God’s Sixfold “I Will”

Psalm 91:14-16

 

The summit experience of the blessing promised in the last three verses of the 91st Psalm are exciting. The crescendo note reverberates when the Almighty declares: I will… I will… I will.

 

Because he loves Me, says the Lord,

I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.

He will call upon Me,

and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life will I satisfy him

and show him My salvation.

 

This auxiliary verb is used no less than six times, introducing a total of eight action verbs and sung in a majestic major key. It is as though, having reviewed the onslaught of Satan and the injustices of men, God becomes actively involved with His saint.

By this positive set of declarations God ensures He will ultimately bring into being His plan for that individual who has sought to live for His honor and glory. The purpose of God is that our whole nature be brought under His reign. The full application of God’s ultimate will is reserved only for those who have reached, by constant devotion and dedication, “the secret place.” This involves a perfect union of the will of man with the will of God.

We tend to confuse the work of God with the will of God. There is such a thing as “the barrenness of busyness.”

The ultimate will of God is to be realized only if, with the Psalmist, we earnestly affirm, “I will say of the Lord, He is… my God” (v. 2). It has been said,

“He must be Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.” This does not come easy for most of us unless we have been refined in God’s crucible. Our obedience and response to the will of God is often very slow. God’s plan is to recreate man in His own image and thereby reveal His glory through our life and service.

Let us be surrendered to the will of God so as to be among those who know the rich blessings of this Psalm.

Edward Deratany, Refuge in the Secret Place

 

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