He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High [El ‘Elyon]
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [El Shaddai].
Psalm 91:1 NKJV
“When you meditate on God’s Word,” a minister says this week, “take time to repeat it to yourself often. Ponder it as you wait in traffic, while putting on a load of wash, when pushing a cart through the grocery lines. Pray the verse over yourself and others. Let it soak into your spirit until the words are written there like a song… muttering it softly in worship, as David did…And the Holy Spirit will speak new revelations to you that you never before perceived… ”
And as I have, I began to think of all the shadings of meanings found in various translations… and that we might ponder these together… 🙂
- Living in the Most High’s shelter,
camping in the Almighty’s shade [CEB]
- You …who spend your nights in the shadow of Shaddai… [CJB]
- Live under the protection
of God Most High
and stay in the shadow
of God All-Powerful. [CEV]
- …shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. [DARBY]
- You can go to God Most High to hide.
You can go to God All-Powerful for protection. [ERV]
- You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow… [Message]
Then, at hebrew4christians.com, looking up the meaning behind the original Hebrew word used for ‘secret place’ here, I found THIS...
“The sages say that Moses wrote Psalm 91 as he dwelt in the secret place of the Most High God, in the “midst of the dark cloud” (Exod. 24:18),
a place of sacred and holy concealment. The thick clouds are a “hiding place” for him (Job 22:14).
Notice that the one who “abides” in the secret of the Most High dwells in an ascended place of rest – being lifted up above the surrounding madness of this fallen world of flux and shadows.
The Hebrew word means to lodge or to “sleep” , connecting it with death and resurrection.
By dwelling in the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus), God will shield you with His Presence and make evil powerless before you.”
So beautiful, isn’t it? He conceals us so deeply in Himself, lifts us up and out, shields and renders evil powerless… as we dwell in, abide in, camp out in, spend our lives in His presence!
Meditating on these thoughts, lifting up my prayers for myself and others, I asked Him again – what is on YOUR Heart, Lord?
Over and over again, He spoke this thought into me: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122:6 [NKJV] In prayers for My Beloved Land and People, My Blessings flow also unto you…
O Father, I began… Cover Jerusalem in the shadow of the Almighty… May they know you as their refuge and fortress… send your angels to lift them up… protect and preserve…
And so, I invite you to join me
in lifting up this land on God’s Heart
in the prayers of Psalm 91
I love the depth of even one verse such as this one…
especially the idea of His holding us close in “holy concealment,” under His shade.
Does one of these meanings speak significantly to you today?
© Pam Depoyan
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