By Pastor Bill Rowe
“1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’ 3For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with His pinons, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” (Psalm 91:1-4, NASB)
There are times when I feel so overwhelmed by the pressures of life that I want to retreat. My reasoning tells me that I should withdraw from everyone and everything – take a break, take a breath, and regroup. But where can I go to find refuge from the chaos of life?
The psalmist gives tremendous hope as he promises that, when we retreat into the shelter of God Almighty, the Lord will be our refuge and our fortress. Inspired by the Holy Spirit of God – our Comforter – the psalmist writes that it is God Almighty who delivers His child from the traps of the enemy and from the deadly filth the enemy throws at you. The Lord, the psalmist promises, will cover you with His feathers, like a mother eagle protects her brood in the security of her wings.
Open your Bible to Psalm 91:1-4. Read and meditate on these verses, and then pray with me the promises of God as we seek shelter from the chaos of life in the security of our Lord…
“O holy and righteous Father, my Protector and my Provision. I praise You today for offering shelter as only You can provide. I will trust You, Father, as my refuge from evil, providing the place where I am safe from the assault of the enemy. I will trust You as my fortress, where I will be restored, strengthened, and refreshed to again stand strong against the pressures of this world. I will wait, Lord, as You minister Your love into my weary soul.
“O Lord, thank You for being my Father, my Hope, my Joy, and my Rest! Thank You for being my Salvation, my Rescuer, my Provider! Thank You that You promise me refuge, rest and restoration!
“I trust You now, Father, in the name of my Lord, Your Son, Jesus Christ, to deliver me and to restore me in Your precious rest. I love You, Lord! Amen.”