English grammar is not a strength with many Americans probably because it’s hard to teach and both teacher and students find it boring. That fact makes this last episode of Psalm 91 difficult but let’s give it a shot.
You’ll find several pronouns within the final verses of this Psalm: he, me, I, him, and my. The key to understanding the richness of these verses is to determine to whom each of those pronouns points. In other words, who’s the he, who’s the me, etc.?
God is speaking in verse 14,
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.” Psalms 91:14 ESV
The he and him can be you if you’ve chosen to spend time with God, but don’t miss the because. Knowing God’s name means that you’re progressively experiencing the many aspects of His character. His many names in scripture help us to elevate Him to the highest place in our life with confidence.
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Isaiah 42:8 ESV
We mature in the knowledge of the Lord’s name; daily fellowship will do that. Remember the beginning verses of this Psalm gave a condition for the promises? Well, it closes with the same idea. Using the word because again emphasizes the reason you can trust God; you’re getting to know Him; don’t underestimate the power of that word because.
Dale Carnegie wrote, “People do what they normally do unless given a reason to do something different.” Here are some reasons from our final verses:
I will deliver
I will protect
I will answer
I will be with him
I will rescue him
I will satisfy him
… because he knows My name. Jesus understood the value of His name:
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:13-14 ESV
… so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
John 15:16b ESV
Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23b-24 ESV
Could He be any clearer? The name of Jesus represents His power, strength, and ability to take care of you without regard to your life circumstances. Psalm 91 was undoubtedly written to stir up your love for the Lord and encourage you to spend time with Him. The many perks listed throughout this passage are there to increase your expectations of God’s involvement in your life.
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? Psalms 116:12 ESV
How about a few minutes of your time?