We have spent weeks going through Psalm 91 verse by verse, to discover the Hebrew understanding of these sacred words. We have unearthed amazing treasure about our God and what a blessing it is to be His. Today we will conclude with a display of all of our priceless gems.
One of the main things I came away with, while Psalm 91 is looked at as protection from physical harm–which it is, it provides daily protection from the words we hear coming at us from all sides. Words that cause us to fear, to draw back, or run from God’s purposes.
In our world today with words coming at us from all sides, this psalm needs to be activated in our lives daily as we learn to live our lives in the secret place of the Most High.
There is a lot here, so take your time. Ask the Holy Spirit to emblazon its truths on your heart. Be blessed. (The scripture verses are in the King James Version because it is the version needed to do proper Strong’s Concordance research.)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
He who dwells is one who’s made the choice to live permanently in God’s house – trusting in God and honoring His Word. There he will experience the activation of God’s right hand of power covering him. And God in His fiery zeal will consume all that tries to keep or draw him away from dwelling.
To dwell in the secret place is to live in the midst of God’s heart, trusting fully in His covenant Word and trusting that He is head overall. His covenant covers us with promises of protection because He loves us.
Thus, when we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, we are living under the watch care of God who sees and understands us. We are under His instruction and His enabling right hand of power that covers us. We are connected with heaven bringing life to earth.
In the secret place of the Almighty, we abide under Holy Spirit fire of God, who consumes our enemies at the door, with His overseeing right hand of power.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
What we say, releases God’s strength and power. In humility, we are declaring our hidden relationship with Him. It transforms the circumstances of our testing, based on what we declare. What we say, reveals who or what we believe to be the most important and worthy of our obedience.
To say He is LORD says the right hand of God’s power is at work completing something in us. He is giving us revelation and He wants us to pay attention. The revelation is coming through Yeshua who connects us from earth to heaven. God is revealing His power and He wants us to realize that it is Yeshua’s work, His deed done, that secured us to heaven. The ultimate covenant maker and keeper are Yeshua Himself.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence
When we abide in the Secret Place, God delivers us from something or someone negative who is trying to set a new governmental order over us through the spoken word. These words create a new beginning, fencing us in, dividing and separating us, cutting us off from Godly influence with its powerful hand. This fowler keeps us in a place of fire, with a plan to destroy us.
God is also delivering us from the enemy who is jumping up and down with arms waving – “Hey, you are going the wrong way. Let me show you some ‘truth.’ Look at me!” If we look and listen to his ranting, we are hooked and nailed into his domain instead of the Lord’s.
When we are feeling weary or down on ourselves or upset with someone else, the enemy often enters the door of our home and speaks judgment, unbelief, or stirs strife that causes us to feel insufficient. We begin to question if God really is in charge. Those emotions bring division in our relationship with God and those we love most.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
To be covered means —When we lean upon God, look to Him to help us, and surrender our ideas and agenda and submitting to His, He covers us in His heart.
Feathers is an odd word until you look at what it means. –-He covers us with His strength and power. We become one with Him, in His house, part of His family who is head over all things. And since He is head of the house, when we receive revelation from Him, we need to pay attention.
When we are under His WINGS we are living a surrendered life, we’ve handed over control. When we do, He anoints us, redeems us, and gives us His supernatural life, enabling us to do the works of Yeshua.
TRUST in this verse means to find refuge within His character and Word, to lean upon and find support in His heart for us, fully believing that His grace will support us and whatever we need will be revealed.
When we dwell in the secret place, God-Jesus Himself, the ultimate leader births us through every trial and test because of His covenant with us. Truth is revealed in humility out of a hidden relationship with Him. His covenant word is faithful and does not change.
His shield of truth is a righteousness that stands against every curse of the enemy. It restores life to every circumstance with revelation that comes from the Holy Spirit life in us.
His buckler of truth is something we can lean on for support. It is a fence that shuts us in with God and separates us from the enemy. It is the Head over all things turning our insufficiency to complete provision
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday
When we dwell in Him, we are not afraid, because God, the supreme head over all, extends His right hand of power on our behalf.
Terror comes with spoken words, threatening separation and lack of protection, tempting us to feel helpless, like an impoverished man.
The night is when the enemy comes to goad us, leading us away from the light and the strength of God’s right hand of power. He wants to put us in the dark.
