“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91:1-2
What does it mean to dwell in God’s shelter and abide in His shadow? I think we could think that is just for the super spiritual, those who are pastors and/or scholars. But I don’t think so. I think dwelling in His shelter and abiding in His shadow is very simple really when you think about it. It means having fellowship with Him every single day. It means having a time set aside to study His word and to listen for His voice. It means going through your day knowing He is with you. Even when the going can be hard. It means knowing that even when bad things do happen that they have sifted through His fingers. And it truly means trusting Him to work things out the way that is best!
I wish I could say that I went about every day like this. I try, I really do. I have a habit now of getting up early and having some time with my God! But some days, even though I may have had a wonderful time with the Lord, something will happen that sets the mood for the day in a way that does not feel like dwelling and abiding with Him. Something will happen that makes me want to shake my fist or to scream that this doesn’t feel very safe. On those days I have to work even harder to make sure I am putting my trust where it belongs and not in the things of the world ,or my mood, or whatever is happening that day. It takes a little extra effort to dwell and to abide.
It’s days like that, when I feel like I am having to remind myself to breathe in, breathe out, when I feel like I am at the end of a very thin thread and one wrong move will break the thread that I know I better retreat. It’s time for me to be intentional about my dwelling and abiding. It’s days like this that I will turn on a podcast of a sermon or some worship music on my phone to play in the background while I work. Let’s face it, sometimes you just have to quiet the noise of the world and that has been my secret weapon in order to do that.
No, dwelling and abiding does not mean that you have to appear super spiritual all the time. At least I don’t think so. But dwelling and abiding just means you know where your heart is at home. My heart is more at home when I am in close communion with Jesus than at any other time. It’s when I quiet the noise of the world, no matter how bad or how good the day is and bring my concerns, and my joys to Him whatever they are. Dwelling and abiding just means spending time with Him and asking His direction and His will for my life. Dwelling and abiding means laying it all down at His feet and then trusting Him to carry it out the best way He sees fit. Dwelling and abiding is knowing that your concerns, your prayers, your heart is safe with Him!
Again, I am going to give you this verse in the NLT. I love the simplicity of it.
“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.” Psalms 91:1-2
May we be people who live in His shelter and find rest in His shadow, and may we know that we are safe and we can trust Him.