Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation."
Psalm 91 (NLT)
After reading these words, I found myself pondering this question. What does it mean to live in the shelter of the Most High? When you live somewhere, you take up residence there. It should become your home. Due to sin, we often have a distorted definition of what the term home means. Home is more than just a place where you eat, sleep and take shelter. It should be the place nearest and dearest to your heart. It should be the place where you are the most comfortable. You can be yourself. You can be honest about your feelings, your struggles, your fears, etc. When you are in trouble, sick or lonely you long for home. You may still be in trouble, sick or lonely but you feel much better. Home is a refuge.
You commune with others who dwell with you. You invite others to come to your home. Sometimes it's just to share the blessings you have received. Other times it's to teach, pray, have fellowship, offer encouragement or provide a home for those who don't have a home they can go to in times of trouble.
I don't want to just know God. I want to make him my home. I want to live in the shelter of the Most High!
*8/18/11--This blog is now part of a series entitled Walking With God In The Midst of Cancer.