Everyone has a favorite chapter it verse in the Bible.
Words of promise, words of encouragement, others speak of God’s love and mercy to us. But what does that mean?
Life is filled with promises, some are small and some great and Psalm 91 has been and continues to be a source of strength, hope, promise and encouragement.
I would have lost my mind it if wasn’t for the help and strength of Psalm 91.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. ‘Surly he will save you from the Fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers (wings) you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (earthwork). You will nor fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence (disease) that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand (Sid3), but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling place even the Lord, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will com near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all of your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike yours foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him salvation.
When this verse says nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness… this does not mean we won’t have disease or sickness. It means your soul will not be troubled. Many readers confuse this Psalm to mean no harm will come to them. Unfortunately we live in a world of disease and sickness.
We all need a place to go when we’re stressed or sad, tired or lonely, fearful or tempted, disappointed or discouraged. A place where we can unload our burdens and get some relief.
Psalm 91 is an expression of the child of God’s confidence in Devine protection and deliverance.
When we feel insecure and inadequate we need a refuge, a shelter. We need a retreat.
We need to utilize prayer as a way to get away from it all, but there’s much more. As with many passages and verses in the Bible, you cannot claim the promise unless you meet the requirements. These are conditional and unconditional promises ofGod found in the Bible. Most promises that begin with ‘if’ are conditional.
God promises to do something if we do something. There are some passages that are also limited to people who live a certain way. Romans chapter 8 is one such passage. If you live according to Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” then Romans 8 is yours.
Psalm 91 is another. If you live according to Psalm 91:1 then the psalm is yours. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Notice the requirements of Psalm 91:1. He that dwells- not visits, not professes, not wishes, not rejects, Dwells.
Dwell means “abide” to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside. to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing.
God wants us to have a prayer life not a life of prayer. A life of prayer is just an activity you perform. A prayer life is an identity you embrace as a person of God. If you spend time in God’s Word and pray as your days go on. You have a prayer life. If you pray only when it’s convenient for you, this is a life of prayer.
Did you know many cultures pray 7 times a day. No matter how there day is going or where they are. If you’re in the grocery store pray silently, God will here you.