ‘plague’ is not talking about the colds or flu, but a highly contagious disease or illnesses.  Or, anything life-threatening matter.

The words, “come near” means to approach, enter into.                                                                                          The word ‘dwelling’ can mean a home, a resident, a living space.   In other words, all occupants within that space are protected.

See Exodus 12: 23.  Moses is speaking, “For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the Destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.”

04-18-2018     Part 20     

Our current topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Because here in Psalm 91: 3-13, we have a divine outline of nine conditional promises that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm, and also over the spiritual realm.

By the way, these nine promises are not for everybody!  Surprisingly, they are not intended for just anyone!

Because there are three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                              •An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                          •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me, like in Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now, last Wednesday we considered the two conditional promises in vs. 8 & 10.

Today, let’s consider the eighth conditional promise (in vs. 11&12), that magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual realm.

See vs. 11.  For He (the LORD) shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.                    Vs. 12.  In their hands His angels shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.                          Now, this eighth conditional promise (in vs. 11&12).  But, what does it mean and what should we expect?            First, see vs. 11a.  For He (the LORD) shall give His angels, stop there.

Listen, the most important thing to know about (vs. 11&12) are not about the angels and what they can do.

But the most important thing to know about (vs. 11&12) Is to know who is “the He” that is mention at the beginning of the sentence?  Repeat

And the answer is seen in vs. 1, *He is the Most High. *He is the Almighty.                                                           Vs 2.  *He is the LORD, *He is God or Elohim.

See Psalms 103: 20.  Bless the LORD, you (His angels), who excel in strength, and who do His word, heeding to the voice of His word.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 21.  Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.

Back to Psalms 91.

So then, who and what are angels?                                                                                                                            A Strong's Definition: מֲלְאָךְ mălʼâk, from an unused root meaning to dispatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God, i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

Note:  For the next three Bible Studies, we will be using information on this PDF file (handout), to answer the question, who and what are angels.

See Handout.

WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT OTHER SPIRIT BEINGS

Read Colossians 1:1 6 and 17

We believe God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the Supreme Being and Creator of all things, which means everything in Heaven and in the earth, both visible and invisible. All things are ultimately subject to His authority, to His power and to His rule.

Question: What about spirit beings other than God?

The Bible only talks about two kinds, human and heavenly beings.                                                                  First. let us deal with human beings:                                                                                                                        Read and explain:    Genesis 1:26 and 27       Genesis 2:7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Next let us deal with heavenly beings:                                                                                                                        Read and explain:     Nehemiah 9:6 and Revelation 5:1 1 and 12

There are also two categories of heavenly beings: Holy or Evil. Fallen angels are also expressed as being: evil spirits, unclean spirits, familiar spirits, seducing spirits, devils, demons, Lucifer and Satan, these are all synonymous.

      Holy                                         or                         Evil

Cherubim - Genesis 3:24                                                                             Fallen angels - 2 Peter 2:4              Seraphim - Isaiah 6:1-3                                                                                 Evil spirits - Acts 19:15, 16               Living creatures - Revelation 4:6-9                                                            Unclean spirits - Luke 1 1:24-26        Holy angels, or Son of God, or morning stars - Job 38:4-7                       Familiar spirits - 2 Samuel 28:7-9    Archangel of God-Michael - Jude 9                                                            Seducing spirits - 1 Timothy 4:1 , 2          Messenger angel of God-Gabriel - Luke 1:1 9                                            Devils, demons - James 2:19                                                                                                                                          Lucifer - Isaiah 14:1 2-20                                                                                                                                                 Satan - Ezekiel 28:1 1-1 9

Holy Angels: Important facts about their ministry to God, to God's people, and to non-believers.

First their ministry to God:                                                                                                                                            Obedience and service - Read and explain: Psalm 103:20                                                                              Worship - Read: Revelation 7:1 1 and 12                                                                                                                Involvement with The Second Coming of God the Son - Matthew 25:31-33

Next, their ministry to God's people:                                                                                                                          To assist and help - Read: Hebrews 1:14                                                                                                                    To protect and defend - Read: Psalm 91:9-13                                                                                                            To guide/escort at death - Read: Luke 16:20-22

Last their ministry to non-believers                                                                                                                            To separate - Read: Matthew 13:36-43                                                                                                                          To punish - Read: 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9                                                                                                                        To rejoice when sinners are being saved - Read: Luke 15:8-10

We want to look at those beings which are evil and are fallen. Read  Ephesians 6:1 2

