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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Dwelling in the Lord

"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'...If you make the Most High your dwelling, even the LORD, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-12

How do we dwell in the Shelter of the Most High, because this sure sounds like a place I want to be. How ‘bout you? There seems to be a condition on this promise. The condition is that we "make" the Most High our dwelling place. It's a volitional choice to make God the place where we hang out. It stands to reason that in order to make God our dwelling place, we need to dwell on Him - not on our problems, the circumstances that surround us and the issues that seem to be prevailing against us. We must not dwell on those things, but focus our thoughts and minds on Him. There’s another Scripture that says “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”

When I first pondered this verse, I wondered how do I keep my mind stayed on Him, as well as how do I dwell in His shelter. The Lord seemed to speak to my heart saying “I am The Word.” The Word! "Yes, of course!" I thought. I instantly realized that to keep our minds on the Lord is to focus on Scripture. Perhaps there are other ways, but this was what God showed me.

You see, God usually speaks to us through His Word. So, before you open your Bible, ask the Lord to reveal His Word to your heart as you read, to speak to you through His Word. It is indeed God's will to do this. 1 John 5:14 says that if you ask anything according to His will, it will be done for you.

As you read, God will highlight a Scripture passage or verse for you. You know it's from God if it fills you with hope, insight or answers your questions/problems in a way that brings peace as it reveals truth. Even God's rebukes are not done harshly, but with a spirit of peace that brings confidence and tranquility and yes, even joy as you repent. The enemy is easily recognized by the condemnation and hopelessness you feel - but that's a whole 'nother subject.

As the Lord gives you a Scripture, mediate on it all day long. Write it down and carry it with you. Make a note of the book and chapter so you can find it again when the Lord has you share it with someone else - as He often does. Think on it throughout the day. This is what it means to keep your mind stayed on Him—for He is the Word, and the Word is Him.

This is also how you dwell in His shelter: we abide in Him by keeping our mind, heart and thoughts on Him—His Word– throughout the day. Then, you can rest in the peace of knowing that His promises found in Psalm 91 are for you, as you make Him your shelter.

"The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run in and are safe." Proverbs 18:10

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jeannie for your wise words...I've just been struggling with focus and frustration and wanting to hunger for God, yet even struggling with that. Was asking for a Scripture that would address that struggle and began reading Psalm 91 and questioned God, "How do I make the Most High my dwelling?" In my frustration I just googled that question and went to your sight and read your words. I cried as I realize again that wherever we are in our lives, He will be faithful and satisfy the true longings in our hearts, which ultimately is Him, as we indeed choose to dwell on Him. Thank you so much Jeannie...

Renee