Thursday, September 1, 2016

In the Shelter of the Most High

Let me encourage the saints today with the Scripture that says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." (Ps 91:1, NIV)

I want to be that man who continually dwells in the shelter of the Most High both day and night. Don't you?

The Hebrew word for "shelter" is "sêther," meaning "hiding place or secret place" used for cover and protection. That's the place I want to continually stay, as I go about each moment of the day -- in the secret place of the Most High. That's the hiding place where I want to reside.

The Lord promises some wonderful blessings for those of us who do so. He promises that we will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. The word for "Almighty" is "El Shaddai," meaning "All Sufficient." There is no place more peaceful and restful than right there in the shadow of the All Sufficient One.

The Hebrew word for "shadow" is "tsêl," meaning "defense, shade or shadow." Since God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all, we know this cannot be like any shadow we have ever seen before. It is not one that has any absence of light, but quite the opposite. It is that space near to Him that is glowing with the brightness of His glory.  To be in His shadow is to be in the brilliant light of His immediate presence. That's where I belong!

And there's more! Another promised blessing for those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High is that "He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." (Ps 91:4, NIV)

He promises that if we dwell daily in His shelter -- in His presence -- He will cover us with His feathers, and we will find refuge under His wings. That's what I want! How about you?

Let's ask the Lord for the grace to cultivate this in our lives, so that each moment we are dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. Let's practice the presence of the Lord.

Attribution notice: Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted. Image used by permission from John Tussey.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog, such as Practicing the Presence of the Lord and As the Still, Fair Court, which are available through the Home page of this blog. Also see Led by the Spirit and my daughter's poem called "The Glory of God," as well as this song about His presence by Mercy Me, called Here with Me. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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