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  1. Donald McMahon
    July 15, 2019

    “The Power of Professing God’s Word” (Psalm 91)(7.14.19)
    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: The Power of Professing God’s Word
    Again, I was asked this week about human suffering and a moment of clarity came to me as I counseled the questioner. Genesis 3:1–5 (NIV84)
    1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
    2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
    4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    The work of Satan is deception and death! He whispers, “You cannot really trust God’s word.” He whispers, “Sin and eternal death are not real. He whispers, “You can be your own god.” He whispers, “God doesn’t have your best interests at heart.” See, the Devil has been successful. Instead of blaming him or ourselves, we question God.
    I am not denying suffering. I am not denying pain. I am not denying that it is troubling. Do we really believe that our All Knowing, All Powerful, Ever Present Creator is oblivious or impotent when it comes to the human condition? Did God just not think things through? Was God surprised? Of course not. The most obvious proof is that we are told in God’s word that the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus, was slain before the foundation of the world. The Almighty and Mosh High God knows exactly what he is doing.
    In the 23rd Psalm, we are told in Psalm 23:4 (NIV84)
    Even 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.
    Death and evil are not denied, but God’s presence with the sufferer is promised.
    In the Affirmation of Romans that we read in unison a few minutes ago, there is acknowledgement of this world’s hardships: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword. None of that can separate us from the love of Christ. Neither can death, or the things of this life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing now, nothing in the future, nor powers, nor height, nor depth; nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    God, speaking through the Holy Scriptures including here in Psalm 91, directly affirms that this life is filled with all types of trials and tribulations: the fowler’s snare, deadly pestilence, terror of night, arrows that fly by day, plague, battles, the wicked, disaster, stones, lions, cobras, and serpents. From all of that, God promises to be with us, to deliver us, to shield us, and save us. After all of that, we are to receive honor.
    So; Christians should not be confused about the state of this world or expect there to be some kind of leisurely stroll through Disney World. Suffering and strife are the natural condition in which the Pilgrim must navigate their journey. If all this was not true, why would we need a refuge, a fortress, and a God we could trust?
    Last week, we looked at the criticality of “dwelling with the Most High God.” Today, I want to emphasize the activating catalyst of the promised protection and care of God. There is power in professing God’s word. Even when we cannot see a way out or a satisfactory solution, we are to declare God’s promises back to him. Verse 2 says, I will say; I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
    What is the basis of my claim that there is power in professing God’s word? In Isaiah 55:8–11 (NIV84), God says,
    8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
    declares the Lord.
    9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
    and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
    11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
    Proverbs 18:21 (NIV84)
    21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.
    Jesus said, John 6:63 (NIV84)
    63 “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
    We know that God spoke all creation into existence. We read in Hebrews 1:3 (NIV84) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
    The biblical argument about the power of God’s word has been established. If only we has some proof. If only we had some testimony that demonstrated the power of God’s word. Do you have any of that pastor? Well, as a matter of fact, I am glad that you asked.
    The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. In a speech to the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called this “a colossal military disaster”, saying “the whole root and core and brain of the British Army” had been stranded at Dunkirk and seemed about to perish or be captured. In his “we shall fight on the beaches” speech on 4 June, he hailed their rescue as a “miracle of deliverance”.
    C. B. Morelock, a war correspondent in World War II, reported an unexplainable and miraculous occurrence: sixty German aircraft strafed more than four hundred men who were pinned down on the sandy Dunkirk beaches without the benefit of anyplace to take cover. Although the men were repeatedly attacked by machine guns and bombed by enemy aircraft, not one single man was hit. Every man in that group left the beach without a scratch.
    Morelock stated, “I have personally been told by Navy men who picked up those particular survivors from Dunkirk, that the men not only recited Psalm 91, but they shouted it aloud at the top of their lungs!“ – Saying our trust out loud releases faith!
    Here is another testimony from Real-Life Stories of God’s Shield of Protection:
    “Another time when God brought life to a death situation stands out in my mind. The whole family was rejoicing when our daughter-in-law, Sloan, received a positive pregnancy test report and found she was going to have the first grandchild on either side of the family.
    Since she’d had a tubal pregnancy once before, making her highly susceptible for another, the doctor ordered a sonogram as a precautionary measure. The disturbing result of the sonogram was: “no fetus found, a great deal of water in the uterus and spots of endometriosis.” With only two hours’ notice, emergency surgery was quickly underway, at which time the doctor performed a laparoscopy, drained the uterus, and scraped away the endometriosis.
    After the surgery the doctor’s words were, “During the laparoscopy we carefully looked everywhere, and there was no sign of a baby, but I want to see you back in my office in one week to be sure fluid doesn’t build back up.”
    When Sloan argued that the pregnancy test had been positive, he said there was a 99 percent chance the baby had naturally aborted and had been absorbed into the uterine lining. Even so, after the doctor left the room, Sloan was the only one not fazed by his report. What she said next surprised everyone. She emphatically stated that even the doctor had left her with a 1 percent chance, and she was going to take it.
    From that moment on, no amount of discouragement from well-meaning friends who didn’t want her to be disappointed had any effect on her. Never once did she veer away from confessing out loud Psalm 91 and another Scripture promise that she had found: “[My child] will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord” (Ps. 118:17).
    A treasured book that was very important to Sloan during this time was Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. A strange look came on the technician’s face the next week as she administered the ultrasound. She immediately called for the physician.
    Her reaction was a little disconcerting to Sloan, until Sloan heard these words: “Doctor, I think you need to come here quickly. I’ve just found a six-week-old fetus!”
    It was nothing short of a miracle that such severe, invasive procedures had not damaged or destroyed this delicate life in its beginning stages. When I look at my grandson, it is hard to imagine life without him. I thank God for a daughter-in-law who believes in her covenant and is not ashamed to confess it out loud in the face of every negative report.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
    What are the words that come out of your mouth? Jesus said in Matthew 15:11 (NIV84)
    11 “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”
    The naturally corollary is that godly things that come out of our mouths would have an edifying effect. Proclaim God’s covenant of protection, His word will not return empty. Speak words of life.
    Let us hear another amazing testimony of God’s protection:
    “The beauty of this psalm is that when someone prays for more than himself, he brings the entire family under the shield of God’s Word. It introduces an added dimension to us as individuals to be able to apply the richness of this covenant to our entire household.
    Late one night, soon after building our new home in the country, our family was faced with a severe weather alert. The local radio station warned that a tornado had been sighted just south of the country club—the exact location of our property. We could see several of the React Club vehicles parked on the road below our hill as the members watched the funnel cloud that seemed to be headed straight for our house.
    I had never seen such a strange, eerie color in the night sky or experienced such a deafening silence in the atmosphere. You could actually feel the hair on your body stand on end. Some of our son’s friends were visiting, and to their surprise, Jack quickly ordered our family to get outside with our Bibles (even though we were in our pajamas) and start circling the house— quoting Psalm 91 and taking authority over the storm.
    Jack had our children out speaking directly to the storm, just as Jesus did. The eerie silence suddenly turned into a roar, with torrents of rain coming down in what seemed like bucketfuls. Finally Jack had a peace the danger had passed, even though by sight nothing had changed.
    We walked back into the house just in time to hear the on-location reporter call the radio announcer and exclaim over the air, with so much excitement he was almost shouting, “This is nothing short of a miracle—the funnel cloud south of the Brownwood Country Club has suddenly lifted up and vanished into the clouds.”
    You should have seen those kids jumping and hollering. It was the first time my son’s friends had observed the supernatural at work. However, their surprise was no greater than that of my daughter’s college professor the next day. He asked the students in his class what they were doing during the storm.
    Several said they were in the bathtub under a mattress. Some were in closets, and one was in a storm cellar! You can imagine the astonishment when he got around to our daughter, Angelia, who said, “With the tornado headed in our direction, my family was circling the house, quoting from Psalm 91: ‘We will not be afraid … of the destruction that lays waste…. A thousand will fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not approach us. … No evil will befall you, nor will any plague or calamity come near your dwelling.’”
    What a joy to know you have promises in Psalm 91 that will protect not only you but also those in your family and near your dwelling, as well.”
    I will say, I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 1 Corinthians 2:13 (NIV84) This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the [Holy] Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
    The Lord is my refuge, my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.


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