Psalms 91:1 (KJV) “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Last week I shared some thoughts about the “Secret Place.” As we continue expressing hope and confidence in our Lord during this “Virus Pandemic,” I desire to draw more encouragement from Psalm 91. I genuinely love how inexhaustible the Word of God is!

As I shared last week, I am not a fast runner.  That’s not a complaint – it’s a fact!  When I was younger, I broke my worst record by running the 100 yard dash under 20 seconds.  Okay, that may be an exaggeration; however, it is only a slight one!

When I played baseball, and was able to “get-a-hit,” I almost always had to hit it out of the infield to get on base because I needed a little extra time to run safely to first base.  With my lack of speed, I did not spend much time attempting to “steal” the next base.  As a result, I learned the value of staying close to the base.  I learned how to “play-it-safe!”

If you understand the rules of baseball, you know that any runner who gets off “base” while the ball is in play and gets tagged by the defense, is “out.”  There is an analogy – once you are in the game you must always be aware of the opposition AND your position.  In other words – PLAY IT SAFE!

The objective of baseball is not only to get on base, but also to get to home base safely.  Only those who cross “home base” safely score a run for their team.  We observe another analogy here – it is not how we start that counts, but how we finish.

Since I knew I was not fleet-of-foot I stayed as close to the base as I could until one of my teammates hit the ball that enabled me to safely advance to the next base.  Again, here is another analogy – no one wins alone.

What does all this have to do with today’s Scripture Verse?   Let us consider…

The psalmist presented the principle and value of having intimacy with God.  He professed the importance and possibility of enjoying a personal relationship AND fellowship with the Almighty!  He stated that if an individual were in a direct, personal relationship with the “Most High” he would be SAFE and at HOME.

In this verse we can see the following promise…

  1. Safety

While it is important to “Get in the Game,” it is more important to “Play it Safe,” stay in the game, and be aware of the opposition and our position always!

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (Emphasis Added).

We are promised safety in and through our Lord.  That is the significance of the statement “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High …”  When we decide to get in the game and “Play it Safe” our Lord promises to protect us.

Psalms 25:14 (KJV) “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant” (Emphasis Added).

1 Peter 3:12 (KJV) “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (Emphasis Added).

Jude 1:24 (KJV) “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” (Emphasis Added).

In this verse we can see the following promise…

  1. Success

While it is important how we start, it is more important how we finish!  We are promised success in and through our Lord.  That is the significance of the statement “shall abide …”

When we decide to “Get in the Game” and “Play it Safe” our Lord promises to overshadow us, walk beside us, and lead us to victory.

Philippians 1:6 (KJV) “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Emphasis Added).

Hebrews 12:2a (KJV) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;” (Emphasis Added). 

In this verse we can see the following promise…

  1. Shelter

The most important aspect of a direct, intimate relationship AND fellowship with the “Most High” is that we do NOT have to “Go-it-Alone!”  We are promised His abiding Presence in and through our Lord.  That is the significance of the statement “under the shadow of the Almighty.”

When we decide to get in the game and “Play it Safe” our Lord promises to overshadow us, walk beside us, and get us “home” safely.

Matthew 28:19 – 20 (KJV) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Emphasis Added).

Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Emphasis Added).

I pray you are “In-the-Game,” “Playing it Safe,” and will arrive “Safely Home.”