The Treasury of David

Lesson 10 - god's assurance plan

God’s Assurance Plan

(Psalm 91:1-2) The world offers us insurance, but God gives us assurance. This isn’t a group policy. It is an individual policy for the believer. The psalmist begins with the word “he” which speaks of the individual. It is a true statement, “God has no grandchildren.” We either have a personal relationship with God or we have no relationship. We must know God personally for ourselves.
In the Hebrew language, there are four names of God revealed in these two verses.

1. The Most High

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.” (Psalm 91:1) We must not only know God personally, but we must also know Him intimately. The “secret place” tells us there are things about God that the world does not know. God has many secrets which He loves to reveal to His children.
Most people know more about God than they actually know Him, but the person which the psalmist speaks about is someone who is at home with God. The word “dwell” means they live in the presence of God. Too many people are not comfortable in God’s presence. They feel like a stranger with God.

The name “Most High” speaks of God’s position in our lives. This person has intentionally placed God above everything else in their lives. There is nothing higher for them. God is higher than Mt. Everest to the believer. He is above all.

2. The Almighty

“Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1) This is the next step in knowing God. The name “Almighty” in Hebrew is El Shaddai. It means the all-sufficient one, the one who supplies all our needs like a mother provides everything for her baby. The person who lives in the presence of God comes to live in God’s provision. We have learned to be at home in the presence of God.

The word “shadow” does not refer to darkness but rather to how close we have become in our relationship with God. We are so close to God that we stand in His shadow. Others may not be aware of His presence but we are. Jacob said, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” (Genesis 28:16) Many people live their lives like this. They only recognize the presence of God after something has happened, but the person living in God’s assurance knows God recognizes His presence before other people are aware He is there. Because they are so close to God they learn to recognize the presence of God.

3. The Lord

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress.’” (Psalm 91:2) The Hebrew name for the “Lord” was Jehovah. This was the covenant-keeping name for God. The psalmist was testifying of the greatness of God. He was boasting of what his God has done in his life. When we chose to live close to God it is impossible for us not to share His goodness with others.

The psalmist first says God has been a refuge for him, but then he says God is much more than that. God is more than just a place of protection, his God is a fortress. A fortress is a place which has been fortified against enemy attack. This is why no weapon formed against us shall be effective because the preparations of God to protect us are greater than any assault of the devil.

4. My God

“My God, in Him will I trust.” (Psalm 91:2) The person who has made a covenant with God has entered into a special relationship. He can say, “My God.” Not in a selfish way but as a description of their committed relationship, just as a person would say, “My husband or my wife.” It’s like calling God, “Daddy.” It describes their special relationship.

Because of this relationship, there is a bond of trust. We know His character. He will not hurt us or do us wrong. Like a little child trusts their daddy, we trust God. Trust is a higher form of faith. It is not a passive word, like tying a knot at the end of a rope and holding on. It is a descriptive word meaning we can confidently place all of our weight upon Him and He will not let us down. Trust is active and believing. Trust is knowing God will do the best thing for us.

When we cannot understand His hand and what He is doing, we can trust His heart knowing He will do the right thing.

These Four Names Describe the Greatness of God.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton