"He That Dwelleth in the Secret Place..."
- He that dwelleth 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 will I trust.
- Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
- He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
- Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
- Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
- A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
- Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
- Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
- There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
- For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
- They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
- Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
- Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath 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 honour him.
- With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Many believe that this well-known and much-loved passage of Scripture, often called "The Soldier's Psalm," comes to us from the pen of Moses. If so, perhaps he had in mind the many plagues of Egypt from which the Israelites were spared when he wrote: "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee." Perhaps, on that dark night when the angel of death passed through the land, the Hebrew mothers stilled their children with the comforting promise "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day."
Whatever its origins, the 91st Psalm is a timeless reminder that, in a world of ceaseless turmoil and danger, there is a refuge for those who place their trust in God. When our Savior spilled his blood, the veil of the temple was rent in two, and "the secret place of the Most High" was made accessible to any who will cast themselves upon his mercy.
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