The Shadow of the Almighty

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is refuge and my fortress; My God , In Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2.secret place

Almighty, shadday, Strong’s #7706: Allpowerful; when it appears as ‘El Shadday, it is “God Almighty.” This name occurs about 50 times in the OT.

It was a name by which God was known to the patriarchs (Gen. 17:1; Exodus 6:3). Some scholars trace its origin to the verb Shadad, meaning “mighty unconquerable.”

Others relate its origin to the Akkadian ( an extinct Semitic language of ancient Mesopotamia–Babylonia) word for “mountain,” indicating God’s greatness, strength, or His everlasting nature. Another explanation is that shadday is a compound of the particle sheh (which or who) and day (sufficent).

Sheh-day or Shadday is therefore the all-sufficent God, eternally capable of being all that His people need.

In our psalm there are three titles for God in these verses besides the personal name of the Lord(Yahweh):’Elyon (the Most High), Shaddai (the Almighty), and Elohim (here meaning “the Sublime God”).

 

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