Key to the Blessings in Psalm 91
Castles and Fortresses
The Key to the SevenFold Blessing in Psalm 91
This is the seven-fold blessing, found in the last verses (14-16) of Psalm 91.
I will deliver him.
I will set him securely on high.
I will answer him, when he calls upon me.
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him. [Same as the first blessing.]
I will honour him.
I will satisfy him with long life.
I will show him my salvation.
The first thing you notice about this seven-fold blessing is
that the Lord Himself is speaking. He is the Most High God, 91:1. And we know
that the Lord Jesus Christ after His ascension is now seated on the Throne in
heaven, on the right hand of the Majesty on high (the heavenly Father), far
above all. Eph 1:21. ‘Far above all’. Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Most
High God. He is enthroned and exalted forever.
The Key: Three Conditions to the Sevenfold Blessing
Careful reading of this Psalm shows that there appear to be three conditions to enjoy this sevenfold blessing. (Notice the word 'Because' that comes up three times in this Psalm in the KJV.)
1. 'Because you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High God, your
dwelling place.' 91:9
2. 'Because he has loved Me' or ‘set his love on Me’ 91:14
3. 'Because he has known My name.'
The awesome promises of this Psalm, promises of protection and deliverance, promises of comfort and love (91:4), promises of power and victory (91:13) – are capped by the wonderful sevenfold blessing promised in the last three verses of this great psalm.
Questions to Ask Ourselves
The questions we must ask ourselves are:
1. Is God our dwelling-place? Remember, He said, 'Abide in Me.' Are we dwelling (or abiding) in the Lord at all times? Are we maintaining a continuous trust and dependence on Him? Is He really and truly our refuge and strength? Or, are we abiding in the world, having the thoughts and ideas of the world filling our minds, instead of the word of God? Are we abiding in ourselves, having our own plans and schemes, instead of relying totally on the Lord and resting on His faithfulness? Remember, the key to this Psalm is found in the first two verses: ‘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 will I trust.’
2. The next question is “Do we love the Lord more than anything or anyone else in this world? Even with all our heart?” This is what the Lord is saying: ‘Because he has set his love on Me, therefore…’ Have you set your love on the Lord? Are you determined to love Him at any cost? We remember the words of the Lord Jesus to Peter in John 21:15-17. ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ More than anything else and everyone else? Do we have that kind of utter, selfless and all-consuming love for the Lord Jesus? And when we read the responses of Peter, we know that unless God pours that love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), we cannot have that agape love, that divine love, that the Lord requires for those who follow Him and serve Him as His saints and servants.
3. The third question is: “Do you know His name?” The name speaks of the nature and character of the Lord. It is possible to know the name of the Lord only through a close walk with the Lord and through deep experience. One of the ways to know the Lord is to know the meaning of the almost 200 names that the Bible gives Him. Do we know Him as Saviour? As Shepherd? As Lord? As God? As Jehovah-Jireh? As Jehovah-Shalom? As Jehovah-Nissi? As our Emmanuel God? Our Ebenezer God? Our El-Shaddai God? Knowing the name of the Lord is to know the Lord intimately, through tested faith and through the experience of His sufferings, Phil 3.10. ‘That I may know Him!’ says the faithful apostle.
This is a simple meditation on causes or reasons for the sevenfold blessing found at the end of Psalm 91. We have found the word ‘because’ three times in the Psalm, and that gives us the clue to how to receive the glorious blessings of deliverance, elevation, answers, protection and fellowship in trouble, glory and honour, a long life of satisfaction and a ‘so great salvation’.
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