Holy Bible Commentary

Psalms 91

1 You who live in the shelter of ‘Elyon, who spend your nights in the shadow of Shaddai, who say to Adonai, “My refuge! My fortress! My God, in whom I trust!” —he will rescue you from the trap of the hunter and from the plague of calamities; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his truth is a shield and protection. You will not fear the terrors of night or the arrow that flies by day,or the plague that roams in the dark, or the scourge that wreaks havoc at noon. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it won’t come near you. Only keep your eyes open, and you will see how the wicked are punished.For you have made Adonai, the Most High, who is my refuge, your dwelling-place. 10 No disaster will happen to you, no calamity will come near your tent;11 for he will order his angels to care for you and guard you wherever you go. 12 They will carry you in their hands, so that you won’t trip on a stone.13 You will tread down lions and snakes,
young lions and serpents you will trample underfoot. 14 “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; because he knows my name, I will protect him.15 He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will extricate him and bring him honor. 16 I will satisfy him with long life and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91, CJB


The dignified sadness is put in perspective by the perfect trust in Divine defense. The comparison is brought to light by grammatical occurrence found in the Psalm with respect to God. The classification “dwelling place” is applied to the Most High. The strength found in this Psalm is based on the connection of love and trust. The poetic interlude is composed of his personal feelings as a prelude sung by many giving glory to God.

In verse 1 is a representation of the state of divine favor by dwelling with the Most High and verse 2-8 we see the the melody of a heart happily persuaded to use personal trust which celebrates the feelings of safety of the promised refuge for those who whole heartedly may believe. In verse 9 we have witnessed a review of the foundation of trust. The continuance through verse 16 is in alignment with the will of God in trust and the authentication of the Biblical assurances.

The idea of a secret place reveals entry into the presence of trust as children draw near to their Father and become one. Mans affectionate faith is united with with Gods loyal steadfast faith. Jehovah is my refuge demonstrates the hearts cry of intense longing by using precious names; the words are directed to the heart. The Most High and Almighty opens the reassurance of trust for all who go into the secret place. In verse 9 the author using “my” which grammatically shows personal interest of the fullness of God.

The safety is a gift of protection from ones foes and from illness that this spoken trustful immunity offers that divine security offers. In verse 5-6 the open and secret foes are to be considered as well as the secret pestilence and the open pestilence. The vantage point of children watching from the shelter and the sea of victims as destruction takes place is a marginal choice based on truth or doubt. Death is imminent unless trust in God is present for His hand of deliverance.

The safe shelter of Gods breast is a faithful response to His Word and our union as one is mans shield therefore trust is achievable as He supports us with grace. The safety under the Masters wing applies to an active lifestyle as well as the state of the circumstance of protection under Gods wing. Protection in all thy ways assigns ministering spirits in the location of protectors in the sphere of life. The points of stumbling are in regard to temptations to turn from the path of sin.

Man that keeps near to God will pass unharmed with his foot strengthened by God’s power for those who love Him. The truth in this connection would require men and women to cling to God, know his name and call on him.

To cling is to bind and embrace the heart fixed on God and a renewed mind with an obedient will. A continual interaction with God holding the grip steady and not relaxing is necessary in love. The length of days in this Psalms is a duration in time with the focus on satisfied keeping the promises in truth.

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