We love to sit in the backyard and watch the birds and squirrels. Have you ever watched a momma bird protect their babies under their wings? Last week as I was lifting up others in prayer, I came to Psalm 91. Oh, what a rich treasure that shows us that we have but one place to place our trust–in the Lord. And in this psalm we are shown that our Father protects us.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Ps 91:1-4) Dwelling means to live there, and living there means being at home.
This morning I was reminded that as His child, we are to seek Him in all circumstances and find refuge in Him and Him alone–to LIVE in Him and know that He lives in us. Because He has a promise for us IF we dwell with Him. Not if we talk to Him distractedly when we feel like it, but we are to commune with Him; let Him take over our thoughts with what He wants.
“If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” (Ps 91:1-4)
If we “feel at home” in the Lord’s presence, it is because we live there. What an amazing place to live! And He will command His angels to guard us in all our ways, and (in His strength and might) we will trample over what the enemy sends our way. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:11)
Remember that as ambassadors for Jesus Christ He has given us all authority over Satan, who He has already overcome. “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19) But we must first dwell in Him. If you find yourself in a difficult place today, ask yourself where you are living. You just might need to send out an a moving announcement!