Under the Shadow of the Almighty
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psalm 91:1-2)
(Picture: Stone Mtn, Ga.)
“SHADOW" OCCURS 73 TIMES in the King James Bible, such as: And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (Isaiah 32:2)
In the eastern United States, we can’t appreciate “the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” We are covered with shade trees. In Israel and that part of the world, there are stretches of wilderness where there are no trees and the shade of a big rock can be a life saver; especially if you are traveling on foot.
IT IS POWERFUL AND COMFORTING to think of God making a shadow of His presence and our being able to be under His shadow. Built into the verse is the word: “abide.” That is, we are privileged to continually live under God’s shadow. The idea is almost as powerful as the Lord being our shepherd. If He is our shepherd and our shade, and our rock, we have all we need.
HOW DO WE GET ACCESS TO THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY? We are able to abide under the shadow of the Almighty if we are willing to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. What a wonderful privilege it is to not only visit, but to continually dwell in the secret place of the Most High. We are reminded of Jesus’ invitation: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
All we need to qualify for His rest is that we are carrying a heavy load, we are worked down and that we come to Him. Does that interest you? Have you ever come to Him with your heavy load? Do you understand that God is like that and that you are invited to come to Him?
IT IS EVEN BETTER IF WE FORGET ABOUT VISITING GOD OCCASIONALLY and just move into the secret place of the Most High. I’m here! I’m here to stay, Dear God! Check in with Him when you first wake up in the morning, even before you get out of bed. Or…you may want to slip out of bed onto your knees and use the bed as an altar.
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. (Psalm 4:4) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalm 5:3) Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
APRIL 10, 2018 – TUESDAY
A.M. 1Samuel 4-6 P.M. Luke 12:35-59
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Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3)
Song for Today:
How Great Thou Art! (6:23) – (Fountain View Academy)
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