Who is this one called Satan or Lucifer?                                                                                                                  Revelation 1 2:9;   Ezekiel 28: 1 1-19;   Isaiah 14: 12-17; 2   Corinthians 4:3 and 4;  2 Corinthians 1 1:3, 4 and 13-15; 1 Peter 5:8-1 1

Fallen Angels or Demons

In the Scriptures fallen angels or demons are also known as evil spirits, unclean spirits, familiar spirits, or seducing or deceiving spirits. Each one of these adjectives described either the nature or character of these spirit beings. Two classes of fallen angels exist: 1. The angels who are unimprisoned and follow Satan as their leader. These apparently are identical with the demons (which see). During the Great Tribulation war will ensue beöueen'"Michael and his angels" and "the dragon and his angels" <Rev. 12:7>. The dragon will be cast out of the heavenlies upon the earth and his angels with him <12:8-9>. These are remanded to the abyss at the second coming of Christ <20:1-3> and consigned to the lake of fire after their final postmillennial revolt <Matt. 25:41; Rev.

2. The angels who are imprisoned are the more wicked spirits that did not maintain their original estate "but abandoned their proper abode," being "kept in eternal bonds under darkness" awaiting judgment <Jude 6; 2 Pet. 2:4; I Cor. 6:3>. Many Bible teachers hold that they include the fallen angels that cohabited with mortal women <Gen. 6:1-2> and were imprisoned in the nether world as a special punishment for their crime of breaking through God-ordained orders of being. Demon is another name for fallen angels who joined the kingdom of Satan in rebellion against God.

Origin. The origin of demons is not explicitly discussed in the Bible. But the New Testament speaks of the fall and later imprisonment of a group of angels <1 Pet. 3:19-20; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6>. The group that participated in the fall apparently followed one of their own number, SATAN. The fall occurred before God's CREATION of the world, leaving Satan and his angels free to  contaminate the human race with wickedness <Gen. 3; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9>.

Only part of the fallen angels took part in the wickedness at the time of the Flood <Gen. These were the ones who were imprisoned. God left the rest free to try to undermine the cause of righteousness in the world.

A symbolic view of this "initial" fall appears in <Revelation 12:34> where the dragon (a symbol for Satan) "drew a third of the stars of heaven" (a symbol for angels) and "threw them to the earth." Thus, Satan has his own angels, presumably these demons <Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9>.

Demons in the Old Testament. Because the Jews believed God's power was unlimited, the Old Testament contains little information about demons. The primitive status of the understanding of demons during this time is perhaps reflected in the way the Old Testament relates the fallen angels to God. It was a "distressing (or evil) spirit from God" <1 Sam. 16:15-16,23> that brought great distress to Saul the king. It was a "lying spirit" from the Lord about whom Micaiah, the prophet of the Lord, spoke <1 Kin. 22:21-23>.

Pagan worship is also related to demon activity in the Old Testament <Lev. 17:7; Ps. 106:37>. Demons delight in making heathen idols the focus of their activities.

Demons in the New Testament. The New Testament accepts the Old Testament teaching about demons and advances the doctrine significantly. Demons are designated in a number of different ways in the New Testament. Quite frequently they are called "unclean spirits" <Matt. 10:1; Mark 6:7>. Another descriptive phrase for them is "wicked (or evil) spirit" <Luke 7:21; Acts 19:1213>. In his writings Paul calls them "deceiving spirits" <1 Tim. 4:1>. John refers to "the spirit of error" <1 John 4:6> and "spirits of demons" <Rev. 16:14>. Luke describes one demon as a "spirit of divination"' <Acts 16:16>.

The only individual demon named in the New Testament (Satan himself is never referred to as a demon) is the one called Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek <Rev. Some scholars believe this is another name for Satan or that this is an unfallen angel. But stronger evidence suggests he was a fallen angelic leader who is subject to the kingly authority of Satan. Legion  <Mark 5:9; Luke 8:30> is probably a collective name for a group of demons rather than the name of a single demon.

A prime purpose of Jesus' earthly ministry was to overcome the power of Satan. This included His conquest of the demonic realm <Matt. 12:25-29; Luke 11:17-22; John 12:31; 1 John 3:8>. This explains the fierce conflict beWveen Jesus and these evil spirits while He was on earth.

