Tag: psalm 91

The Shelter of Trust

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“‘We are in your cities’: Alleged ISIS terrorists threaten U.S. via Twitter; FBI orders police to be on high alert!”

So reads the NY Daily News.

“…men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:26 NKJV)

So reads the New Testament; specifically, the words of Jesus.

I wouldn’t ignore either voice.

But before you buy your bottled water and canned goods, you’d better make certain your shelter can withstand any attack.

No, not bomb shelter. THIS shelter:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place – the Most High, who is my refuge – no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91 ESV)

The shelter of trust. The dwelling place of communion with God Almighty through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. The place of eternal life.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.” (John 6:47 ESV)

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36 ESV)

“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12 ESV)

No one but God really knows what crazy, demon possessed people will do. And even if they do nothing at all, you and I STILL need the shelter of trust.

We need it now.

We’ll need it forever.

Where is your shelter of trust? WHO is your shelter?

Secret Place

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Come closer, dear ones. I would like to tell you a secret. It’s really about a secret place; a place of covering and camouflage, protection and provision.

It’s a place few people find, though it’s been talked about for centuries.

Many believe the place doesn’t exist; but those who find it never want to leave.

It’s a wide, broad place, but the entrance is smaller than the eye of a needle.

To enter requires no secret handshake or even a certain percentage of one’s income. Even the tithe won’t open the door to this special, secret place.

There’s no one so bad they can’t live in this secret place I’m referring to; but no one can enter because they’re good enough.

Many an adversary have attempted to invade and demolish this wonderful place, but all have failed. It’s a forever kind of place, a place no one wants to leave; though many have allowed themselves to be coerced into leaving.

What a shame.

Surely you know what place I’m talking about, don’t you? It’s the secret place of the Most High; the secret place of God Almighty.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 AMP)

The secret place of the Most High is the greatest, safest, and most loving place in all the universe! The Garden of Eden cannot compare with the secret place! Mansions in glory cannot measure up! In fact, without the secret place, Heaven just couldn’t be, Heaven.

Even winning a $300 million Lottery wouldn’t hold a candle to the secret place!

The secret place, the place of refuge, of fellowship, of complete salvation; like no other place.

How can you find this secret place?

Well, can you put your whole trust in Jesus Christ? Can you cast all your care on him, because he cares for you? Can you, WILL you, call upon him as the Lord of your life? Will you LET HIM tell you what to do, what to say, how to think, and what to believe?

Will you “say of the Lord, he is your refuge and your fortress, your God, in whom you trust?”

If so, you’re not far from the secret place.

Jesus is the secret place of God. And he’s as close as the faith in your heart.

“HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:1 – 91:16 AMP)

He Has Me Covered

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Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
(Psalm 91:1-4 NLT)

“He will cover you…His faithful promises are your armor and protection”

Protection from what? Armor for what?
From every trap and from every disease. The Psalmist also adds cobras, lions, serpents, and trouble to the list of things God’s promises protect us, cover us, from.

Traps such as deceit, pride, lust, bitterness, and other evil schemes the enemy of our soul lays for us. Traps that are well hidden, completely out of sight until our feet step into them.

His promises can also cover us from ourselves! Our traditions, our viewpoints, our reasonings, our education…can sometimes stand between us and the promises of God.

I’m realizing just how much covering I need. I see people I really care about not acting like I would like them to act. Without His covering, I can allow my thoughts and reasonings to run wild. Before long, I am so far removed from faith in His Word I have a hard time battling doubts, anger, and depression.

But He covers me. He covers you.

Proverbs 28:13 says, “he who covers his sin shall not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them shall find mercy.” I cannot cover, or hide, behind how good or bad I am, or have been. Neither can you. But as we are open with God He covers us with His mercy. His Mercy!

1 Peter 4:8 – “…show deep love for each other, because love covers a multitude of sin.” Love covers those who haven’t earned the covering! It covers those who CAN’T earn it. That’s all of us!

Romans 2:4 – “…the goodness of God leads people to repentance.”

We must be covered with His promises. The world around us, our loved ones, our friends, our enemies NEED us to be covered! For our covering will keep us, including our hearts and minds, where we should be…

Believing God for His Kingdom to come, and for His will to be done in the lives of those we care about…better yet, in the lives of those HE CARES ABOUT!

Where are you abiding? Who’s secret place are you hiding in? What is your armor and protection?

“Under His wings shall I trust.”

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