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Psalm 91 Deeper

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

I dwell. We all dwell. The question is where. We either dwell out on our own or we dwell in God’s presence. If we are in fellowship with God, then we dwell in God’s shelter. We are protected by the Most High. The Perfect One. The One with the best point of view. He can see the farthest because He is the highest up. Who better to trust than the One who knows the most and the best?

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

When we dwell in God’s shelter, we rest in His shadow. We can relax. We rest out of the heat and under, covered by God’s shadow. The shadow of the Almighty. All powerful. All strong. We can rest because God will take care of everything. And He has the most and the best qualifications.

I will say of the Lord

I can tell everyone about my relationship with God – and I should.

“He is my refuge and my fortress…

God is my refuge. God is where I can go for peace and quiet, to get away from it all. God is my fortress. God protects me from the world. He surrounds me with loving care, and provides for all my needs. A refuge is a quick place you duck into to find shelter. A fortress is a place built intentionally for the purposes of exceptional security. The Hebrew word for fortress is metsuda with one of its definitions being an “inaccessible place”.

my God in whom I trust.”

He is my God. My Daddy. My friend. I trust in Him. Let go and let God. Let go of imperfection and let His perfection take over.

He will cover you with His pinions…
Feathers tickle! Feathers are warm. The person of God is warm, fuzzy and full of fun.

His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

The character of God is like steel.

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Psalm 91

If we dwell (live, abide, stay, rest) in the shelter (refuge, home, protection) of God, we will rest in His shadow (where it’s cool and refreshing).
God is my refuge – where I can go to be safe and hide from my enemies and rest up for the next skirmish.
God is my fortress – where I am fully protected.

I trust in God. To shelter me.
To give me rest.
To shade me with His shadow.
To be my refuge.
To be my fortress.
To protect me and keep me safe.

God will save from snares and traps.
God will save from deadly plagues.
God will cover me with soft feathers.
God will keep me safe, dry and warm under His wings.
God is faithful – always there when I need Him. His faithfulness will be my shield and bunker.

There’s nothing to be afraid of at night. We don’t have to fear Satan’s arrows he sends out at day – God’s faithful shield and rampart will deflect them as we use their protection – if we dwell in Him.
We will watch the wicked fall, but we will not be one of them – if we dwell in Him.
God will command His angels (plural) to guard and to lift us up – out of danger – out of depression.

As we live God – He rescues.
As we give God credit – He protects.
As we call on God – He answers.

He is with us in trouble.
He delivers us.
He honors us
He gives us long life.
He satisfies.
He shows us His salvation.

For God’s Sake

“Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you.  On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.  And I will add fifteen years to your days and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and from My servant David’s sake.”’”  II Kings 20: 5-6

Hezekiah was “sick to the point of death”.  Isaiah came and told him to set his affairs in order because he was going to die.  Hezekiah prays and weeps greatly.  As Isaiah is leaving the palace, God tells him to go back and deliver the message above.

I’m struck by the phrase “for My own sake”.  It’s a long list of things God did and not one of them was for the people He did them for.  There were all for God’s sake.

Hezekiah is leader of the people for God’s sake, not theirs.

God hears our prayers for His sake, not ours.

God sees our tears for His sake, not ours.

God heals us for His sake, not ours.

We go up to the house of God for His sake, not ours.

God adds years to our lives for His sake, not ours.

God delivers us from our enemies for His sake, not ours.

God defends us for His sake, not ours.

God does all things for His sake, and for the sake of His Son Jesus, not for our sake.

Psalm 90

God has been our dwelling place, our home, since the beginning of time.  It is God who gives us comfort, not our standard of living.  God was there before the first mountain, before the earth was made.  He made the earth. 

“Mountains were born”.  What a wonderful way to put it.  You gave birth to the earth.  For You, giving birth wasn’t painful, but a wonderfully fulfilling experience.  The pain came later – when each of us broke Your heart.

Man starts from a speck of dust and returns to dust.  Time has no length for You.  A thousand years to us is only a day to You, or a four watch at night.  Man’s life is like grass, up in the morning, withered by nightfall.

You are angry with us, indignant.  Our secret sins come to light in Your presence. 

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  (Isn’t it odd that in Hebrew “heart” is masculine and “wisdom” feminine?  In our culture, men are portrayed as smarter and women as softer.) Teach us to count time as precious – to do what is important.  A heart of wisdom that knows what is important and how to set priorities.

God has compassion on his servants.  His unfailing love can satisfy us in the morning and fill us with joy all day.  Makes us glad for our trials and tribulations for they show Your care and concern. 

God’s favor and beauty rests on us and God establishes the work of our hands and gives us success in all we work at.

 

 

Psalm 89

I will sing of God’s great, steadfast love, mercies, and tender kindness forever – as long as I live and beyond.  I will tell young and old alike of Your faithfulness and blessings.  Gods’ love stands firm forever.  Your faithfulness began in heaven and reaches down to us.

You have made a covenant with Your chosen ones.  First with David, now with us – to give us a special home in heaven.

The heavens praise the wonders and miracles of God.   No heavenly being is like God.  God is mighty, strong and faithful. 

God rules the oceans, even when they’re stormy.  You scatter Your earthly enemies.  Heaven and earth are Yours for You made them. 

You reign with righteousness and justice

                                love and faithfulness

                                mercy and truth

Blessed are those who acknowledge You, they shall walk in the light of Your presence, rejoice in Your name, exult in Your righteousness.  They shall be happy to know You.  Proud to be part of You.  You are our glory, perfection, strength. 

As long as David and his sons followed God, there would be good and blessings.  If they disobeyed, strayed away, there would be punishment, but even still, love.  No matter how bad we get, God still loves us, and is still faithful to us.

Life is short.  Stick close to God.  Life is easier that way.