Psalm 91 Verse 1

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I used to read this scripture and wonder, “How do you get in the secret place?” “Do you have to be good enough?” “Am I in the secret place?” “Where is this secret place?”

Oh my, have you ever had any of these thoughts? Do you include yourself or disqualify yourself when you read this? As we go through this Psalm verse by verse, we will be looking at correlating scriptures to increase our understanding and answer these questions.

There are two words in Psalm 91 verse 1 that indicate this is a permanent place of residence, abide and dwell. This is not some place where we move in and out of. This is where we reside, where we live, where our home is.

To truly understand scripture we must get a clear picture of what we are hearing or reading. Many people think the things of God are so abstract; they don’t have a clear picture in their heart or mind of what they are hearing or reading. They don’t SEE it, worse yet, they don’t see themselves in the scriptures. To truly meditate on God’s Word, we must get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 tells us, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Understanding comes from the Spirit of God, He is our teacher. Revelation does not come from mental reasoning; it comes to us in our spirit.

Let’s pray together, Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask you to open our hearts to see and understand your Word by the power of the Holy Spirit as we go through this teaching. Amen.

As we start our journey and discover where the secret place is; we will see where God Himself has placed us. We will get a bigger picture from the word of God of the secret place.

Psalm 31:20 tells us, “You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence; From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion; From the strife of tongues.” This psalm describes the secret place as the presence of God, a secret shelter, a place where the spirit of strife can’t find me.

Song of Solomon 2:14 tells us it is a place of fellowship.

Sos 2:14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely.”

In this verse, God is asking us to come into the secret place where He can hear our voice and see our face. It is a place of intimate fellowship. Mat 6:6 also speaks of a place of intimate fellowship in the secret place. It is the place where we talk with God.

Mat 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Isa 45:3 tells us there are riches in the secret place.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places
That you may know that I, the LORD,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.”

Isaiah 49:2 tells us God causes us to be mighty warriors in the secret place.

Isa 49:2 And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”

When I speak His Word, it is a sharp and polished weapon against the enemy. It is a weapon of accuracy that hits its target like a lightning strike. The secret place of the Most High is truly a glorious place to be, the devil cannot even find you in the secret place of the Most High God. He doesn’t know our strategy. He doesn’t know where we are.

There are even more scriptures we could go over but I will close today’s entry with Colossians 3:1-3, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

One of the reasons the enemy cannot find us in the secret place is this is where by faith we have been crucified with Christ and our life is hidden in Him!

By faith we are living In Him; living in the finished work of the cross; abiding in Christ is the secret place. It is a place where we completely trust in God and receive freely His grace and salvation.

Praise the Lord for His goodness!

Psalm 91 Verse 2

Psalm 91:2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

In Psalm 91, verse 2, we enter the secret place  by declaring, “Lord, You are my refuge, You are my fortress, You are my God, I put my trust in You.”

Faith is released when we speak it, see 2 Corinthians 4:13 “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;” Pray it, Declare it, Speak it aloud. Allow the Word to do the work.

To experience the benefits God has provided, we must receive them by faith. Let’s look at faith. What is your picture of faith? Have you ever thought, “I must not have enough faith?” That is an enemy trick to disqualify you. It’s really not about having enough faith, it’s about using the faith that God has given you already. We are not the source of our faith, it is not something we muster up, we do not manufacture our own faith.

Rom 12:3 tells us, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

By declaring, “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress; my secret place”, you are exercising the faith that God has given you. You are making a decision to believe the Word of God.

It is only by faith can we enter the secret place of the Most High. There is no amount of our goodness or good works that will open the door to the secret place; Jesus is the door. He is our righteousness.

Phil 3:9 tells us our righteousness comes from God, “..not having mine own righteousness, which is of the works of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

When Jesus was getting ready to ascend to heaven He told His disciples that He would not leave them orphaned but that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to be with us, to empower us to do the same things that He did on earth and more. One of the missions of the Holy Spirit is to be our teacher, our guide, He is to lead us into all truth.

