This morning I found myself unable to move past these verses in my bible.
He who 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.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Psalm 91:1-5;8
There are times in each of our lives where we need shelter; shade from the heat of our troubles, saved from the snare of our enemy, covered by the softness of God from a harsh world, shielded from the fears that plague us in the darkness.
As I mediated on these verses a sense of peace and protection came over me. You and I have the awesome privilege of entering into The Most High’s secret place. It’s a divine place where nothing or no one can ever overpower Him.
Certainly we can find safety in the shadow of the Almighty as well. When I think about living in God’s shadow, I’m reminded of long, hot summer days spent at the ballpark watching my son play baseball. Often, I seek the protection of shade from the hot scorching sun. You and I can be confident that in God’s shadow, peace and protection is ours to behold.
That’s not all. We are safe from danger too! The next verse speaks of being spared from the snare of the fowler. As believers, our enemy is out to destroy us. Nothing gives him more pleasure than to trap us into sin or temptation—robbing us of our peace, joy, and witness for Christ. But God… He protects us from this danger. Like a mother bird cradles and shields her young underneath her wing, so does our Father shield us.
I love verse 8 which implies that God’s children are safe when disaster is all around them. They are only spectators.
The rest of this Psalm 14-16 is a pledge from the Lord to you and me. Read it for yourself today and praise God for His faithfulness.
May you live in His shadow today.