Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 91
Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (v. 1).
Such beautiful and powerful words of comfort to roll around in our minds and hearts today.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust'” (v. 1-2).
A couple of thoughts and observations for your day:
1) This is an invitation to live life trusting in God and all the promises that come with it.
Where do you dwell?
Now first off… guys, stay with me here. The Ladies know the “dwell” word. There might be a few signs at Hobby Lobby or perhaps a coffee mug or two being held right now with some beautiful rendition of the word on it… but fellas, it’s just another way of saying, “Where do you shelter?” And we all know guys are into building and finding shelters.
How about, where do you live?
The life of faith is a life lived with God… daily.
The Christian life is the ongoing expression of faith… “I’ve found shelter!” And that shelter in this life, and after this life, is God himself.
So, let me ask it another way, are you living life with God today? Are you still running to Him as your shelter?
The one who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
The world around us might be in an all-the-time state of unrest… this has at least been true in my lifetime. So if your mind, heart, & soul are weary of the unrest, what do you do? Where do you find rest?
Psalm 91 makes it clear… with God.
Friends, there is a refuge. And there is rest. And His name is Jesus. Let’s get there today.
2) God will ultimately protect, rescue, save, and satisfy His children.
There’s plenty of fear to go around these days. Lots to worry about. The author of Psalm 91 lists all kinds of dangers: the fowler’s snare, deadly pestilence, the terror of night, arrows in the day, plagues, harm, disaster, lions, cobras, (bears, oh my!), the great lion and the serpent (hmm…wonder who that is?)
Satan wants us freaked out.
In fact, Satan is well aware of Psalm 91… it’s Scripture he knows well and used to tempt Jesus to throw himself off the temple (see Matthew 4).
Satan twisted Psalm 91 to try and get Jesus to put God to the test… “throw yourself off… God said he won’t let anything happen to you, the angels will catch you and your foot won’t even hit the rocks.”
Satan may know the Bible, but he preaches terrible sermons.
Is Psalm 91 telling us that Christians will never suffer??
Jesus would in fact suffer and die. In fact, through His death, He would ultimately defeat and trample “the great lion” and “the serpent”… which happens to be the verse after the one Satan quoted to Jesus. When Satan comes quoting Scripture at you…it’s not a bad strategy to remind him to “read the next verse.”
Satan is always trying to distract us and deceive us and get us focused on short-term temporal comforts. He will always use a bit of truth in the midst of a big lie.
No, Psalm 91 is not saying “you’ll never get hurt.”
Psalm 91 is saying God will ultimately protect and save those who make God their dwelling place. God will be your eternal refuge.
“He will 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.” (v.15-16)
For those who run to God as their shelter and live life in Him… there is a glorious promise of rest and eternal security that infuses hope, confidence, and comfort into the heart of the believer.
Don’t get lost in the unrest and don’t give way to fear. Jesus has crushed the head of the serpent. Therefore, we have a shelter in times of trouble, and our future is secure.
Let’s live today and every day in the shelter of the Most High and shadow of the Almighty.