Read Psalm 91
Take a look at your Bible or at the online text as we make an observation about this Psalm. Many Bibles place more space between verses 8 and 9 than between the other verses of Psalm 91. This space is indicative of a natural division of the Psalm into two parallel portions. “Parallelism” means that a line or lines within the Psalm are parallel to, or relate to, a previous line. Verses 1 and 9 depict this feature.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (v. 1).
“If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge—“ (v. 9).
Clearly, the thrust of this Psalm is to find dwelling in the Most High!
When we dwell in Him, we find parallel protection…from four things in verses 5 and 6, and from four things in verse 13. And even within those list of four things we find the parallel pendulum swing between night and day in verses 5 and 6 and between lions and reptiles in verse 13.
Those are some cool observations! To be sure, this Psalm is a literary work of art.
But songs are not written today, and this Psalm was not written nearly three millennia ago. to cause us to ponder how ingenious the author was or how interesting the structure is. No, this Psalm was written as an invitation to us to make the Lord our dwelling.
Is He your refuge when you need a place of safety? Is the Most High your fortress when the enemy attacks? Is the Almighty the One you trust when circumstances are dismal? If so, He promises to rescue, protect, answer, be with, deliver, honor, and satisfy you (vv. 15, 16)!
That doesn’t mean He is a lucky rabbit’s foot you can rub in time of desperation and, voila, you will be instantly and magically transported out of your distress. It does mean, however, that His presence will be real and that His good purpose will bring you safely to His desired end . . . if you dwell in Him.
The wise man/woman dwells in the Most High!