Love, Obedience, The Secret Place

As I continue to read Psalms 91 daily, it always strikes me that where I dwell is my choice.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:9-11 NKJV

Further, I always notice this choice of dwelling place is based on love for God, not fear of plagues, pestilence, etc.

14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
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.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Psalm 91:14-16 NKJV

I read John 14 last night. One of the many things I like about this chapter is right at the beginning of the chapter and near the end, Jesus tells me I can have an untroubled heart.

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:1, 27 NKJV

This chapter also tells me how I can know I love God. Fortunately, love for God is not a feeling. Sometimes it seems I have little control over my feelings. Love for God is demonstrated by obedience.

15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
John 14:15, 21, 24 NKJV

John writes more on this theme in his epistles.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:1-5 NKJV

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
2 John 1:6 NKJV

Psalms 31 teaches on the secret place – God’s presence!

19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
From the strife of tongues.
Psalm 31:19-20 NKJV

Back to John 14, I cannot think of having more of God’s presence than being a home for the Father and the Son!

23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
John 14:23-24 NKJV

So I choose to dwell in the secret place by loving God, which I show by obedience to the Word of God. Since I often fall short, thank God for ongoing forgiveness!

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10 NKJV

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

The Secret Place of His Presence

I have been reading and praying Psalms 91 (nearly) every day for a long time, usually just before I go to bed. I like to have its promises fresh in mind as I go to sleep. The secret place of the Most High is a good place to be. 🙂

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High,
Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold,
My Elohim, in whom I trust!”
Tehillim (Psalms) 91:1-2 TS2009

Recently I have also been reading these two verses from Psalms 31, as they give insight into God’s secret place.

19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
From the strife of tongues.
Psalm 31:19-20 NKJV

I like how it reads in the TS2009 translation.

19 How great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those fearing You,
Which You have prepared for those taking refuge in You
In the sight of the sons of men!
20 In the secrecy of Your presence
You shall hide them from the plots of man;
You shelter them in a booth from the strife of tongues.
Tehillim (Psalms) 31:19-20 TS2009

I don’t have any huge, new insight on the secret place yet because of this discipline of reading Psalms 91 and Psalms 31:19-20 daily. But every day there seems to be a little more understanding, a little more peace, a little more assurance that God will indeed take care of me, as I read and meditate on these wonderful Scriptures.

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Image – Personalized Prayer of Psalms 91

I have an ancient, well-used iPad which still works well for some things.

But its operating system is outdated, and cannot be updated. It doesn’t display my post Personalized Prayer of Psalms 91 properly, and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to fix it. So I made a screenshot image of the prayer and put it in my shared photo album Prayers. Now I can use this old iPad to pray my Psalms 91 personalized prayer. 🙂

Here is the image file you can download and use however you wish.

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Personalized Prayer of Psalms 91

I really like how Psalms 91 reads in the TS2009 translation.

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High,
Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold,
My Elohim, in whom I trust!”
3 For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper,
From the destructive pestilence.
4 He covers you with His feathers,
And under His wings you take refuge;
His truth is a shield and armour.
5 You are not afraid of the dread by night,
Of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Of destruction that ravages at midday.
7 A thousand fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it does not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes you look on,
And see the reward of the wrong ones.
9 Because you have made יהוה –
My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place,
10 No evil befalls you,
And a plague does not come near your tent;
11 For He commands His messengers concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
12 They bear you up in their hands,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You tread upon lion and cobra,
Young lion and serpent you trample under foot.
14 “Because he cleaves to Me in love,
Therefore I deliver him;
I set him on high,
Because he has known My Name.
15 “When he calls on Me, I answer him;
I am with him in distress;
I deliver him and esteem him.
16 “With long life I satisfy him,
And show him My deliverance.”
Tehillim (Psalms) 91 TS2009

This is how I am praying Psalms 91. You may want to pray using these words, or use your favorite translation as the base of your personalized Psalms 91 prayer.

