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!”