“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in El Shaddai’s shadow, say this: ‘God, You’re my refuge. I trust in You and I’m safe!’
“That’s right – He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you – under them you’re perfectly safe; His arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing – not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
“Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.
“Yes, because God is our refuge, the High God your very own home, evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered His angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
“‘If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,’ says God, ‘I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer,I’ll be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then honor you with a celebration. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!'”
(Psalm 91, The Message)
“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in El Shaddai’s shadow, say this: ‘God, You’re my refuge. I trust in You and I’m safe!'” This is the interpretation for Psalm 91:1 from The Message.
In the New King James it reads, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'”
The child of God who dwells in the secret place of the Most High is at home with God. She returns to Him and lays at rest in His shadow after the trial of battle. She worships behind the veil – in the Holy of Holies – and loves to be alone with God to speak with Him in solitude.
And in that shadow, in that secret place, the remaining promises found in Psalm 91 unfold.
So I leave you with this. Are you at home with God? Verse 14 reads, “I’ll give you the best care if you’ll only get to know and trust Me.”
We serve a great God.
He’s waiting for you.
Father, I love you so much. Hold me close, Lord. Tuck me under Your wing near to Your heart. Let me sit and talk and listen and love. I want to dwell there – to be at home there in Your secret place. Thank You for Your power to keep me safe. Thank You for Your power to keep me strong. You are precious, Lord. Praise You!