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Psalm 91-1-Abide and Dwell

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Dwelling in the Secret Place

You're invited to dwell intimately with the Most High.

You're invited to dwell intimately with the Most High.

Pressing into the Secret Place

In the New King James Psalm 91:1 reads: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91 is bursting with promises of Divine protection and blessings! It’s like a fine bakery filled with tantalizing pastries. You want to grab up all of them but they are just too much to take in on one day.

Take a close look at what is offered in Psalm 91 and your head begins to swim, like with too much sugar. Protection from every sort of dangerous and destructive circumstance? Wow! You think, “This is just too good!”

Yes, almost too good to believe! But, back up. Begin at the beginning.

Conditions of the Promises: Psalm 91:1, gives the condition for obtaining the promises. That condition is to dwell and abide under the Shadow of the Almighty.

Dwell and abide are the contemporary translations of the Hebrew word yada . Looking into the meanings of yada in the Old Testament you find the word indicates a very intimate relationship, a deeply personal sort of knowing. Case in point: Adam knew Eve and they produced a child. That is yada .

So here is the conditional requirement for experiencing the protective promises of Psalm 91: a yada relationship with God, a deeply personal knowing that produces spiritual life. This relationship is as seriously weighted as that of any two who are affianced. Here is a life of focused commitment.

Abiding (yada-ing ) in the Secret Place of the Most High is not just a decision, a step to be taken, but a life’s priority and focus to be maintained. Abiding is not a been-there-done-that. This abiding defines your life.

Defines your life! Is it any wonder so few ever personally experience the promises of Psalm 91?

Personal Testimony: My own experiences of Psalm 91 power lead me to believe that we grow into more and more of the demonstrations of the Lord’s protection on our behalf as we grow in that intimate relationship He calls us to.

One of the more dramatic instances for me relates to my younger daughter Amanda when she was a teen. For several days I had been troubled in my spirit and called to intense prayer – not sure what for. On day four, she and her sister went with the kitchen crew of the weekend retreat to a swimming hole. In the hour and a half they were gone I was released from prayer and came to peace in my spirit.

On return, Amanda relates her near-scrape with death. She lost her footing at the top-side of some granite boulders. Leader of the kitchen crew had already repositioned himself due to someone else having trouble on the rocks. He was at the bottom to catch Amanda just before she hit, a drop of about fourteen feet. The man’s name: Angel (Psalm 91:11-12). I went into orbit with prayers of thanksgiving!

Amanda and I had opportunities to tell that story together during retreats for teens. Some of those teens were her classmates. Testimonies are powerful, especially when they come from your peers. I still remember those wide-eyed young people.

So, my point in sharing this story, besides the fact that I love it, is this. My spirit was troubled and I was called to prayer because this was a season when I was in a close, abiding relationship with the Lord. Days of being alone with mindless work allowed much time for focused prayer, worship, and meditating on Scripture. I was sensitized to the spiritual realm and as a result, I was drawn into what God was doing (or planning to do) for my daughter.

I am not always that focused and that present in the Secret Place because of circumstances of daily life. You know, things like:

  • Where did the phone get left?
  • Did you mail the tax bill?
  • Do those spots look like the measles?

And, the list goes on endlessly.

Suggestions for Abiding: Dwelling in the Secret Place is a life-time pursuit. Changing conditions in your household, in your workplace, in your personal relationships require different strategies for staying God-focused. Stay flexible. When one strategy stops working for you, replace it with one that does. Here are some possibilities:

