Psalm Chapter 91 Study, Part 1of5, Evans Olang

Psalm 91:1-2, “1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

One of the most important numbers you learn and even the kids are taught to learn and how to make use of it is the 911 number. It’s a very important number to call when there is emergency due to injuries, abuses, life threatening situations etc. You call that number because you need assistance, your life at that point depends on it because you need rescue over what is beyond you. No one dials this number for fun. While this is good and vital, we believers have another 911 number we can call Psalm 91:1.

Psalm 91:1, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. When you talk of dwelling, you mean residing. That is where you live, that is where you shoot for when you have had a long day. I always look forward to going home after hard work, vacation, trips etc. They say there is no place like home. We have a dwelling place, secret dwelling place in the Lord. I know not of a better way to make it a secret place in the Lord than in communing with Him in prayers. Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 6:6,”But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”. It’s in this secret place of the Most High shall we abide (remain) under the shadow of the Almighty. His shadow is enough comfort to know He is near those who trust in Him. I tie this with John 15:7 where Jesus said, “7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”. The condition of this blessed promise is that we abide, dwell in the Vine. The prayer is the means by which I believe we abide and that is where the word of Christ takes root in our hearts. Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God, and prayers lays and establishes the foundation by which these two are secured. This abides when it comes in power, and becomes the engrafted word; and may be said to do so, when such, in whose hearts it has a place, and has taken deep root, continue to have a relish and savor of it. A true and hearty affection for it, stands fast in it, steadfastly abiding by it, and constantly attending on it.

He that by faith chooses God for his protector, speaks these words in confidence, vs. 2, “ I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so, they therefore desire for them to have such experience. The spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly Father’s will is done; and we have no reason to fear. God’s people shall see, not only God’s promises fulfilled, but his threatening against all that threatens His children.

When the call is made, the person who calls knows help is on the way. They take comfort that they matter otherwise who would rescue a person who does not matter. Everything stops and attention is given to the one who needs it. This is the same with us, when we call our heavenly emergency line, we are brought under His care and there can we reside, making it our dwelling place. Do you have a secret place, do you abide there or is it a place you check in and out whenever you feel like it. Blessings Ev

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