I’ve been thinking about Psalm 91 lately. This passage teaches us about being in Christ. He is our secret place, our dwelling wherein we are safe and at rest (Psalm 91:1-2, 9). The New Testament tells us that, in Christ, we are crucified and dead to sin. In Christ, we are also raised from the dead and live to God. We see this in Psalm 91:7-8: “Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.” In Christ we witness the punishment of wickedness at the cross; we also witness it as the Spirit puts to death the deeds of the flesh in our lives (Rom. 8:13). By the Spirit, the cross judges what is wicked in us. But at the same time, the judgment of the wicked doesn’t come near us. We are raised from the dead, righteous, and exempt from judgment in Jesus.
Also consider verses 9 through 13 of Psalm 91: “Because you have made the Lord—my refuge, the Most High—your dwelling place no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. […] You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.” Satan is the ancient serpent. He prowls about like a lion seeking prey to devour (Rev. 12:9; 1 Peter 5:8). Outside of Christ, the devil is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). But in Christ, we tread on our enemy and trample him.
What else can we learn about being in Christ from Psalm 91? Please comment and share your thoughts!