Psalm 91 Part 1 of 7: The Secret Place

Psalm 91:1

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High (Elyon),
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Shaddai).”

The world is increasingly becoming a darker, more confused, and more dangerous place. The fear everywhere is almost tangible.  God’s protection for these days isn’t just a nice idea:  IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!

Signs Of The End Times.

The Apostle Paul described what it would be like at the end of days. What he said in Romans 1 has certainly come true word for word.

Terror is on the rise world-wide, there is rampant anti-Semitism, and outright attacks against Israel, even on her Temple Mount.  We have witnessed terrible attacks in various places: Paris, Great Britain, Orlando, FL, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and many other places.

The leader of Syria has been relentlessly massacring his own people with chemical weapons, including hundreds of innocent children, with the help of Russia and Iran.  Innocent school children in the United States have been casualties:  Columbine, CO; Sandy Hook, CT; and most recently, Parkland, FL and Santa Fe, TX.

We have witnessed a rise in natural disasters, raging wild fires in California, and suffered though some of the most destruction weather in history.

In many places, people are rioting in the streets.  There have been random murders of law enforcement officers and border patrol agents. Caravans of people from south of our Border in the U.S. trying to enter our country illegally bringing drugs, child trafficking, and criminals.  

There is a rise in home invasions, gunmen opening fire on innocent people, crazy people running down innocent pedestrians with motor vehicles.  There are murderous gangs roaming the streets in various parts of the America threatening our way of life.

Then we have the unbalanced and dangerous leaders of North Korea and Iran threatening the entire world with nuclear weapons.  In the wake of President Trump’s summit, North Korea was pulled back from the brink.  His pulling out of the so-called, “Iran deal,” actually stopped Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons as opposed to the “Deal” designed by the former White House occupant who wanted to help them go nuclear.  President Trump was right put a STOP to that evil plan.

In light of all these things, people are understandably more stressed and more fearful than ever.  But these are all signs that the end of the ages is near and that Jesus will soon return to earth.

You and I, Church, have something the world doesn’t have, however:  The protection of Almighty God.  He knows how to divide between His people and not His people.

The Place Of Safety.

ALL BELIEVERS LIVING IN THESE LAST DAYS NEED TO KNOW PSALM 91 BY HEART.  COMMIT IT TO MEMORY, RECITE IT DAILY AND CONFESS GOD’S PROTECTION OVER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

The secret place is the safest place. That’s where we want to…..NO; where we NEED to be. It is here that God protects His people. What is this place?  Where is it?  The key to finding and opening the door is hidden in the Hebrew text.


Five Names of God.

Contained within this beautiful Psalm are five different Names of God in the Hebrew text.  Each has been included for a specific purpose.  Even the order in which they are mentioned is a key. Five, in case you didn’t know, is the number of grace!

The first two Names are in verse one:
#1:  Elyon [עֶלְיוֹן]  Most High God.

#2:  Shaddai [שַׁדָּי] Almighty God.

The next two are in verse 2:  “I will say of the LORD (YHVH), “He is my refuge and my fortress;  My God (Elohim), in Him I will trust.”

#3:  Yahweh [יהוה] The Hand of Grace, Nailed in Grace. Technically it is written as “YHVY.” Vowels have been added to help you pronounce it, though it is known to the Jewish people as the “Unpronounceable Tetragrammaton.” But believers have no fear of blaspheming the Name by mispronouncing it, as do our Jewish brethren.
(Follow the link below to learn more about The Name:
#4:  Elohim [אלוהים] is God as “Creator.” This is the first name of God that appears in scripture, right in verse 1 of Genesis 1. YHVH is the second mentioned because it speaks of the Covenant Keeping One. But until man appeared on the scene, there was no one with whom to have a covenant.

#5:  Y’shua [ישוע] Savior:  That’s JESUS!

The 5th and final Name you might miss if you neglected to check the Hebrew text. It is the very last word of the entire Psalm: Y’shua, in verse 16. That’s right: it literally ends “in Jesus’ Name!”
“With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation (Y’Shua).”

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Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
Hebrew is a language of picture writing, like Chinese.  Each of the 22 letters has a picture, a number, a color, and a musical note associated with it.
The letter, “Zayin [ז] is a picture of a sword. It’s worthy of note that in this particular psalm, there are more of the Hebrew letter zayin [ז] than in any other psalm.  In rabbinical tradition, the rabbis say that this “sword” cuts you off from every evil, and there are 10 in all in Psalm 91! 
Know what that means?  You are cut off from ALL the curses of the Law!  Five names of God, a picture of Grace, means that GRACE IS GREATER THAN THE LAW.
Law Of First Mention.
The Law of first mention is the principle of interpreting of Scripture which states that “the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern with that subject.  It remains unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.”  This law reveals keys to reveling truths in scripture hidden in the order of words, names, and numbers.  Let’s test it out, shall we?
First Mention Of Elyon.
The first Name of God mentioned in Psalm 91 is “Elyon;” but the first mention of The Name, “Elyon,” in the Bible is in Genesis 14 where Abraham met Melchizedek:

“And he {Melchizedek} blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of GOD MOST HIGH, (Elyon) Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.” (Genesis 14:19-20 NKJV)

“Elyon” owns everything.  He possesses ALL of heaven and ALL the earth.  He delivers our enemies into our hands!  Melchizedek, King of Salem, met Abram just after he returned from rescuing his nephew, Lot, and all his household.
Prior to Abram’s meeting with this king, Lot and his family had been attacked and taken captive by the Amorites.  This King Priest offered Abram “Bread and wine,” after which Abram gave him a “tithe of all he possessed.”
Hmmm…..Bread and wine…..what does that bring to mind?  Communion which speaks of Jesus’ death!
Different Kind Of Tithe.
After partaking with the king of Salem, Abram gave Melchizedek ten percent of all that he owned.  Clearly, the tithe predates the Law by more than 400 years.  But this tithe is different from that which the Law required and brings blessing but no curse if you fail to offer it.  It is not given out of duty to the law but out of a heart full of the revelation of Who Jesus is.  
What prompted Abram to give this King Priest a tithe of all was his revelation of who Jesus is!
The second Name of God in this Psalm is “Shaddai. The first time it is mentioned in scripture is in Genesis 17:  “When Abram was NINETY-NINE years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am ALMIGHTY GOD (Shaddai); walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
God Renewed Abraham’s Body.
At this point in his life, Abram was WELL PAST his natural ability to father children.  But not too far gone for God.  NO!  He renewed both Abraham and Sarah’s youth.  Abraham not only had Isaac but, after she died, he fathered six more children through his second wife, Keturah.  WOW!  At that point in time, he was well north of 100 years old, folks!  Oh yeah; God can make your body fruitful again!  He renewed his youth like the eagle’s.
(For more about Abraham and Sarah and how chanaging their names made a big difference, follow the link below:
God purposely waited until Abram’s body had become “dead” so that there would be absolutely NO DOUBT it was Him Who accomplished this feat.  The God Who made everything stepped in and said to him in effect, “I Am Almighty God.  I Am able to make your body fruitful again.”
Divine Order.
The two chapters in between these two “first mentions” of these Names of God in Psalm 91 are in the exact same order in the book of Genesis as they are in this psalm:  Elyon first; Shaddai 2nd.  THE TWO CHAPTERS IN BETWEEN, 15 & 16, CONTAIN THE KEY TO FINDING THE SECRET PLACE.  Find out what God is saying in these two chapters and you will find the Key to the Secret Place.

Genesis 15.
In chapter 15 God (Jesus) preached the gospel to Abraham written in the night sky.

(For more on that topic, follow the link below to learn about the real story in the stars:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/the-real-story-in-the-stars/)

God was the One Who made the stars, placed them in the heavens, and set them in motion.  Believe it or not, He place them there to tell the timeless story of His Beloved Son: Jesus!  They speak of The Great Champion God would send to defeat the devil.

Abraham saw that story in the night sky and believed the very same Gospel that you and I do, though he didn’t know the Champion’s name would be Jesus.  His belief in the promised Messiah was “Credited to him as righteousness.”

This entire chapter is all about being JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, NOT WORKS, just as you and I are taught.  “Not by works, lest any man should boast.”  In fact, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE BIBLE GOD TELLS US HOW TO BE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH.

Key #1 to finding the Secret Place:  Understand you are justified by faith, not works.

Genesis 16.
In Genesis 16, Abraham sent Hagar and her son packing.  The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 4, calls her a “Type of The Law.”  In verse 9 God speaks to Hagar and says to her: “…Return to your mistress, and SUBMIT YOURSELF UNDER HER HAND.'”  Just as Hagar is a typology of the law, Sarah is a depiction of Grace.  God is plainly telling us that the Law is lesser.  GRACE IS GREATER THAN THE LAW.
Key #2: CAST OUT HAGAR, the Law.  WE ARE UNDER GRACE:  Sarah.
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You’d better KNOW that you cannot produce fruits by law; only by grace.  These two keys: Justification by faith and Ruled by Grace, not law, give us perfect rest and perfect peace in Jesus and His finished work.  THIS IS THE SECRET PLACE.
Follow the link below to Part 2 where we’ll discuss the importance of what you “SAY” of the LORD:

7 thoughts on “Psalm 91 Part 1 of 7: The Secret Place

  1. Had been very encouraged by the write-ups so far. The inputs and explanations for the various chapters had given more profound insight into the relevance of the Scriptures for us, even on today’s context. Wonderful and very successful handling of facts surrounding the Gospel of Christ. We have been exceedingly blessed. Praise the Lord.

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