1 Cor 2:12 tells us, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

In Psalm 91, the Spirit of God is revealing to us that the secret place has been freely given to us. “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” We choose to be in the secret place when we release our faith in what Jesus has done for us, when we declare that the Lord is our hiding place, our strong tower, our fortress, a refuge of safety.

Psalm 91 Verse 3

Psalm 91:3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.

I love the first word in this verse, surely. Praise God, we can rely on the Word of God. God cannot lie. Surely He will deliver you. We can speak with confidence, “Surely He will deliver me.”

I have heard Christians say the devil told them something and they seem afraid or concerned about it. The devil is incapable of the truth; he is the father of lies and the truth is not in him. We are to silence him the same way Jesus did, with the truth, “Surely He will deliver me.”

Now let’s look at the phrase, the snare of the fowler, this is a picture of a person who catches birds in a baited trap. How does that relate to us? Again, let’s use scripture to develop this.

When Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 17:1, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!” The Greek word here for offenses is skandalon. A skandalon is the trigger of a trap (the mechanism closing a trap down on the unsuspecting victim); it is used in scripture figuratively for an offense, a means of stumbling, a method of entrapment, an uneven ground which trips the traveler, putting a negative cause-and-effect relationship into motion. Unforgiveness* is one of the most common snares of the devil. He baits his trap with an offense and when the unsuspecting person takes the bait, he closes the trap.

Jesus is not saying it is impossible for us to not be offended, He is saying, in this life, opportunities to become offended will come your way. We do not have to take the bait, we do not have to enter the trap. Why? Because of our trust in the grace of God, surely He will deliver me. Every time the Holy Spirit guides you to forgive someone, He is delivering you from the snare of the fowler. He is showing us the way of escape.

With every temptation that comes our way, God has made a way of escape. Generally the way of escape comes through the Word of God. Jesus is our way of escape. Trust Him, ask Him for wisdom. Surely He will deliver you.

He has also delivered us from the perilous pestilence. The perilous pestilence is a destructive deadly disease or plague. We do not need to fear any disease. Jesus provided healing for us in every way.

1 Peter 2: 24 tells us [Jesus] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. In this passage Peter is quoting Isaiah 53.

Isa 53:5 But He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Don’t listen to the news and drug commercials telling you how many people will get sick or die, answer back, “It will not come near me, by Jesus stripes I was healed. Surely He will deliver me. He is my fortress, He is my refuge.”

 

*If you are interested in reading more on unforgiveness, download the pdf, “Could I Have Unforgiveness.”

Psalm 91 Verse 4

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

The first half or this verse is truly a picture of compassion and nurturing, did you ever think of Father God as one who wants to nurture you?

Jesus said, “..How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings..

God longs to gather us, to nurture us, to protect us under His wings. He wants to draw you in close and hold you tight.

Psalm 86:15 tells us our God is full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” The Hebrew word for compassion is even used to describe how the womb surrounds the unborn child to nurture and protect the child.

Jesus was often moved with compassion, Matthew 14:14 tells us when Jesus saw the great multitude; He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. This is just one of many such references.

The second part of this verse talks about the truth of God’s Word is our shield and our buckler. When we believe something other than the Word of God, we give place to the enemy in our life. So many teach and believe we give place to the enemy by sinning, Jesus has taken care of the sin problem. Psalm 103:10 tells us “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.”  Sin is the result of giving place to the enemy; sin is the result, not the cause. The devil had to get Eve to believe the lie before he could get her to act on it. Knowing the truth is our defense, our shield and our buckler.

