My Refuge and My Fortress
(1) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
(2) I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
(3) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
(4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
(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.
(7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
(8) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
(9) Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
(10) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
(11) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
(12) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
(13) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
(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.
(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.
(16) With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
The Fifteen Conditions of the Blessings of
1. Dwell in the secret place of the Most High—under His shadow. Psalms 91:1
2. Affirm that God is your refuge. Psalms 91:2
3. Affirm that God is your fortress.
4. Affirm that God is your God.
5. Affirm that God is your trust. Psalms 91:2, Psalms 91:4
6. Have confidence in God as deliverer from every snare and pestilence. Psalms 91:3
7. Have confidence in His protection Psalms 91:4
8. Make His truth your shield and buckler.
9. Be not afraid of any terrors, dangers, pestilences, or destructions. Psalms 91:5-6
10. Have confidence that the plagues slaying thousands all around you will not come near you. Psalms 91:7-8
11. Make God your refuge. Psalms 91:9
12. Make God your habitation.
13. Set your love upon God. Psalms 91:14
14. Know the name (authority) of God.
15. Call upon God in prayer. Psalms 91:15
Key words and phrases to understand
Dwelleth – Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth . . .
The idea here is to sit down, as a judge would sit, but sit for a reason, to observe. The believer is not sitting in any place, but the secret place of the most High, this secret place represents the heart of God, His bosom. It is one thing to know a person from a glance, but it is an advantage to understand the heart’s desire of the person, in knowing what is special to them. In so doing, as believers, when we dwelleth, we sit down, let us sit to causatively settle, meaning our sitting is to produce an effect. The desire to understand the heart of God, or that which is dear to Him, and this we know, Christ is the only begotten of the Father. Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, will determine how we dwell in the presence of God. In the Words of Christ, no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
Habitation (Psalms 91:9) - an abode, a place of asylum, a home.
The phrase, home is where the heart is, goes a long way. No matter how far we travel, or what good of a place we’ve been. Nevertheless, there is always a desire to return home. Consequently, it is our duty to be at home, but at home in God. If there is a rejection of being at home, then it is the evidence of turmoil at home. If God is our habitation, like a good home, there we’ll desire to be. Therein, we talk with Him, and we are delighted to be with Him. When the outside world, has but all disorder and Chaos to throw at us during the day, we quietly, but eagerly look forward to be at home. So is the Christian’s habitation in God. In Him we shall be welcome, as a man or woman is welcome to their home, without any disturbance of the outside, there we find rest and peace in the Lord. In so doing, our habitation becomes our refuge.
Refuge – Hope and the shelter of trust.
There shall no evil befall thee – Psalms 91:10
The phrase is better translated, though trouble or affliction will come to you, yet there will be no real evil in it toward you. For whatsoever happens to you, God Almighty is aware, and He shall turn the bad into good, for a lesson of a testimony that you may keep trusting in Him. Like an athlete who exercise to build muscles, the ordeal is demanding at times with stress to the body, but not for the destruction of the athlete, rather the betterment of his or her well-being, to be the best. So, the trouble at times, is not for our destruction, but the betterment of our being.
The apostle Peter once wrote, saying we are a peculiar people. The word peculiar, in its definition today is to be strange, odd or weird. However, in its meaning of intend when it was written, it gives the reader a picture of a circle. There in the circle is a dot, the dot represents the believer, and the circle is God. If anything reaches the dot within the circle, it must first go through the circle which is God. So then, if anything befalls us, it must first go through the love of God toward us. Though it be uncomfortable for a while in the beginning, but in the end, it will be a blessing and of no harm.
If a pregnant woman who is only a human, but at all cost will protect her belly from anything that will be a harm to the baby therein. What more about God who is Almighty? He shall not allow any evil to befall you. If we make the LORD, which is our refuge, even the most High, His habitation; our dwelling.
For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
For our decision to serve the Lord, we shall be the head and not the tail.
Through fellowship, when we call on the Lord, He will listen and answer; Lord, help me hear and understand when you speak.
In safety shall we dwell in the house of the Lord.