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 I will trust.” (NKJV) Psalm 91:1-2
“He Will Deliver You”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; (NKJV) Psalm 91:3-4a
“His Truth….Your Shield”
His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in the darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. (NKJV) Psalm 91:4b-6
“A Thousand May Fall”
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. (NKJV) Psalm 91:7-8
“The LORD….Your Dwelling Place”
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. (NKJV) Psalm 91:9-13
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation. (NKJV) Psalm 91:14-16
The Secret Place: Deliverance, Truth, Shelter, Love!
“…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24b tells us. And that friend is the “…friend (that) loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17A.
It is true that people need people. We need each other. “No man is an island” as the familiar quote states. This need, this truth, often becomes more evident when life becomes difficult, rather than when all seems to be going well. I am grateful for the friends who love me as they do, and encourage and uphold me particularly during difficult times.
The Bible also tells us in Proverbs 18:24a, that the prerequisite to having friends can often depend on us: “A man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Pretty logical advice, I’d say, especially since life experiences bring “down” times along with the “up” times, both of which are enhanced by friendships.
And of course, the Greatest of Friends is Jesus, who in John 15:15 not only tells of His love for us but also calls us His friends.
For a comforting, updated and prayerful rendition of an old, old hymn, listen to this YouTube video of What a Friend We Have in Jesus.