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  1. Seek the Lord. He is not hiding. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. Call out to Him and He will answer. You may have to cultivate the ability to hear Him, but He does answer.
  2. Cultivate a heart of thanksgiving. In all things give thanks to God. As you do, you will be viewing the Lord as the center of all that happens in your life, which of course, He is.
  3. Make some time each day to be silent in the Lord’s presence. There are a variety of techniques for doing this too extensive for this article, but you can search them out.
  4. Monitor your self-talk. As you become more God-centered, your self-talk will reflect it. So, what of your current self-talk is counter to what God is saying? Nail that down and replace those thoughts with truth that comes from Scripture. You will need to do a bit of research a bit to find the right Scriptures to work with. So worth the effort!
  5. Sanctify the time by playing anointed worship music at low volume as you sleep. Use music that causes your spirit to move in prayer and worship during waking hours. This way you know that there is an anointing present. As your body rests, your spirit engages in worship. How is that for efficiency? Besides, you are told in Scripture that God inhabits, sets His throne on, the praises of His people. The Lord present in a special way? Seems so!
  6. Use recorded Scripture prayer during times when your hands are busy but your mind is not. Here is an opportunity to focus and memorize Scripture, to proclaim it in prayer, to change the atmosphere around you as you release the Word of God that alive and active. This strategy is potent for renewing your mind, causing you to think like God thinks. Imagine! Of course you can also play these prayers as low-volume white noise as you sleep.

In Summary: So there you have it. Psalm 91:1 is a Royal invitation to not only dwell with the Lord, but to draw up closely to His heart and develop a mutual life, a life lived together. Sounds a bit like marriage, doesn’t it?

Such a life requires a decision on your part. God has already made His.

After making your decision, use some or all of the strategies described above to help develop your intimacy with the Lord and stay in that place of abiding. Persevere! The goodness of God is unfathomable. Press into it!

Some Resources for Psalm 91:1

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Psalm 91:1 - A Video Meditation

Psalm 91


Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2012:

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JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 18, 2011:

Thanks for the visit, ImChemist. Glad you enjoyed the videos. The first one is part of a series I am putting together...first foray into such things. So, it's rather like one of my babies.

ImChemist on February 18, 2011:

Great videos , thanks.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 11, 2011:

Hi Revmjm! Thank you for the visit. Welcome to Hubpages. It's a wonderful community of encouraging people. Enjoy!

daydreamer13 on February 11, 2011:

You're lucky to live surrounded by such beauty. I'd love to go there but I don't get to travel much. At least now I have a new place to dream about!

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on February 11, 2011:

Hi JeanieR,

I recently wrote an article based on Psalm 91 also.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 11, 2011:

Daydreamer, I love the picture too! You would love this spot. It is Trail of A Hundred Giants in the Sequoia National Forest. Picture taken in the early evening last summer. Can you believe this is my neck of the woods! If you come this way, drop in to see me.

daydreamer13 on February 11, 2011:

I really like the pictures you chose for this. I learned a lot here too. Very well done!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 11, 2011:

Jesusmyjoy, delighted to make contact with you! Love your hubs. Thanks for the visit and comment. Blessings on your work!

Betty Bolden from Bucyrus Ohio on February 11, 2011:

Love this sis

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 30, 2011:

Tamarajo, thank you for the visit and the encouragement. So pleased you enjoyed the testimony. Mandy was 14 at the time. She is about to turn 42 and still enjoys telling the story. I was just mulling over how most of my favorite family stories deal with God's providence. Other stories are pretty pale by comparison. How wonderfully faithful He is! Thank you for the comment and God bless!

Tamarajo on January 30, 2011:

I really enjoyed you and your daughters testimony. He and His Word are so trustworthy and true. All glory to God.

I also liked your suggestions for dwelling and abiding in Him. Especially remembering that He is not hiding. and the idea of a royal invitation.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 11, 2011:

Rev Trina, thank you so much for the visit. I tried finding your hubs with no luck. Do you write for Hubpages? I'd love to come and do some reading.

Rev.Trina Davis on January 11, 2011:

Love psalms 91

bettybarnesb from Bartlett, TN on January 07, 2011:

Hey JeanieR: Psalms 91 saved my life. It is where I live, in the presence of God. Beautifully done. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Be Blessed!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 22, 2010:

Hi Marliza! So glad the Psalm 91 project has been a help to you. Scripture and Scripture prayer has been such a powerful resource for me in my walk with the Lord. I write trusting that what I can pass on will be a help to someone else.

