Be a dweller in the shelter – Psalms 91:1

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalms 91:1 ESV

Relevant Scriptures:

Psalm 31:20
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.

Psalm 121:5
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.


Pulpit: He who has his thoughts always on God is said to “dwell in him” – to “make his abode with him” – to “sit down in his secret place.” He has the Almighty, as it were, for his constant companion. Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. This is not “tautology.” What is meant is that “loving faith on man’s part shall be met by faithful love on God’s part” (Kay). God will extend his “shadow” over the man who places himself under his protection.

Henry: He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so. The spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly Father’s will is done; and we have no reason to fear. God’s people shall see, not only God’s promises fulfilled, but his threatenings. Then let sinners come unto the Lord upon his mercy-seat, through the Redeemer’s name; and encourage others to trust in him also.

My pondering:

He who dwells. What does it mean to dwell?

Choosing to stay. Drilling into a deep spot like drilling oil or digging for gold. Pondering. Focus. Rest. Hang out. Maintain.

And if by faith we dwell with a sincere heart and a curious, content mind on God we will not be scorched but rather be covered in shade. Not immune to any calamity but insulated and comforted by our loving Father. All we need to do is trust and obey.

I can’t but help notice the following verse; 91:2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

The pslamist speaks boldly the truth to himself, to any who care to listen and most importantly to His God.

All we need to do is trust and obey.

My prayer:

Lord, life and You are way to complex for me to understand everything let alone most things but I dont need to because You do. Help this poor soul be rich in You.

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