Summary: A Psalm of Confidence expresses trust in God’s goodness and power because we have an intimate awareness of God’s presence. Psalm 91 is an example off this.
Introduction:- Psalms of Confidence
We are considering the Psalms and how to use the Psalms to help us respond to God. There are 150 Psalms ... but we don’t have to look at each Psalm to learn how they apply. The Psalms are grouped into seven types ... or the technical term is genres.
The seven genres are as follows:-
This morning we are going to focus on the Psalms of Confidence.
The main feature of a Psalm of Confidence is that it expresses trust in God’s goodness and power because we have an intimate awareness of God’s presence.
Many Psalms express confidence in some way. However there are nine Psalms which express confidence right throughout the whole Psalm.
No matter what we are going through, and even despite our circumstances, when we know that God is with us ... that God is present ... we can have confidence. That is what these Psalms are all about. And Psalm 91 is the one we are going to focus on this morning.
Series: Responding to God
Expressing Confidence and Trust
A sermon on Psalm 91.
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When trouble comes there are usually two ways to respond. The perfect example of this is found in the book of Job. Job looses everything. Oxen and Donkeys. Sheep and Camels. Sons and Daughters. He was then inflicted with sores that covered his who body. It was a terrible time.
In response to all this Job’s wife says:-
"Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!"
But Job says:-
"You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God—why not also the bad days?"
Same situation. Two different responses. And those choices make all the difference when it comes to how we move forward.
When trouble and distress happen we have the power to choose how we will respond. Each one of us has gone, and will go, through hardship and difficulty.
Some of us will be overwhelmed by the hardship and difficulty.
Some of us will be able to keep singing, “It is well, it is well, with my soul”.
Sometimes will be overwhelmed by some situations that others manage really well.
Other times we will manage our difficulties while others fall apart.
The question that is being asked of us in Psalm 91 is: How do you respond when trouble hits your life?
Do you cope?
Do you go to pieces?
Or do you go to God?
Let’s see what our response can be by having a closer look at this Psalm.
Know God’s Protection (verses 1-4)
Think about the sort of protection people use on a work site. They fall into two main categories.
Soft protection ... like knee pads.
Hard protection ... like a hard hat.
The combined effect of that protection keeps the worker safe.
In this Psalm we are being told about the combined effect of God’s protection.
Verse 1 says, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Most High is the soft protection. A God who is Most High is a God who is in possession of heavens and the earth. He can provide a soft landing. He can pick us up when we fall. He comes alongside to give us a home. It is God wrapping His arms around us.