Four Pictures of God
By Greg Laurie
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.”
Just as there are different words we use to describe people, such as father, friend, wife, or son, the
Bible uses different words to describe God, giving us a glimpse into His nature and character.
We find an example of this in Psalm 91, where the writer presents four different pictures of God.
The psalm begins, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (verse 1 NLT). The name “the Most High” comes from the Hebrew word Elyon, which
speaks of God as the One who possesses everything. It reminds us that God owns it all.
The next name, “Almighty,” or Shaddai in Hebrew, speaks of provision. It’s wonderful to know that
God owns everything, but it’s also wonderful to know that He wants to provide for us. He’s not only the living God but also the giving God.
Then we come to verse 2, which says, “This
I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (NLT). “Lord” comes from a Hebrew word that has been translated “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” in English. It’s the word
God gave to His own people, the Jews, in speaking of the covenant He established with them.
Also in verse 2 is the term “my God,” which originates from Elohim and means “more than one.”
There are not three Gods, but there are three members of the Trinity: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
To put it all together, we see that the all-knowing, all-powerful God who possesses Heaven
and Earth is in a special covenant with us and wants to protect us and provide for our needs. So before we even get into the promises contained in this great passage, the psalmist gives us great confidence in God.