The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of April 23, 2018
Where Do You Dwell?
Psalm 91:1-2, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Beloved, where do you dwell? Notice that I did not ask you, “Where do you live?” because for most of you I know that you live in San Antonio and other locations. But when I ask you, “Where do you dwell?” I am asking you where do you place your life and thoughts and concerns?
“To dwell” can mean a couple of things. It can be the place where we live or it can be the place where we place our thoughts. It can be a place of happiness or one of unhappiness, anxiety, or dissatisfaction.
For many of us we dwell in the meditation of worry or in the narcissism of self-preservation. When trials hit we run to our fears and often allow them to overwhelm us. The Psalmist however asks us to consider another place to dwell.
He tells us that we should be dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. The shelter of the Most High is an intimate place of divine protection. The use of “Most High” for God emphasizes that no threat can ever overpower Him.
Therefore, when we dwell, when we place our thoughts and emotions on God, He will protect our thoughts and us. We must also remember to stay at that place of protection for the Psalmist says that we must “abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” To abide means to remain and to stay.
We are to take our thoughts captive and return them to the One who cares for us most. We then can say that God is our, “refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Beloved, do not allow the trials of this life to pull you away from the Lord. Remain steadfast clinging to Jesus for your protection. There is no better place to be!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!