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Summary: A look at psalms 91

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Psalm 91:1, 9

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

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place . . .

Psalm 91 is the most quoted psalm in the Bible apart from Psalm 23. Whereas the latter is easily understood, the former is not. We do not know who wrote Psalms 91, but whoever it is, the psalmist paints a hilarious picture of making God our dwelling place.

In verse 1, the Psalmist admonishes us to dwell in the Most High’s secret place, not just to visit there occasionally.

The Hebrew word used here for “dwells” is yashab, and it means “to dwell, to sit down, to remain.” In our frantic lives, sitting still is considered unproductive. But in the spiritual life of a Christian, sitting with God in communal fellowship is a treasure nothing on this earth can match.

Our dwelling place is not a place where we visit, it is a place where we live. it is our home.

David says

Psalm 27:4-5

4One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: 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 inquire in His temple. 5For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

When we enter God's dwelling place, worry, anxiety, fear, diseases and all other issues of life cannot follow us there. They are left behind as we enter. This should be a daily desire for all of us that love God and are called according to his purpose. This world can not offer enough comfort, security, provision and any other human need not unless we are under the wings of God, our dwelling place!

HOW TO MAKE GOD OUR DWELLING PLACE:

To deal with this section, I will use the analogy of 'people who stay together' in conventional society. for harmonious coexistence, there are certain imperatives that must underpin such a relationship. Out of that analogy, we can infer ideas on how to make God our dwelling place.

1. LOVE PRAYER.

People who stay together talk with each other.

Prayer is God's design for communicating with him.

Praying without ceasing is a great opportunity to make God our dwelling place. Prayer is for all those who want to cultivate a lifestyle of walking with God in continuous, conscious apprehension of His presence. He is always with us and we can commune with Him incessantly.

2. LOVE HIS HOUSE.

People who stay together must love the environment they stay in.

They are happy and secure when they are in this environment. This was the secret between David and God. David was a lover of God's house. He says: I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.(Psalms 122:1). Further, he desired to be in the house of the LORD:

Psalm 27:4-5

4One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: 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 inquire in His temple. 5For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.


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