Those who trust in the Lord (who rely on Him for everything) are like Mount Zion (the toughest mountain in the world) which cannot be shaken, but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people – tall, strong, protective. God surrounds now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. God won’t allow the wicked to have the upper hand for long – this is to keep us from temptation.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart, to those who try to follow and obey you.
But those who turn to crooked ways (not evil, just crooked) the Lord will banish with the evildoers.
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.
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 shows us His salvation.
Cry out to God for help.
Cry out to God to hear.
In distress? Seek the lord. At night, stretch out your hands untiringly. Perhaps your soul refuses to be comforted – keep crying out.
Remember God. Groan. Muse. Your spirit may grow faint.
Your eyes may not close. You may be too troubled to speak.
Thinking about how things used to be?
Remember how you used to sing songs of praise, love, and adoration in the night?
Doubt creeps in. Impatience.
Will the Lord reject forever?
Will He never show His favor again?
Has His unfailing love vanished forever?
Has His promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Is He angry and has He withheld His compassion?
Now is the time to appeal. At the lowest point.
Remember the deeds of the Lord and His miracles in your life.
Meditate on God’s works – consider each one.
Spend as much time and effort thinking about the good as doubting and questioning.
God is holy and great.
God performs miracles.
God displays His power among the peoples.
God redeems us.
Creation submits to and reflects God.
God leads like a shepherd leading a flock.