February 28, 2020
I often turn to Psalm 91 for reassurance. It is full of promises for the believer. It speaks of plagues, it speaks of arrows coming, it speaks of lions and adders and dragons. There are two key passages that enable us to receive these promises. The first is in verse 1: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The word dwelleth means in Hebrew “yashab”, which is defined as to sit down, to remain, to settle, to marry, continue, abide, habitation. A person that dwells does not visit occasionally. To dwell means you come and stay. You marry that person and remain with them. God does not want a shallow impersonal relationship with us. When we come to Jesus Christ and give Him our life through salvation, we are married to Him. He is our soon coming bridegroom. It is an intimate (not sexual) relationship. We speak, he is there to hear. He speaks we are there to listen. Jesus lives in us, and that is about as close as you can get!
One definition of dwelleth is abide in verse one. The scriptures tell us in John 15:7: “ If ye “abide” (Greek Meno means: to dwell, remain, endure in a given place or state) in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Once again, the key to that verse is to abide.
Back to Psalm 91 vs 9-10 it says: “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy ‘habitation’; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Once again, the key is habitation, or abide, or dwelling place. There are many promises of God, but there are conditional promises. We can’t just take a promise and say it is ours unless we meet the conditions. In this case, you must “dwell” in the presence of God, then the promises of Psalm 91 are yours. I would think this is true with the rest of the promises. If we aren’t making the Lord Number One in our lives, and seek him earnestly, and love him before all others and all other things, then we are fooling ourselves. It takes faith to dwell with God, but it is the most secure place of all.
I truly believe that there are many that will fight off plagues and terrorism because they dwell in the secret place of the most high. Those are the ones that have paid the price to forsake all others and put God first! That is the only place where we are safe and secure!