Go up to the Mountain

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                 by Dori C.


Two Prophets and a Psalmist is a story where God gives 2 prophets and a psalmist a problem to sort out.

It is an Inspirational piece using Isaiah,Jeremiah and Psalm 91 as a theme.

It is conversation between two prophets and the Psalmist,addressing the complexity of our lives.

It started with an inspiration in which I did a large painting. First of all, I noticed a small tiny sprout coming out of a plant I thought had died. The plant was a reminder of  "how to care" and  it finally sprouted! As I tended this plant,which was once a mere stalk, it helped me to pray because I did this as an exercise to pay attention to the new life that comes after much patience. When a sprout finally came up, that inspired  the painting. After more than a year of it hanging up, I took it off the wall because it was a bit dark in colour. I decided to add a bit of white to lift it up a bit. Then I decided to cut it into a few paintings and use this to create a message into a story of faith, how we can allow a small thing to grow and become fruitful.
 I began to think of scriptures that meant a lot to me and thought about how their characters as well as the text addressed the complex problem of faith and relationship, loyalty and danger in the lives of people. This piece is a dialogue between four players: two prophets, the psalmist and God,addressing issues as God sees it and as God will solve it. It is a prayer of sorts to the Lord as he delegates the problem to the prophets and the Psalmist in hope that many more will listen to them, thus listen to the Lord himself.

Psalm 91 is the promise and Isaiah and Jeremiah are the prophets that speak to the promise.

King David ,wrote most of the Psalms but it is believed that Moses wrote Psalm 91 so this is a type of Exodus. Historically, Isaiah 40-45 is about Israel and the captivity in Babylon but my piece  speaks to the promises fulfilled in a life if we could apply it to ourselves and a promise for the return of  our people, our brethren, a promise of protection from the fowler, from the enemy.

 It is a visual walk and a prayer from captivity to promise and freedom. It holds as a prayer over those who choose to hold it as such. It is a prophetic piece with the power to change as one has faith and the power to heal as one believes. Watch the players now, as they confer over a problem in humanity and over any specific problem one may choose to bring.

Isaiah, Jeremiah and the Psalmist Confer together!

"When the Enemy comes in like a flood,

the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him!" Isaiah 59:19b


The Scriptures

Psalm 91

Jeremiah 31:16-17,32:33

Isaiah 40-45

Isaiah  49:24-25

Isaiah 50:8

Isaiah 59:19


One Day God heard a cry and he responded to it by saying,

Present your case. Bring forward your evidence Isaiah 41:21a

but he saw

there’s no one among them, no counsellor:...... no one can answer. Isaiah 41:28

He listened to a prayer. A long one in fact,but he responded that very day (mind you his days are long!)

God decided direct intervention would not do. This was going to take some time! This needs inspiration .

He knew he could inspire Jeremiah to communicate hope. He appointed the Psalmist to provide,as a reminder, the promise of protection to be had by him. The greatest inspiration was given by Isaiah . 

All combined, they conferred with one another to address this prayer .

Isaiah said, 

Who will argue ? Let’s stand up together. Who will bring judgement against God? Let him approach

Isaiah 50:8b

Let us all stand together, so it stands.Their word was good to stand together. As the craftsman encourages the metalworker; the one who smooths with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil, saying of the welding, “That’s good,” and strengthening it with nails so it won’t move. Isaiah  41:6-7

God said, I the LORD will go out like a soldier; like a warrior God will stir up rage..will shout, will roar over enemies and will prevail. Isaiah 42:13

Then there was silence for awhile and God said

I’ve kept still for a very long time. I’ve been silent and restrained myself. 

but I am the LORD your God, who grasps your strong hand, who says to you,  Don’t fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 42:14a Isaiah 41:13

I know the cry, said Jeremiah and I have told them

Keep your voice from crying and your eyes from weeping, because your endurance will be rewarded.

YES! declares the LORD. They will return from the land of the enemy! Jeremiah 31:16

There is hope in your future, says the LORD, That your children shall come back to their own border.

 Jeremiah 31:17

And he continued on. I will be the God  of all the families he said Jeremiah 31:1b

Jeremiah asked God

Can loot be taken from warriors? Can a tyrant’s captives escape? Isaiah 49:24

And God said of course! Even the captives of warriors will be taken, and the tyrant’s loot will escape. I myself will oppose those who oppose and I myself will save these children. Isaiah 49:25 

The Psalmist stepped in and said, I have promised this many years and I will remind them again.  


 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

And under His wings you shall take refuge;  

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 A thousand may fall at your side,
 And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Because you have made the LORD,
who is my refuge,

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him

                                I will be with him in trouble
                                I will deliver him and honor him.

Karl Lohman

Let me say that there are several ways to tell who wrote a psalm. The easiest way is to look at the title. The title to Psalm 90, for example, is “A prayer of Moses the man of God.” Obviously Moses penned the words to that psalm. Psalm 91, however, has no title, so we are not able to identify the author that way.

If the psalm has no title to identify the writer, there is a second way to discover who that person was. If another passage of scripture quotes a portion of the psalm and ascribes it to a writer not identified by the title. For example, Psalm 2 has no title, but verses 1 and 2 are quoted in Acts 4:25-26
. In verse 25 of that chapter, we are told that David wrote Psalm 2. Unfortunately, I have not found any passages that identify the writer of Psalm 91.

Many of the commentators ascribe the Psalm to Moses, and that might be right. I think they follow a Jewish tradition that says if the writer of a particular psalm is not identified in the title of that psalm then you can go back to the nearest psalm that is titled and safely assume that it is the same author. Since Psalm 90 is clearly ascribed to Moses, they would say that Psalm 91 is also a psalm of Moses. I would hesitate to endorse that wholeheartedly, but I guess Moses is as good of a guess as anyone. In verse 14 of Psalm 91, the phrase set his love upon me is found. The only other place in the Bible where that phrase (or at least something very close to that phrase) is found is in Deuteronomy 7:7
“The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people.” The Book of Deuteronomy is obviously one of the books that Moses wrote so that might be some evidence to support the assumption that Moses is the writer of this psalm.

Karl Lohman

No-one knows for sure who wrote Psalm 91, but some believe it was Moses, because Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses directly preceding it. And because we don’t really know who wrote the Psalm and when it was written, no-one can be really sure of the historical context of it. 


 This Psalm is without a title, and we have no means of ascertaining either the name of its writer, or the date of its composition, with certainly. The Jewish doctors consider that when the author's name is not mentioned we may assign the Psalm to the last named writer; and, if so, this is another Psalm of Moses, the man of God. Many expressions here used are similar to those of Moses in Deuteronomy, and the internal evidence, from the peculiar idioms, would point towards him as the composer.