Protection in Christ

Psalms 91 is the psalm of protection.  Let’s take a look at the first few verses…

Psalms 91:1-4 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”  For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

 

I want to focus on the word “dwell” in the 1st verse…

Dwells (yashab) – to sit / sit down

*So he who sits in the heavens will be covered…

*Notice in the second verse he says, “My God in whom I trust!”

 

Now let’s go to the new testament…

Ephesians 2:4-7 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Have you been born again?  If so, you are in Christ Jesus!  So lets’s go back to Psalms 91….Knowing that you are seated with Christ in heavenly places, rest your heart, you are protected!  The work has been finished at the cross, and you are hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).  You are still in this crazy world but you are not of it (John 17:16).

 

So what does that look like to be seated with Christ?

Ephesians 1:20-23He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Wow, your problem is beneath you!

Our position in Christ is to rest (seated at the right hand of God).  What does this mean?…Trust God just as David did (“My God in whom I trust!”).  When you are conscious of your position in Christ, your heart will be at rest (trust).  You will see the devil below you and protective Father beside you!  But he wants to get you out of this high position saying, “What are you going to do about this situation?!?!”  (the snare of the trapper – Psalms 91:3).  If you focus too long on your problem, he’s got ya.  Giving too much attention to your circumstace brings unrest to your heart (fear).  Here is the key to remember…when you rest (sitting in your heart), God works…but when you work (standing in your heart), God rests.

So when the devil comes knocking, just keep on rockin!

 

Check out this illustration from Joseph Prince…

 

Now read the remainder of Psalms 91, notice the connection with Ephesians 2 and 3, and see how protected you are in Christ!

Psalms 91 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”  For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.  You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.  A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you.  You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.  For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.  No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.  For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.  They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down (*beneath your feet).  “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.  He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.”

Thank you Jesus!

 

I heard Joseph Prince reference this in an interview with Joni Lamb about the prayer of protection.  Check out the interview below…

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