These are notes on the sermon, psalm 23 Protection From Deadly Viruses—Answers From Psalm ninety one, preached with the aid of Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 9 February 2020, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope those sermon notes could be an encouragement to you!
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Introduction: Let God’s peace reign on your heart
The key to God’s protection in Psalm 91 is to take a seat (rest) in Jesus’ completed paintings
You can rest in God’s protection due to the fact you’ve got been redeemed
Live through the law of the Spirit of existence and revel in God’s safety
Every vicinity of your lifestyles is included within the promises of Psalm 91
Introduction: Let God’s peace reign in your coronary heart
In view of the novel coronavirus, Pastor Prince stocks what God led him to evangelise approximately throughout the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) length in Singapore in 2003. It’s from Gideon’s tale inside the e-book of Judges.
“Now the Angel of the Lord got here and sat underneath the terebinth tree which become in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, even as his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, with a purpose to disguise it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord seemed to him, and stated to him, “The Lord is with you, you amazing man of valor!”
— Judges 6:11–12 NKJV
“Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, so one can disguise it from the Midianites” —Gideon became threshing wheat at night time because he turned into afraid the enemies would come and thieve the harvest. Gideon become frightened and he spoke back:
Gideon stated to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this came about to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers instructed us approximately, announcing, ‘Did now not the Lord carry us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and brought us into the arms of the midianites.”
— Judges 6:13 NKJV
“if the Lord is with us, why then has all this came about to us?” — Earlier, the Angel of the Lord addressed Gideon as a “robust man of valor,” regardless of Gideon having many doubts and questions.
Then the LORD grew to become to him and stated, “Go in this might of yours, and also you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I now not despatched you?”
— Judges 6:14 NKJV
“Go in this might of yours” — This is how the Lord estimates weakness. Gideon did no longer display any may, but the Lord instructed him, “Go in this could of yours.” God calls our weaknesses “would possibly,” because in our weaknesses His energy is revealed!
So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I shop Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the LORD said to him, “Surely I may be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
— Judges 6:15–sixteen NKJV
Now Gideon perceived that He become the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord head to head.” Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not worry, you shall not die.” So Gideon constructed an altar there to the Lord, and referred to as it The-Lord-ls-Peace. To at the present time it’s miles still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
— Judges 6:22–24 NKJV
“Now Gideon perceived that He turned into the Angel of the Lord” — Gideon realized that this turned into now not an ordinary angel, however the Lord Himself. At that time, there has been an misguided perception that in case you saw the Lord face to face, you would die. So Gideon was afraid. But the Lord assured him, “Peace be with you; do now not worry, you shall now not die.”
This is the word that God gave Pastor Prince to percentage with the congregation at some point of the SARS outbreak in 2003:
“PEACE BE WITH YOU; DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE”
“Peace be with you; do not worry, you shall not die” — the phrase “peace” here is the Hebrew word “shalom,” this means that overall nicely-being.
So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-ls-Peace. To nowadays it’s far nonetheless in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
— Judges 6:24 NKJV
“The Lord is Peace” — is “Jehovah Shalom” or “Yahweh Shalom.” This is the first time “Jehovah Shalom,” the God of Peace is mentioned and it is used within the identical context in which God assures Gideon, “You shall not die.” The result of knowing God as the God of peace is that you’ll stay and no longer die!
This phrase remains God’s word for us these days in the face of this new virus assault.
Pastor Prince encourages the congregation to mention, “Peace be to you. Don’t be afraid. You shall no longer die.”
During the SARS outbreak, the church had 8000 regulars. Out of these folks who came often, not one died, and this is a testament to God’s glory. Pastor Prince encourages the church to believe the identical for this virus.
During the SARS duration, the church pondered on Psalm 91 because the safety guarantees in Psalm ninety one covers each side of our lives. Pastor Prince encourages us to do the equal within the face of this new virus.
The key to God’s protection in Psalm 91 is to take a seat (rest) in Jesus’ finished paintings
The Hebrew language has 22 letters within the alphabet. These letters additionally represent numbers and pictograms. For instance, the first letter within the Hebrew alphabet “aleph” is also the quantity “1” and its accompanying pictogram is an ox. The second letter in the Hebrew alphabet “bet” is the wide variety “2” and its accompanying pictogram is a residence.