Yet Jesus' enemies accused Him of being in alliance with Satan's kingdom, including his demons <Mark 3:22; John 8:48>. This same accusation was made against His forerunner, John the Baptist <Matt. 11:18; Luke 7:33>.  But Jesus' works of goodness and righteousness showed that these c!aims were not true <Matt. 12:25-29; Luke

Following the resurrection of Jesus and His return to heaven, these demonic principalities and powers have continued their warfare against those who are His followers <Rom. 8:38-39; Eph. 6:12>. Yet Satan and his allies will finally be overthrown by God. After Christ returns, the devil and his angels will be defeated and thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone <Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10>. This is a doom with which demons are quite familiar <Matt. 8:29>. God will achieve the ultimate victory in this conflict which has been going on since the beginning of time.

05-30-2018    Part 21     

Now back to our current topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

For some time now, we were involved in a mini-series about what the Bible says and teaches about God’s holy angels.                                                                                                                                                             •Who they are!                                                                                                                                                      •What they do!                                                                                                                                                         •And what they don’t do!

And this afternoon we want to finish up Psalm 91: 11&12 with the correct meaning and making the right application.

For this is a conditional promise which magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual realm.

But also, this promise in Psalm 91: 11&12, is not for everybody!   Surprisingly, it is not intended for just anyone!

For we know there are at least three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                                •An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                               •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me, like in Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now notice vs. 11.  For He, the LORD shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.          Vs. 12.  And in their hands, they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.                                  See vs. 11a, For He, the LORD shall give His angels.  Stop there.

Listen the most important thing to know about vs.11&12 are not about the angels and what they can do for you and me!

But the most important thing to know about vs.11&12 is to know who is the He that is mention at the beginning of the sentence?

And the answer is seen in vs. 1, *He is the Most High.                                                                                            *He is the Almighty.                                                                                                                                                     Vs 2. *He is the LORD, or Jehovah.                                                                                                                              *He is God or Elohim.

Now again, notice vs. 11!                                                                                                                                            For He (the LORD) shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

There are three things we must understand and expect.                                                                                          •First, they are His angels!                                                                                                                                        Notice again vs. 11a.  For the LORD shall give His angels charge over you.                                                    •Next, notice again vs. 11a.                                                                                                                                        The LORD shall give His angels charge over you!

A Strong's Definition.  Our English word “charge,” actually comes from this Hebrew word, צָוָה, tsâvâh.  And the verb is Piel in the Hebrew language.  Which means to enjoin; to appoint; to command.

Notice Psalms 103: 20&21.                                                                                                                                         Vs. 20.  Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.                                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 21.  Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.

Two things to remember!                                                                                                                                        First, we are not in control of the angels!                                                                                                        Secondly, there will be times when God commands the angels to do something for one of His servants.

And so, then God can command the angels to do something completely different for another servant of God.

Quote Romans 2: 11.  For there is no partiality with God.                                                                                            Or, God is no respecter of persons!                                                                                                                          For God treats everybody the same? True or False.

However, there is a different purpose and plan that God may have for each one as His servants.                        For example, Abraham and Job, who lived around the same time, but who lived in different part of the world.  In fact, Romans 2: 11 is actually making reference to God’s fairness in judgment.

See Romans 2:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 6.  Who will render to each one according to his deeds:                                                                                    Vs. 7.  Eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;      Vs. 8.  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness indignation and wrath,                                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 9.  tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;        Vs. 10.  but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.                                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 11.  For there is no partiality with God.

Listen, there will be times when God commands the angels to do something for one of His servants.

And then, God can command the angels to do something completely different for another servant of God.

Remember Acts 12:                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.                    Vs. 2.  Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.                                                                          Vs. 3.  And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.  Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.                                                                                                                    Vs. 4.  So, when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.                                                                          Vs. 5.  Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God [p;-for him by the church.      Vs. 6.  And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.                                                  Vs. 7.  Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands.                                              Vs. 8.  Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so, he did.  And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me."                                                                                                                      Vs. 9.  So, he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.                                                                                                                                Vs. 10.  When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 11.  And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now, I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people."

And thirdly, His angels are well able to keep you in all your ways!                                                                          Notice again Psalms 91: 11.                                                                                                                                        For He, the LORD shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

A Strong's Definition.  Our English words “to keep,” actually comes from this Hebrew word,שָׁמַר, shâmar.  And the verb is Qal in the Hebrew language.  Which means to guard; to protect; to preserve; to keep watch over; to attend to.

Now finally, see vs. 12.  In their hands, His angels shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Also, see Matthew 4: 6.                                                                                                                                            And the devil said to Jesus, if You are the Son of God throw Yourself down.  For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you, and in their hands, they shall bear you up.  Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

06-06-2018   Part 22   

Our current topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Now notice vs. 11-13.                                                                                                                                                        For He (the LORD) shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.                                        Vs. 12.  And in their hands, they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.                                  Vs. 13.  You shall tread upon the lion and the adder, asp, viper, cobra, the young lion and the dragon or serpent, you shall trample underfoot.                                   

