Dwelling and Abiding in the Lord

Psalm 91 is filled with wonderful promises. But those promises don’t become realities in a believer’s life simply because that person is a Christian. To actually receive God’s promises depends not only on who we are, but on what we do.

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Psalm 91:1-2    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

The person covered by the promises of Psalm 91 is the one who dwells and abides in the secret place of the Most High. To dwell means to live there on a continuous basis. So, the secret place of the Most High is where this person is living his life. And he abides (stays) there. He is not one who just visits from time to time! So, if I want to be covered by all the promises in this psalm, I must be that one who dwells and abides.

No matter what else may be going on in my life, I must be sure to continue to dwell and abide in that secret place. I can’t take days off. I can’t allow preoccupation with other things to keep me away from time with God.

In fact, this psalm seems to be all about making deliberate choices to reinforce that dwelling and abiding with God. “I WILL say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I WILL trust.”

So much of the Christian life is a matter of the will. So, my will is set. God is my refuge and my fortress. With the psalmist, I WILL say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress. This is something I need to speak and confess daily. In Him I WILL trust and I DO trust because He is fully trustworthy!

Ron Franklin

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