[SW394] 9/7/2019 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2019
Text: Psalm 91, Matthew 7:24-25, 16:24-25, etc.
The Lord has asked me to show you the holy intimacy with Him that He commands all believers to have. For all who see the truth of what I am about to say, He will restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden because of Adam’s sin, and you will know Him intimately!
Some believers bristle at the word “command.” But I tell you the truth, when you obey Him, you will understand why He commands it. You will have intimate fellowship with the Father and His Son, just as John beseeches the churches in 1John 1:3).
Psalm 91 describes the holy intimacy that Old Testament prophets felt, when the Spirit came upon them. But the Holy Spirit lifted from them, after they had prophesied. Since Jesus Christ came and died and rose and ascended and was glorified and poured out His Holy Spirit, I will show you that Psalm 91 is also prophetic, because that holy intimacy becomes constant when today’s believers are filled with the Holy Spirit.
This scripture has been a reality for me since I was filled with the Holy Spirit nearly 18 years ago. Yet there are times when the Lord shows it to me more fully, through life events and storms that happen around me. He keeps me in perfect peace, for my heart is stayed upon Him (Isaiah 26:3). I exalt and praise Him with all that is in me!
Verse 1 —
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Shelter and shadow, in the presence of the Most High God! But the meanings of the Hebrew words reveal that it is much more than being beside Him, as I used to think of it.
With the original translation and definitions from Hebrew to English, this first verse reads — He who settles down with the Lord, as in a marriage, is secretly covered by the Most High. And he stays permanently in the shadow of the Almighty. Beloved, have you settled down with the Lord, as in a marriage? Do you know Him in a holy, intimate way?
To be in the constant presence of the Lord is beyond description and beyond words. It is to be what you are meant to be, and what He commands you to be!
Beloved, you must be very near to someone to be in their shadow. When you are filled with Him, He is in you, fully and permanently indwelling you — that is the nearness this Psalmist prophesies about! It is then that He overshadows you with His protection.
Verse 2 —
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust!”
Original Hebrew-to-English — I will say to Yahweh (the voice from the burning bush), the I AM, “You are my shelter and my strong place, my God in who I am sure and am confident!
I testify that He became these things for me, after I, as a believer, hungered and thirsted to know Him intimately. He answered my prayer! Have you hungered and thirsted, beloved? Then He has become these things for you, too!
Verse 3 —
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence (plagues).
I had no power to rescue myself from the snare of Satan, the Trapper. I could not deliver myself from my sin nature that snapped up everything Satan dangled. Nor did I have any power to deliver myself from the deadly (wicked) pestilence —the disease of sin. It is Jesus Christ who rescued me from these things, crucifying the sin nature in me and purifying my heart, when I was filled with His Holy Spirit! He set me free from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36)!
Verse 4 —
He will cover you with His pinions (feathers), and under His wings (skirt) you may seek refuge. His faithfulness is a shield (an immeasurably large guard) and bulwark (fortress).
The Lord does not have feathers, but it is a picture of Him spreading His protection over you and hiding you. But just according to Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34, the Lord has said to me that He has longed to gather all believers — both Jew and non-Jew — under His wings, as a hen gathers her chicks, but He says, “You are not willing.” Repent, O believer!
Under His skirt you may seek refuge. It is a reference to the kinsman-redeemer ritual Ruth performed in Ruth 3:4-13, and the response of Boaz. She laid down at his feet. And Boaz faithfully took her as his wife.
So, when the Lord covers you with His skirt, it is a gesture of His redemption and of His intent to take you as His bride. Do you not know that spiritually, the purified church is His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27)?
Have you humbled yourself before Him and laid down at His nail-pierced feet, as I did? He will take you as His bride, and will protect you!
I tell you the truth, when you are filled with His Spirit, you will not need to seek Him for refuge, for He will be in you, fully and permanently! The Father and the Son will make you Their abode. You will remain in that glorious position of holy intimacy with Him forever!