It’s not knowing truth of who we are and what we have in Christ Jesus that gives place to the fiery darts of the enemy. God does not punish us for sin by removing our shield, that punishment was put on Jesus. We put down our shield when we believe the lies of the devil. Paul shows his concern for the saints in 2 Co 11:3 when he states, “..I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Sin causes trauma to our soul, it causes us to draw away from God, it causes our conscience to condemn us, it causes us to not pray, sin causes death and destruction to our relationships, our bodies, and every aspect of our life. It is no wonder why God hates sin, it produces death.

Eph 6:16 tells us, “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Here Paul uses the phrase, “above all”, above all taking the shield of faith.

Let me share a personal story to illustrate. It is a simple everyday life story, but that is where we need to begin, in the little things.

The first time I put my newborn into the church nursery, all kinds of anxious thoughts flooded my soul. “What if he’s afraid?” “What if he won’t take his bottle?” “What if they’re too busy?” I thought as I walked from the education wing to the main sanctuary, then Word of God rose up on the inside of me by the power of the Holy Spirit, and I took up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit declaring, “All my children are taught of the LORD, and great is the peace of my children. (Is 54:13)” Over and over I recounted the scripture as I walked. By the time I was seated in the sanctuary, the fiery darts of anxiety had been quenched, my mind was in perfect peace and ready to receive the Word. I was so confident in God’s Word, I believed angels would take care of my baby if he needed it. Much to my delight, when I returned to the nursery, I was told, “If all the babies were like yours, we would have no trouble at all”.  Praise God!

How important is it to know the Word of God? It is our sword, our shield and our buckler.  When the devil came to tempt Jesus, He refuted his temptations with the Word of God and the devil left for another time because he could find no place in Jesus. The Word will fight for you. The Word will do the work. Speak the Word!

Psalm 91 Verse 5

Psalm 91:5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day

Terrorism was never mentioned in the news when I was growing up but today there is not a day that goes by without something in the news about it. I have to say they have named it correctly; the whole purpose of the enemy’s lies is to cause the people of this earth to live with terror in dread of a disaster. He wants to sow fear in our hearts, our speech and our actions. Fear is the enemy of our faith.

Psalm118:6 tells us, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Of all the scriptures in the bible, I am sure I have said this one more than any other. Psalm 91:5 declares,”You shall not be afraid of terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day.”

The Lord does not say, “try not to be afraid and when that does not work, try harder,” He says, “you will not be afraid.” When the Lord says, “You will not be afraid”, by the grace of God, I respond by saying, “I will not be afraid!” Fear is not something to be taken lightly. Some people think they are not in fear because they don’t feel afraid at the moment but yet their speech and their actions are full of fear.

Do you buckle your seat belt because you are afraid you will fly through the windshield, or do buckle your seat belt because it is a safety feature of the car and it’s the law? Fear can be very subtle.

The things of the spirit realm cannot enter the physical earth realm without the cooperation of man and the spoken word. If it were not so, the devil would appear and kill all the Jews and Christians right now; but he does not have the authority, he must work through man.

Likewise the blessing of the Lord must be brought into this realm through faith. If it were not so, God would force His will onto all mankind and we would all be healed, delivered, and instantly set free. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son that whosoever believes on Him should not perish. It is God’s will that none perish but not everyone cooperates with His will.

Think about, “What would you do if you had no fear?”

2 Tim1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalm 91 Verse 6

Psalm 91:6 (You shall not be afraid) ..of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

In verse 3, We talked about, “surely God will deliver you from the deadly pestilence, here in verse 6, the Psalm declares we shall not even be afraid of it.

Terrorism, war, pestilence, famine and disasters are things that affect multitudes of people; but He who dwells in the secret place will not be afraid. Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” This scriptures gives a perfect picture of a loving father holding his young child’s hand. No matter how often the toddler stumbles, he never falls on his face when he is holding his father’s hand.

As a parent, we never want our children to be afraid, we never want to see them get hurt. In Matthew 7:11, Jesus tells us, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

No matter what is going on all around us in this world, our Father does not want us to be afraid. 1 John 4:18 tells us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

Do you really know how much the Father loves you? He loves you so much He sent His son to die for you. Rom 8:32 says, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Let not your heart be troubled!

