July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

PSALM 90-95

Focus Verse: Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
Psalm 90:1-2

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Psalm 91:1-4

 

God calls us to live IN Him. He is our dwelling place. We are to abide in Him, as Jesus calls us in John 15. And when we abide in Him, He becomes our protection. Just as the house in which we live protects us from the elements outside, so God protects those who live in Him from the elements outside.

 

He protects us from the elements outside of His will for our lives and keeps us on His path…and even better than that, He uses the elements outside of His will to further His will and grow us more like Him. As we are told in Romans 8:28, “God makes all things work together for good for those who love God.” This means that when you are abiding in Him, there is nothing that you or anyone else can do to throw you off of His perfect plan for your life.

 

Let’s not miss interpret this though. Nowhere in either of these verses does God promise that you’re not going to go through junk. In order to be delivered from the snare of the trappers, there’s an insinuation that you are either caught by the snare of the trapper or that you’re in the midst of a place where you could be caught. Either scenario doesn’t exactly support any sort of sunshine and rainbows theology…that when you follow Jesus, He removes all hardships.

 

What God does promise to those who abide in Him though is His eternal presence. He will always be there in every situation, and when you are in the middle of receiving the worst blows this life has to offer, He will be the walls holding you together. He will be absorbing those blows with you. He will give you an eternal perspective to look forward to – to give you hope and a future.

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