The opening words of Psalm 91:1-2 are offer beautiful assurance: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. He will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” I am struck by these words as I read them… for weeks I have “sheltered-in-place” with my family. We all might feel restless as we try to understand and anticipate events. But when I think about the time I am given to dwell in the shelter of the Most High and to abide with Him there – those words give me comfort, peace, encouragement, and strength! I encourage you to read the whole passage of Psalm 91 and let those words minister to you. What a timely passage to read for us!
A pastor once asked his congregation where do you dwell? He had just shared the words of Psalm 91 and was sharing what it means to abide in God. To abide with God, we must dwell in His presence. We must seek God out through His Word and prayer. When we are faced with trouble and difficulties, we forget to seek God and we find ourselves dwelling in fear and anxiety. God calls us and invites us to come to Him. Come find refuge. Come find shelter. We need not remain in those places of worry.
The concept of abiding has significant meaning for us. God’s invitation is for us to dwell or remain with Him. We are not merely being invited to be aware of His presence, but God desires to draw us into a deep relationship with Him. It is a personal and interactive relationship. We observe, follow, obey, accept, trust, and receive. Our focus is on Him. We are filled and sustained by His power and love. He is our all and all.
Reflect: As you find yourself in concerning situations, where does your heart dwell? Pray and ask God to give you assurance and peace that He is watching over you and covering you with His love and protection. Choose to dwell in His presence through prayer and reading His word.