Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
It’s interesting to note the Hebrew word for the English word ‘dwell’ as seen in this passage carries the notion similar to inhabitants who remain or settle somewhere. It can even be seen to go as far as comparing it with a marriage (to marry). Note the verb in Hebrew is a continuous tense, which indicates it’s not just a once of action. Nor can you start the action and ‘divorce’ it later on as the comparison of a marriage indicates. By employing this verb with it’s various nuances, the author of this psalm is telling his readers to ‘dwell’ in the shelter of the Most High, requires a life long, continuous action or relationship. He continuous by stating those who dwell in such a way (not out of obligation or what one can get out of it, but because one gets to and wants to) will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. It’s also worth mentioning the word ‘rest’ doesn’t equate to prosperity or a carefree life. Instead those who dwell in the Most High will find their strength from that place of resting in the Almighty (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- Do you dwell on a continuous basis with God?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Remembering to give thanks can be a challenge, especially when things are difficult. Take a moment to stop and recall 3 things you’re thankful for – from the weather, to what you’ve eaten, to the people who are around you in this moment.