Our Dwelling Place

 

     The beginning declarations of Psalms 90 and 91 are striking.  “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalm 90:1); “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’” (Psalm 91:1-2). 

     Faith in God requires more than a theoretical knowledge of the truth.  As Psalm 91 illustrates, it requires the personal action necessary to make your life correspond to truth found in Psalm 90.  Jehovah offers a refuge, a dwelling place to every generation.  That offer must be personally accepted and acted upon.

     I must choose to dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I must draw near to God and make Him my refuge and my fortress.  I must make Him my God and my trust.

     Great spiritual blessings abound to everyone who chooses to make Jehovah their dwelling place.  “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction  that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot” (vv. 3-13).

     When you draw near to God, He will draw near to you (James 4:8).  Psalm 91 concludes with God’s response to everyone who makes Him his dwelling place.  “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  He shall 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 I will satisfy him and show him My salvation” (vv. 14-16).

     What a dwelling place!

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