Arrows are words spoken—shot like arrows, that fence us in separating us from the truth, from righteousness. Rather than foster humility, they stir us to respond in kind.
The enemy loves to show off. He sees an opportunity to attack and tries to nail and connect us under his government with his fearful ways. And words are one of his main tools.
By day, the words often come from someone we value and they pierce deeper. Their words are powerful and pin us down trying to convince us that they know more than we do. They see what they perceive to be the truth and convince us that truth remains hidden to us. We have somehow missed it.
This is deception in its highest form because it speaks to our soul (mind, will, and emotions—it touches how we feel about ourselves, God, and others.)
Pestilence is the enemy walking right through our door and speaking as if he is the head of the house. If we listen, we feel judged and proven insufficient and inadequate. Those emotions cause us to withdraw bringing division from those we love most, starting with God Himself.
If we aren’t eating daily from God’s word and receiving His truth as our identity and lifestyle, we’ve stepped out of the secret place and opened the door for the enemy’s visit. He doesn’t even have to knock. The door is standing wide open and he can come and go as he wills. He cannot come into the secret place because darkness cannot abide in the light.
We are to be led by the revelation of God’s Word and surrender in obedience to Him. But the enemy uses the Word as a goad to shame and humiliate or he twists the Word. If we listen to him, we often surrender to his ploys and he covers us and puts us in bondage.
In the darkness, the enemy always portrays himself as a powerful leader. He attacks by speaking his words. Portraying himself as an authority, he goads us and sometimes even uses God’s Word to attack us, blinding us to the Father’s love.
We are God’s chosen ones, set apart to represent Him. In the time that He brings judgment and Destruction on the wicked, He will surround us and divide us out for safety in His house. He will be our dwelling place.
God doesn’t waste any opportunity. The fire of God to consume His enemies, He secures them and brings them to the gate or door giving them the opportunity to see the One who already overcame them at the cross.
God exercises His righteousness at noonday pursuing the enemy and calling him to give attention to His Word. He makes it clear that He is the head and puts an end to human reasoning that lacks obedience.
As you can see, these are two powerful verses of truth. You may want to camp out here a few days and fully digest it. We have nothing to fear from the enemy. God surpasses him on every level and God has made a covenant with us that He will not break.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
We start this verse with the words, ‘a thousand.’ Notice in the definitions, however, it suggests that the word ‘thousand,’ that we see as a definite number, can also refer to just a large number or an extended family or clan. Given the understanding of the verses we’ve already covered, it could easily refer to our extended family members or our peers. Often, they are the ones the enemy uses to lob attacks on us with their words.
Action will be taken to restore God’s order. God will speak in His authority, bringing them to a place of humility, helping them to see that they are Impoverished men.
Those who have been goading us with their words will end up humbled in God’s right hand of power. Often times God will use this moment of reality to minister life to them. Our God is all about redeeming and everything He does is to bring restoration and redemption
They will be unable to take action or retaliate against us because God will use His fiery zeal to hold them in check.
God does this for our benefit but also for theirs. It keeps them from entering into more sin and judgment.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
When the battle is completed, we will see the result of God’s powerful hand that took action on our enemies.
To behold here means that we will see life restored to God’s house through the judgment of God’s choosing, and we will have a front-row seat to see what takes place in the lives of those who chose to follow the enemy.
The ability to truly see comes from our head, God. Our own head is often skewed with human reasoning. When we see through His eyes, we receive revelation of His power at work in our lives.
Our reward will be to see the destruction of the ‘authority’ who was goading us with his words and actions and God will reveal His hidden truth. The lies will be uncovered. We will see the ultimate victory over evil and restitution made
We will see by the Word and the Spirit the wicked enemies who have tried to activate our human reasoning and destroy us with their lies and evil deeds.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation;
Because we have partnered with the zeal of God to destroy the enemies we have and found the hidden truth of securing ourselves in Yeshua .
Our LORD, the self-existent, eternal God covers us with His mighty hand revealing the grace He gives to those who are secured in Yeshua and who pay attention to Him.
Thus, when we say the LORD is our refuge, we are saying He is our protector who separates us from the enemy. He holds us in His heart, gives us the support we need and we receive revelation from the Father’s heart so we can
And when we decide to make the Most High our dwelling place, we are permanently under the watch care of the supreme God who is sovereign over ALL, who sees and knows us by the Spirit. We are under His instruction, His protecting and enabling right hand of power, and we are connected through Yeshua to heaven bringing life to earth.
