This morning I was reading Psalm 91. Sometimes when I’m reading something very familiar, I go into it thinking I already know everything it says. But reading God’s Word is like peeling back the layers of an onion with a center you never reach. And today I saw something new.
God is speaking about the one who “dwells in the secret place of the Most High” (v. 1). In verse 14 He says, ”Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.”
This is mind-boggling when we really think about being set on high. God is “on high” in heaven ruling the universe. According to Ephesians 2:6, we are “seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.” If so, then we are seated “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named” (Ephesians 1:21), just like Jesus – above every sickness and disease, every negative emotion, every hindrance we may encounter. If we can name it, we are seated above it! How amazing is that!
So many scriptures came flooding into my mind about the authority God has given us in Christ. What really got me excited though was thinking about why I have been set on high. Why have I been given this authority over the power of the enemy? Is it because I wrote a couple of Christian books, or because I was faithful about reading my Bible every day, or went to church when I didn’t really feel like it?
While those might be good things, they aren’t the reason. That’s the really awesome thing about all of this. It has nothing to do with anything I have done or not done. According to Psalm 91:14 God has set me on high, past tense, done deal. I don’t need to earn my way back there every time I miss the mark. I am there for one reason, and that is because I have known His Name.
And this is true about all of us who acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God who died for us. So it isn’t arrogant for me, or you, to say that we have been set on high, or to talk about the authority we have over all the power of the enemy, because it’s not about us. It’s about God; it’s about what Jesus has done for us. We know His Name, and that is enough.
Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves as ones who are set on high. We may be dealing with fear, doubt, or other negative thoughts and emotions. We may have a problem in our physical body that we don’t appear to be receiving healing for. But this isn’t because we’re not seated on high. God has put us there. It’s because we need a greater revelation of who we really are, and where we really are.
Step number one is getting into that secret place of the Most High, which I am coming to realize more and more means getting into the Word of God, not just reading it but meditating on the verses that stand out. When we come to that place where we truly know His Name, and walk in the power of His Name, we’ll become more and more like who we really are, ones who have been set on high.