Psalm 91 Verse 7

Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

Now that is a promise! When God Himself is your fortress, your safe refuge, disaster and devastation shall not come near you.

A personal illustration that comes to mind is a time when there were forest fires raging in Florida. My husband’s parent’s property was right in the path of the fire, my mother-in-law went outside and declared that the blood of Jesus was protecting their property. The fire went around the property and it did not come near her!

What was she doing? She was declaring God’s protection, she put their property in the secret place. When we declare God’s promises, we are not trying to get God to do something He is unwilling to do. On the contrary, we are declaring what God has already done and given us in His Word.

We declare God is our protection because He is. We choose to receive God’s protection because He is our protection. Faith declares and lays hold of what God has promised, it brings the reality of the gospel into this realm where we can experience it.

That is how each one of us who is born again received salvation! We are saved by grace through faith. Once a person receives salvation, their confession never changes. They say, “I am saved”, they don’t say, “I am trying to be saved” or “I hope so.”  They know!

Everything received from God is by grace through faith!

Sickness, disease, and disaster, listen up! You shall not come near me! The Lord is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I trust.

Psalm 91 Verse 8

Psalm 91:8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

Have you noticed a progression as we have been going through the Psalm? First, we know, “surely He will deliver us,” then “we shall not be afraid,” then “it shall not come near us.” The more that you meditate and declare, “The Lord is my fortress, He is my safe refuge,” the more you will know the reality of God’s love and protection.

We are not trusting in what we heard someone else say or even in our faith, we are putting our trust in our God. He wants us to know Him, to put our trust in Him! Even though Paul went through severe persecutions for the sake of the gospel, he declared “..I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him..” (2 Tim 1:12)

Ephesians 2:4-6 tells us “God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus..”

Being seated with Christ in heavenly places is another picture of the secret place, a place of sweet fellowship, a place of authority. A place where, “Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

What is the reward of the wicked? Again let’s use scripture to define scripture. Rom 6:23 tells us, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Those who have not accepted the free gift of eternal life in Christ are earning the wages of sin and death.

1 Peter 4:15 tells us we are “not to suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” We as Christians are not to suffer like the world under the curse of law, Gal 3:13 tells us, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree..”)”

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Our Father does not want us to suffer any of the things that belong to the curse, we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ Jesus.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so! (Psalm 107:2)

Psalm 91 Verses 9-10

Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

We are at the half way point in our Psalm 91 verse by verse study. I hope you are enjoying the journey. Are you starting to see how rich this psalm is?

In verse 9, we see something new. There are two voices represented [9 Because “you” have made the Lord, who is “my” refuge; Even the Most High, “your” dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;] Who are these two voices? It could be the psalmist singing to the congregation, but I believe it is much more. Not only is David singing to the congregation, he is also singing to his own soul and prophetically to Jesus, the Messiah, and to us, those who are in Christ.

In Psalm 91: 9-10, it may appear at first glance the psalmist is just recapping the situation but let’s look through the eye of faith. He is declaring to himself, “9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;” He is building himself up on his most holy faith. (Jude 20)

There are many psalms where the psalmist speaks to his own soul. For instance, in Psalm 103 he instructs his soul to bless the Lord.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:

In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist encourages himself in the Lord by telling himself to hope in God.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

What a wonderful way to start each morning, “Lord, you are my refuge and my fortress; You are My God, I put my trust in You.” And then, remind your soul, declaring, “Because I have made the Lord my dwelling place, No evil shall befall me, No plague shall come near me!”

Hallelujah!

Psalm 91 Verse 11

Psalm 91:11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.

He has given His angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. That means He has assigned angels to me, to make sure that I don’t get hurt in any way.

Is it worth it to give your life to God and make Him Your dwelling place? I say a big YES!

