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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Living in the Shadow (Psalm 91)

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1


God, burn this beautiful treasure into my heart and mind. Help me believe it so fully that I live without fear of anything but you. In Jesus' name I pray...


Observations

"Whoever" indicates, well, whoever. Anyone. Anyone, that is, that trusts the Lord enough to rest underneath his shelter. Drawing close to him.

"Dwells" indicates that you don't just visit--you live there. And you never leave. You see this place as your place of respite and refreshment. You recharge and revive here. In the presence of the Almighty.

"Shelter" indicates protection...from the wind, the rain, the sun, from being seen by the enemy...from a place of vulnerability.

When I'm hiking or out in a field and want to sit down to rest, why do I always look for a tree to sit under? For shelter. For protection. Because I feel vulnerable sitting out in the open. I don't even think about it. I just do because it's a legitimate need. Shelter. God provides this in more than physical ways.

"The Most High" is a description of who God is. He's not just higher than anyone else. He's the highest. He's at not just another level than anyone else--he's higher than the theoretical and actual limits of our universe. Because he's the only one not limited by any bounds of physics or dimensions or the universe. He's infinite! And his height refers to his glorious attributes: holiness, truth, power, love and omniscience. He is truly, most high!

"Rest" is what we "get to do". Because our identity includes being a child of God, we get to live with him--and he with us. That means we have a place we can go to truly rest. In fact, it's more than a place--it's a mindset. An attitude. A posture.

Mike Breen says it this way: We don't rest from work. We work from a place of rest. (John 15:1-11)

Imagine living a life where you are always at rest in your soul. No matter how hard and long you work, you are at rest. That's where he says we can be when we live in God's shadow.


Application

Learn to intentionally live in God's shadow.


What is God saying to you?

What are you going to do about it?


Lord, help us move from a place of frantic busyness to a place where we work out of a soul at rest in you. In Christ's fully sufficient name we pray, amen.