He that dwelleth in the secret place of, the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
OPENING STATEMENTby Robert
A great truth laid down in general. That all those who live a life of communion with God are constantly safe under his protection, and may, therefore, preserve a holy serenity and security of mind at all times. (Psalms 91:1): He that dwells, that sits down, in the secret place of the, Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
He that by faith chooses God for his guardian shall find all that in him which he needs or can desire. Note, 1. It is the character of a true believer that he dwells in the secret place of the, Most High, he is at home in God, returns to God, and reposes in him as his rest he acquaints himself with inward religion, and makes heart-work of the service of God, worships within the veil, and loves to be alone with God, to converse with him in solitude 2. It is the privilege and comfort of those that do so that they abide under the shadow of the Almighty he shelters them and comes between them and everything that would annoy them, whether storm or sunshine. They shall not only have an admittance but a residence, under God’s protection he will be their rest and refuge forever. II. The psalmist’s comfortable application of this to himself (Psalms 91:2): I will say of the Lord, whatever others say of him, “He is my refuge I choose him as such and confide in him. Others make idols their refuge, but I will say of Jehovah, the true and living God, He is my refuge: any other is a refuge of lies. He is a refuge that will not fail me for he is my fortress and strong-hold.”
The following is commentary by Matthew Henry on Psalm 91, this psalm also was penned by David it is a writ of protection for all true believers, not in the name of King David, or under his broad seal he needed it himself, especially if the psalm was penned, as some conjecture it was, at the time of the pestilence which was sent for his numbering the people but in the name of the King of kings, and under the broad seal of Heaven. Observe, I. The psalmist’s own resolution to take God for his keeper (Psalms 91:2), from which he gives both direction and encouragement to others, Psalms 91:9. II. The promises which are here made, in God’s name, to all those that do so in sincerity 1. They shall be taken under the peculiar care of Heaven, Psalms 91:1,4 2. They shall be delivered from the malice of the powers of darkness (Psalms 91:3,5,6), and that by distinguishing preservation, Psalms 91:7,8 3. They shall be the charge of the holy angels, Psalms 91:10-12 4. They shall triumph over their enemies, Psalms 91:13 5. They shall be the special favourites of God himself, Psalms 91:14-16. In singing this we must shelter ourselves under, and then solace ourselves in, the divine protection. Many think that to Christ, as Mediator, these promises do primarily belong (Isaiah 49:2), not because to him the devil applied one of these promises (Matthew 4:6), but because to him they are very applicable, and, coming through him, they are more sweet and sure to all believers.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)