He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my fortress, my God in whom I trust”.
I love taking a verse or a group of verses and thinking about them. I have gone days, weeks or months just ruminating; thinking about them and speaking to the Lord about it.
Sometimes it helps me to think of the opposite of what the scripture is saying to get some perspective. I suppose that if I’m not dwelling in the shelter of the Most High I’m making my own shelter–a shelter built of fear and mistrust–my own fortress to keep me safe from all the things listed in the rest of this Psalm. Then if I build it I must maintain it. That takes a lot of work. No wonder I get so exhausted! I must be diligent in watching for threats and deciding what is “good” or “bad” to know who or what to let in or keep out. I absolutely do that. I have built my own fortress and when God Almighty says, “come here, dwell here, there is rest here” I shake my fist at Him and blame Him for not protecting me in this shack I have designed. That is foolishness! Why don’t I dwell in the shelter of the Most High and give up my control? I don’t really have control anyway. Do I really trust the Lord or do I just mouth the words? I like things like this to make me look deep within and find out what I truly believe. Today I choose to tear down my shack and rest is the shelter of the Almighty. That seems like freedom to me.
How about you? What is your shack made of? Are you ready to exchange it? It really doesn’t work anyway.
Let me know what you think?