The number 20 is the Hebrew letter “kav,” which is likewise a picture of the hollow of the palm (an open hand), which means that “to bless.”
In the year 2020, double kav, God’s palms are open in the direction of you to provide you double blessing and double safety!
“Bless” in Hebrew is the phrase “barak.”
Going from right to left, the primary 2 letters spell the Hebrew phrase “son.”
The remaining letter is “kav,” which is an open hand.
Therefore, “barak” literally spells “the son blessing.” It’s a image of Jesus blessing us!
Jesus fingers of blessing are always extended toward us. He is constantly supplying, restoring, delivering, and defensive.
The widely wide-spread word for “hand” in Hebrew is “yod” and it is the letter before “kav” within the Hebrew alphabet.
He who dwells inside the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide underneath the shadow of the Almighty.
— Psalm 91:1 NKJV
“He who dwells” — The Hebrew phrase for this phrase is “yashav” this means that “to take a seat down.” The first phrase in Psalm 91 tells us to take a seat down. God is telling us that we live in protection whilst we take a seat down (relaxation).
The first element we need to do in this crisis is to sit down down. We can sit down due to the fact the work has been finished. Jesus has absolutely paid for our safety so we can sit down and experience it.
Jesus sat down on the right hand of God (see Eph. 1:20) and today we are seated together with Him (see Eph. 2:6).
When you listen terrible news, don’t immediately soar up and do the entirety you can consider to shield yourself out of worry. The first issue you have to do is take a seat down (rest) and say, “The work has been completed. I am blanketed due to Jesus’ completed paintings.”
When it involves the coronavirus, we’re covered from it because we’re seated with Christ, “some distance exceptionally principality and energy and can and dominion, and every call that is called, now not best on this age but also in that which is to come back” (Eph. 1:21).
He who dwells in the secret location of the Most High
Shall abide beneath the shadow of the Almighty.
— Psalm 91:1 NKJV
The first word inside the verse is commonly the emphasis of the verse, so the emphasis in Psalm 91 is “yashav” (to take a seat down).
Interestingly, the first letter of the phrase, “yashav” is “yod,” which is a photo of a hand. And the final letter of Psalm ninety one is likewise “yod”! This shows us that God is protecting us in both his fingers. We are completely included.
Psalm ninety one is a picture of the all-encompassing fingers of God, shielding and blessing us.
You can rest in God’s safety because you’ve got been redeemed
Today, we will live in God’s protection due to the fact Jesus has redeemed us from all sickness, ailment, and harm. We now live within the realm of His benefits and safety.
In the Bible, the number 20 isn’t simplest represented through the letter “kav” (open hand of blessing), however it additionally represents redemption. We see this thru the lovely redemption tale of Ruth:
After the demise of her husband and sons, Naomi desired to head back to Bethlehem. Her daughter-in-regulation, Ruth (a Moabitess), accompanied her.
Naomi had lost all her land and possessions, and so as for her and Ruth to regain them, they wished a relative who turned into both willing and rich to redeem them.
Ruth met Boaz, who absolutely match the bill and redeemed her and Naomi.
Boaz is a image of our Lord Jesus. Jesus became a person, a “relative” of ours. He was no longer handiest rich, but also inclined to save us.
Ruth is a image people. She changed into a non-Jew but she become redeemed and welcomed into His own family.
In the ebook of Ruth, Boaz’s call is stated 20 times. Boaz redeemed Ruth, and that’s why 20 is the variety of redemption.
We additionally see a picture of Jesus’ redemption within the Tabernacle of Moses.
In the Tabernacle of Moses, there are timber forums overlaid with gold and set in sockets of silver. The wood forums represent us due to the fact wood speaks of our humanness and infirmities. When we acquire Jesus and are saved, God overlays us with gold, that is a photo of His righteousness.
The wooden forums are constant in sockets of silver with the aid of tenons, which in Hebrew may be translated to “two fingers.”
We, the wooden boards, are supported through two arms that maintain us firmly in silver sockets. We aren’t relying on our power.
Silver is a image of redemption.
The silver to make these sockets were taken from 1/2 shekels (cash). In the Bible, one shekel is made up of 20 gerahs. Again, we see how the wide variety 20 represents redemption.
