If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Yesterday we saw the Hebrew verb ‘dwell’ carries a continuous abiding nuance with the Most High. In today’s passage the author wants to encourage and affirm his readers that those who dwell in such a manner has the freedom to make God’s dwelling place their own. The word ‘dwelling’ in Hebrew translates as a habitation or an abode of God, which has an OT connotation to the Tabernacle or the Temple where God’s presence resided. Through using this word the author wants to encourage the readers that they can now be at home with God. We can freely converse with him, delight in him, and depend upon him. God welcomes us (as his inhabitants), with open arms in his place of dwelling. Another notion behind God welcoming us is very similar to a person-receiving asylum in a new country. They are now inhabitants (for ever) in their new dwelling place (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- Do you pray out of duty or because out of a desire to spend time 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.
Do you feel comfortable and at home in God’s presence or his dwelling place?