psalms of august: #91

He who dwells in the Secret Place…

Some look to luck in the form of objects like rabbit’s feet, or inverted horseshoes, or wishbones. Some look to wishes tossed into fountains and wells on the faces of coins. Some look to fortune cookies or fortune tellers or mediums. Some look to the stars and planets. I look to the Secret Place.

Psalm 91:1 declares: “He who dwells in the Secret Place of the of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” To understand how powerful that is, let’s first explore what it means to dwell and to abide. To dwell or abide in something is to live in it. To live in the Secret Place of the Most High is to take up residence under the protection of God. Meditate on that for a moment. Whoever makes the choice to live their life close to God will also live under His covering.

The rest of the Psalm goes on to say how God is a refuge, a fortress, someone in whom I can rely. He’s a deliverer and a covering. He’s a protector, a healer, a keeper. Yes indeed, He is all those things and more.

Now more than ever, we need to take up residence in the Secret Place. When fear, anger, confusion, worry and the cares of this world seek to overtake you, remind them where you live. Your home is in the Secret Place, and they are not invited. Dwell, my friend, and abide.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—

no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.

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.””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Peace and blessings from Ebony Moore, my sister in Christ. Glad to share her heart for Psalm 91 this week here on New Day. It was words that brought us together, and I’m always inspired by her passion for THE Word… Thank you for following along as we’ve opened up these Psalms this month! May they be your solace in days to come. -Melchee

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3 thoughts on “psalms of august: #91

  1. Beautifully stated, Ebony. Thank you for sharing, Melchee. (I, too, love words and the Word, indeed.) I am grateful that we are able to look to, dwell in, be surround by, be secure in the Presence of the Most High God…who actually created whatever people might trust in besides Him. Interestingly, I was just pondering “luck” and how much several people said “good luck” to me this week – even once today. I don’t believe in luck, though I understand and receive that people are just wishing well. The more I live life and grow in awareness and relationship with God, I am in awe of His precision and care in caring for all He created; is not by luck or chance or mere “good fortune” that He cares for us in such a personal and in specific ways. He loves us.

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