Under the Shadow of the Almighty
15 January 2023 PM – Psalm 91 – Stepping Stones – Scott Childs
Introduction: In his book, THE BUMPS ARE WHAT YOU CLIMB ON, Warren Wiersbe tells this story. “A little boy was leading his sister up a mountain path and the way was not too easy. ‘Why, this isn’t a path at all,’ the little girl complained. ‘It’s all rocky and bumpy.’ And her brother replied, ‘Sure, the bumps are what you climb on.’” p.9
If you are a Christian, you are climbing the road of the Christian life. Paul called it pressing toward the mark (Php 3:14). Jesus said that such a road would be narrow and confined (Mt 7:13-14). Yes, travelling will be difficult at times. We will encounter many rocks and bumps along life’s way. They come in a host of forms including troubles, problems, losses, heartaches, setbacks, deaths, sickness, and hardships. If we are not careful, we will trip over the obstacles, or be tempted to turn back and give up the climb. However, the Lord wants to help us turn those stumbling blocks into stepping stones. We must remember the words of that little boy, “the bumps are what you climb on.”
In Psalm 91:11-12, we read, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” God gives this promise (and many others) to those who abide under the shadow of the Almighty (v.1).
Transition: Here are some tips gained from this Psalm that can help us use the bumps in life as stepping stones.
To help us use the bumps in life as stepping stones, we must …
Hold God’s Hand as We Climb (v.1-2)
a. God is a qualified guide.
1) He is the Most High, the Supreme. None is higher.
2) He is the Almighty, the most powerful. None is greater.
3) He is the LORD – Jehovah, the self-existent, eternal Being.
4) He is my God, my divine sovereign.
5) He sees your path from beginning to end. He knows the best way to navigate the difficult places. He has successfully travelled the path before you. (Hebrews 2:18) “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.“
b. God’s presence gives comfort.
1) He is a secret place of hiding. The enemy, the devil, cannot find you when you are in God’s secret place.
2) He is a shadow to cool the heated soul during the heat of trials.
3) He is a refuge from danger. He is a shelter in the time of storm. He will protect us from the devil’s plots. The book of Job assures us that Satan can do nothing to us except what the Lord permits for our good (Job 1:12; 2:6).
4) He is a fortress of safety. He is a stronghold that no enemy can break through.
The better we know God, the easier we will cope with the trials of life.