1 By faith I say I dwell in the secret place of the Most High,
I abide under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 So I am saying to and of יהוה,
“You are my refuge and my stronghold,
My Elohim, in whom I trust!”
3 For He delivers me from the snare of a trapper,
From the destructive pestilence.
4 He covers me with His feathers,
And under His wings I take refuge;
His truth is my shield and armour.
5 I am not afraid of the dread by night,
Of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Of destruction that ravages at midday.
7 A thousand fall at my side,
And ten thousand at my right hand;
But it does not come near me.
8 Only with my eyes I look on,
And see the reward of the wrong ones.
9 Because I have made יהוה –
My refuge, the Most High – my dwelling place,
10 No evil befalls me,
And a plague does not come near my tent;
11 For He commands His messengers concerning me,
To guard me in all my ways.
12 They bear me up in their hands,
Lest I dash my foot against a stone.
13 I tread upon lion and cobra,
Young lion and serpent I trample under foot.
14 יהוה says, “Because he cleaves to Me in love,
Therefore I deliver him;
I set him on high,
Because he has known My Name.
15 “When he calls on Me, I answer him;
I am with him in distress;
I deliver him and esteem him.
16 “With long life I satisfy him,
And show him My deliverance.”
Personalized Prayer Based On Tehillim (Psalms) 91 TS2009

P.S. Here is an image of the prayer you can use. I made it because this page doesn’t display properly on an old iPad I have. With the image in a photo album, I can now use the iPad to pray this prayer.

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Coronavirus Protection

Stand on God’s promises in Psalms 91!

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
Psalm 91:3, 9-10 NKJV

Jesus said there will be pestilences in the last days. I see the Coronavirus as one of them.

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:4-8 NKJV

Meditate on this passage to understand how bad things can get, and how much we need God’s protection.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Psalm 91:7-8 NKJV

I recommend everyone both read and pray Psalms 91 every day. This post has a prophetic word on why both reading and speaking are important.

Tab Psalms 91

This post has many Scriptures related to Psalms 91.

Update – Psalms 91 Cross References

This is a link to all my Psalms 91 posts.

Tag: Psalms 91

Be a wise, prudent person. Get covered with God’s protection before you need it!

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
Proverbs 22:3 NKJV

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

The Secret Place – Love, Obedience

I have been reading Psalms 91 (almost) every day since February 2019. I always ponder whether I am in that blessed secret place.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NKJV

A few verses later I have been noticing that where I dwell is my choice. It’s up to me!

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
Psalm 91:9 NKJV

Then towards the end of the Psalm I notice that it’s love for God that matters.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
Psalm 91:14 NKJV

I like how this reads in my TS2009.

Because he cleaves to Me in love,
Therefore I deliver him; ”
Tehillim (Psalms) 91:14 TS2009

Then I think about Scriptures of how we show that we love God. It’s not feelings, it’s behavior.

15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
John 14:15, 21, 23-24 NKJV

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
1 John 2:3-6 NKJV

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:2-3 NKJV

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
2 John 1:6 NKJV

Therefore it appears to me that The Secret Place of the Most High is entered and dwelt in by loving God – obeying Him!

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 NKJV

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Psalms 91:1-2

Most English translations of Psalms 91:1-2 break the verses into separate thoughts. First, “He who dwells … shall abide,” and second, “I will say …”

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Psalms 91:1-2 NKJV

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
Psalms 91:1-2 AMPC

But some others have the first two verses as one continuous thought.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High,
Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold,
My Elohim, in whom I trust!”
Tehillim (Psalms) 91:1-2 TS2009

The one who lives in the shelter of the Most High,
who rests in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the LORD,
“You are my refuge, my fortress,
and my God in whom I trust!”
Psalms 91:1-2 ISV

Though most translations use the first form, the second makes more sense to me. The act of dwelling and abiding produces the saying, the confession. The verses are thus linked, and not two different things.

I am looking forward to understanding the Scriptures in full. 🙂

Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 BSB

Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV

34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.