Dwelling In The Secret Place....Psalm 91:14

I delivered him because he loved Me!

by Lura Langenback

© 03/30/05

Psalms 91:14, "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."

Before I go any further, I wanted to show you something that I have seen about this whole Psalm. At the beginning, in the first two verses, the writer/speaker is David. He declares his faith proclaiming that only through God does he have refuge and that God is his fortress, only God does he trust. Quite a statement. You can see his faith at work.

But then, from verse 3 to verse 13, the writer/speaker has apparently changed. It is instructional telling us that we have a deliverer, a safety net, that there will be a shield in place. I have heard some preachers saying that the speaker here is Jesus. That could very well be true. It does sound just like when He was teaching the disciples, doesn't it.

However, in the last three verses, 14-16, again the writer/speaker has changed. Now, we can clearly see that it has to be the Father. How do we know that? Because only the Father is able to do the things that the Speaker says. Only the Father can tell us that He will deliver us. Only the Father can say that He could set someone on high because the individual knew His Name. If you will study closely, I believe that you will see that the One that the Father is speaking of is Jesus.

"Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:" Because Jesus loved the Father so much, He delivered Jesus from hell.

"I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." The Father did put Jesus on high when He delivered Him from hell. Jesus said it would happen that God put Him at His right hand.

Matthew 26:64, "Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

And it happened as He said. There are no less than 13 new testament scriptures alone that testify that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. (I only searched the ones that actually said the words "right hand of"):

Mark 16:19, "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."

The thing is, we are also children of God, inheritors of what Jesus received.

Revelation 21:7, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

Galatians 3:14, "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."

Galatians 3:29, "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

As you go back and reread the verse we are studying today, please note that it is becoming very personal. You have come this far into the Psalm knowing that the Lord is providing safety, refuge, strength. Now He is telling us that we are His because we know His name, because we have loved Him. He loved us first (I John 4:19) and enough to provide these things. (John 3:16) All we have to do to get them is to love Him back. Wow! Isn't that awesome!!!

There is one thing though. We have to believe this. We must ask the Lord Jesus into our hearts in order to receive the benefits of these wonderful promises. Yes, that is what they are, promises from our Father to us through Jesus. After all, Jesus came to earth as a human being, emptied Himself of His powers, took on all of the cruelty, hurt, sin and sickness of this world on the cross as He died. Then, the Father raised Him from the dead. He now sits on the Father's right hand, being our advocate, our priest, our lawyer, if you will. (Hebrews 3:1) This happens when you give your life to Him by asking Him into your heart, having Him be part of your life and to be your Lord.

Jesus is calling to you right now. He loves you. Please consider asking Him into your heart. When you do, you become a member of the family of the Living and Awesome Father! It can't get any better than this!