Haven of Rest, Psalm 91, pt. 5

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 Hebrew word is “Chasithi”(Ka-see-tee) meaning to seek refuge, to flee for protection, to put trust and hope in God.

In Psalm 16 David was crying out to God for protection, to guard him from evil.  David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).  David’s heart was joined with God’s.  

David made many mistakes, from adultery to murder, and he knew that the enemy sought after his soul endeavoring to cause him to sin. David was saying that “I will put my trust in your protection, and I will put my trust in your truth – your Word is truth.” 

Sometimes we do things being misguided by our thoughts and our self-perceived spirituality.  We justify things in our heart, only to find out later that we made the wrong choice and the ramifications were severe.  David knew this experience and is reaching out to God for help.  He did not want to wander from God’s path.

Even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.

The LXX (Septuagint: Greek Old Testament – Jews used this version principally at the time of Jesus) translates verses 9 & 10 this way, “For thou, O Lord, art my hope: Thou my soul, hast made the Most High thy refuge. No evils shall come upon thee, and no scourge shall draw nigh to thy dwelling.”

The emphasis is a little clearer in the LXX.  God’s dwelling is on high – the “Most High” (Hebrew: Elyon) and is out of reach for those “evils”pursuing you. God’s protection is a “haven of rest” – He is truly our “refuge” in troubled times. 

Points to Ponder:

 

  1. God does not keep us free from trouble.  

      2.  When trouble comes, He gives us choices to make.  The psalmist chose to make the Most High his refuge. We have a choice to run towards, or run away from God during times of trial. 

       3.  Our plans, our schemes, our strengths, our failures, are some of the things that seemingly would put a wedge between us and God. 

       4.  Nothing is able to separate us from His love (Romans 8:35 – 39).  

       5.  Like David we always can reach out to God who loves us, and seek refuge in His haven, so that we do not wander away from His path. 

      6.  Life without hardships and testing is impossible whether in the flesh or the spirit. 

       7.  God has given each of us free will.  We choose. 

       8.  Virtue, strength, and wisdom physically and spiritually are acquired. 

      9.  We must discipline both body and spirit.  

      10.  Resistance, testing, and difficulty strengthen both the body and the spirit. And all of us will experience these difficulties.  When the enemy comes, remember the words of our Master, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

      11.  Holiness, security, and peace unfolds as we trust in the protection, and truth of the Most High.