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Behold, His Yeshua!

Psalm 91, part 9

“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With a long life, I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation” (vv.15, 16).

I will answer him: Religious Jews pray 3 times a day – morning, afternoon and evening.  These times were model by the Patriarchs:  Abraham prayed in the morning, Genesis 19:27; Isaac prayed in the...

You Know My Name!

Psalm 91, part 8

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known my name” (v.14).

There is a tradeoff discussion within the initial part of the psalm between first and second persons (first person, “I/We;” second person, “You”).  The Targum, an Aramaic paraphrase and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible of the first century, suggests that the...

Anxiety Fades, Satan Broken

Psalm 91, part 7

“They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down” (vv. 12,13).

Your foot against a stone: The context of the psalm emphasizes that angels carry us up in their hands and as a result we journey differently.  The usual human troubles that come in...

Face to Face with God, Angels

Psalm 91, part 6

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways” (v. 11).

Angels are like divine bodyguards. Angel (melech, from Lelechameaning walking, walks back and forth between God and the people). God sends them to fulfil a specific task, a mission of God’s choosing. The Talmud says that certain angels accompany a person throughout their life (...

Haven of Rest

Psalm 91, part 5

“For you have made the LORD, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent” (VV. 9, 10).

Refuge is the Hebrew word “makseh” which means refuge, or shelter from the storm; from danger of falsehood.  

Another word translated “Refuge” is found in Psalm 16:1, “Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.”  This...

Come and See!

Psalm 91, part 4

“A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you.  You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked” (vv.7, 8).

At your side is referencing the left side, as compared to the right (hand) side.  It is a Hebraic poetic nuance. The right hand emphasizes strength.

It is referring to the “arrow” in verse 5, the...

Deadly Sandstorms: What Happens in the Darkness?

Psalm 91 part 3

“You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon” (vv. 5, 6).

Terror by night is the absence of light.  In the light, you can see and understand. However, in the darkness, just as today, ancient folklore told of demons and evil spirits...

You are the Temple!

Psalm 91 part 2

“I will say to the LORD (Adonai), ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God (Elohi[m]), in whom I trust” (verse 2).

Refuge and Fortress are very strong expressions indicating that God is sovereign, the ruler of the universe.  

Shelter of the Most High (v. 1); refuge, fortress (v. 2) are references to the Temple where the presence of God dwelt. As dangers from demons, war, wild beasts,...

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 speaks of God’s protection from dangers and things like plagues. The Talmud refers to Psalm 91 as “The Song of Plagues”(Shev Shema'tata 15b). This psalm might have been sung by two people antiphonally – there is a profound paused ending where God speaks in verses 14-16. This psalm is read in the synagogue on Saturday mornings and at the close of the evening services on Saturday night and at funeral services. I...

First Century Worship

Twenty-first century worship does not look like first century worship.  C.S. Lewis said, “The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God” (Letters to Malcom: Chiefly on Prayer, Glasgow: Collins & Sons, 1964, 6).  Paul told Timothy to guard the deposit of faith given (1 Tim. 6:20).

Early believers centered their worship around the temple, or...

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