Let’s look more into angels. Heb 1:14 asks the question, “Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” There is a myriad [too many to number] of angels, this scripture says, “are not all” sent forth for us.

In Second Chronicles, Hezekiah strengthen the people saying, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.

When a great army of horses and chariots came against Israel, the prophet Elisha’s assistant ran to him saying, “What shall we do?” Elisha answered him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Sometimes the circumstances seem overwhelming, but never forget, we are not alone. I want you to see there are more with us than there are with them. There are as many with us as there needs to be to accomplish the mission. Psalm 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” When we speak the Word of God, we bring His voice into the earth, into our situation. Listen for the voice of God within you, He will give you the words to speak.

One of my first encounters with angels came shortly after I made Jesus the Lord of my life. This was way back before ATM cards and cell phones. We had just moved to a new house and we needed groceries and supplies. My husband told me there would be enough gas in the car to get to the store and then I could get some cash back to fill up the tank on my way back.

As I drove to the store, I prayed, Lord, I am trusting in You to get me to the store and back and I believe You will put gas in the car supernaturally if I need it. I made it to the store okay, bought what I needed, but when I asked if I could get cash back with my check, I was told, “No, your account is too new.” I loaded my groceries into the car, strapped in my two little boys who wanted to come along, and tried to start the car. The car sputtered a bit, but would not start. I was out of gas.

Before I could open the car door, there were two men standing at the car window asking if I needed help. I told them I was out of gas and they quickly replied, wait right here, we will be back. In less than fifteen minutes, they were back with five gallons of gas. I asked them if they had a business card so I could send them money. They replied, “No, this is what we do,” and they were gone.

Praise the Lord! The Lord and His angels have rescued me many times since then, more than I am even aware of. Every morning we can thank the Lord that His angels are working on our behalf. Thank you Jesus for your lovingkindness.

If you have had an encounter with angels, please share it in the comments 🙂

Psalm 91 Verse 12

Psalm 91:12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Imagine angels lifting you up with their hands so that you do not even stub your toe! Imagine angels keeping you safe as you drive, catching you when you fall, showing you the way when you are lost, moving your hand before you wrap your knuckles on the edge of the table. Can you see how much God loves us?

The devil used this very scripture to tempt Jesus to “prove” He was the Messiah, by saying, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ” Jesus did not need to prove who he was, He knew, He had just heard the Father tell Him so at the Jordan River. Satan wanted Jesus to doubt who He was and try to prove Himself. Satan wanted to steal the Word from Jesus.

The parable of the sower explains how the devil comes to steal the Word that is sown in our hearts. His plan was no different with Jesus. Father God had just proclaimed to Jesus that He was His Beloved Son in whom He was well pleased. (I suspect that caused quite a stir in the spirit realm.)

The only way the Word of God can bear fruit in our lives is when it is sown in our hearts. Jesus explained to the disciples, “he who receives seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who accepts it, who keeps it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Satan wants us to doubt who we are in Christ Jesus. He wants us to look at our own holiness and disqualify ourselves from the promises. When Peter and John told the man at the gate beautiful to rise up and walk and the people started to gather around, Peter said, “Why do you look at us, as if by our own holiness we made this man walk, it is faith in the Name of Jesus that made this man walk.”

Receive the promise of angels watching over you today because of who Jesus is!

Psalm 91 Verse 13

Psalm 91:13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

This sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? Jesus told his disciples in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Not only has God sent forth angels to keep us in all our ways, he has given us authority over the enemy. Satan has not lost all of his power yet, but he has lost his authority over us. We are to “tread or trample” on the enemy. To tread or to trample is defined as: to oppress, to stomp on, to trample underfoot. Are you oppressing the devil? Do you see him completely under your foot today?