Listen, the most important thing to know about vs.11-13 is not about the angels and what they can do for you and me!

The most important thing to know about vs.11-13, is not about how you and me can tread upon the lion and the asp, viper, cobra, the young lion and the dragon or serpent, you shall trample underfoot.

Listen, the most important thing to know about vs.11-13 is to know Who is the “He” that is mentioned at the beginning of the sentence in vs.11.

And the answer is seen in vs. 1, *He is the Most High.  *He is the Almighty.                                                          Vs 2.  *He is the LORD, or Jehovah.  *He is God or Elohim.

So, listen, vs. 13 is the conclusion of the conditional promises revealed in vs. 11&12.

And these conditional promises magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the spiritual Realm.

In other words, all three verses, vs. 11, vs. 12, and vs. 13 should be considered as one thought.

Also, as before, this part of the promise In Psalm 91: 13 is not for everybody!

Surprisingly, it is not intended for just anyone!

For we know there are at least three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                            •An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may different for you and me, like in Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now notice vs. 13.  You shall tread upon the lion and the adder, asp, viper, cobra, the young lion and the dragon or serpent, you shall trample underfoot.

Interestingly, there are four groupings of dangerous creatures.                                                                          The lion and the young lion.                                                                                                                                    And the adder, asp or viper or cobra, and the dragon or serpent.

Now also notice, •You shall tread upon! •You shall trample underfoot!

For in ancient times, conquered enemies would prostrate themselves before their conquerors, to mark the completeness of the subjection, placed a foot upon the prostrate form.

From this practice the metaphor of "treading trampling under foot," for conquering became a common place.  Psalm 7:5; Psalm 44:5; Psalm 55:12.

Therefore, what is the spiritual and practical perspective that we are to understand and apply concerning Psalms 91:13?

See I Peter 5: 8&9.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 8.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 9.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Also, see Revelation 12: 9.                                                                                                                                       And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Therefore, what is the spiritual and practical perspective that we are to understand and apply concerning Psalms 91:13?

That says” You shall tread upon the lion and the adder, asp, viper, cobra, the young lion and the dragon or serpent, you shall trample underfoot?”

See Matthew 4: 10&11.                                                                                                                                                Vs. 10.  Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, you shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.”                                                                                                                                  Vs. 11.  Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Therefore, what is the spiritual and practical perspective that we are to understand and apply concerning Psalms 91:13 that says, “You shall tread upon the lion and the adder, asp, viper, cobra, the young lion and the dragon or serpent, you shall trample underfoot?”

See Ephesians 6:12.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

See Revelation 12: 7.  And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,                                                                                                                                  Vs. 8.  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

See II Kings 6: 14-17.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 14.  Therefore, he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 15.  And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots.  And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"                    Vs. 16.  So, he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."        Vs. 17.  And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.  And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Therefore, what is the spiritual and practical perspective that we are to understand and apply concerning Psalms 91:13

That Says, “You shall tread upon the lion and the asp, viper, cobra, the young lion and the dragon or serpent, you shall trample underfoot?”

See Luke 10: 19.  Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.                                                                                        Vs. 20.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.

06-13-2018   Part 23   

Our current topic, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

Now notice vs. 14-16.                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 14.  Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 16.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.

Listen, the most important thing to know about vs.14-16 is not being delivered; Nor to be setting on high!

The most important thing to know about vs.14-16 is not the promise of an answer, or, God’s presence in trouble; or, being delivered, or, being honored.

The most important thing to know about vs.14-16 is not the promise of long life and that we would be a witness of God’s salvation.

Listen, the most important thing to know about vs.14-16 is to know the One who said in vs.14, “Because he or she has set their love upon Me, therefore, I will deliver them; I will set them on high, because he or she has known My Name.

· Also, to know the One who said in vs.15, he or she shall call upon Me, and I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble; I will deliver them and honor them.

· And to know the One who said in vs.16, with long life I will satisfy him or her, and show them My salvation.

· Listen, the most important thing to know about vs.14-16 is seen in vs. 1.                                                              *Is the Most-High.                                                                                                                                                        *Is the Almighty.

