He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalm 91:1
September 11, 2001, will forever be remembered as a day of infamy in the United States after terrorists hijacked three domestic airline flights and flew these planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, resulting in the loss of 3,000 lives. That day was named “911” and has changed travel security for all of us. Our devotion this morning is what I call the Christian’s 911. It is an encouraging passage that reminds us of where to go and Who to go to before, during, and after difficulties and trials in our life.
There is the priority.
We are encouraged to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. This refers to the importance of meeting God daily during a time of devotion. It is a place we designate where we meet with God in the Scriptures and for prayer. It is meeting God where He is and on His terms. It is the throne of grace where we obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. It is the prayer closet where our Father Who sees in secret meets us. It is where we live, or dwell, spiritually.
There is the promise.
We are promised that we shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Abide refers to a continuous place of fellowship, resource, and strengthening. It is a place of refuge and fortress. We find comfort, renewal, and strength in the shadow of God. It is where we are refreshed after a day of exhausting labor. It is where our inner man is renewed day by day. Under the shadow is where we wait on the Lord, renew our strength, mount up with wings as eagles, run and not grow weary, walk, and not faint.
There is the protection.
It is our fortress and haven from the enemy. It is a covering for us. It is a place of protection from the terror by night or from the arrow that flieth by day. It is a place of protection from an enemy who pursues us and seeks to destroy us. It is where David found refuge when he was in hiding from King Saul. It is where we find complete safety in the storms of life. It is where the enemy cannot harm us.
There is the provision.
There, under the shadow of the Almighty, we have the provision of God’s mighty angels. The angel of the Lord strengthened Jacob at Peniel. It was at Gethsemane where Jesus was strengthened by the angels for Calvary. We are undergirded so that we can tread upon the lion and adder. We are told that we can trample upon the young lion and dragon. Under the shadow of the Almighty is where Satan is bruised under our feet shortly. All of this is a reminder that we are well suited to overcome the devil.
There is the presence.
God’s presence is with us. He promises to be with us always. In His presence, our faith is bolstered and we can walk unafraid of the threats of the enemy. God’s presence affords us peace when things seem so unsettling. God’s presence helps us to see our situation more clearly. God says, “I will be with him in trouble” (v. 15).
What should we do, knowing that we have trouble and difficulties always lurking about us? Claim the Christian’s 911! Dwell in the secret place of the Most High! Make a daily time with God your most important time of the day. Make it a protected time that allows you to be settled in the presence of God!
Have a blessed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 46-47