A habitation is a place where we are seen and understood by the Spirit. We are secured in our relationship with Yeshua for a life of restoration and jubilee. And lastly, habitation is a place where we receive revelation about life and take action on it.
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
Evil is the enemy, the one who thinks he is most important and he thinks he can see and understand everything when in comparison to our God, he is insufficient.
Evil can’t overtake us because God, the most important leader is protecting us with His strength and power and preserving our lives. And He is giving us revelation and grace about what action we need to take.
Plague in this verse is a deceptive word because it means an action taken (by the enemy) that may initially look beneficial but in the end, it will be seen through the lens of the Spirit and the Word and be proven otherwise.
We’ve been set apart as Holy unto God, and because of this, the insufficient enemy who is pretending to be the chief and most important person cannot circle round behind us or our family to cause harm. God, the chief head, is there protecting us and all of His family because we are His house.
Because we have made God the One we give attention to, and Him the One we follow, He gives us revelation and discernment of the enemy so we don’t fall prey to his instructions or urging.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
His angels show up in times of trial or testing and they are mighty. They move by God’s instruction completely surrendered to the authority and power of God.
He sends His angels to draw us to Himself and secure us in Him, revealing His will.
The angels are charged to destroy our enemies with God’s fire. In times of trial and testing, they are sent to exchange our insufficient strength or human reasoning with His power drawing us back into hidden relationship in Him and full obedience to Him who is the head over all principalities and powers.
Wherever we go, in all that we do, He is the door we go through. As we remain surrendered in the palm of His hand, our insufficiency turns to strength.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
The angels will bend down, protecting us in their hands and speaking God’s words to us, reminding us of His governmental order…His ways.
They will take action, lifting us up by His strength to consume the enemies who are out to destroy His plan for our lives.
Thy foot refers to walking in pride, setting ourselves above another, trying to lift ourselves up, goading others, and seeking to control them with our own words.
The angels are lifting us up to keep us from tearing down what God is trying to do. His desire to build His family, to bring restoration and restore revelation and grace to restore relationships bringing life, not destroy them with our prideful words.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Hidden in Him, we can boldly come out the door of insufficiency–where we are trying to figure things out on our own. We can come under the anointing of His hand and surrendered to His will, subduing all in our path.
And again, hidden in Him, God will consume our enemies who seek to separate us or control us with their loud intimidating words.
The adder is an enemy who claims to govern and have ownership of our lives. He tries to frighten us with his actions.
The young lion is another enemy. He speaks to us trying to get us to surrender to his power. He tries to entice us with human reasoning that goes against obedience to God’s Word.
Then there is the dragon. Here we are facing the enemy himself. He tries to convince us of his power by showing us the outcome of those He has overcome and taken ownership, causing them to surrender to his hand.
All of these foes will prove to be insufficient under the Most High God, who resists the proud and comes to the assistance of His own who lean on Him for their support.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Because we have completely separated ourselves to God, cutting off the enemy influence in our lives and living in holiness as one of God’s chosen ones,
God says I will deliver you. I will exercise My authority and say, you are under a new government, My authority. And I will judge the enemy who is twisting the truth.
I, God, will set you on high. I will consume your enemies, lift you up in retaliation, and clearly establish that you are in My family.
Because you have cooperated with Me and worked to come out the door of your impoverished man mentality, to see and understand Me and allow Me to be seen in you, you have discovered the hidden truth and power of My name. You now see that I am the ultimate victor over your enemies and are trusting Me. (Trust comes from us knowing Him).
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
He shall call upon Me: When we fully believe that we are His chosen ones and that He is head over all things in heaven and earth and under the earth, seen and unseen, and we call upon Him as our leader, full of strength and power …God will see and understand. He will act on our behalf, setting a hedge of protection around us.
I God, will not only see your need but experience it with you. as head over all, I will deliver you from human reasoning that trying to master you and keep you from walking in obedience.
God will deliver us, separating and protecting us from the enemy and giving us a new beginning within his boundaries. He will instruct us and urge us forward in righteousness.
I God, will anoint you, redeeming you as a member of my household setting you free to walk through the door I have opened before you.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.