2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
Psalm 91:2 (NLT)
Welcome to the second installment of my study of Psalm 91. In this verse, we have come to the part on confession. The writer did not just write. He declared. “This I declare about the Lord”. This means he spoke with his mouth. Other versions like The Amplified and King James used the word “say” instead of “declare”. The idea is the same. It is a confession. So, Psalm 91:2 is a record of the writer’s confession.
Confession is a vital key to a successful Christian life. You can read a lot about it in the Bible.
When David was facing Goliath, he confessed the he would chop off the giant’s head even though it looked totally impossible in the natural. In the end he managed to do that.
When Peter was walking to the Temple, he was approach by a lame man. Peter did not have money at that time to give to him. All he had was his confession. Peter confessed healing to that man and the man got healed.
During the ministry of Jesus, he made a lot of confession. Jesus’ confession had resulted in a lot of healings and even calmed a storm.
There are many more examples that I have not mentioned. The bottom line is, God expects us to confess good things in life. God did not give us mouth to talk negative. He wants us to use our mouth to confess good things.
When I was in my first church, the only form of confession I know of is the confession of sins. This church knows nothing other than sin. Christian life was such a misery. Instead of living a successful Christian life, the only thing I knew then was a life of trying not to sin. Thank God, he has revealed his truth to me.
A true Christian life that is pleasing to God is not one that is struggling in trying not to sin. The Christian life that God desires is the life that is constantly improving and prospering in every area. We are to do that through our confession. What should we confess? Let Psalm 91:2 tells us:
“He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”
Let us start with the first part. The writer confessed God as his refuge, which is his place of safety. Do you need a safe place in the world today? If you are to look at the world today, nothing seems to be reliable. It is not safe. Where are we going to find safety? The answer is God. God is our place of safety. Safe in what? In every area that we are being threatened.
If your life is being threatened, God will keep you safe.
If your health is being threatened, God will make you whole.
If your wealth is being threatened, God will provide for you and prosper you.
How are we to reach such place? The subsequent part of the confession tells us. “he is my God, and I trust him.” Let us go to “he is my God”. What does it mean when we tell God, “You are my God”?
When I was in my first church, it meant he is my oppressor. “You are my God” means you are the boss. You can do anything you like no matter how evil or perverted. You can do perverted things to any one of us if you want. When you do perverted things on us, we will have no other choice but praise you in the name of giving us the “grace and mercy in sharing in the suffering of Jesus.” This is basically the type of bondage I was in. Now I know that this is nothing more than theology which is a lie from the pit of hell and I am free from this lie.
What then does “he is my God” supposed to mean? I have written a separate article in describing who God is to us based on his various names. I am copying the contents here:
JEHOVAH-JIREH: “The Lord will Provide.”
God is our provider. He is able and willing to provide everything we desires. Once we understand this, we will never be in lack. Through him we have all the prosperity that we can ever dream of. If you are facing a financial crisis right now, trust in JEHOVAH-JIREH to provide for you, with all the money you need to overcome your situation. As long as you believe and don’t give up, you will see the provision of God in your life.
JEHOVAH-ROPHE: “The Lord Who Heals”
He is our healer. You may be very sick right now. You can feel the sickness. Your doctors may have told you that your disease has reached the terminal stage where there is no cure. According to their professional opinion, you are going to die very soon. You have to understand that the reason why the doctors said what they have said is because they do not know who JEHOVAH-ROPHE is. At the Cross, Jesus took all our sickness and disease. He is more than willing to heal us if we allow him to. All we need to do is to believe in him. In the mind of God, no disease is incurable.
JEHOVAH-NISSI: “The Lord Our Banner.”
Banners were used in ancient warfare to rally and organize the troops for battles. If you are with your banner, you know for sure that you are not alone. You are fighting along with many others who are on your team. You will not feel discouraged but you will have the courage to charge forward and crush the enemy. Therefore, whenever you feel discouraged, turn to JEHOVAH-NISSI. He will give you the strength to fight on because he who is in you is greater than he who is in this world.
JEHOVAH-SHALOM: “The Lord Our Peace”
The situation around you can be very chaotic but you can still have peace inside you. Through JEHOVAH-SHALOM, we can have great peace that enables us to analyze the situation calmly and find the solution to our problems. We will not be agitated, stressed or panic. No matter how bad and impossible the negative situation appears to be, we have the peace and confidence that our God is greater than them all.
There is no safer place to go than the Lord. Through him, we can triumph over every attack Satan launched at us. We are destined to win. So, when we tell God that he is our God, it means he will do the above things for us.
The last part of the confession in Psalm 91:1 says “I trust him.” As far as God is concern, he has given us everything we need to prosper in every area in our lives and the solution to every problem we ever face. As Christians, we have everything it takes to live successful, victorious, healthy and prosperous lives. However, we will not be able to achieve all those if we refuse to trust God. Without this trust, we will not be able to access to the blessings of God in our lives.
How are we going to trust God? It is impossible to trust a stranger. You can never trust God if he is a stranger to you or if you believe in the lies of theology that says God is a pervert. You need to read the Bible and learn more about him. You can start to read other articles in this blog. Once you realize what type of person God is, you will have no problem in trusting him.
When you put your trust in God, your days of sickness, lack, oppressions and failures will be over.