Beloved, are you willing? He longs to gather you! His promise is true and established. His word stands forever (Isaiah 40:8)!
Verses 5-8 —
You will not fear when you see all the evil that will come in the days leading up to Christ’s return. This is a truth for you, O believer, when you have a holy, intimate relationship with the Lord, as in a marriage.
At the end of things, there will be fearful events at night, arrows (that which pierces), disease, pestilence (plagues), and destruction. But you will not be afraid. You will see many fall, at the end of things, but it will not approach you.
You will only look on to see the recompense of the wicked. The Lord has promised retribution to those — even His own people — who rebel against Him and refuse to obey His commands.
Verses 9-10 —
If you have made the Lord your abode, you will not fear, because you have made the LORD, my own refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. That is my testimony to all who have settled down with Him, as in a marriage.
You are filled with His Spirit, and He fully and permanently indwells you. You have 24/7 holy intimacy with Him. He sups with you, and you with Him (Revelation 3:20).
He is knocking, O believer! I pray you hear, and open the door, for He will come into you (Revelation 3:20)!
He will send evil and plagues upon the rebellious (see Revelation 6 and forward). But I can attest to you that no evil sent upon the rebellious will befall you, nor will any plague sent upon the rebellious come near your body. You will simply look upon the Lord’s judgment of those who disobey Him, per Verse 8.
Verses 11-13 —
If you have holy intimacy with the LORD, He will command His angels to keep you, in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands. You will not strike your feet against a stone; you will not stumble or be slain.
You will tread upon the devil, the roaring lion who seeks to devour (1Peter 5:8). You will tread upon the serpent of old (Revelation 12:9).
Verse 14 —
The Lord says, “Because you have set your love on Me, therefore, I will deliver you.” Because you have been filled with His divine love when you were filled with His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5), and because you now you have holy intimacy with Him, He will keep you safe.
He will set you securely on high, in the kingdom of heaven. You will be seated with Him (see Ephesians 2:6), even while you are physically on this earth.
Verse 15-16 —
Because you have obeyed Jesus Christ’s command to be filled with His Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5), you will call on Him, and He will answer. Why? Because you no longer sin against Him, and have become a partaker of His character and nature (2Peter 1:4). So when you call on Him, He will hear your prayer. He does not hear the prayer of sinners — even sinning believers — unless it is a prayer of repentance (John 9:31).
He will be with you in trouble (persecution because you believe in Him). He will rescue you, and honor you, just as with Stephen, in Acts 7.
He will satisfy you with a long life, because you will be His faithful servant and His witness here (Acts 1:8). And He will make you see His salvation — His deliverance and His victory — both now, as you live this life in Him, and when you are caught up with Him in the clouds, at the end of things (2Thessalonians 4:17).
My prayer for all believers
I pray that you are greatly stirred to pursuing the Lord, so you may know Him intimately, as I have described. I pray you come to Him with no other desire in your heart than to know Him intimately.
I pray that you hunger and thirst for His righteousness (Matthew 5:7), because He has shown you the condition of your heart. Thus, you know you cannot possibly become righteous on your own, or by your good works.
I pray that you sit at His feet and listen to and do as He commands (Luke 10:38-39).
I pray that you utterly reject yourself and your life, so He can live in you —
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny (disown, utterly reject) himself, and take up his cross and follow Me (for the sin nature to be crucified). 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it (His life, in you).”
I pray that you will obey the commands He gave His disciples, before He returned to heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father —
Luke 24:49 “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Acts 1:4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
If you already enjoy holy intimacy with the Lord, you will rejoice at this message. If you do not, beloved, then this is a divine appointment for you!
Humble yourself today, O believer! Return to Him, and He will return to you —
Zechariah 1:3 “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.
Lord Jesus, I know you hear Jeff’s and my prayers for all believers, both Jew and non-Jew. I will continue to pray, and will not be silent, nor will I give you rest, until you make them a praise in all the earth (Isaiah 62:7)! So be it. Amen!