Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 6th November 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: I will Protect You
Texts: Ps 91:1-16
Memory Verse: Ps 91:14 – “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name”. (NIV)
The book of Psalms are filled with praise for God as He protected David against his enemies (Psalm 91:14, 18:3). No matter the amount of power or wrath that David’s enemies brought against him, they were no match for the protection of God. We know that after the fall of the first man, Adam in the garden, mankind had been under the yoke of insecurity, fear and harm as a result of the fall. This is clearly demonstrated by the life of Cain, whom God had put a mark of protection to prevent him from being harmed by others (Gen 4:15) as danger lurked around when he murdered his brother Abel.
As a result of sin, man’s soul needs protection from judgment, which is going to fall, flowing out of God’s divine justice. So God sent us a Protector, a Savior who is no less than his own Son. As Jesus hung on the Cross, he absorbed judgment in our place so that we might be protected from the it ( Rom 5:9) This is the most important need of man to ensure he is guaranteed eternal life as a result of Christ’s work on Calvary.
Man also need protection from fellow man, nature, and uncountable dangers he faces each passing day. Security is an important need of man which is why nations invest huge resources and wealth in arms and military equipment seeking protection from aggressor nations. Organizations and Individuals also, invest in various ways seeking protection. But the scripture was clear when it said, “…except the Lord keep a city, the watchman waketh but in vain (Ps 127:1).”
God’s people in the Old Testament could easily relate to this all through their history; that irrespective of the efforts and military might, safety and protection is of the Lord. And the protection of God’s people is one undeniable inheritance and privilege of the covenant. We see God set apart his people among all nations by watching over them, as a precious, prized possession (Deut 32:10; Zech 2:8). Even in the wilderness, without any military might, with the feeble and infants, weak and aged, inexperience in war and military strategies, we see the presence of God watch over them, and nations flee from their presence.
God’s promise of protection covers:
- Preservation of life
- Preservation of our inheritances
- Preservation of our household
One secret we need to know as God’s people is that God didn’t just promise to protect, but HE IS OUR PROTECTION(Gen 15:1; Ps 91:2; Ps 84:11). He is my shield, my refuge, my strong tower, my anchor. God himself in the midst of His people is the protection. That is why anytime Israel loses touch with him, they face danger. God’s Presence is the Protection for his people. This is what we should pursue, desire and cultivate above everything else. Because it is his presence that goes before us to keep the enemy at bay, goes behind us to fight battles we don’t and may never know of.
… A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee…
- (a) What does it mean to dwell in the secret place of the most high? Ps 91:1 (b) Give practical examples of how one can dwell daily and always in it.
- What are the conditions and qualifications for God’s protection? Ps 91:1, 14. (b) Are there situations when God chooses not to deliver us from danger or calamity? What should be our response? James 1: 2-3
- Is there anything that can compromise my protection under God as a believer? Give practical examples
- (a) What assurances do we have, as believers, of God’s deliverance when we find ourselves in danger? Psalm 23: 4, Ps 50:15. (b) And when we seem to have been the cause of our predicament. Isa 49:24-26;