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Psalm 91
The message that God gives us through what we call The Word of God, the Holy Bible, God gave it to us through the hands of many men who inspired by the Holy Spirit, detailed God’s message so that the readers like you and I receive life, knowledge and faith in Him. Psalm 91 like any other psalm is not an exception. However, in this psalm, God presents us with extraordinary promises and invites us to meditate deeply on what a true life with Him means. 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. What does it mean that we live in the shelter of the Most High? To be in the Shelter of God means to remain within the sphere of his influence; To be with Him in such a way that we receive the effects of His presence. To dwell means to stay in a place, to live in a place, in a city, a state a permanently determined country. To dwell does not mean to visit, does not mean to be in a place for a short space of time; This is called visiting, like when we visited a city during a vacation. To dwell is to be permanently in one place. How many of us are visitors to God, how many visitors to Christ? We are going to stay, we stay for a while, a few days ... we appreciate the good panorama, we take pictures of what we like and we return to the same place from where we left. The condition that God presents us in the first verse states that if we "dwell" in the shelter of the Most High, then we will dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. If we "dwell", that is, if we remain with Him permanently then we will dwell in His shadow. As a literary figure, to dwell in the shade, means to be covered, protected. If we live permanently with God, we will have his protection. This promise does not say that if we visit God from time to time or with some frequency, we will receive the protection of God. This promise says that if we do not separate from God, his shadow is always with us. Whether we understand what this verse says or do not say, we come to the same conclusion: If I am permanently with God, if I live permanently with God, I receive the protection of God, his protection, his hand, his shadow. 91:2  I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust. When we recognize that dwelling under the shelter of God offers us His protection, we must recognize that He is our asylum and our place of protection. The words that God chooses to write this Psalm, like any other written of God to us his children, are clear and very eloquent. God tells us that He is our "refuge", word that we use well in a number of ways. We call refuge to the building that keeps us alive when a natural disaster takes place; We also call refuge to a place where some Brotherhood is dedicated to the service and relief of the poor or needy. In many other expressions we use the word refuge with the same meaning. In any case, a shelter gives us protection, security; A place where we place our trust. How many of us need the shelter of God? How many of us, as we open our eyes in the morning, lift up our hands to God and say: My Lord, my refuge, my strength in whom I trust? When we do this, when we raise our hands to God and say: "You are my refuge, my security, my father and in you I entrust my father," we present ourselves in a state of total dependence on God. We stand before God as his children, dependent on his wisdom, his love and mercy. In Psalm 28, we are the one who cries out to God with a voice of petition; read: Psalm 28: 2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry for help; When I raise my hands to the most holy place of your sanctuary. Psalm 63 teaches us that our praise and blessings to God should accompany us by showing our hands to God on high. Psalm 63: 4 So I will bless you as long as I live, in your name I will lift up my hands. The promises of God in this Psalm 91 are great and magnificent. Verse three tells us: 90:3 For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence. God promises us, as part of the protection of being permanently under his coat, that there will be no snare of the hunter in our neck. The hunter is the Enemy, the one whose mission is to hunt us, to trap us for our destruction, for our first spiritual death and then physical death. We are in a state of permanent war, without respite, without rest. Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Those who do not recognize this fact easily fall into the continuous attacks of this environment we call the world. The continuous anti-social scenes and anti-human messages against human dignity from the absolute principles given by God to his children are part of the world that he has made, which has formed the hunter, the Enemy with the only Intention of losing us all. The Enemy has created a decadent, corrupt, infested and infesting environment of its own nature. War is spiritual. We have to recognize that our nature and the world to which we belong is spiritual. God is Spirit and were created in His image and likeness, in Gen 1:26 we read: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" The Hunter is spirit and the war we wage is spiritual. Verse three tells us that if (condition) we dwell in the shelter of God, that if we are PERMANENTLY with God, He will deliver us from the temptations of the hunter. He will deliver us from this bond that would bind us, which would bind us causing our death and eternal perdition. What a great promise and how much is our joy and our pleasure