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.” -Psalm 91:1-2 ESV
There is no record of who actually wrote Psalm 91. However, most scholars believe it was Moses. This makes sense looking at the style and wording of Psalm 90 which was definitely written by Moses.
Moses knew what it was like to dwell in the shelter of the Most High God.
The dictionary defines the word “dwell” as “to live or stay as a permanent resident.”
Moses had a continual relationship with God. He stayed in his presence for 40 days on the top of Mount Sinai and plenty of other times before within the tent. Before this, he walked daily with God, becoming a permanent resident of his presence and power. Exodus 33:11 says “Thus the LORD used to talk to Moses face to face, as a man speak to his friend.”
During his time on the mountain, Moses requested to see God’s glory. God told Moses to hide in the cleft of the rock as he would not be able to see his face and live. While Moses hid in the cleft, God showed him his glory.
Moses knew what it meant to abide in the shadow of the Almighty, especially hiding in the cleft of the rock. To abide means to remain, continue, or to stay, and can also mean to continue in an attitude or a relationship. Moses remained in a continual relationship with God.
“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and a buckler.” -Psalm 91:3-4 ESV
Moses talks about being delivered from the enemy. He said we can find refuge under God’s wings. Wings are warm, soft, and comforting. Wings are also beautiful. We don’t know exactly what Moses saw of God’s glory in while in the cleft, but our imaginations can join with him to see wings keeping us safe.
“You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.” -Psalm 91:5-6 ESV
Moses said that we don’t have to fear the arrows or the fowler that comes at night. Though the Egyptian Army followed the Israelites out of Egypt, God protected them by his fire being placed between the two groups. They did not have to fear being destroyed by the enemy.
“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.” -Psalm 91:7-8 ESV
The Israelites crossed the Red Sea and the Egyptian Army continued to follow on the footpath through the raised waters. The Israelites were afraid. However, once the Israelites got to the other side, God allowed the waters to crash down upon the Egyptians killing every single one of them. Thousands fell that day. God protected them once again!
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place- the Most High, who is my refuge, no evil will be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.” -Psalm 91:9-13 ESV
God was good to Moses. He protected and delivered him and the Israelites because Moses remained in God and prayed audacious prayers. Think about the conditions of the desert where the Israelites wandered for 40 years. There would have been snakes, lions, and other beasts that could have harmed them. God made sure they were protected and provided for. God rescued the Israelites.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” -Psalm 91:14-16 ESV
When we make God our permanent residence, he is our safe refuge. Evil will not be able to touch our souls. Yes, it may attack us. We are not immune to spiritual or physical attacks just because we are Christians. God never promised we would. We will suffer because we are a threat to the enemy, Satan. However, God’s angels will guard us. They will keep us from spiritual harm. We just need to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
We can live in Christ permanently because we have the Holy Spirit residing in us. The longer and more often we spend time with God in prayer and studying his Word, the more we will reflect him in our daily lives.
There is safety in God’s love. There is healing in his wings. There is protection in his care. God is our Rock and our Fortress. We do not have to fear whatever the enemy throws at us because God protects us.
No matter what life’s circumstances are, we can trust God. Bad things happen, but greater is he that lives within us than he that is in this world! We are more than conquerors in Christ. We are his and he is ours.
Be encouraged, my friends. God can be trusted. He knows our name. Remain in a daily relationship with him. Dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty! God will take care of you!