The Invitation: During this world-wide pandemic, many of us have joined together in the daily reading and praying of Psalm 91. The first verse has taken root in my heart.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
–Psalm 91:1 (NIV)
For me, this has been an invitation to rest. I sense the Spirit of God saying, “Come, dwell in My shelter. Put your thoughts, your trust, and your hope in Me. If you choose to dwell in the shelter of My presence, you will find peace and rest.“
The invitation is not so much a physical dwelling place (although that helps), but an emotional and spiritual focus that keeps my mind at rest. A shelter of peace that is not threatened by the next newscast I hear. A dwelling place where there are endless opportunities to see God’s mercy and goodness at work.
We have been asked to shelter-in-place. As God’s children, let’s also shelter-in-peace.
Your Response: Thank you Lord, for the promise that if I dwell in the shelter of Your presence, I will find rest.
Is there somewhere else, other than Your presence, my mind has been dwelling? If so, what are the consequences?
Forgive me Lord, for the times I’m anxious and take my focus off of You. I choose now to dwell in Your shelter and rest in Your shadow. I want to shelter-in-peace. Show me what this looks like.
(Pause and experience what God has for you in this place.)