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    Dearly Beloved, WHERE IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE? “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalms 91:1 NIV).
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2011
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      Dearly Beloved,
      �He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of
      the Almighty� (Psalms 91:1 NIV).
      Psalm 91 is one of the most popular psalms. It is popular especially because
      it is a psalm of assurance of the protection and security of God. However,
      there is a striking truth in the opening verse of the psalm: the divine
      protection and security are only for those who live a life of communion with
      God. People that can apply this psalm to themselves are the people that
      totally trust in God. They are the people that are living by His standards
      because only such people can abide in the presence of the holy God without
      any fear of His holy wrath. �The secret place of the Most High� in verse one
      (KJV) was probably in reference to the Holy of holies. Under the Old
      Testament law, only the high priest who entered legitimately there would be
      covered with the cloud of God�s glory (the protection of the all-sufficient
      God), but under the new covenant, all believers in Christ have boldness to
      enter into the invisible holiest place by the blood of Jesus and those who
      thus enter are safe from every evil. No wonder, the writer of the Proverbs
      said, �The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and
      are safe� (18:10 NIV).
      The writer of this psalm enumerated how the people that �dwell in the secret
      place of the Most High� would be protected: (a) by being delivered from
      dangerous attempts against their lives (verse 3a; cf. Psalm 124:7); (b) by
      being under divine safety and comfort (verse 4a; cf. Psalm 17:8; 36:7); and
      (c) by enjoying divine faithful protection with the �covering of His
      feathers and wings� (verse 4b; cf. Psalm 57:1; 61:4; 63:7). These will
      result in the absence of fear in spite of prevailing danger (verses 5-8; cf.
      Psalm 3:6; 27:1-3; 46:2; 112:7; Proverbs 28:1). Because of the fact that
      these people have made God their �dwelling place,� angels will be their
      invisible bodyguards that will be taking care of them (verses 9-13; cf.
      Psalm 34:7). Interestingly, the devil misapplied this when he was tempting
      Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:6).
      In verses 14-16, the psalmist wrote as if God Himself was confirming the
      psalmist�s faith. The Lord promises anyone that is abiding in Him: (a)
      deliverance from danger, (b) protection from harm, (c) divine presence in
      trouble, (d) honour, and (e) long life.
      �If you make the Most High your dwelling -- even the Lord, who is my refuge�
      (verse 9), all kinds of danger mentioned in this psalm are ineffective
      against you. In fact, you will be confident of the divine security. There is
      no confidence or rest in any other place. Where is your dwelling place?
      In His service,
      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
      sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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