Scripture for Today: Psalm 91:1-2 “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.'”
A new phrase has crept into our everyday vocabulary in the wake of this nasty worldwide virus; “shelter in place.” The idea is to limit exposure and to slow the spread of what for some can be fatal. This is new territory and the questions and challenges can seem overwhelming. Cabin fever, FOMO or fear of missing out, and fear of possible financial challenges to come can all create a pervading sense of unease. That loss of connection is especially unnerving.
Today’s verse is a promise of rest from the anxieties of this unique time. When we make the Most High our shelter we find rest in His presence. Rather than trust in four walls, self-isolation, or the government, we can trust in God’s reassuring presence. This is not just a place to drop in but to dwell. Sheltering in this place gives the rest and peace so needed in the face of the unknown. The best four walls around me are His care, His compassion, His comfort, and His control.
The best part of sheltering in His presence is that this can happen anywhere! For now, my world has become so much smaller, but He has not! His peace guards my heart and my mind (Phil. 4:7) regardless of where I am. I never want to leave the shelter of His presence. Nearer Still Nearer’s lyrics from 1898 say it best. “Fold me, oh, fold me close to Thy breast. Shelter me safe in that ‘haven of rest.'”
Thank you, Lord, for being my shelter and my rest.