This is an extremely comforting psalm: a psalm about protection,
victory and eternal glory. I call it the Time of Trouble (TOT)
psalm, because it refers mainly to the protection afforded
Yahweh’s people during the terrifying world-wide events
scheduled to occur just prior to His Son's return. In other words,
this psalm concerns the very near future. It is about to be
fulfilled. That being the case, every believer should prayerfully
study it; because it offers hope in an otherwise hopeless world.
It is one of the key psalms in all Scripture; a psalm one should
read over and over and over again: and, if possible, memorize.
Before we examine its contents let us read it through, for it is
a comparatively short psalm.
||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.”
2. A Conditional Parameter
You will notice that the blessings mentioned in this psalm are
directed at a particular type of person: blessings which
areguaranteed during a great Time of Trouble because certain
conditions have been met. This means that when the period of this
psalm's fulfilment arrives, and that day is almost upon us, then
the promises listed in (Psalm 91) will be fulfilled. But I repeat,
these promises are conditional: they will only apply to
believers who have met the requirements introduced in the first
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Where is the Secret Place of the Most High?
In ancient days the ‘secret place of the Most High’
was symbolized by a certain place within Yahweh’s earthly
Tabernacle. It was called the ‘holy place:’ and
particularly the ‘most holy place,’ where the Almighty
sat enthroned. In that ‘most holy place’ was the
‘ark of the covenant:’ a symbol of the Almighty's
throne and His mercy. Within the ark of the covenant was Yahweh's
eternal law. The real tabernacle is, of course, above; but we can
learn a lot about that heavenly place by studying the earthly shadow
below: and particularly what lay in that earthly tabernacle below.
What does it mean to dwell in that sacred and secret place?
It means to have absolute faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel
and to live by the requirements of His eternal law. This thought
about dwelling in the secret place of the Most High is also expressed
in (Psalm 27.)
||1: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?|
2: When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3: Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4: One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
5: For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6: And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.”
Throughout Scripture a ‘rock’ is used as a
symbol of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) the only begotten
Son of God. He is the ‘rock’ on which we
believers build our spiritual lives. He is the ‘rock’
in which we hide. He is the ‘rock’ of our salvation.
|2 Samuel 22:
||2: “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;|
3: The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”
||47: “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.”
||2: “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
||46: “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.”
Again, these promises only apply to those who have living
faith in Yeshua - the rock of our salvation. Living faith
is faith that is expressed in obedience to God's law: the
law which is within the 'most holy and secret place.' To this
obedient group the promises of (Psalm 91) apply: and to no others.
Let us now examine how that protection will take effect.
Just as there are specific conditions for deliverance (faith
and obedience,) so too there are specific dangers from which
obedient believers will be delivered in the Time of Trouble. These
dangers are listed in (Psalm 91:)
|Satan’s Trap: Verse:
||3: “Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.”
||5: “...and from the arrow that flieth by day.”
||6: “...and from the pestilence that walketh in darkness.”
||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.”
Against these and other dangers (rejection, slander and
persecution.) we believers have little defence other than the
Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. All we can do of our
own accord is to be aware of these dangers and by faith endeavour
to keep the Almighty's law. This twin approach of faithful
obedience coupled with fervent prayer attracts Yahweh's
protection and blessing. I tell you: there is no other safeguard
against last-day perils.
||4: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Those who Trust and Obey
the Almighty will not only be protected during the Time of Trouble, but will,
during the coming millennium,
at the Saviour's return) be raised to positions of high rank.
||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.”
Many in the church hesitate to spread the truth. Like the
ancient Israelites who entered the Promised Land we have all
miserably failed to do great things for Yahweh; somehow imagining
that mighty exploits and victories are not possible in this day
and age, and certainly not through us. How wrong we are. (Psalm 91)
tells us that Yahweh is inviting His obedient people to attempt
the seemingly impossible, to call on Him and He will answer.
The psalm goes on to say that not only will Yahweh answer prayer,
but that He will honour His obedient followers with an honour we
can hardly imagine. See our Sermon Note about
Answers to Prayer.
||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.” (Note those words: I will, I will, I will)
||32: “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.|
33: And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.”
Notice also that the very ones who ‘do exploits’
and ‘instruct many’ fall by the sword, by
captivity and by spoil many days. Is this a contradiction of the
protection promised in (Psalm 91)? No it isn't: for the fact is,
though multitudes of obedient believers will be supernaturally
protected during the Time of Trouble, many leaders will
be martyred! Certainly those who oppose the Antichrist will be beheaded!
||4: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
The time has now come to take Yahweh's truth to all nations.
To be sure many of the leaders who expose Satan's deception
will be martyred, but they will rise at the resurrection to
occupy positions of high rank and honour. In any event the
church as a whole will not be wiped out. There is going to
be a significant number of believers who will live through
the Time of Trouble no matter what Satan does to
destroy them. This is good news! For information on how the
Almighty is going to save and protect His people, see
The Coming Exodus.
6. Eternal Life
The God of Israel is going to carry out His plan for the deliverance,
sanctification and glorification of His people. His reasons for
doing so are listed in this psalm.
||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.”
To know the Almighty's name doesn't mean to know that He is
called Yahweh or that His Son is called Emmanuel,
Yeshua, Yahshua or Jesus. The Devils know all these names,
but it avails them nothing. To know Yahweh's name means to
live in accordance with His will; to be in tune with all that
His name stands for. It means to live by His commandments and
to be holy! To know Yahweh's name is to exhibit His character
in your life! A clinical knowledge of His name or how it is
spelled or pronounced counts for nothing if personal holiness
is lacking. For more details see
We are told that many believers will meet the conditions
mentioned in (Psalm 91) just prior to the Saviour's return.
Though living in a time of extraordinary danger, these
promises of protection, blessing and honour are given for
their encouragement. Moreover, some of their number,
(and you and I could be amongst them) are scheduled to
attempt - and succeed - in doing amazing exploits! Selah.
Pause and take note of that fact. Oh what a glorious future
awaits all who really believe this psalm. They will do great
things for God, who will then raise them to positions of high
authority and glory in the ages to come. They will then go on
through eternity to understand and appreciate the manifold
wonders of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
I list some of those promises for our mutual benefit.
Verses 15-16 are of particular importance:
What about you? Do you believe this Psalm? Do you think that
you are approaching the time of its fulfilment and that it could
even apply to you? If you do believe, then prepare for great things
ahead. Too many Christians imagine that they cannot do anything for
God. How wrong they are. The fact is that every believer - no matter
how insignificant they may think they are - can do much to further
the cause of Truth. Let me list two vitally important things you -
yes you - can do. You can:
- “He shall call upon me and I will answer him:”
- “I will be with him in trouble;”
- “I will deliver him and honour him.”
- “With long life will I satisfy him and shew him my salvation.”
These two things are possible for every believer - every day.
They cost nothing and they could lead to many souls being saved.
So go to it. Begin to pray as you have never done before and testify
of the Saviour's love for humanity.
- Every day - morning, noon and night - for the gospel work and the ministers of the gospel.
I tell you, we need your prayers desperately!
- In your own way you can testify to others of what the Almighty has done for you.
How the Saviour has blessed you with salvation, peace and joy.
||9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.|
10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11: For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader