"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalms 91:1~ NKJV)
You ever have one of those days where God was being silent, so you have to try and listen more intently? I've had those days often but one day as I opened up my bible I noticed as I started to flip through different books and chapters a theme began to develop. That theme was, "I the Lord God Almighty, will be your refuge, strength and protector - just abide and rest in me."
The Lord took me to Psalms 91, which most of you reading this today know this chapter to some degree since its read, preached and memorized by so many. I'm going to post the whole chapter below, from The Passion Translation, so you can see it from a different perspective. As a songwriter, it helps me when writing new worship songs to use the style of language that we have today without losing the context.
Before I post the whole chapter though, I want to examine verse one. It begins with He who dwells, which the word dwells here in Hebrew, is "yashab" which means, "To sit down, to dwell or remain, to make claim and/or homestead and to posses."
Now that in itself is a lot but here's the short version. As sons and daughters of the King, we have the rightful authority through Jesus Christ, to have that heavenly, personal, intimate relationship and position to be with the Father. And in doing so we get to "abide" under His shadow - which is His protection, presence and glory!
The Lord is so good that He wouldn't even stop there at verse one though. Psalms 91 is so full of God's promises to us that it would take days just to cover each verse. Today, if you are in a difficult situation or under the attack of the enemy, begin to pray this chapter to the Lord. In fact, I would even say, begin to worship the Lord with this chapter.
He is there already and there is no problem or situation that is too difficult for Him to intervene on your behalf. Remember what it says in verse one: He who dwells in the secret place°.
I want to dwell and abide with the heavenly Father because He is so good and loving towards us. Thank you, Lord, for calling us to you and allowing us to dwell with you today in that secret place!
Psalms 91 (TPT)
1 When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
2 He's the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.
3 He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse.
4 His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
5 You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.
6 Don't fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you, nor will the powers of evil launched against you.
7 Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed.
8 you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done!
9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm.
12 If you walk into a trap, they'll be there for you and keep you from stumbling.
13 You'll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: "Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!"