“And you shall make the forums for the tabernacle, twenty forums for the south side. You shall make 40 sockets of silver beneath the twenty forums: sockets below each of the boards for its tenons. And for the second side of the tabernacle, the north facet, there will be twenty boards”
—Exodus 26:18–20 NKJV
Here, we see the number 2020 inside the Tabernacle of Moses.
In the year 2020, we’re dwelling inside the protection of the secret area of the Most High.
In a crisis state of affairs, believers are forced to determine if they’re going to take God’s protection severely or no longer. Is it a idea or a reality to you?
DO YOU GIVE LIP SERVICE TO PSALM ninety one OR DO YOU REALLY LIVE IN PSALM ninety one?
If you don’t absolutely believe Psalm 91, you’ll be strolling anywhere searching for protection for your self. This is why Psalm ninety one starts offevolved with sitting down—because when you sit down (rest), you’re declaring that you trust that the paintings is completed and you now live in God’s protection.
Pastor Prince suggests a video of a cross-segment of the timber boards overlaid with gold, set in sockets of silver.
The wooden boards are covered up side by side to reveal that we are not supposed to be alone, but status together because the house of God. The middle bar which runs through the boards from one cease to the other is the Holy Spirit that binds us together.
As the church, we have to see every other like how God sees us—not in our very own humanness and weaknesses, however overlaid with gold (included with the aid of Jesus’ righteousness).
Live with the aid of the law of the Spirit of life and enjoy God’s protection
Jesus has made provision for us to stay above fear within the times we’re in.
He already told us in His Word that these dark times could occur before He returns. But we don’t want to be afraid because whilst they happen, we’re protected inside the realm of Psalm 91.
Jesus predicts the occasions of those final days
So they asked Him, announcing, “Teacher, but while will these items be? And what signal will there be whilst these things are about to take location?” And He stated: “Take heed which you no longer be deceived. For many will are available My name, announcing, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do no longer pass after them.
— Luke 21:7–8 NKJV
“And there will be first rate earthquakes in numerous places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be nervous sights and wonderful signs from heaven.
— Luke 21:11 NKJV
In these times, humans will ask why God can’t save you those horrific matters from going on on the grounds that He is all-effective. God is all-effective but He will never pressure His hand upon you in case you do not need Him.
Just like Jesus wanted to acquire Jerusalem below His safety however gave them the selection to refuse Him, He gives us the identical free choice today.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the only who kills the prophets and stones folks that are despatched to her! How frequently I desired to acquire your youngsters together, as a chook gathers her chicks underneath her wings, but you have been no longer inclined!”
— Matthew 23:37 NKJV
So while we have a look at the state of the arena nowadays, we can’t blame God. God is the solution, no longer the trouble.
God doesn’t have His way in this earth these days. So don’t blame God for the virus that has befell.
God can have full reign over the arena as soon as Jesus comes lower back. There can be no greater sickness, dying, or poverty. Everything could be perfect whilst Jesus reigns.
And Jesus told His disciples of the signs and symptoms that could screen His return:
“And they’ll fall by the brink of the sword, and be led away captive into all countries. And Jerusalem can be trampled by means of Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And there could be signs and symptoms inside the solar, inside the moon, and within the stars; and in the world misery of countries, with perplexity, the ocean and the waves roaring;”
—Luke 21:24-25 NKJV
“Jerusalem could be trampled by using Gentiles until the instances of the Gentiles are fulfilled” — We noticed Israel under the rule of Gentiles for almost 2000 years, from the Romans to the British. In 1967, Israel sooner or later lower back to their land. This is a sign that Jesus is coming lower back soon.
“And they will fall by way of the threshold of the sword, and be led away captive into all international locations. And Jerusalem could be trampled via Gentiles till the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And there will be signs and symptoms within the solar, in the moon, and in the stars; and on earth misery of countries, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;”
— Luke 21:24–25 NKJV
“signs in the solar, within the moon, and in the stars; and in the world distress of countries” —In the past decade, we have visible more eclipses, blood moons and disasters like earthquakes, typhoons, and tsunamis than ever earlier than.
And the end result of that is:
“Men’s hearts failing them from worry and the expectation of these matters which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens might be shaken.