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  1. Donald McMahon
    July 8, 2019

    “Make the Most High Your Dwelling” (Psalm 91)(7.7.19)
    LET US PRAY.
    Psalm 91 (NIV84)
    1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
    3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
    4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
    5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
    7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
    8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
    9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
    even the Lord, who is my refuge—
    10 then no harm will befall you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
    14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
    16 With long life will I satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: Make the Most High Your Dwelling
    INTRODUCTION:
    This week, at the Drive-Thru Prayer Booth, I was asked one of the questions that has always plagued humankind. Why is their suffering? Why are their senseless tragedies? While we cannot know the answer in particular circumstances, the Bible provides some general answers. All of creation is fallen since sin entered the world. The Prince of this Dark World, the Devil, is an enemy of God and opposes God. There is a spiritual war happening. While much of this is a mystery to us, there is in Psalm 91 a revelation of God’s protection.
    Hear this testimony:
    “When a Pennsylvania lieutenant was accidentally discovered by the enemy while attempting to carry out a very important overseas mission, he immediately placed himself in the hands of God, but all he could get out of his mouth was, “Lord, it’s up to You now.” Before he had a chance to defend himself, the enemy shot point-blank, striking him in the chest and knocking him flat on his back. Thinking he was dead, his buddy grabbed the carbine out of his hands, paired it up with his own, and began blasting away with both guns. When his friend finished, not one enemy was left.
    Later, the lieutenant’s sister in Pennsylvania got a letter relating this amazing story. The force of that bullet in the chest had only stunned her brother. Without thinking, he reached for the wound, but instead he felt his Bible in his pocket. Pulling it out, he found an ugly hole in the cover. The Bible he carried had shielded his heart. The bullet had ripped through Genesis, Exodus … and had kept going through book after book, stopping in the middle of the Ninety-first Psalm, pointing like a finger at verse 7: “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you” (NKJV). The lieutenant exclaimed, “I did not know such a verse was in the Bible, but precious God, I thank You for it.” He did not realize this protection psalm even existed until the Lord supernaturally revealed it to him.”
    BODY:
    How can this be true? How can Psalm 91 be true? Many commentators on this Psalm include warnings. They are cautious. Certainly it is ripe for abuse as documented in the account of Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness:
    Matthew 4:5–7 (NIV84)
    5 Then the devil took him [Jesus] to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
    “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
    7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
    One thing is for certain; the promises of Psalm 91 are not for everyone. The promises are not for unbelievers. The promises are not for casual Christians. They are only for those who dwell with Almighty God.
    Psalm 27:5
    For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
    Psalm 31:20
    In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.
    Do we really want what Psalm 91 promises? Really? Do you understand the implications of making Almighty God your dwelling? I think not.
    Psalm 15 (NIV84)
    A psalm of David.
    1 Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
    Who may live on your holy hill?
    2 He whose walk is blameless
    and who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from his heart
    3 and has no slander on his tongue,
    who does his neighbor no wrong
    and casts no slur on his fellowman,
    4 who despises a vile man
    but honors those who fear the Lord,
    who keeps his oath
    even when it hurts,
    5 who lends his money without usury
    and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
    He who does these things
    will never be shaken.
    Psalm 24 (NIV84)
    Of David. A psalm.
    1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
    2 for he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the waters.
    3 Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
    4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to an idol
    or swear by what is false.
    5 He will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God his Savior.
    6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah
    Are you dwelling with your God? Are you in His shadow? The King James translation gives Psalm 91:1 (KJV 1900) as He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
    Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    Do you even know where the Secret Place is?
    KAREN PICKETT testifies, “Several months ago while browsing in the Christian bookstore, I was drawn to a book called Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection, written by an author unknown to me—some lady with three first names (Peggy Joyce Ruth). I was searching for something else, so I walked away, but the Holy Spirit seemed to keep drawing my attention back to that book. I resisted—I always buy more books than I can possibly read—but sure enough, that book came home with me.
