… On Psalm 91:1

Verse 1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High.
“What intimate and unrestrained communion does this describe!-the Christian in everything making known his heart, with its needs and wishes, it’s thoughts and feelings, its doubts and anxieties, its sorrows and its joys, to God, as to a loving friend. And all is not on one side. This Almighty Friend has admitted his chosen one to his ‘secret place.’ It is almost too wonderful to be true. it is almost too presumptuous to entertain. But He Himself permits it, desires it, teaches us to realize that it is communion to which he calls us. ‘The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him.’ And what is this ‘secret’? It is that in God which the world neither knows, nor sees, nor cares to enjoy. It ishis mind revealed to those who love him, his plans, and ways (‘He made known his ways to Moses‘, Ps 103:7), and thoughts opened to them. Yea, and things hid from angels are manifest to the least of his friends (1 Pe 1:12). He wishes us to know him, and by His Word and by his Spirit he puts himself before us. Ah! it is not his fault if we do not know him. It is our own carelessness.” Mary B. M. Duncan, in “Under the Shadow”, 1867

-Charles Spurgeon, (The Treasury of David Vol 5, p 85)

Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 91:7

Verse 7. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand.‏

“So terribly may the plague rage among men that the bills of mortality may become very heavy and continue to grow ten times heavier still, yet shall such as this Psalm speaks of survive the scythe of death. It shall not come nigh to thee. It shall not be so near as to be at thy side, and yet not nigh enough to touch thee; like a fire it shall burn all around, yet shall not the smell of it pass upon thee. How true is this of the plague of moral evil, of heresy, and of backsliding. Whole nations are infected, yet the man who communes with God is not affected by the contagion; he holds the truth when falsehood is all the fashion. Professors all around him are plague smitten, the church is wasted, the very life of religion decays, but in the same place and time, in fellowship with God, the believer renews his youth, and his soul knows no sickness. In a measure this also is true of physical evil; the Lord still puts a difference between Israel and Egypt in the day of his plagues. Sennacherib’s army is blasted, but Jerusalem is in health.
‘Our God his chosen people saves
Amongst the dead, amidst the graves.'”

-Charles Spurgeon (Treasury of David, Vol 5-pp77-78)

1. The Mind: “Give me understanding…” Psalm 119:34

Worship:  Our minds matter in worship, because worship is honoring God for who He is, and in order to do that we must understand something about His wonderful attributes…Without a mental understanding of God’s attributes worship becomes only an emotional binge in which we indulge our feelings.

Faith:  Our minds matter for faith, because faith is believing and acting on the promises of God, and in order to believe God’s promises we must understand what they are. Apart from a right use of the mind, faith becomes only a feeling or, worse yet, wishful thinking.

Sanctification: Our minds matter for growth in holiness, which is what we are chiefly concerned about in this psalm, because growth is holiness (sanctification) is not a matter of emotions or simply following a formula for living-the two most popular approaches to sanctification today-but rather knowing what God has done in us when He joined us to Christ, and then acting on it because there really is no other way for us to act.

Guidance: Our minds matter in seeking personal guidance as to how we should live and what decisions we should make, because the principles by which we must be guided are in the Bible….To be guided by God we need to study to understand God’s Word and then apply it’s principles. That cannot be done without thinking.

Evangelism: Our minds matter in evangelism, because if a person must have faith to be saved and if faith is responding to the Word of God and acting on it, then we must present the teaching of the Bible and the claims of Jesus Christ so others can understand them. They must know what they are believing.

Ministry:  Finally, our minds matter in ministry, first, in seeking out a sphere of service (What am I good at? Where do my spiritual gifts lie? What is God leading me to do for Him?) and second, to serve in that sphere well (How should I go about the work I have been given?).

-James Montgomery Boice, An Expositional Commentary on Psalms Vol 3 (pp. 991-992)