Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Jesus is the way
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.der the shadow of the Almighty.
Anything secret is private, hidden from plain sight. The secret place In Jewish writings related to the 91st Psalm is thought to convey God's protection, to ward off demons and evil spirits and the Almighty’s ability to rescue from danger. It is believed that Moses wrote this Psalm after the dedication of the tabernacle of meeting and as he was surrounded by the Glory cloud on Mount Sinai. Whatever took place at that time period, those who believe in Christ have the following to consider.
John 14:5.Thomas saith unto Him, Lord we know not whither thou goest and how can we know the way? 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by me.
The first and foremost thing to understand about dwelling in the secret place is that Jesus is the only way to enter in. While it is true that Christ had not yet come to the earth when Moses composed the 91st Psalm, He is the center of everything now. A former pastor of mine used to say that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, snd the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. Christ was concealed then but now has been revealed to us. In order to Dwell in the secret place of the Almighty one must first accept His son as our salvation and reconcile the Old and New Testament scriptures.
Make Him your habitation through the Holy Spirit
Palm 91:9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
A habitation is where you live and spend most of your time. This secret place however is not necessarily a physical location but walking and talking with Him daily communicating through the Holy Spirit, who is with you at all times. Spend precious moments with Him when no one else is around, considering Matthew chapter 6 which days to pray in secret. Developing a personal relationship with Him is how to be confident of the following;
10 No evil shall 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.
He becomes our habitation when we abide in Him and he abides in us. (John 15:4) This is done through the Holy Spirit who He sent to all who choose Him.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he, that may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you
Recentl several preachers have been quoted as telling people to quote the 91st Psalm as protection from the coronavirus. This falsely implies that anyone can recite this scripture and expect protection from the Most High. The body of this chapter of scripture is emphasized without expounding on the qualifiers at the beginning and the end which are dwelling in His secret place and setting your love upon Him.
Set Your Love Upon Him
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.
A lot of people today get caught up in what name to call Him. Some say He won’t honor prayer unless you refer to Him as Jehovah, Elohim or other Old Testament terms.
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.
The Name to call upon is Jesus.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Reap the benefits
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
The coronavirus can certainly be considered a pestilence and it is unfortunate that many around the world have lost their lives. When you are trusting Him completely you can even have peace in a storm.
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.
Let me be clear.I am not promising anyone that He will always move on your behalf if you love Him and spend time with Him. I am outlining that quoting scripture does not manipulate our Creator into doing our bidding. The idea that preachers will have thousands or even millions of people quoting the 91st expecting victory only to experience failure. Those who have not accepted Jesus, or don’t truly love Him and who do not spend quality time with Him should not expect Him to intervene on their behalf.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on March 07, 2020:
Cheryl, all of that is good news!
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on March 06, 2020:
Thank you for reading Ms. Dora.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 06, 2020:
Thanks for the reminder that God promises protection for those who abide in Him. Sometimes He protects us in the storm; sometimes He protects us by taking us out of the storm. We don't have to be afraid.
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on March 06, 2020:
So if coronavirus is ended the Psalms won't be relevant again, because solution was find to Smallpox. Uhm!
We need to always be under his shadow till he appears to take us home.