The Ninety-first Psalm
by Willard S. Mattox
Perhaps no other part of the Bible is studied with more interest and appreciation than the Ninety-first Psalm. It is filled with promises. Every verse contains a blessing. Every word has a deep significance, and carries healing with it. It lifts the reader to spiritual heights, and into communion with God. It dispels the clouds of doubt and uncertainty, and encourages hopefulness and vigor.
The most important assurance given by the Ninety-first Psalm is of protection and security. It promises us safety, and tells us where we can find it. People look everywhere for a place where they’ll be safe from danger, but they’ve never found that place in matter. The Ninety-first Psalm tells us plainly that it’s in Mind, God.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” But where is this secret place of the most High? Is it a geographical location? If we want to reach it, where do we go? Neither medicine nor theology answers these questions. Medicine is, frankly, ignorant and helpless. Theology says, “Up there,” and looks vaguely into the sky.
Jesus knew where the secret place was. He retreated there often, “to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views.” (S&H) He said, “The kingdom of God is within you,” settling forever all questions as to what and where heaven is. The kingdom of heaven is the secret place of the most High. Where may we find it? Where can it be found, but in the consciousness which sees only God and His creation.
To love God means to “abide under the shadow of the Almighty;” to live in the consciousness of God’s love and safety. Love of good is a guarantee of safety. This love ushers us into the secret place, where fear cannot enter, and man dwells under the sheltering wing of his loving Father, God.