dwelling in the shadow of the Almighty

Cross silhouette and the holy blue sky
I am always amazed when the Holy Spirit opens up a familiar scripture to me and teaches me something that I have never seen before, and knows just when I need to understand what He wants to teach me. 
I memorized Psalm 91 when I was just a little girl.  I have returned to that passage many times and found comfort in the words, but I read it today and realized how
and how much of the meaning I had been missing.  
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High.
“Most High” is a name of God – El Elyon, emphasizing God’s strength and sovereignty.  We must dwell there… abide, stay… in His secret place.   The promises found in this passage are not for every believer, but for those who have chosen to remain in close communion with God.   We will find God’s strength by abiding in that precious, intimate place found only through prayer and communion with our Father.  Can you grasp the thought that God has a secret place that He invites us to and longs for us to dwell in with Him? 
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
“Almighty” is another name of God – Shadday – which means most powerful. When we dwell with God we can abide or find rest underneath the powerful shadow of our God.  
 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
The Psalmist is declaring the Lord not just to be “a” refuge or fortress, but to be personally “my” refuge and “my” fortress and “my” God.  What comfort to know that we, through the blood of Christ, belong to God.  
 He is mine.  
I can trust Him.
 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.
 He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
In our flesh, we are weak and frail as birds, yet when we belong to God and are dwelling in the Sprit, we have protection from the snares that would draw us into temptation and sin.  God longs for us to remain under the security of His wings.  It is there we find protection not only from temptations but from the noisome (destructive) spiritual warfare and battles that are ever present in this life. 
His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Ephesians 6 tells us take up our shield of faith.  It is that faith, only attained through salvation and learning God’s truth and promises, that will keep us from fear.  Fear is a deadly spiritual and physical entrapment that can cripple and cause us to be ineffective as Christians.  During storm filled nights, when my children cannot sleep, they often find their way to our bed. Very quickly, after finding the comfort of being near us, they fall right back to sleep.  The storm is not gone, but their fear has vanished.  It’s that same comfort and release from fear we find when we abide under the safety of our Father. 
 A thousand shall fall at thy side,
and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.
 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
and see the reward of the wicked.
 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
even the most High, thy habitation;
We see many falling on every side of us due to sin or death.  We see the results of sin on the wicked. But, we do not have to fear if we have made the Lord our habitation… again, if we dwell with Him in the holy of holies, if we find ourselves daily at His feet and enjoying an intimate relationship with Him. We realize that we are immortal until He calls us home, and then what greater joy can we know than to behold the face of our Savior for all eternity.
 There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
 For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.
 They shall bear thee up in their hands,
lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Our wonderful Father has provided not one angel, but angels… plural, to keep watch over us.  What greater release from fear than to know God’s angels are protecting us.  The promise here is that they will keep us in ALL our ways.  Nothing happens to us outside the filtering hand of our Lord.  
 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: 
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him.
What a beautiful promise of God – when we abide with Him and love Him with a deep love and trust only gained through an intimate relationship, He will deliver us. He will answer us when we call.  Though we go through trouble, He will be with us.  Through His grace, He will give us an underlying joy and peace, no matter how sorely the trial hurts.  
 With long life will 
and shew him my salvation.
Do you want to be satisfied with life?
What a contrast from the peaceful older godly saint who wears a smile, than to the younger person who is miserable and tryng to fill his life with drugs, alcohol and sinful pleasures. There is a 91 year old lady who has been attending our church who proudly boasts of her age and always follows it by saying that God has given her a good life and she only loves people and never hates.  Even though she is now beginning to be stricken with dementia, the love and peace of God flow through her words.  I believe that lady has spent years abiding in Christ.  
If you are not abiding in Christ, run to Him now.  Whether through salvation or a renewed relationship with Him, He longs for you to find shelter.

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