Security - Psalm 91
Well-founded confidence? I’d searched for freedom from care and anxiety, but had never found that assurance. I put my confidence in people, who have failed me. I put my confidence in work, income, and savings. This security lasts as long as I work hard, I’m able to save money, and my investments are strong. At some time, I won’t be able to work. Disasters happen and savings may disappear. The stock market hasn't proved reliable--my investments may fail. All sources of man-made security only serve to increase anxiety.
There is one source of security that meets the definition of well-founded confidence.
In the Psalms, we are told,“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NIV
The word shelter brings thoughts of protection or refuge. When a storm surprises us, we run for shelter to get out of the rain.
In the Bible, shelter is sometimes used in place of tabernacle. In Old Testament times, the tabernacle of the Most High is where God resided among the people. (Exodus 25:8-9) This is where they went to worship.
Shadow - The sun can be oppressive. It beats down, leaching energy, and burning skin. We search for shade to find relief.
When Moses freed Israel from Egypt and took them into the desert, God appeared as a pillar of cloud during the day. He not only led the way, but shaded and protected the people from the oppressive rays of the desert sun.
Dwell – to live or continue in a given condition
The one who dwells, lives in, or continues in, not physically but with a heart of worship, the shelter of God, rests in his protection.
Of the millions of people in the world, and as sinful as I am, why would Almighty God be a shelter and a refuge for me?
In Psalm 91:14-15, the Lord whispers of me, “Because she loves me, I will rescue her and protect her, for she acknowledges my name.
She will call on my name and I will answer her. I will be with her in trouble. I will show her my salvation.”
I rest in the Lord’s shadow because I love him and I acknowledge him. He answers because I call on him.
Psalm 91:2 NIV– I will say of the Lord “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Our well-founded confidence in the sure and constant protection of the Lord evokes a response. Shouldn't we share the knowledge of our only secure refuge? Who will you tell?
Romans 12:1 NIV “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
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