Devotion: August 23

In His Dwelling Place

Scripture: Psalm 91:9
Topics:

God invites us to know His protection, as seen in Psalm 91. I would want you to understand that this psalm is not saying that everybody has the protection of the Almighty. It is not even saying that all Christians have this protection, since apparently only a few, relatively speaking, really enjoy it.

As Spurgeon said, “Here are the elect of the elect.” Here are the three of the twelve. Here are those special ones who enjoy this protection from God and are delivered from the snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence.

Who are these who dwell in the secret place of the Almighty? It doesn’t say those who visit it occasionally, but rather the promise is given to those who dwell there. His promise of protection is very similar to the promise of peace found in Isaiah 26:3, where we read: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

He doesn’t say He will keep everybody in perfect peace. Rather, He will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Him—those who are leaning heavily on Him. The Hebrew word for “stayed” means those who cling to Him, those who rest upon Him.

 

Question to ponder: How do we dwell with God? How do we live in His presence?