Psalm 91- By Heikki Pekkarinen

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By Heikki Pekkarinen
Psalm 91
Psalm 91 is a prophetic Psalm which deals primarily with Jesus Christ. All things that are
told in this Psalm came to pass in the life of Jesus Christ, either during his earthly life, or his
everlasting life which began after his death and resurrection.
We born-again Christians are now partakers of the new covenant which God made in
Christ. The purpose of the new covenant is to give to the believers eternal life and now in
this life the ability to live and act like Jesus Christ did during his earthly life. When we
born-again Christians grow in our walk into the likeness of Christ all the things from Psalm
91 will concern us also. In order to see the promises of Psalm 91 come to pass in our lives
also we must carefully do three things:
1. We must look only to God.
2. We must confess according to the Word of God.
3. We must live in love as God exhorts us to live.
Psalm 62:1 & 2 & 5-8
1. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly
moved.
5. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in
God.
8. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge
for us. Selah.
Psalm 123:1 & 2
1. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
2. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes
of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God,
until that he have mercy upon us.
We must first learn to look only to God in all aspects of our life. We must learn to trust Him
only and to take everything in prayer with believing to Him. Then He will give us everything
we need and want and our lives will be full of His blessings.
We must also learn to confess according to God’s Word.
Matthew 10:29-33:
29. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the
ground without your Father.30. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32. Whoever therefore shall confess (homologéô) me before men, him will I also
confess before my Father which is in heaven.
33. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven.
The meaning of the Greek verb confess (homologéô) and the corresponding noun confession
(homología) is very important. Homo =the same and logéô=to say. It means to say the same
thing. When we confess according to the Word of God we say exactly the same words as are
written in the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:14-16:
14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (=homología, this should be
translated confession).
15. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.
It is not enough that we only read the Word of God and think that it is true. We must also act
according to it and we must confess it from the conviction of our heart. So we confess that
what the Word of God says regarding us is true in our life. We confess that it is so. This
begins simply by saying it out loud. When we say it out loud and continue to confess it, both
out loud when we can and also in our minds when we cannot speak out loud, the things that
we confess begin to be seen in our lives.
I Timothy 6:12 & 13:
12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also
called, and hast professed (homologéô, should be confessed) a good profession
(homología should be confession) before many witnesses.
13. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before
Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed (martyromai) a good confession
(homología);
Hebr. 3:1:
1. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle
and High Priest of our profession (homología should be confession), Christ Jesus;
I John 4:15 & 16:
15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and
he in God.
16. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and
he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Jesus Christ confessed some things about himself from which we can learn:
John 14:4-6:
4. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.5. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we
know the way?
6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.
John 8:29:
29. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always
those things that please him.
We must now understand that we cannot confess like Jesus Christ confessed in this verse,
because we cannot guarantee that we will do always those things that please God. But we
can confess that we want to do those things that please Him and then God gives us power
through Christ in us both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). And if we
fail to do this we must confess our sin and He is faithful and forgives us (I John 1:9).
When we confess according to Romans 10:9 & 10 we are born again and we become
children of God. And then we can confess that it is Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:25b-27:
…to fulfil the word of God;
26. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is
made manifest to his saints:
27. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
This is God’s work through Christ in us.
Then we can start renewing our minds according to the Word of God:
Romans 12:1-3:
1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of
God.
3. For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Ephesians: 4:20-25:
20. But ye have not so learned Christ;
21. If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in
Jesus:
22. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness
and true holiness.
25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we
are members one of another.Galatians 3:26-29:
26. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male
nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the
promise.
This (renewing of our mind) is our work in Christ. However, we do not need to do even
this by our own power, for God gives us the power to will and to do his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13:
13. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
The word worketh is the Greek word energeô which means to energize or to give energy.
So then we grow in the knowledge of God and we can confess that we are dead to sin, but
alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord:
Romans 6:11:
11. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When we now begin to form into the likeness of Christ we can start loving as God has
exhorted us to love:
John 13:34 & 35:
34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved
you, that ye also love one another.
35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
I John 2:7-11:
7. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which
ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard
from the beginning.
8. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in
you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of
stumbling in him.
11. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth
not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
When we learn to walk in love we want to help people and we want to see God’s power work
in our lives as it worked in the earthly life of Jesus Christ and the life of the apostles. Then
we continue to confess according to the Word of God. We confess that what the Word of
God says regarding us is so and is true in our lives right now. We confess these things with
our mouths. We say it out loud (when we can talk out loud). And we say it with the
conviction of our whole heart.So we do three things. First we look only to God and bring all our desires to him in prayer.
Then we confess according to the Word of God and we walk in God’s power. Then we act
according to the Word of God and we renew our minds and love our neighbours.
Now we can start studying Psalm 91. We do it like this: First we read what is written in the
Psalm. Then we read what is written about the same thing in the gospels, and then we read
what is written about it in the epistles of the New Testament. Finally we will learn to confess
all these truths concerning us.
Psalm 91:
1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow
of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I
trust.
3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
pestilence.
4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth
shall be thy shield and buckler.
5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth
at noon day.
7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not
come nigh thee.
8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy
habitation;
10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou
trample under feet.
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.
15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will
deliver him, and honour him.
16. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
Now we begin with verses 1 and 2:
Psalm 91:1 & 2:
1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow
of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I
trust.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High is primarily Jesus Christ. Let’s read
what he prayed for in the gospel of John:
John 17:9-23:9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou hast given to me;
for they are thine.
10. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to
thee. Holy Father, keep through thy own name those whom thou hast given to
me, that they may be one, as we are.
12. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou
gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the
scripture might be fulfilled.
13. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they
might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14. I have given to them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are
not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou
shouldest keep them from the evil.
16. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the
world.
19. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through
the truth.
20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word;
21. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also
may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one,
even as we are one:
23. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the
world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
According to all this we are now one with Christ and we can confess according to it. I can
confess that now it is Christ in me, the hope of glory and I will say of the LORD, “He is
my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
Confess it now regarding yourself! Say it out loud!
Psalm 91:3 & 4:
3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
pestilence.
4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth
shall be thy shield and buckler.
Matthew 23:37:
37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are
sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen
gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
God has through all times wanted to gather His children even as a hen gathers her chickens
under her wings. Now when we have become the children of God we want Him to do it and
He will do it. He will protect us even as a hen protects her chickens.We can confess with a conviction that God protects us even as a hen protects her chickens.
Say it out loud!
His truth shall be my shield and buckler.

