Psalm 91 is a beautiful psalm about God as our protector. Jesus even prayed some of these words when Satan attacked Him during the temptation in Matthew 4. It begins with this reality: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty”. If we learn to dwell with God, we’ll be in His shadow which provides much protection. Jesus teaches the concept as abiding. But the very presence of God is a deterrent to the enemy of God. Satan can’t be where God is, so if we learn to be with Him, the enemy cannot be around us.
God is referred to four different ways in the first two verses of this psalm: Most High, Almighty, LORD and God. Some of them come again later. They are four different Hebrew words. (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.)
- Most High – God is more important than all else
- Almighty – God is more powerful than all else
- LORD – God wants to be Master
- God – He is in control and decides what will happen
We serve an amazing God. He is above all and in control of all. He is Master of this universe. We are safe when we walk under His protection.
God is “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”. He is the One we can run to for protection. He is One we can trust. He never fails us. “His faithfulness is a shield and buckler”. God is both a big and small shield for us. He protects us in many ways. He is the place we can go when we need His hand to be upon us. “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge”. God will place His protection all over us if we come and get under His protection.
God’s protection does not mean we won’t be in the middle of the battle. “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you”. It does mean that God can protect us even in the midst of chaos and disaster. “Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place – the Most High, who is my refuge – no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent”. God alone can truly keep us safe. The catch is, we have to make God our Lord and dwelling place. We have to put Him at the center. But in God’s hands, we are safe and sound!