Psalm 91:3 Day 3
Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most – High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
The word shelter denotes a place of safety, rest, trust, and peace of mind. When I think of those words – I think of home. Coming home after a long cold winter day, starting a fire, and sitting in our recliners with my wife and puppy, and letting the stresses of the day melt away.
This verse teaches us two things about the shelter we have in God.
First of all, the shelter spoken of here is an actual place. Just like the scene I described earlier in my home is a real place. Thinking about it is not the same as being there. Pretending some other location is home is not the same either.
There is a place – a shelter – we have in God. It is not a physical location but rather a place we share with God spiritually, emotionally, and physically within our own wellbeing, where we genuinely feel His presence, sense His care, and feel a true sense of joy. “In HIS presence there if fullness of joy!”
Each one of us has to find that place for ourselves and how to get there. Have you taken time to go home spiritually today? To a place where you feel the presence and love of your heavenly Father and know all is going to be okay. Do you know how to get there? Can you get there now?
“Whoever dwells in the shelter…”
The second thing we learn about this shelter is that we choose whether to dwell there or not. We determine where we choose to dwell! We can choose to dwell in the shelter of the presence of God, or in the shadows of discouragement, fear, or stress.
Remember, it does not take 8 hours of prayer and Bible memorization to get to this place of God’s presence and protection. Sometime is just takes walking away for a moment to whisper a prayer, sing a favorite worship song, recite a favorite scripture, counting your blessings, listing God’s miracles in your life, or reading Scripture, etc. to get us to the shelter where we feel God’s presence and gain a fresh perspective on our day.
So, remember you get to choose today where you dwell. Are you choosing to dwell in the shelter of His presence, or in a spirit of complaining, defeat, discouragement, anger, or a bad mood? If you are not sure where you are dwelling today – just as the people around you – or better yet look at their faces when you enter the room.
Well that is all for today. I have to go now. I have determined that I have to go and spiritually check out of the room I have chosen to occupy so far today and find my way home again!
God Bless and we will talk again tomorrow.