On the way back
from an early dinner out yesterday,
I asked my family if someone
would walk with me
to get the mail, once we arrived home.
I didn't have any takers.
You see, our mailbox
isn't just at the end of our sidewalk.
It's one of those cluster type
in the neighborhood...
quite a walk from our house.
I don't mind really.
Unless it's close to 100 degrees outside.
And that was why
no one wanted to join me.
Now, you may live
in a more temperate climate,
but here in Texas,
we know all about the blazing sun.
And if you've ever stayed out under it
for any length of time
you have a greater appreciation
for even the slightest sliver of shade.
He who dwells
in the secret place of the Most High,
Shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NKJV
How beautiful is that to me!
Dwelling in a secret place...
abiding under the shadow of God.
You know, often we think of shadows
as dark and ominous objects
something fearful or negative.
A shadow of doubt.
A period of gloom or unhappiness.
A darkness that steals
much needed light.
abiding under the shadow of the Almighty...
it is a safe and secret place.
I think of it as finding cover
from the blazing sun,
protection from it's damaging rays.
And a gentler, cooler place to rest
from the oppressive heat of the day.
All of these, may be physical reliefs,
but certainly lifters of stress
and burden also.
I will say of the Lord,
“He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
How beautiful it is
that we can speak of our faith,
verbally, openly, in word and song.
For that is when
even our own ears hear
that which we believe.
And that becomes a boost,
not only to those around us,
but even unto our own soul.
Keep in mind, these are Psalms, or songs.
Yes, they are words written on a page
that we read.
But words to songs
that were set to music
sung aloud to praise the Lord...
and to encourage
the hearts of those singing.
So we too should at least
speak them aloud
even if we do not know the tune.
I will often read the words
and re-write them in a journal,
but take the pronouns and change them
into personal verse...
then they become my own.
Then they pierce
and penetrate my heart.
Because I have made the Lord,
who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, my dwelling place,
No evil shall befall me,
Nor shall any plague
come near my dwelling;
For He shall give His angels
charge over me,
To keep me in all His ways.
In their hands they shall bear me up,
Lest I dash my foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:9-12 (personalized)
It simply means so much more to me
and I believe it is no offense to the Lord.
For he knows the motives of my heart
are not to change His word,
but to love it, and to live it out for myself.
And then, at the end of this Psalm
the tables are turned.
And we are no longer the lips
but the ears...
We are not speaking our praise
to Him, but rather
listening to the Almighty Himself.
And He says of us..
“Because he has set his love upon Me,
therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high,
because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me,
and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
He will satisfy me
and show me His salvation.
This too, can personalized,
changing the he's and him's to...
you's and your's.
And then I may just catch you off guard.
How I love this word... this Psalm 91.
What a beautiful place to dwell...
in this secret place.
O, that I could stay here all day.
Though I must venture
out into the world,
take on the tasks of the day,
meet up with stress and strife,
tackle obstacles and frustrations.
Yet, I can still set my mind here...
my heart and my soul can still dwell
in this secret place.
For I know that I am never truly far
from the shadow of the Almighty...
not even when I walk
in the blazing Texas sun
all the way to the mailbox and back.
Word of God,
train me, today...
to daily dwell in the secret place,
this shafow of Your shelter.
to know that if I seek You first,
You will always protect and guide.
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.