Faith and Dwelling

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. Psalm 91:1-2

He who dwells. The word dwell jumped out at me today. Many translations substitute the word “live” for dwell in this verse, but I think “dwell” conveys a sense of permanency and intention. You and I have a choice of where we choose to “dwell” and what we choose to “dwell on”.

We all have a place to dwell. The question is, do I choose to dwell in the shelter of the Most High or in some other random place? Do I spend more time thinking about (dwelling on) my problems and trying to figure out solutions than I do praying about them? Do I focus on my own inadequacies more than God’s strengths?

This past week, my daughter experienced vertigo. It is a very unpleasant condition that for her case involves nausea, dizziness and a sense the world is spinning, fatigue and ringing in her ears. The doctor said she has a piece of sand in the hairs of her ear canal, and when it vibrates, it sends mixed messages to her brain. So, in my concern for her, I have to ask myself, am I dwelling in the peace of God, knowing God is moving on her behalf, or am I busy worrying? Dwelling on the problems and concerns for her family, this has added.

When we choose to dwell under the shelter of the Most High, we can run to Him. I would ask you to ponder…how big is God’s shelter to you in actuality? Is it a tiny thrown together leaky shack? Or is it, in your thoughts, a safe, secure refuge? It makes a difference. The amplified version of Psalm 91:1 says He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty, [whose power no enemy can withstand]. Are you believing it today? For those thoughts that are causing you to dwell outside of God’s thoughts? Are you dwelling on fear? Anxiety? Anger? Unforgiveness? We don’t have to live there. We can come under His shelter. In His shelter there is peace and care. There is power and might. There is hope and trust. In His shelter, we are protected.

Here is Psalm 91 in the Passion Translation. Read it in the first person. (When I abide…and I am hidden) You will be blessed!

When you abide under the shadow of Shaddai,
    you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
He’s the hope that holds me and the stronghold to shelter me,
    the only God for me, and my great confidence.
He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy,
    and he will protect you from false accusation
    and any deadly curse.
His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you.
    You can run under his covering of majesty and hide.
    His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night
    nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.
Don’t fear a thing!
    Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you,
    nor will the powers of evil be launched against you.
Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed,
    you will remain unscathed and unharmed.
You will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment,
    for they will be paid back for what they have done!
9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
    our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.
    How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
    defending you from all harm.
12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you
    and keep you from stumbling.
13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness,
    trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
    “Because you loved me, delighted in me, and have been loyal to my name,
    I will greatly protect you.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
    and you will feel my presence
    in your time of trouble.
    I will deliver you and bring you honor.
16 I will satisfy you with a full life and with all that I do for you.
    For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

Father, help us truly dwell in your Presence and in Your refuge. We will choose to dwell on you and your ways,not our own fears, In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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