The Safety of Abiding In His Presence
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
Who would have thought that in 2021 we would be experiencing the confusion and disorder we’re experiencing now? And even though the scriptures warn us of these things to come, it’s hard to comprehend the magnitude entirely of the events we’re living out.
Wars, earthquakes, fires, floods, and pestilence have all found their way into our reality.
The script of this narrative is not merciful. On the contrary, it is downright hardhearted at times.
Where can one go to find refuge?
Where can one go to get away from it all?
Where can one go for safety and security?
This is certainly not my story, and this is undoubtedly not yours.
Nevertheless, our Psalm, for today, lets us know there is safety abiding in the presence of God. For it reads, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
He who. Is the ‘who’ only the rich and famous or the elite in society? No, it can be any individual or person who is a believer. However, there is a prerequisite. The believer has to dwell. The Hebrew word for dwell is yashab; it means to sit down; to remain; to settle in the sense of taking up homestead; to possess a place and live on it.
But where does one dwell? The passage says, “…in the secret place of the Most High.” This lets me know that this place is not known to everyone because it’s top-secret. This place is a hiding place with a covering. Those who are outside of the covenant with God do not get a free pass. The secret place is a portion of the believer’s inheritance from the Father.
So, what happens once you reach the secret place? First, one has to abide — stay permanently. You can’t check-in, and checkout like you would come to a hotel. Then, one has to take up permanent residence and forward all your mail, realizing that your old residence is not comparable to your new place in Christ. And yet, this abiding place is a place of protection, for it’s under the shadow of the Almighty.
If you find yourself under the shadow of Shaddai, you have found a covering like none other. Nothing can penetrate the force field that encompasses you. As in Star Wars, this barrier is like a divine wall of energy that provides security to its intended target. And that intended target is you.
In a world, like we’re living in today, we need to practice self-care.
I ask you, what better way is there to start your new lifestyle than to dwell in the secret place under the shadow of Shaddai?
There’s no better place.
Join me again next week for Coffee on The Couch.