The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 91:1
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High,
&c.] Or the Supreme; a title of God, who is superior to all
beings, the Creator and Preserver of them, God over all, higher than
the highest of angels or men; see (Genesis 14:22) , "his secret place"
is his heart, his bosom, where his only begotten Son lies; and into
which he takes his people, where they are set as a seal, and who
enjoy intimate communion with him; which is no other than his
gracious presence, called "the secret of his presence",
(Psalms 31:20) , which none but saints are admitted to, when his everlasting
love, which was a secret in his heart, is made known unto them, and
in which they also dwell, (1 John 4:16) , as they likewise do in the
eternal decree of election; which perhaps is meant by "the clefts of
the rock, and secret places of the stairs", where the church is said
to dwell, (Song of Solomon 2:14) , unless rather Christ the Rock, and who may
be signified by the cleft of that Moses was put into, when the
goodness of the Lord passed before him, is intended; and who is the
hiding place from the wind: mention is made of "the secret" of God's
"tabernacle", (Psalms 27:5) , in which he hides his people; alluding
to the tabernacle, or temple, and the most holy place in it, called
his secret place, (Ezekiel 7:22) , and may refer to the ministry of
the word and ordinances, where saints dwell, and enjoy much
communion with God; and who are particularly under his special
providence, protection, and power; which may here be designed:
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty:
who is able to do all
things for his people, and is "Shaddai", all sufficient, as this word
is thought to signify; has a sufficiency of happiness in and for
himself, and of provisions for all his creatures, and of power and
grace for his own children: his "shadow" may be the same with his
secret place, his power and protection, often in this book of Psalms
called "the shadow of his wings", (Psalms 17:8) (36:7) (57:1) , in allusion to
birds that overshadow and protect their young with their wings; though
perhaps the allusion here may be to the shadow of a tree, and design
the word and ordinances of the Lord's house, which are a delightful,
refreshing, reviving, and fruitful shadow, (Song of Solomon 2:3) (Hosea 14:7) , where
gracious souls dwell, and abide with great delight and pleasure.
Christ, the Son of God, is sometimes compared to the shadow of a rock,
or tree, which screens and shelters from heat; as he preserves his
people from the heat of a fiery law, the flaming sword of justice, the
wrath of God, the fiery darts of Satan, and the fury of persecutors:
under this shadow do they abide or lodge all night, safe and secure, as
the word F15 signifies: the Targum calls this shadow the shadow of the
clouds of glory; the Arabic version, "the shadow of the God of heaven."
F13 So in Tikkune Zohar, correct. 20. fol. 50. 1.
F14 T. Hieros. Sabbat, fol. 8. 2.
F15 (Nnwlty) "indesinenter pernoctans", Junius & Tremellius;
"pernoctat", Piscator, Gejerus; "pernoctabit", Michaelis.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 91:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=091&verse=001>. 1999.