Whatever storm is headed your way I trust that God will turn it to your good and you will have yet one more testimony to the miracle working power of our God. I see you standing strong in the strength of the Lord and in the power of His might!

Marliza Gunter on November 21, 2010:

I was back tracking my hubs and one hub lead me to I found the words.."I suggest you print off this page and save it for a rainy day. Those days do come to all of us, you know."...

Today is a rainy day here, the sky is gray and I've been having some ugly confrontation coming my way..and..suddenly when I read those words, I realized how if feels to have a prayer for a rainy day..

I follow back to this hub...the first I see is "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."...just what I needed to hear..

I read your testimony about Angel who was at the right place on the right time...It swifted me back into some of my own memories and miraculous testimonies...

I wanted to take the time to thank you for the link at many blessings to you.. :)

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 18, 2010:

50, thank you for the visit! I'm so glad you are continuing with Scripture prayer. Keep it up and it will change you in ways you don't expect. God's Word is alive and active and as we use it, it is active in and on us. Needless to say, it's also active in accomplishing that which it was sent forth to do. I know you have a military background and I grew up military with spy planes taking off from our base when I was ten. I have an appreciation for strength and power. But, there is no power that can compare to partnering with the Almighty as you pray His Word.

I'm glad to hear that you have the Amplified. It is one of the two translations I always check in with. Folks who put the Amplified together studied the social context of the words used in Hebrew and in Greek. So, you could end up with three words or phrases in parentheses after a given word. Indication is that any one of those meanings could have been in the minds of the writers. It really helps to open up the Scriptures for me. Often I will take a verse from the Amplified, with its several added words, and make that my prayer. Actually, as I am writing this comment, I'm realizing that of all the translations, the Amplified is the one that most readily stirs me to prayer.

So pray on, my friend! Be strengthened in it and flourish like the palm tree.

50 Caliber from Arizona on November 18, 2010:

Jeanie, I have truly been given a fresh starting point through your writings that have pointed to Psalms 91. It has led me back to re-reading the Bible. I am currently using the Amplified Version, for no particular reason other than it being different titled than others before it. In the past few days I've experienced several direct connections to my reading setting back into the writings and compare the history to events of today. I look forward to your writings as I feel they are leading me to a connection of solid faith and views that are now a rock to stand upon as I move forward with my Biblical education as well as finding scripture to apply to my learning scripture based prayer that you introduced to me in the first message you penned and I read, finding a new track leading me to a greater understanding and a new attempt to cleaning my house of things that I've fallen short in my walk, that others see and I recognize as hypocritical on my part.

Again thank you, and God bless you and yours, 50

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 03, 2010:

Judah's Daughter, thank you for the visit and the encouragement. I am praying for the passion to continue writing. Your hubs are an inspiration to that end! Bless you!

Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on November 03, 2010:

What a great blessing to connect with you, sister JeanieR! Such anointing in your writing ~ I just knew if I came to read, your HEART for our Lord would be heard and felt ~ in His precious presence. Beautiful!!!!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on October 29, 2010:

Dave, thank you for the visit and the encouragement! It's so special to know that your writing actually gets read. Motivating! Thank you.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on October 28, 2010:

JeanieR: I'm so glad you shared with me that special place. Thank you.

Brother Dave

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on October 14, 2010:

DeBorrah, thank you for stopping by. We obviously share a common love: the Word of God that is Spirit and Life. Where would we be without it?

Blessings on you and your work with Psalms! Your writing is rich and dense.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on October 14, 2010:

JeanieR, WONDERFUL! I So enjoyed this "Royal Invitation!" The WORD of God is so refreshing it revives our heart, mind, soul and body! It is alive!

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Praise GOD!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on October 07, 2010:

Indeed, with such an anchor you remain in enough peace to discover and enjoy eagles that do a flyby from time to time. Enjoy your perch, Teregirl. Sounds lovely.

