April 1, 2018

Psalms 91:1-2…He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

            Sometimes in the face of danger, I have to be reminded that God is my shelter and I abide safely in Him. This Psalm does not list an author, but it sounds a lot like David. It appears to be for all who call upon the name of the Lord. And notice the intentionality; “I will say to the lord.” God is a refuge to those who look to him for that. He is not a refuge to one who does not expect it. Speak with confidence. “God is my refuge.”  God has always expected His people to trust Him. He brought the children of Israel safely out of Egypt and through the Red Sea on dry ground. Not long after that, they started complaining about what they didn’t have. God was not pleased… His thought was, “I rescued you from slavery; don’t you trust me to provide whatever you need?” 

            We are His current children, through Jesus. Do we trust Him or are we waiting to see how he does? Trusting God is a constant attitude. We don’t trust Him for some things and not others. Never do we need to say, “We’ll see.” When you trust God, he is there. That does not mean we have a wide open door to anywhere. An Israelite could not run back to Egypt and get something that he purportedly forgot. And we, likewise, trust God for whatever we need; we are not weighing the options.

            Years ago, God brought Karla to me and we are married. At that time, I could have said, “I will go down to the tavern and find a wife.” God, respecter of our free will, could have backed away at that time.  But, I needed God to take care of that detail, and He did. What are you facing right now? Our part in this equation is to dwell in the shelter of the Almighty. That is a frame of mind more than it is a place. If we dwell in Him, we can always say confidently, “He’s got me.” Or if you prefer, “He’s got this.” It is spring in much of the world right now. It is time for a spring cleanup. Make sure that above the door of your heart the sign says, “God is here.” That is our confession and He responds.