Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (PSALM 91:1).
When we walk with the Lord, the shade of the Almighty is always with us. The temple was a fortress for the psalmist to shelter in, but the shadow of God was with him everywhere else too.
When a city was under attack, the people of the area would run to find safety within the city walls. These stone strongholds were their refuge and they could feel peace knowing those walls would stand. Dwelling within the city walls offered rest on the outside but not rest on the inside; they could rest in a mighty God, a personal God, who offered hope.
God is our ever-present shelter in the storms of life and a constant shadow that cools us when we face the heat of trials. We live life daily behind the walls of “Fort God” and we can always trust his heart even when we cannot see his hand.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
What are the adverse circumstances that keep you running to the security found in Fort God? No matter what those struggles are, the very adversity we fear becomes the bricks paving the road to Fort God, where we rest in God’s shadow. We are sometimes forgetful and venture out from that glorious shadow, only to find ourselves scurrying back to our shelter. There’s a reason the psalmist knew the importance of dwelling in God’s presence, not just dropping in for a brief visit or making it a vacation destination. We need to dwell in God’s presence. Our permanent address is Fort God.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.