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  • Psalm Ninety One

    Those who dwell with the Lord
    can rejoice in the shadow of His love.
    I say of my God, Your are my sanctuary,
    You are my fortress, in You will I trust.
    He will keep me safe from the traps laid out to snare me.
    He will guard me from the evil in the world.
    Like a mighty eagle, He shall spread his wings,
    and under his protection I will trust Him.
    His truth will be my shield and my armor.
    I will not be afraid of the night,
    I will fear nothing in the day.
    I will not fear disease or sickness,
    I will not fear the destruction of wicked men.
    A thousand men may fall at my side,
    ten thousand may fall away in the siege,
    but I will be left standing.
    I will live to see the wicked cast down,
    I will see the wrath of God upon them.

    Blessed is the Lord, for He is my refuge
    I will dwell in His house, and I will live.
    No evil will affect me, I will not know sickness,
    for God will give His angels to guide me,
    I will not stray from the path He has given me.
    They will gather me up in their hands,
    so I will not bruise my feet against a stone.
    I will walk among lions and snakes,
    young lions and dragons will be under me.
    I have chosen to love the Lord, my God,
    and He will choose to save me from death.
    He will honor my name
    because I have called upon the Lord.
    I will call out to God,
    and He will answer me.
    He will be with me through suffering,
    He will redeem me from the grave,
    He will honor me with righteousness.
    He will grant me immortality,
    He will give me salvation.

    Trusting the Spirit of God

    When I first began doing these interpretations of the Psalms, I made a statement about what I would be doing. I think it is important to restate this here.

    This is my interpretation of the psalm. While I am an ordained minister of the Church of Gospel Ministry and have been for many years, I am not a Bible scholar. I do not read Aramaic, nor have I done extensive studies in the Greece language. I do not preach to a congregation on a regular basis. My ministry is itinerant. I preach when I am called, witness when I am called, and relate to others the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I am called. I believe the Spirit has called me to witness through these psalms, which is what I am doing.

    I must have read psalm ninety one at least two hundred times, and every time I do, I feel like I am reading a prophetic verse rather than a prayer. Based on that understanding, I have changed the context of this psalm from third person (they) to first person (I). I would hope the reason is obvious.

    In one sense, this could be a description of the heavenly host living with God. Certainly the heavenly host will live with God in the afterlife, where they will suffer neither pain not hunger, and will be under the protection of God. But the wording and the interpretation are more prophecy than prayer.

    This is the voice of Jesus talking, the voice from the prophecies of Isaiah and the prophets declaring his walk with God. It is not only his voice, but his declaration of salvation for anyone who will walk in this path before him.

    In short, it is a challenge issued to the Jews to be holy, and a promise of salvation for those who do.

    It stands today as a challenge to us all.

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