to know that those who premanecer with God, not as sporadic Sunday visitors, but as permanent inhabitants of his coat, are protected and safe under his shadow. This polluting and deadly pestilence that causes destruction to our spirit, does nothing to us. This scene of a deadly plague is indeed terrible, desolate. When we speak of plague, we usually associate images of the terrible bubonic plague in Europe between the years 1346 - 1350, however in 468 BC, a devastating plague ends with 140,000 people in the Chinese cities of Honan, Hopei, Shantung and others. The destructive power of the "plague" is large, does not respect social class, does not respect material possessions, political positions, does not respect skin color, towns or borders. In this third verse, God equates the plague and its destructive power as another resource that this world presents against our spiritual life. God promises to save us from this too. The beautiful scene depicted in the text of verse four tells us about this protective nature that God has for his children. "He covers you with his feathers, and under his wings you find refuge, a shield and bulwark is his faithfulness." A long time ago a National Geographic magazine published an article that gathers the experience of a forest worker of the department of the Interior of the USA. During a forest fire, this worker while carrying out the work containment of the fire, found an eagle completely burned by the terrible heat that occurs during a forest fire. The bird was completely scorched and had its wings open. When the worker approaches the bird carefully trying to move the body of the eagle, to his wonder and enormous amazement, he realizes that under the wings of the eagle are his live chicks. Filled with disbelief he takes care that the three chicks are transported immediately out of the area and thereby save their lives. What an extraordinary example of the sacrificial love of this mother who dies for her chicks. What a great example that gives us a being that we have classified as "irrational animal," devoid of reason, without feelings ... that can easily save his life, prefer to die a painful death to save the life of his offspring. If this is the love of father or mother among the creatures of God who do not reason, like this bird, with what love did God extend his protective power to cover us his children? With what zeal does it cover us, since we are its own creation, its work? With this zeal of the Creator, Loving Father, God asks us in the following verses (5, 6, 7 and 8) not to fear the things of the world nor to experience fear for the presence of the darkness of this world. Read: 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, Nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 91:6  For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee. 91:8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, And see the reward of the wicked. God promises health in the midst of the plague, security in the midst of chaos and war, promises to survive eternally even when thousands are lost before our eyes and puts us as witnesses of the misfortune of those who do not remain permanently in his presence . The terror of the night is the presence of the Enemy in the world in which we live. His continual offense and corruption of the things of the world. We will not be afraid of this, God asks us. To give us a remote idea of all these things, let's take a brief look at the content of the news in our journals and in the electronic media. Let us observe just a little the messages that these media send to our wive, husband, sons and daughters. Let's take a look at the educational materials and curricula our students receive in classrooms at prestigious schools. Even more, the shadow of God will also fall on our homes, our homes. Please see what verses 9 and 10 tell us: 91:9  For thou, O Jehovah, art my refuge! Thou hast made the Most High thy habitation; 91:10  There shall no evil befall thee, Neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent. The cause is to have remained with God and in his presence, the effect to the cause, that is; The gift of God says, "No evil shall come to you, no plague shall come near your dwelling." What an extraordinary and great promise, it assures us well-being and health for ourselves and for our home and our home. Being in the presence of God constantly, permanently, at all times, at all times, assures us the divine protection of God. Among others, God gives us these three verses that show us how we can keep in His presence constantly: Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men, Col 3:24 Knowing that you shall receive the reward of the inheritance from the Lord. It is Christ the Lord whom you serve. If everything we do, we do in the name of Jesus and give thanks to God the Father for what we have done, we are dwelling in His shadow. Here, we have a word that seems to have undergone devaluation in its meaning. This is the word "All". We use it so superficially and with such misuse that when we say "All" we do not realize that its meaning states that there is nothing outside this "whole". Doing everything in the name of Jesus and giving thanks to God, leaves nothing of our conduct out of this "everything," leaving nothing of our actions out of the "whole." If as in the morning, I must do it in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God. If I have a pair of trousers to wear, I must dress