Psalm 91 Verse 14

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

Making Jesus the Lord of my life was the most significant, life changing decision I have made. It happened as I was reading a book that asked the question, “Who is your lord?” Then the author answered the question for me with, “Who you think about the most, who you talk about the most, that is your lord.” As I read those words, I immediately had a vision of an ordered list of the most important things in my life. My husband was first, my baby was second and Jesus was number eight on my list. I looked at the list and said within my heart, “That’s not right, I make Jesus first.”  In that moment, I set my love on Him; He was now on the top of my list. That decision changed my life forever.

We decide where we set our heart; it is our decision. Let’s look at some scriptures that talk about setting our heart. Isaiah 26:3 tells us God will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 1 Chronicles 22:19 says, “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God;” Psalm 62:10 tells us if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

People set their hearts, their love, their affection all the time. A young teen set his heart on getting a car, a young man set his heart on the woman he wants to marry. A couple sets their heart on a baby or a new home. Some people set their heart on a career. When we set our heart on something, all of our thoughts and efforts are also set on it. In my life I needed the Holy Spirit to show me where the affection of my heart was set. Praise the Lord, He granted me repentance. I changed my mind. I changed the direction of my heart and I set my love upon Him. I made Jesus my Lord.

The next part of Psalm 91:14 says, “therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high.” Can you think of any correlating scriptures to this statement? Here are a few. Colossians 1:13 tells us, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” Ephesians 2:6 explains how God who is rich in mercy has raised us up and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

The last part of Psalm 91:14 says, “because he has known My name” Before Jesus, no man called God his Father, but now, because we are in Christ Jesus, we know him as “Abba, Father.”  We know His Name. See Romans 8:15, For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” and Galatians 4:6 tells us because we are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

The first time I prayed after making Jesus the Lord of my life, I automatically addressed God as “Father.” I knew He was now my Father; the Spirit of God had communicated to my spirit that I was now a child of God (Romans 8:16). I knew His name, He is my “Abba, Father.” Abba is an Aramaic term for Father as an affectionate expression of love and dependency of a child for their daddy or papa.

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, now is the time. Colossians 2:6 tells us the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

The Choice is yours. Click here for a prayer of salvation.

Psalm 91 Verse 15

Psalm 91:15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

I do believe many Christians do not pray because they are uncertain of the results. Will God do this for me? Will He answer me? He is too busy for my problem. Many times they do not even think of praying until they have exhausted all of their own efforts. 2 Cor 1:20 tells us, “All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” Do you know that every promise is YES? Do you know He will answer you? Do you know you are in Him?

1 John 5:14 -15 tells us this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. Jesus tells us in John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

There is a recurring theme here; praying the will of God. Faith begins when we know the will of God. When you really come to know God’s plan of salvation for you, faith comes, if you decide to receive it, salvation comes. Every promises in the bible is received the same way. Believe it, decide to receive it, then speak it.

James 4:2-3 lets us know why many people do not receive from God. First, they do not receive because they do not even ask. Secondly, when they do ask, they ask amiss, that they may spend it on their pleasures. This type of asking is not in line with the will of God. For example, “Lord, I need a million dollars (so I will never need to depend on You for money again).” God wants us to know He is our total source, whether we are full or whether we are in need, He is our source. Prayer is just daily conversation with God, “Give us this day, our daily bread.”

Heb 13:5 tells us to “let our conduct be without covetousness; being content with such things as you have.” For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Covetousness comes from not knowing God is with us always, from not knowing He will take care of us. True prosperity is knowing God has supplied all that we need for every situation. Covetousness wants to see tomorrows needs met also. The covetous person does not see they have something to give or share, they just see more for me and and my future needs. Psalm 34:10 tells us they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

I love the next part of Psalm 91:15, I will be with him in trouble. A couple of years ago, my husband and I came out of a restaurant, and our car had a flat tire. We decided to drive about quarter of a mile to a place where we could put air in the tire and then drive across the street to a tire dealership to get the tire fixed or replaced. As soon as we pulled up to the air service, a car pulled up next to us and the passenger said, “We’re here to change your tire.” After the tire was changed and we were on our way, the Lord spoke so clearly to my heart, “I want you to know that I always know right where you are.”

