He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, who abides under the shadow of the Almighty, he is saying of YAH, “my refuge and my stronghold, my Elohim, in whom I trust!” As I study the Hebrew language and continue to explore the Hebrew Aleph Beit (Alpha bet) I find so many beautiful depictions of The Father's love for His people. There is, in my opinion, none more beautiful in the review of the 91st Psalm through the understanding of the seventh letter of the Aleph Beit; that letter is the Zayin. It is no coincidence that this letter represents a sword and seed or bread, it is a common letter used often throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, except that it is completely absent in the 91st Psalm.
This very special letter having the gemetria (numerical value) of “Seven” reveals much to us as a people set apart unto the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because the number seven all through the Scriptures speaks to the finished works of our God. For instance, the creation was made perfect in seven days. Some ancient scribes believe that when Yahweh created the heavens and the earth that He sang everything into existence, interesting, since the music scale goes from A through G and then begins over again, a perfect seven. The number seven is Yahweh's signature, so the Zayin or Sword perfectly identifies His craftsmanship. Ephesians 6 says that the “Word” of Yahweh is the “Sword” of the Spirit. Hebrews 4 compares the “Word” to a two-edged “sword” dividing your very being from the Spirit and judging your heart and your thoughts. John 1 states that in the beginning was the “Word” and the “Word” was with God and the “Word” was God… and the “Word” became flesh and dwelt among us…so we know that the “Word” and the “Sword” are Jesus our Messiah, so he is also represented in the illustration of the Zayin because He and the Father are One! Now that I have laid the foundation of the “Word” and the “Sword” why would this same letter represent “Bread?” In times of war, when land was conquered it meant more land so the conquerors would have more land to plant more “Seed” to bring forth more grain which ultimately becomes “Bread.”
In John 6 Messiah speaks of Himself as the “Bread” of life, since “Bread” is substance He is telling us that if we partake of Him He will sustain us and give us life. It is clear that the Zayin represents our Messiah and that He is the Bread of Life, the Sword of the Spirit and also the Seed that was planted to bring forth the harvest in the earth. You ask, why is this “Sword” not included once in the 91st Psalm especially when this Scripture is used to speak into our lives during periods of adversity? Personally, the Holy Spirit has urged me to speak the 91st Psalm while going through very challenging times in my life; I never understood the depth until I studied this Psalm through the Hebrew language. Though there are no Zayins represented as letters within the words of this special “warfare” Psalm, the Hebrew scribes were inspired to do something awesome in what they reveal as they pen the words of this declaration. There are movements in the Hebrew writings they are called “jots” and “tittles” they are also called “tagiins.” These are decorations that decorate the tops of each letter. The scribes are meticulous in making sure that every letter is penned exactly like the letters of the scroll that they are copying from, so the 91st Psalm is penned with tiny little tittles on each letter. The hundreds of tittles are little Zayins, and it is believed that when a person reads the 91st Psalm that these “Swords” go into the spiritual realms of the enemy and fight for the saints of the Most High!
So as we pray and speak the 91st Psalm and cry out to Yahweh concerning our families and careers let our hearts and thoughts be righteous and as they are judged by the “Word” the “Sword” of the Spirit will go to battle for us in the spiritual realm to bring the victory that the “Word” Yahshuah our Messiah promised us. Be encouraged, if He planted the “Seed” then He will give us “Bread” to live on and make our lives whole, “for he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, he is saying, Yahweh is my refuge and my fortress my God in whom I trust!” May your life forever be blessed by Yahweh's “Word.”