You may have certain scriptures or chapters in the Bible that you refer to more than others. One of those for me is the 91st psalm. Years ago, the enemy was playing havoc in my mind, and the Lord took me to this chapter, as it covered everything my mind was dealing with. It was such a precious experience for me, knowing that God had heard my prayer and pointed me to His Word so I could read His promises often.
From that experience, I determined that I would teach my children the importance of reading the 91st psalm and claiming the promises contained within it. Both of my children took that seriously, and of course, I would remind them of those promises almost daily. Those scriptures became such a daily confession to them that they assumed everyone knew the 91st psalm.
Recently I was amused at a conversation that my daughter had with someone. The person was relating a situation to her, and Denise said, “You need to claim the 91st psalm over that.” The person replied, “What does the 91st psalm say?” Denise, in shock, said, “You don’t know what the 91st psalm says?” I laughed when Denise relayed the conversation to me. I said, “Denise, many people do not understand the promises God has provided for us and that we must claim them to receive their benefits.”
When you keep your surroundings permeated with the presence of God, it deepens your roots and relationship with the Lord.
I encourage you to read the 91st psalm often. However, to claim the promises God has provided, the first three verses give the requirements for those promises. In life, there are rules we must follow if we want to reap benefits. The same is true concerning God’s promises. I like the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition version of these scriptures.
Psalm 91:1–3, “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! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.”
It is important to spend time with the Lord. It should not be once in a while or when we are in adverse situations. We should commune with the Father on a daily basis. Of course, the definition we use in spending time with God is prayer. People often presume there are specific ways or methods we should use to conduct effective prayer times.
Sometimes people look at me in shock when I say that I pray all the time. First of all, it’s biblical. Paul tells us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). And Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always . . . .”
Prayer is really just talking to God. I talk to Him every morning when I get up. I talk to Him when I’m getting dressed. I talk to the Lord when I’m driving to work. And I certainly talk to Him when I’m making decisions at my office.
That is how you dwell in the secret place of the Most High. You stay connected with the Lord constantly. When I am at home or in my car, I put on worship music. That keeps me in an attitude of worship and keeps my mind quiet to hear God’s instructions. If you are not filling your mind with godly things, you have opened the door for Satan to enter. My husband and I sleep with worship music playing in our room. I want to be constantly surrounded by the presence of God.
When you keep your surroundings permeated with the presence of God, it deepens your roots and relationship with the Lord. I love what the AMPC says in the last note of verse 1, “Whose power no foe can withstand.” Just writing those words makes chills run down my spine. I have confidence in my God that regardless of what the enemy brings my way, NO POWER CAN WITHSTAND THE POWER THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED for those who dwell in Him.
I encourage you to make it a daily practice to read the 91st psalm. The more you read it, the more it will become a daily confession in your life. Immediately when the enemy tries to play havoc in my life, I quote scripture that applies to the situation. Verse 10 (AMPC) may apply to many these days, “There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.”
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