In vs 2.                                                                                                                                                                              *It is the LORD, or Jehovah.                                                                                                                                         *It is God or Elohim.                                                                                                                                                   So then, here vs. 14-16 are three factual statements that can bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus, and not a self-focus! (Repeat)

Notice vs. 14.  Is the first factual statement that can bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus, and not a self-focus!                                                                              

Vs. 14.  “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”                                                                                                                                              Notice, vs. 15.  Is the second factual statement that can bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus, and not a self-focus!                                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 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.                                                                                                                                                                            And finally, in vs. 16, Is the third factual statement that can bring comfort, hope, And a divine focus, and not a self-focus!                                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 16.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.

Listen, these conditional promises magnifies and glorifies God’s ability, faithfulness, control, and superiority over the physical realm.

And as before, these promises in Psalm 91: 14-16, is not for everybody!

Surprisingly, it is not intended for just anyone!

For we know there are at least three conditions that will be necessary on our part.                                          •An abiding relationship like in vs. 1&2, 9.                                                                                                                  •An ongoing obedience like in vs. 14&15.                                                                                                                    •Lastly, the accepting of God’s will, plan, and purpose that may be different for you and me, like in Psalms 23: 4&5.

Now notice vs. 14.  The first factual statement that can bring comfort, hope, and a divine focus, and not a self-focus!                                                                                                                                                                        Notice vs. 14, because he or she has set their love upon Me, therefore I will deliver them; I will set them on high, because he or she has known My name.

It’s very important to note that throughout this Psalm we have had one person encouraging another person who was going through a tough time.

Perhaps they were friends!  Perhaps they were family members!  Perhaps they were fellow believers!

Nevertheless, one speaks to the other, reminding them to stay focus on God, no matter what!

Show you what I mean!

See Psalm 91:                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 1. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most-High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.            Vs. 2.  I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."                                    Vs. 3.  Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.                        Vs. 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 5.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,                                          Vs. 6.  Nor, of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.              Vs. 7.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.      Vs. 8.  Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.                                                          Vs. 9.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most-High, your dwelling place,                Vs. 10.  No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;                                                   Vs. 11.  For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.                                           Vs. 12.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.                                       Vs. 13.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

However, when you get to vs. 14-16, everything changes.                                                                                    The person speaking in these three verses, vs. 14-16 is the LORD Himself, the Most-High, the Almighty, Elohim!

And beginning with vs. 14.  There are two important things we must know and understand.                                                                                                             

First, what does it mean that he or she Has set their love upon Me, God says?   

Note, The Holman Christian Standard Bible says, “Because he is lovingly devoted to Me!”                           Note, The International Standard Version says, “Because he has focused his love on me!”                              Note, The NET Bible says, "Because he is devoted to me!”                                         

Listen, because he hath set his love upon me can mean, one has become attached to me; has united himself with me; is my friend.

The Hebrew word expresses the strongest attachment, and is equivalent to our modern-day expression, "to fall in love."

It refers here, to the fact that God is the object of supreme affection on the part of his people; and it also here implies, that this springs from their hearts; that they have seen such beauty in his character, and have such strong desire for him, that their hearts go out in warm affection toward him.

See Mark 12:                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 29.  Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.                                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 30.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.                                                                                            Vs. 31.  And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.

Next, Deuteronomy 10:                                                                                                                                              Vs. 12.  And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to LOVE Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul                    Vs. 13.  and to keep the commandments of the Lord, and His statutes, which I command you today for your good?                                                                                                                   

See St. John 14:15.                                                                                                                                                          If you love Me, keep or observe, to perform, or practice, My commandments.”

See St. John 14: 23.  Jesus answered and said unto him, he Disciple in verse 22, Judas, not Judas Iscariot.  “If a man loves me, he will keep or, observe or, perform, or practice, My words.                                                          And my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

See Romans 8:28.   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.

James 1: 12.  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

See Jude 1: 21.   keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

See Revelation 2: 4.  Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

The 1965 Song by Barbara Mason, “Yes, I'm ready!”                                                                                              Just a portion of the lyrics reminder us where we are, or where we are not with God!

“I don't even know how to love you just the way you want me too!                                                                          But I'm ready [ready] to learn!                                                                                                                                  Yes, I'm ready [ready] to learn!                                                                                                                                      To fall in love with you.

“I don't even know how to hold your hand, just to make you understand!                                                                 But I'm ready [ready] to learn!                                                                                                                                 Yes, I'm ready [ready] to learn!                                                                                                                                  To hold your hand!                                                                                                                                                        To make you understand!                                                                                                                                            To hold your hand right now!”

See Colossians 3:                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 1.  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 2.  Set your affection or mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

I John 2:                                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 15.  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 16.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but, is of the world.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 17.  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.