Yes, a tire change may not seems like much trouble, but how gently and how lovingly did the Lord show His love for us in our trouble. An assurance dropped in my heart even deeper than before that He is always with us. It’s the victory in the little things that prepare us for whatever may be coming our way.

Psalm 91 is truly a psalm of deliverance, here in verse 15, the Lord mentions once again, I will deliver him. The story of the three Hebrew children that were delivered from the fiery furnace comes to mind. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego had refused to bow to the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had made. Not only were they thrown into the fire, the furnace was made seven times hotter than usual. The fire was so hot it killed those who were commanded to tie them up and throw them into the furnace. After the three young Hebrew men were thrown into the fire, the king jumped up in astonishment and said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” Praise God, He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

The last part of verse 15, declares not only will he deliver us, but He will also honor us. Wow, think of it, God Almighty, the Creator of the universe has chosen to honor us. When we honor the Lord by setting our love upon Him, making Him first in our life, He honors us.

There is no greater honor than to be in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7 tells us, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Now that is a place of honor, being seated in heaven with Christ Jesus.

Amen! Lord, let it be done unto me according to Your word.

Psalm 91 Verse 16

Psalm 91:16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.

Part 1: With long life I will satisfy him

In Genesis 6:3 the LORD declared that mankind’s days shall be one hundred and twenty years. Are you prepared in your heart and mind to live a long and satisfied life in Him?

Proverbs 18:21 tells us death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. The “it” in this verse is life or death. I know it’s hard to imagine that a person could love death but I have seen many people where sin and death is their main topic of discussion. Our body and our soul respond to the words we speak. Do you say things like, “I am getting too old for this” or “I am having a senior moment”?

Listen to the words in Psalm 103. This wonderful passage demonstrates the Word of Life that God has given us to speak to ourselves. It is God’s desire for us to live long, strong and satisfied holding fast to the Word of Life.

Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

As we worship the Lord and speak life, every cell, all that is within us, is being renewed and strengthened. Romans 8:11 confirms this, “the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Life is living in you!

Part 2: And show him My salvation

The saints of old could only see salvation afar off. They were unable to experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit because Jesus had not yet come. One of the missions of the Holy Spirit is to reveal to us the wonderful salvation that has been provided for us. He is showing us His salvation.  1 Corinthians 2:12 says now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Romans 8:32 tells us, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Salvation includes all the blessings of God. He is not holding anything back. He is all in.

How about you?

Pumpkin Soup

P10206632  14 oz.cans pumpkin puree
1 T coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large sweet apple, cored and cut into chunks
1 clove garlic
2 T shredded or shaved coconut
1/2 t curry powder
1/2 t cumin
1/4 t nutmeg
5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in coconut oil. Puree broth, onion, apple, garlic, coconut until smooth.

Place puree and other ingredients in a stock pot and simmer for 20 min.
option: for a sweeter soup add a tablespoon or two of sugar.

Garnish with parsley leaf, pumpkin seeds or coconut shavings.

Harvest Minestrone

Saute:
2 T. olive oil
2 large onions (large dice)
4 celery stalks (large dice)
4 carrots (sliced)
Add:
1 lb. Italian sausage (cooked and sliced) (pork, turkey, or chicken)
3 garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
4 chopped tomatoes or (1) 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
2 quart chicken stock
1 quart of water
3 small zucchini (medium dice)
1 15 oz. can Cannellini beans or kidney beans
handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped)
1 T. fresh parsley (chopped)
Simmer for 30 min.
Add 5 minutes before you are ready to serve:
2 cups of fresh baby spinach (chopped)
2 (9-oz.) packages refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
salt and pepper to taste
Simmer for 5 minutes
Top with:
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Serve with salad and an artisan bread or garlic bread.

Serves 8