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and are designed to help us discover new tools in the process.
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Psalm 91 English Standard Version (ESV)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
1) What does it mean to dwell in the shelter of the Most High?
2) Who is speaking in this Psalm?
3) What actions must I take according to this Psalm? What promises does God give?
4) What word pictures are used by the Psalmist to describe God?
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The Findings for Original Intent
1) With a little investigation we can look up the word “dwells” and it means: to remain, to sit, to abide, to have one’s abode, to be inhabited by. This is a description of God’s place in our life. God desires to abide in us and for us to allow Him to take residence in our heart. We are to be inhabited by God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
2) In this Psalm, the Psalmist is not named; however, we do know that most of the Psalms were sung or chanted as worship songs. This particular one is dealing specifically with the security that the Lord offers when we put our trust in Him.
3) When reading through a Psalm, I like to mark what we as believers are asked to do and what God’s promises are in light of that. In this Psalm, we, the believer, are asked to dwell, make the Lord our refuge, to be on guard, call to the Lord, and hold fast to Him. God promises us that He will deliver us, cover us, be our shield and buckler, protect us from evil, guard us, be with us, answer us, and be our salvation. God is the God of promises! When we trust in Him, He will deliver us for all eternity.
4) There are a lot of analogies used in the Psalms. In this Psalm we see in v. 3 that God will deliver us from snare of the fowler (or trapper). The idea being that God saves us from the snares and traps of this world. In v 4, God will cover us with His pinions (wings). God’s “wings” are a safe place of refuge and coverage. In v. 11, He is the commander of the army, the angel army. This army guards us “in all of our ways.” The security we have in God is made abundantly clear with word pictures that allow us to “see” God’s character.
Some Applications for Our Everyday Lives
1) We are called to dwell in the Lord and allow Him to dwell in us. When we dwell, He abides. The circumstances of our life do not change our position of dwelling. God is at home in our hearts whether we are facing a life or death situation like Esther or dealing with the mundane every day. God calls upon us to make our abode with Him.
2) We see both the Psalmist and God speaking in these sixteen verses. God is faithful and speaks His promises clearly, “When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:15-16) God speaks through His word and through the words of the Psalmist.
3) Several times throughout Scripture there are “If, Then” statements. If you dwell, then I will abide. (v.1) If you love Me, then I will deliver you. (v.13) God is God no matter how foolish we are; however, God does ask us to trust Him, cling to Him, and dwell in Him, the Almighty! He lays out structure for us as His children, not as a list of “must-do’s”, but as a means of opening the door for His fullness to abide in us!
4) God protects us from the snares of this world, God will cover us with His wings, He is the commander of angel armies that fight on our behalf and defend us! “…in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11) Every believer will encounter situations where we decide if we will trust God “for such a time as this”. Do you trust God to protect you from the snare, be your shield and defender, and cover you with His wings? The more we know about God’s character, the more confident we can be in the middle of difficulty. He’s always inviting us to know Him better!
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