Teregirl from Pacific Northwest USA on October 07, 2010:

Great anchor for the soul in troubled times! God bless.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 24, 2010:

Thank you, Fred Allen, for dropping by and leaving such encouragement for me! Psalm 91 is such a great scripture for reflection, prayer and proclamation for anyone searching for a more victorious Christian life. Plan to have more Psalm 91 posts. I hope you will check in again! Thank you again.

fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on September 24, 2010:

Love this! Powerful prescription for a happy and blessed life. Voted up and useful!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 21, 2010:

Johnny, thank you much for the encouragement. I've loved teaching my whole adult life. I love seeing it make a difference in someone's life. Bless you, brother!

johnnynaakea on September 21, 2010:

Great word JeanieR. You have the gift of teaching. I was thoroughly blessed.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 19, 2010:

Revlady, I'm honored at your visit. Thank for feedback on the video meditation. I've just gotten started doing these after several years of wanting to. I love the process and the end result thrills me like a mama with a new baby. And yes, praise God for our Angel. He looks more like a teddy bear than an angel, but God was looking at his heart, not his exterior.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 19, 2010:

2besure, I rejoice with you over your son. Many of our military personnel are wearing bandanas with Psalm 91 printed on them. The bandana project was started by Jill Boyce at the beginning of the Iraqi conflict. She used her tax return to bankroll the first run. Google her. She has some powerful stories to tell.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on September 19, 2010:

I love the Psalm meditation and your devotional stirred my spirit. I rejoice in the abiding presence of God in your life and lift Him up in thanksgiving for the "miracle."

Love, peace and joy in Him whose goodness and mercy abides forever.

Forever His,

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on September 19, 2010:

Psalm 91 is the scripture my family prayed over my son when he was in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am grateful, he has come home safely.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 19, 2010:

Michael, thank you for stopping by with encouragement. I believe the Holy Spirit is inspiring many to write about and speak about sanctification these days...a great need! Visit again, Michael and thank you.

Isaiah Michael from Wherever God leads us. on September 19, 2010:

I like your list especially to- sanctify yourself- this was our pastor's message today, well written great lesson given thank you for publishing it.

JeanieR on September 19, 2010:

Thank you, Lifegate. Seems that Psalm 91 comes in a close second to Psalm 23 for favorites. Personally, I use Psam 91 in prayer more often. It keeps me level and on course when the winds of adversity kick up. Hope you are having a sunny Pennsylvania Sunday. The maples are probably turning red about now. So lovely! Thanks for stopping by.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on September 19, 2010:


Thanks for a beautiful devotional on Psalm 91. That's one of my favorite Psalms and you discussed it well. Your suggestions for abiding are so practical.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 18, 2010:

Judi, we really seem to have traveled in the same path. Intercession is such a gift and such a resonsibility, but also such a thrill. To realize that you've been recruited to pray over something God has on His mind is a stunning thought.

I had been drawn into this type of prayer many times, always for something not so personal as my own family. I had wondered from time to time if the Lord had other people praying for them. I'm certain He does. But, this is the only instance of being called into heavy intercession for my own. If I had know what I was laboring over in prayer, I would have had to fight such fear my prayer would have been less effectual.

Thank you for stopping by, Judi. I had published, stopped for dinner and when I returned to the computer, there you were. How encouraging!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 18, 2010:

Heart4theword, thank you so much for the encouragement! I do love sharing the Angel story. It continues to bring tears to my eyes and that was well over 20 years ago.

Judicastro from birmingham, Alabama on September 18, 2010:

Jeanie this was wonderful. Love the testimony of angel and your daughter, thank you Father! I too have experienced those times of deep intercession, sometimes God has shown me why and other times He doesn't. There have been times that I have been doubled over because it was so intense. Praise God for your faithfulness to answer His calling Jeanie. Voted up and beautiful.

heart4theword from hub on September 18, 2010:

Yes, "..choose ye this day, whom you will serve!" Such an awesome Hub! Thoroughly enjoyed your suggestions! Looks like you did the right thing, when you sensed trouble, you called 911, and God used an Angel:) Amazing story!

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