Say it out loud!
Romans 8:31-39:
31. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not
with him also freely give us all things?
33. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is (Is it) God that
justifieth.(?)
34. Who is he that condemneth? It is (Is it)Christ that died, or rather, that is risen
again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.(?)
35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36. (Is it)As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
as sheep for the slaughter.(?)
37. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the
love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The quotation in verse 36 from Psalm 44:23 is a question: “Is it as it is written?”
Psalm 91:5-9:
5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth
at noon day.
7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not
come nigh thee.
8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy
habitation;
Matthew 8:1-4:
1. When he had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt,
thou canst make me clean.
3. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And
immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the
priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.Jesus was not afraid of leprosy which is a very contagious disease. He touched the man
covered with leprosy and healed him.
Luke 4:25-30:
25. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the
heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all
the land;
26. But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a
woman that was a widow.
27. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of
them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with
wrath,
29. And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill
whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30. But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
They could not hurt Jesus Christ in any way before he himself allowed them to do it to him.
John 14:12-14:
12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he
do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son.
14. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
We can act in the same way. We can confess that no pestilence nor any other destruction
can hurt us in the day or night because the Lord is my shield and buckler. We can teach
the Word of God to people who have diseases and sicknesses. When they hear and believe it
and they want us to heal them we can heal them like Jesus Christ healed that man with
leprosy.
Now I again confess these things out loud!
Let’s look at an example of the apostle Paul:
Acts 19:8-12:
8. And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months,
disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before
the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in
the school of one Tyrannus.
10. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia
heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12. So that from his body were brought to the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the
diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Psalm 91:10-12:
10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
When the devil tempted the Lord Jesus Christ he quoted these verses and tried to lure Jesus to
tempt God.
Luke 4:9-12:
9. And he (the devil) brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the
temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10. For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11. And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone.
12. And Jesus answering said to him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy
God.
The purpose is not that we deliberately put ourselves in danger so that God could save us. No,
but if we are in danger because of an accident or the devil trying to put us in danger, then
God sends His angels to help us.
Acts 12:5-12:
5. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the
church unto God for him.
6. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping
between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the
prison.
7. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison:
and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his
chains fell off from his hands.
8. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did.
And he saith to him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
9. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done
by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
10. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate
that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out,
and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
11. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the
Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all
the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12. And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother
of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
Hebr. 1:13 & 14:
13. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make
thine enemies thy footstool?
14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be
heirs of salvation?
Born-again believers are the heirs of salvation. God sends His angels to help and protect
primarily born-again believers.Psalm 91:13:
13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou
trample under feet.
First of all this is literally true. If we by accident step on a serpent or pick one up it cannot
hurt us.
Mark 16:17 & 18:
17. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out
devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Acts 28:1-6:
1. And when they had escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
2. And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and
received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
3. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there
came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said
among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped
the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly:
but after they looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their
minds, and said that he was a god.
Here is still even a larger truth behind it. The serpent represents the devil and all his hosts.
Genesis 3:13-15:
13. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And
the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art
cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou
go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Luke 10:17-20:
17. And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto
us through thy name.
18. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather
rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Acts 10:38:38. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who
went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was
with him.
Hebrews 2:14 & 15:
14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself
likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the
power of death, that is, the devil;
15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage.
Revelation 12:7-10:
7. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon;
and the dragon fought and his angels,
8. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were
cast out with him.
10. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our
brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.
So we have the power to command all the devil’s host to go away from the lives of the
believers. We have power to paralyse them so that they cannot hurt God’s people anymore.
Psalm 91:14-16:
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.
15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I
will deliver him, and honour him.
16. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
I Cor. 1:1-3:
1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes
our brother,
2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ
Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus
Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
We call to God in the name of Jesus Christ even as Jesus Christ himself did in the days of his
flesh:
Hebrews 5:7:
7. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with
strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard
in that he feared;
We confess the will of God in our lives. When we confess it, we speak it into being. We say
it and it will happen.This shows how, for example based on Psalm 91, we can learn to confess the power and
protection of God’s Word in our lives. You can take this principle of confession and apply it
according to your need to any scripture which is written concerning the born-again
Christians.
Espoo, Finland
Heikki Pekkarinen

2 thoughts on “Psalm 91- By Heikki Pekkarinen

  1. Wow… What a fantastic teaching by Heikki on Psalm 91!!! What tremendous truths in the Word regarding the power and fearlessness God wants us to live with. I am going to make a hard copy of this sharing so I can make copies to give to Gods children who come across my path… I am overwhelmed by the working of Gods spirit in His children, it is truly magnificent to behold. I see the unity in Christs church coming to pass as we simply keep him as the head and look only to God our Abba Father….God bless you and thank you for this teaching.
    Love
    Ann

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