by Pastor Greg Laurie
The Person of God
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust." - Psalm 91:1-2
In the first two verses of Psalm 91, David provides some great insights to the Person of God by using four different titles for God.
In verse 1, David says, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High." In Hebrew, Most High is El Elyon. This word describes God as the One Who owns and possesses everything. David then calls God the Almighty, "He shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." In Hebrew this is the word Shaddai, which conveys the thought of provision. Not only is He the living God. He is also the giving God.
In verse 2, David calls God the LORD, "I will say of the LORD." That is the Hebrew word Yahweh. This is the personal name God gave to Moses in the burning bush (see Exodus 3:14). Yahweh means "to be" or "I will be who I will be." Yahweh is God's personal testimony that no one or nothing else defines Who He is but Himself. Therefore, we know God by reading the Scripture's account of what He says about Himself. Lastly, David refers to God as My God, "I will say of My God, in Him I will trust." My God in Hebrew is Elohim. It essentially means "more than one." This is not to say that there are three gods, but that there are three persons of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In these two compact verses, David tells us that the all-knowing, all-powerful God Who possesses heaven and earth and is in a special covenant with us, wants to protect us and provide for our needs. This gives us great confidence in the God Whom we worship and serve.
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