Enjoy this continuation from our blog, #BU-Secure.
Psalm 91:1 invites us to find security and rest as we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty. In part one of our series on, #BU-Secure, we discussed one definition of the word secure is ease of mind. The word dwell is from the Hebrew, yashab and it means to remain, abide, sit, or to be set. The word shelter is defined as a hiding place, secret place or covering. The word, shadow translates to, shade of protection.
Another definition of secure is: Assured in opinion or expectation. Matthew Henry writes in his commentary: “If Jehovah be our God, our refuge, and our fortress, what can we desire which we may not be sure to find in him? He is neither fickle nor false, neither weak nor mortal; he is God and not man, and therefore there is no danger of being disappointed in him. We know whom we have trusted.”
Talk about security! I’ve been disappointed in people, and by people. I’ve been disappointed in purchases I’ve made when I’ve sought to find security in possessions. I’ve been disappointed in myself when I believed I was the only one I could trust. What, or who, has caused you disappointment? Maybe it’s time to release them from your grip, and allow God to meet your desires. This is how we learn to trust that God is for us and not against us. It is also where we learn to dwell in the shade of His protection.
If my desire is for more money, power, food, friends, popularity, more of anything but Him—then He is not my dwelling place. My desire must be met in Him, and Him alone. We need to be assured in our opinion that God cannot fail us when circumstances around us become stormy. This is dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.
Jesus was able to live during His time on earth in holy serenity, with peace, and security of mind., even when He was confronted, challenged, ridiculed or condemned, He knew his purpose, and where to dwell for security. When Jesus experienced sorrow, or pain, He left the group and went alone to pray – He went into a place of intimacy with His Father.
Merriam-Webster offers another definition of secure as having no doubt. Matthew Henry goes on to say, “It is the privilege and comfort of those that do so that they abide under the shadow of the Almighty; he shelters them, and comes between them and every thing that would annoy them, whether storm or sunshine. They shall not only have an admittance, but a residence, under God's protection; he will be their rest and refuge for ever.”
Anyone can purchase a ticket to an event and spend a few hours having a great time. We enjoy traveling to visit our kids who live out of state, but when we begin our travel home, there’s anticipation for our arrival. We become excited to return to the place we reside. When you take up residence somewhere, you spend your time there, you look forward to being there, and all of your belongings are there. You lock your doors to keep danger out, which provides a sense of security.
God has planned for His children to take up residence under the shadow of the Almighty; He is our covering and He wants to be the place we run to in our quest for security. Rather than turning to food, porn, or alcohol, even good things like work, or people. We must be careful that we don’t run to our friends for security instead of God. The safest place for us is under His shade of protection.
The author of Psalm 91 continued, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” Regardless of what others say, regardless of our circumstance – what do you say of the Lord? Who is He to you? Who do you CHOOSE Him to be to you? Who do you know Him as? Where we put our confidence is important. I will say of the Lord He is My Healer, My safe place, My Helper, My Way-maker, My Provider, My Friend, My Guide, My All-in-All, My Comfort, My _____________?
God is always looking for progress over perfection. No one needs to feel—if you’ve walked out from under the shelter of protection—that you can’t go back.
You can always return home.
Remember, your new #Activ8tion plan is:
A. Acknowledge the fear.
B. Read your Bible.
C. Call a friend for prayer.
D. Dwell in the shelter of the Most High.