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I AM TRUTH

      “… His truth is a shield and protection.”  (Psalm 91:4 CJB)

With residency in the “secret place” of the Most High comes intimacy. The more time we spend in this secret place, the more we will know HIM, our ‘Elohim’, and the more we will understand His Word.  The more we understand His Word, the more we will desire both the written WORD, and the living WORD, Y’shua (our Jesus).
But with the intimacy comes accountability.  This is true of any relationship, and it is much more so with our ABBA Father, our Heavenly Husband, our Creator and God. We cannot claim to love someone, want to live with them in intimacy, and not be willing to be obedient and accountable.  When we walk in this obedience, from within this secret place, we find we are encircled with this “shield of truth” that sets us free.  However, it is only the truth that YOU KNOW (personally and intimately), that will set you free.

“… If you OBEY what I say, then you are really my talmidim {disciples}, {and} you will KNOW the…

Covering

“He will COVER YOU with his wings; you will be safe in His care; His faithfulness will protect and defend you.”  (Psalm 91:4 GNT, emphasis mine)
During the early colonial times in the United States, a marriage custom arose when clergymen were few and far between.  The custom came to be known as ‘Jumping over the Broom’: when a couple had participated in this feat, they were considered married, until such time as a minister was available to legalize the already accomplished deed.  Many such marriages never did have the benefit of a clergyman, yet they were still considered just as legal and binding as if they had of done.
It was of especial interest to find the expression in ancient Hebrew - “to spread one’s wings over” - means to LEGALLY take a wife.  Tied in together with this phrase is the fact that the corner of the tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl, is often referred to as a wing (The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament, Copyright2003 by AMG Publishers). In essence, the pict…

Rescue

“He will rescue you from the trap of the hunter and from the plague of calamities …” (Psalm 91:3 CJB)
When we are caught in a torrential rainstorm, an umbrella will only do us good while we are standing under it.  The same is true of our relationship with our ABBA Father:  He can only rescue us while we CHOOSE to remain, to sit down, and take up permanent residency in the “secret place of the Most High”.  Once we have determined with the heavenly ‘Post Office’ WHERE our address is, then there is no question as to WHO our defender is.
And make no mistake, we have a diligent hunter who continuously lays ‘traps’ for us, trying to trip us up and lay us low.  He is very much our adversary, and though he cannot defeat us, for “greater is HE that is IN us that he that is in the world” (1John 4:4), we must be aware of who he is, and the methods he uses in his attacks.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess LIFE, and that th…

I CHOOSE

I will say of the Lord, He is MY Refuge and MY Fortress, MY God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!”  (Psalm 91:2 Amp, emphasis mine)
I CHOOSE, by an act of my own free will, to say that Adonai YHVH, the creator of this universe, is MY God, my personal God, and I take Him to myself as MINE.  I take ownership of Him, and willingly allow Him to take ownership of me.  I choose Him, the “EL OLAM”, the Everlasting God, the One who is, who was, and is to come (Revelation 1:8).  I choose to recognize the covenant that my Adon, my Lord and my Master, has with me, and I choose to believe that He will keep every part of this covenant that has been signed, sealed, and delivered with the blood of my Y’shua Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah.
In this verse, we are required to ‘put our money where our mouth is’.  The time has now come down to the wire:  CHOOSE YOU this day who you will serve (Joshua 24:15), and we must make our confession accordingly.  As we openly, vocally, and pro…

Rest

“Those … will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  (Psalm 91:1 NLT)
King David, called the ‘Shepherd King’, is the author of Psalm 91, and we learn so much more from this psalm when we look at it from a shepherd’s point of view.  The Hebrew word translated as ‘abide’, or ‘find rest’ is the word “lûn”, and basically means to lodge, to rest, to stay, often for overnight.  For a shepherd, finding secure shelter for his sheep at night was a great priority, so for David to say that there is secure and peaceful overnight rest in “the shadow of the El-Shaddai”, there is no greater statement of trust that could be given.
But where is the “shadow of the Almighty”?  We know where a physical shadow is found, in that it is shade formed by an object, or a person, that has intercepted rays of light, usually sunlight.  We also know that we need to walk fairly close to another individual, if we desire their shadow to fall on us.  Therefore, if we desire to find rest in the shadow of the Almighty,…

The Secret Place

“You who SIT DOWN in the High God’s presence…” (Psalm 91:1 MB, emphasis mine)
A few years ago, I was spending time with my daughter and granddaughter at a public playground, enjoying quality family time.  Emma, my granddaughter, would amuse herself on the swings and slides, occasionally running back to her mother to ‘check in’, and then would be off again, as busy as a healthy (then) four year old could be.  It is unfortunate that many of us treat our time with ABBA Father in the same way, running back and forth, checking in, never stopping long enough to listen to what HE has to say, or sense that He simply desires the “quality family time” with us, HIS children …
Here in the high desert of the United States, where my husband and I live, we have what is known as ‘tumbleweed’ – a brush which has no real root system.  When extreme conditions arise, such as wind, heat, cold, drought, etc., the tumbleweed dies, and the wind will carry it here, there, anywhere.  Unhappily, there are brother…