Falling

Psalm 91:7
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.”

The Psalmist is speaking of the benefits derived from living in an intimate, abiding relationship with God. Jesus also spoke on the same subject when He refered to Himself as the vine and us as the branches. He made it clear, the only way to bear fruit in our life was by remaining in a close and personal relationship with Him. This verse expresses one of the most important benefits of abiding.

“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.”

Sadly, we have all seen Christians fall by the wayside. People who, at one time, were walking with the Lord, but have fallen back into the life from which they were delivered. We see this happen to new believers and old, we even see it happen to those who at one time or another, were serving the Lord. One of the saddest experiences for me, is to look around a room filled with people, and know those who are missing, because they have fallen. How was it that sin was able to get its grip on them, tear them away from Christ, and leave them wounded on the sidelines? The answer is quite simple; they stopped abiding. The same thing will happen to you and me if we cease to abide in the secret place of the Most High.

The word ‘abide’ means ‘to stay or to live’. The person who is abiding in Christ, is the person who is daily remaining connected to the Lord. There are some simple, practical ways we can do that. First, we must make time to spend with the Lord, in His Word and prayer. All those who succeed in following and serving Christ, have learned to develop a daily time with the Lord, in His Word. Second, it is not about the number of verses you read or memorize (although both of those are important), it is about putting into practice the things you read. Abiding is directly related to obedience to the Word. Third, we were never meant to live out the Christian life alone. If we want to make it to the end of our race, we need to get involved in Christian fellowship; more than sitting next to someone once a week in church. The strongest bonds you can form with others, are the bonds developed while serving Jesus together.

The Christian life is a battlefield where we see our comrades falling around us on a regular basis. We need to recognize the battle is intense and the secret to success is abiding in the secret place of the Most High. Will you take time to sit at His feet today?

Pastor Jim

Questions for Psalm 91

This Psalm lists the benefits of abiding in Christ. When you pit Jesus first in your life, give time to His Word, prayer, and obedience you will find that you experience much of what is described in this Psalm.

  1. The snare of the fowler is a reference to the traps of Satan. How will spending time with Jesus help you overcome temptation?
  2. A shield and buckler were defensive armor for battle. How is the truth of God’s Word like a shield?
  3. Sadly the Psalmist speaks of people falling in the battles of life. It is always tragic when a person falls away from the Lord and back into sin. How will abiding in Christ keep you from falling?
  4. How are you encouraged by the promise given in verse 11-12?

Old Testament:
Psalm 92- Planted In The House
2 Kings 15- Still Here

 

2 thoughts on “Falling

  1. Mom of Boys June 13, 2020 / 7:26 am

    Starting my first fast today. I will end my fast tomorrow after the morning service. I feel like I’m so far away from god I am missing his words. I believe he interceded on my behalf and I am almost certain things are happening this way because he’s trying to tell me something. He knows my faith is distant but he also knows how close I am to believing he loves me. God bless and thank you 🙏🏻

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    • pjimgallagher June 13, 2020 / 7:36 am

      The Apostle James wrote that if we draw near to God He will draw bear to us. Praying that as you seek Him you will hear Him speak clearly to you. He loves you with an everlasting love
      Jim

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