“Whoever 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 refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:1-4
“Dwell in the shelter of the Most High.” This is exactly where we want to be in order that God would become our fortress of protection, but how do we make our home there? How do we find it? How do we even get in? How do we get the benefits? There is obviously an action we must take, an effort on our part, to move into God’s shelter.
- “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
Most of us has had the experience of moving from one place to another. It’s a huge, daunting task. First, you sort through more items than you thought you had. What do you want to keep because it is valuable? What do you want to get rid of because it serves no value? Once you figure that all out, all of your useful or favorite items get sorted, boxed, labeled, and ready for the move. Then, you load everything, move, and unpack in your new dwelling place. Some of the things you thought you needed, will still remain in the boxes… sometimes even for years.
- “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13
In order to move in with God, we need to get rid of our boxes of things that are of no use to us and no use to God… the things of this world we think we need that often take the place of God, or fights for His attention… not only some material things that don’t belong, but some traits that we continue to carry with us that should be disposed of as well such as pride, deceit, slander, etc.
- “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others” Psalm 15:1-3
In order to move into God’s home, we need to seek to live a righteous life, which of course, most essentially includes seeking the Righteous One, Jesus Christ. When we seek Jesus first, His righteousness comes with us in our move to God’s house. This is the most important box we can bring with us.
- “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”” Romans 1:17
Father God, Thank you for your son, Jesus, who transfers His righteousness to us so that we can move in and live under the shelter of your wings. You are our protector and our guide. Without You, we have no true home. Thank you for adopting us and bringing us into your home. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.