“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” (Ps. 91:1-2 NIV)
Psalm 91 is one of my favorite psalms. The psalm is thought to have been written by Moses because the prior psalm was ascribed to him, and in verse 14 the phrase “set his love upon me” is reminiscent of a similar phrase found in Deuteronomy 7:7, “the Lord did not set His love upon you, or choose you, because you were the greatest in number….”
Dwelling is a word that indicates not just a temporary place of abode, but a permanent place of living. We are not to seek a hiding place after our life has gone awry, but instead, we are to live within the shadow of the Almighty on a daily basis.
What a beautiful image! Finding our peace, our rest in God provides us with a refuge that is strikingly different from anyplace we could construct ourselves. The walls that we would build as a fortress against attacks from the enemy are fragile indeed. But even God’s shadow extends greater protection for his children than anything which we could build on our own.
Prayer: Father God, we are amazed at how marvelous you are, and are so thankful that you provide a hiding place for those who dwell in you. May we find our rest and peace and security in you alone, our refuge and our fortress.
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