in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father for having my pantaloon, blouse, shoes, etc. If I leave the house in the morning or in the afternoon on my way to work or to look for one or to buy bread, I must go in the name of our Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father for having the opportunity to do so. We could continue with a very long list of everything we do, we all understand what is said. The question is: Do we do our deeds, whether in deed or word in the name of our Savior, Jesus of Nazareth giving thanks to God the Father? Do we ... do we really? I have seen great and very beautiful examples in many true Permanent Residents in God. To many others the opinion of the people and those who will say, stops them from gaining eternal life and the Divine protection of God, without fully understanding that is not the opinion of the people or what people say of me, but the opinion Of God and what God says about me, the truly important and eternally transcendent. In verse 24 of the third chapter of the book of Colonosenses, God tells us that if we do everything we do from the Heart as for Him and not for men, this makes us stay with Him. Our lives take on another dimension. Imagine that everything that our superiors, supervisors, bosses, friends, brothers, wife, husband ask us to do, we truly do it as if Jesus himself were coming to see what we have done or what we are doing. Let us imagine the result of this action. The household utensils we used would be very well made, the books we bought would talk about extraordinary subjects, the television programs would be the best, the quesadillas we eat in any restaurant would be the best cooked and clean, anyway, imagine that all of us, from the heart, we do things as if they were for God, what would happen? He who does so, stands next to God and under his shadow. That is precisely to live in the Shelter of the Most High: That everything we do, we do in the name of our Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father and that all this, we do as for God and not for men. Are you asking me brother to clean the street? I will do it with pleasure thinking that at the end of my work, God himself comes to see how clean I left his street. Do you ask me brother to build a building? I will do it with pleasure thinking that at the end of my work, God himself comes to see how his building was built. Would you ask me brother to make some quesadillas? I will do it with pleasure thinking that at the end of my work, God himself comes to see how well made and how tasty his quesadillas are. He who does so, stands next to God and under his shadow. God has innumerable means to protect us, could act upon us so that nothing affects us, could surround us with an impenetrable force, could do anything else to keep us from attack, pain and so much more; For reasons that one day we will know, He does not do it, but what promises us is to send his messengers to protect us. In verse 11, God commands His angels to come close to you and me and protect us. 91:11  For he will give his angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways. 91:12  They shall bear thee up in their hands, Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. This is indeed astonishment, a deep admiration. This assures us that for all those who are here and those who are not, but who remain PERMANENTLY in God, God has ordained at least two angels to keep each of you and at least two angels to keep me. How do they do that? I do not know, nor are we told about it. Where are these angels? Neither I know nor we are told much about it. What we do know is that God in an action of deep love, of protection for his creatures, his sons and daughters, has commanded his heavenly armies to keep us. What spiritual battles are going on because of us? We do not know. To what extent extends the responsibility that God has given to these celestial beings? We do not know. What we do know is that God loves us and protects us. If we could send our legions to protect our children and our daughters, we would send several of the so-called bodyguards to schools, shopping centers and every place where our sons, daughters and loved ones were. We have been entrusted to our care our daughters, our children and to our surprise our parents as well. In this, if we STAND IN the shadow of the Most High, the benefit of God reaches our home. What an extraordinary God we have! Finally, in verses 15 and 16, God makes an additional promise promising us to be saved and filled with long life here in this world, as we enter His kingdom and finally be eternally saved. 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  91:15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honor him. 91:16  With long life will I satisfy him, And show him my salvation. All this is reserved for those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High. For those who permanently live in the shelter of the Most High. The eternally transcendental for us after informing us of this, is to act, to re-locate ourselves, moving of domicile to permanently be resident under the Shelter of the Most High. The promises that God makes to us can not be ignored. Doing so is as much as choosing to live eternally away from the presence of God. About verse 14. God promises to exalt us because we have known his name, that is, the name of God. The name of God is not God, is not Omnipotent, is not Lord. We must know his name and use his name when we raise our prayers to Him.