Strength For Today

A journey of keeping my heart, mind, and body in TODAY

Psalm 91 (Day 1)

on September 24, 2014

I love it when God calls me into a deeper understanding of His Word and how it applies to my life!  It has been a while since I’ve delved into a specific section of scripture, and I am excited to embark on a 21-day journey into Psalm 91. God has had me in Psalm 91 for a while now.  About 2 months ago, a good friend prompted me to commit Psalm 91 to memory. Throughout the process of doing that, God revealed some things about His character to me.  The sense that I need to spend some time digging deeper into those revelations has been hanging around for a while.  Last night, I turned on radio, and felt the Spirit speaking directly to me, and I knew that today would be the start of a new journey of getting deeper into God and His Word.  Won’t you join me?

I’m going to use a method of studying scripture that I learned about 3 years ago when I was first trying to read the Bible. The method is called the “SOAP” method.  S- scripture: this is where I will write out the scripture that I am unpacking.  O- observation:  this is where I will talk about what I observe in the verse I am studying.  I might break down specific words here, how they impact the meaning of the verse, or what I think God is revealing through that verse.  A- application: this is where I will discuss how this verse is applicable to my life, or to life in general.  I may discuss ways that this verse is already applied or can be applied in my everyday life.  P- prayer.  I will end every entry in prayer.  This prayer will specifically include the verse that I have been studying in some way.

S- He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  ~Psalm 91:1

O- He who dwells …. when I think of dwelling, I think of staying somewhere – either physically or mentally.  When I am dwelling in a place, I am living there.  When I am dwelling on a concept or idea, I am intently focused on that concept or idea.  When I read the first part of this verse,  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, I interpret that as “He who LIVES in the shelter of the Most High“.  When I am living somewhere, I am doing more than just popping in from time to time.  I am doing more than visiting.  I am residing there.  I am getting my needs met there.  I am spending significant, quality time there.  My “dwelling place” is my HOME.

The use of the word shelter elicits thoughts about protection.  People seek shelter when they need protection from something or someone.  I think of phrases like “shelter from the storm” or “shelter from the wilderness” or “shelter from danger”.  So, in light of this, I can look at the first part of verse 1 as follows:  He who lives, who makes his home, in the protection of the Most High…

….will REST in the shadow of the Almighty.  Beautiful.  The second half of this verse is God’s promise.  Note the use of the word will.  It doesn’t read “might” or “could” or “should”.  It says WILL.  WILL REST.  What a beautiful image this paints in my mind.  Resting in the shadow of the Almighty.  Think for a moment, if you will, of the comfort of resting in the shadow of a giant oak tree on a warm summer day.  Think of the relaxing, calming, gentle breeze that sweeps sweetly over your skin, the warmth of the air as it touches you.  A picture of true serenity, right?  Imagine what it must feel like to rest in the shadow of the Almighty!  So what does all this mean, and how can I apply it to my life?

A- Well, my understanding is this:  If I choose to spend significant, quality time with God each day, if I choose to go to Him to get my needs met, if I seek protection from the world’s problems in Him… if I choose to do this on a continuous basis – I am making God (the Most High) my dwelling and my shelter.  If I am staying in His protective presence through each and every circumstance that enters my life – then I am dwelling in the shelter of the Most High.  Additionally, IF I am dwelling in the shelter of the Most HighTHEN I will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

By no coincidence, for God is SOVEREIGN, I just witnessed this verse in action.  My friend Chuck is dying.  Literally, he lays on his deathbed right this second.   I was able to visit him today, an opportunity to say goodbye.  What a sweet moment.  As he lay there on the bed, he looked so peaceful.  So serene.  So, at rest.  People were with him, his loved ones and friends, telling and showing him how very loved he has been on this earth.  Chuck is so clearly resting in the shadow of the Almighty!  For who is The Almighty?  God~ and what is God?  LOVE!  And what is Chuck so clearly resting in? Absolute LOVE.  The shadow of the Almighty God, the Most High, the Father.

P- God, loving Almighty Wonderful God!  Thank You for the opportunity to make YOU my dwelling!  Thank You that You love me so much, that You, the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, would welcome me into intimacy with You.  Thank You that I can come before You, knowing that I am eternally loved, eternally adored, eternally accepted.  Thank You for the promise that if I choose to make You my dwelling, I will be able to rest in Your shadow of Unconditional Love.  Lord, I know that the only way to do this is to rely on Your strength!  I choose You today Father!  In Jesus I pray!  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Psalm 91 (Day 1)

  1. […] the Bible that was right up my alley!  The “SOAK” method is similar to the “SOAP” method I have used in the […]

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