Diggin’ In – Psalms 91: no other option

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Diggin' In to Psalms 91
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digging dogDiggin’ In – Psalms 91: no other option

This I declare (say) about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my fortress; he is my God, and I trust Him.’ – verse 2

David continues here in the same theme of verse 1, that God is his safe place. But what’s interesting about verse 2, is that it starts with a declaration, ‘This I declare (say) about the Lord’. I think David was very much aware of the power of our speech. He was confident in God’s power and love and regardless of what he was facing, he was making a verbal stand here; an overflow of what was already in his heart (Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks – Matt 12:34).

Let’s continue with a deeper look at some of the other key words and phrases in this verse.

  1. The root meaning of declare (say): to say in one’s heart, to think, to command, to promise, to intend.
  2. He alone…’ David wasn’t taking a chance on God. He wasn’t trying God out to see if He would protect him. In David’s heart, there was no other option but God. No other place to run to and remain.
  3. ‘He alone is my refuge… my fortress ’ – meaning a shelter from danger or falsehood; like a mountain castle, safe, secure and protected.
  4. David then closes his declaration by calling himself to action. He basically tells himself, “If I truly believe the things I’ve just said, then what am I going to do about it?’ He closes by saying, ‘He is my God and I trust him.’ David’s action… his part was to trust God completely.

As we read in verse 1, a key to staying safe under God’s shelter is to sit, stay and remain there; not taking off for ‘greener pastures’ at the first sign of trouble. Sometimes, we can start out in the right place, but when the battle gets really fierce and we can hear the enemy just outside the fortress walls, we begin to question our ‘place of refuge’. Too often, it is then that we become afraid and run right out of God’s ‘refuge and fortress’.

Let’s choose to live our lives as David did; with no other option. Declaring what we believe about who God is and His promises and choosing to follow through with trusting Him in the process to protect, provide and prevail.

Jesus, thank you for being completely trustworthy and reliable; a place of refuge and safety. Amen.

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