Psalm 91:9–10 ESV
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
Finding Protection in God’s Word in Psalm 91:9-10
- Other translations of these verses include:
- “For you have made Adonai, the Most High, who is my refuge, your dwelling-place. No disaster will happen to you, no calamity will come near your tent” (CJB).
- “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” (NKJV).
- “If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home” (NLT).
- Meditate on these verses in each translation. What is God saying to you today from them?
- The first word in verse 9 can be translated when, because or if. The promises in this verse are only applicable when we have done our part, to make the Lord our dwelling place. Verse 9 is a reminder of Psalm 91:1–2, assuming
- we are dwelling in the shelter of the Most High,
- abiding in His shadow,
- making the Lord our refuge.
- Consider whether you are applying each of the above points. If not, then this promise is not for you; however, you can choose to begin doing them. Ask the Lord what you may need to do today.
- I believe most if not all of us need a constant reminder to abide in the Lord, finding our place of refuge in Him. We need to remember to keep the Most High as our dwelling place. What an amazing place to be! First thing every morning, I focus on the Lord, reminding myself to stay connected to Him all day, living from the secret place. Then throughout the day, I try to talk to the Lord, finding out what He wants me to do. However, those times when I try to do things on my own, I often make a mess.
- The Hebrew for dwelling place is mawon, meaning habitation. It is a place where we live, not just a place to visit. How have you experienced God as your home, your dwelling? In what ways are you making the Lord your dwelling place in your day-to-day life?
- What do these verses add to your understanding?
- Psalm 32:7 (NIV): “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
- Psalm 119:114 (AMPC): “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.”
- Psalm 28:7 (NLT): “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”
- Psalm 91:9 says that we need to choose to make the Lord our refuge and shelter. What if we don’t make that choice? If we choose to protect ourselves, rather than allowing God to be our shield, I don’t think He will interfere. He will allow us to protect ourselves, which won’t be particularly good protection. We need to ask God to help us to trust Him more to be our shield and strength today and in the coming days. In what ways do you need God to be your refuge and shelter?
- God promises to do two things if we make Him our dwelling place: First, He says no evil will be allowed to happen to us. The word for evil in Hebrew also means bad, adversity, affliction, calamity, hurt, sorrow and trouble. How do you reconcile this verse with verses telling us we will suffer persecution? When we are persecuted, we experience evil.
- Matthew 5:10 (ESV): “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
- Romans 5:3 (ESV): “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.”
- 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV): “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
- 1 Peter 4:12–13 (ESV): “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”
- What does 2 Timothy 4:18 (CJB) add to Psalm 91:9–10? “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
- Evil in Greek also means hurtful or grievous. Evil can be from the devil, as well as hurtful or malicious things that people do.
- God will rescue or deliver us from even hurtful things done to us or against us. He will also rescue us from diseases and bring healing.
- Second, God says no plague will come near your tent or your home. The Hebrew uses a different word for plague than the first two times in this psalm. It also means a spot, sore, wound, blow or leprosy. The word for plague used in verses 3 and 6 affects many people. This word seems to be more personal, affecting one person or a family. What does it mean to you that God will keep plagues away from your home? If they have affected you, ask God to reveal anything He wants you to know.
- Is there anything you need to do differently as a result of this study?
- How have you been encouraged or challenged today through this devotion?
A Prayer For You
Lord, thank You for being my dwelling place, my very own home. You are the place I can turn to for rest, peace, comfort, refuge, safety and all that I need. Remind me to let You be the place I live. Thank You that, when You are my dwelling place, no evil can affect me. Thank You that You surround me and protect me when I choose to stay in the secret place with You. What a privilege it is to live with You every moment in Your house, my Abba and my God. I never have to leave that place. Would You give me a greater desire to seek to always live in Your presence, seeing Your face? Clear my eyes more so that I can see You clearer.
An Affirmation to Make Based on Psalm 91:9-10
When I choose to make the Lord my refuge, when I make the Most High my shelter, no evil will conquer me; no plague will come near my home.
Pray Psalm 91.
Actions to Take
What might you need to do to apply this verse in your life? You could also write your own prayer, expressing what God is revealing to you today.
 Abba is another name for God in Hebrew, meaning Father or Daddy.
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