Monday, February 18, 2013

Psalm 91

I heard a great devotional on Psalm 91 this morning. I'm blessed that we can pray and read the Word at my workplace. Today, one of my co-workers taught from Psalm 91 and afterwards they gave us a few minutes of self-reflection that I really appreciated. Thought I'd share it with you.

Psalm 91 (ESV)
 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.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

During the self-reflective time, I couldn't get over how close God wants to be with me. He wants to shelter me with his wing, he wants me in his shadow. He desires to protect me and care for me. He wants to be my dwelling place. Wow! I can't believe he wants me right there with him!

Verses 14-16 are from the Lord; because I love Him and know his name He will deliver me, protect me, answer me when I call, be with me, rescue me, and satisfy me with long life and his salvation. What more could I need to get through this life?

As I read verse 9 where it says, "Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place . . ." I had to stop and ask myself, "Have I really made him my dwelling place? Are these promises for me?" Maybe, but I'd like to get even closer if I can!

There's not a promise that you won't come up against hard things, but a promise that you won't be alone and they won't overtake you. As much as I'd like to receive a promise of an easy life, an eternal one is so much more valuable!

Thank you Lord for your protection and concern for me. Thank you for your salvation.

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