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He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
SECURITY IN TRUSTING THE LORD
In harmony with the new light cast upon it by the Revised Version, this psalm has been divided as follows: Psa_91:1-2, a soliloquy in which the believer states the blessedness of dwelling under God’s sheltering care, and encourages his heart to exercise personal faith; Psa_91:3-8, the assurance of a chorus of voices, which emphasize the safety of those who believe; Psa_91:9 a, an exclamation in which the believer again expresses his resolve to exercise this personal faith; Psa_91:9 b-13, the second assurance of a chorus of reassuring voices; Psa_91:14-16, God’s ratification of the whole attitude and expressions of the psalmist and his friends.
The psalm abounds in metaphors familiar to the East: the lion with its roar and leap in the open; the adder with its stealthy glide through the grass; the nocturnal assault; the devastating plague; the fowler’s snare; the eagle’s wing; the transitory tent. This is the traveler’s psalm, and may well be read in private or with the family, whenever we are starting on a journey.
But notice the closing, Psa_91:14-16. Our conceptions of God’s care are too narrow. We fail to make enough use of the power, love, and presence of His fatherhood, which is waiting and longing to be called upon. Only we must exercise an appropriating faith.