    Several weeks later, the Psalm 91 book made its way to the top of my reading stack. As I read the book, the promises contained in this chapter of Scripture stirred my heart, and I was sorry I had not picked it up sooner. My spirit immediately grasped the importance and the timeliness of this message. The more I read, the more God’s covenant promise of protection thrilled me in an entirely new way. The Holy Spirit’s calling me to purchase this book was no doubt an invitation to a divine appointment with God.
    Reading and pondering, my spirit digested every verse and every promise of Psalm 91. Because I firmly believe that the covenant promises in Psalm 91 can keep us safe in the days to come, I purchased a book for each of my children and each of the intercessors who pray for our ministry. Those who have already received their books were excited to learn more about God’s offer of covering for those who truly dwell in the secret place of the Most High God.
    Having received new revelation of God’s Psalm 91 protection over me, I gained a deeper understanding of how I activate His promise. I spent much time searching my heart to be sure that I was indeed dwelling in that secret place. I became more aware of a new peace in my spirit, and I had a heightened awareness of the protection under which I walked. Little did I know how quickly the Lord would confirm His promise to me.
    Last Tuesday evening I drove myself to a missions base where we minister, located a few miles outside of town on a secondary two-lane highway. The road was wet and the weather was rainy and foggy, so I was driving very cautiously. Heavy traffic was coming toward me, but only two other cars were going my direction, one car in front of me and another one some distance behind me. I prayed as I drove, remaining peacefully attentive in the difficult driving conditions.
    Suddenly, I found myself driving on the shoulder, and my heart started pounding because I knew I had not driven myself onto that shoulder. Time seemed to stand still as I saw that the car in front of me had suddenly turned off the highway and onto a side road. My mind raced as I fought back fear and confusion. Then I saw a semitractor-trailer coming toward me—I thought he was going to take off my side mirror as we met. There he was, in my lane, with his lane full of cars. Had I not been supernaturally taken off the highway, I would have been hit head-on by that semi. Only God could have done this for me: removing my car and me from certain destruction.
    Meanwhile, my husband was also on that same highway, coming from the opposite direction. He saw the semi in front of him, switching back and forth from lane to lane. When he reached for his phone to call me, he was led to not call. He said it seemed as though the Lord pushed his hand away from his cell phone. So he settled back and began praying for me. Still moving forward, I drove back onto the highway and headed for my destination.
    Needless to say, I was significantly moved by the event, knowing I had just experienced a divine rescue. I must admit that I am still a bit shaken, often finding myself crying tears of joy and wonder. I am incredibly grateful to inform you that this week I was not hit head-on by a semi. I continue to live and to tell you about the goodness of God and His faithful commitment to His covenant promise found in Psalm 91.”
    CONCLUSION:
    Today, I have revealed to you the treasure hidden in a field. Will you not sell all you own to take possession of it? Can the price possibly be too high? No!
    What would you have to give up? What do you have to gain? What good would it be to gain the whole world but lose your soul? Make sure you count the cost.
    Our God is not a second home. Our God is not a retreat we go to when we feel the need for refreshing. Our God is not a weekend getaway. Our God is not a vacation destination. NO! Our Most High God is to be our dwelling.
    How can we find our way? How can we successfully proceed up the hill of our Lord? How can we be resolute in our devotion and determination? Only through our submission to the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth. (see last week’s message).
    In and of ourselves, we can never attain the criteria laid out in Psalms 15 & 24. It is only through our faith in the Lord Jesus that we can take shelter in the Most High God.
    Oswald Chambers shares this in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest:
    “No man on earth has this passionate love to the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Ghost has imparted it to him.
    We may admire Him, we may respect Him and reverence Him, but we cannot love Him. The only Lover of the Lord Jesus is the Holy Ghost, and He sheds abroad the very love of God in our hearts. Whenever the Holy Ghost sees a chance of glorifying Jesus, He will take your heart, your nerves, your whole personality, and simply make you blaze and glow with devotion to Jesus Christ.
    Thus “to be Christian is to be strong in God, under God, and with God.”
    My brothers and sisters, where are you making your home? Make the Most High your Dwelling. The secret is out. Your place with the Most High God awaits you.
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.

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