Under The Shadow Of The Almighty

Greetings Everyone,

This comes at a time when I can use a little comfort in knowing that I can rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I recently had a contest on the Christlike Ministries NWA Family Facebook Group Page in which the winner was to comment on their favorite verse.  I had one response, and the comment was Psalm 91.  So, this is the Christlike Ministries NWA Devotional that I promised to write based on the winning scripture.  Turns out, that this is a right on time message for me, and I’m sure it will be for you also.

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1 (KJV)

So, today in addition to being the 3 year anniversary of Christlike Ministries NWA it was also the day for my follow-up visit with the surgeon who is going to be repairing my hernia.  Now, even though I know it’s a fairly routine procedure it still kind of sucks to know that unless God miraculously heals my body…He’s going to be guiding a surgeon’s hands instead.  Let’s face it.  It’s never good news to be told that you’re going to need surgery to fix something, but the thing of it is without Jesus I’d probably be a nervous wreck.  So, in a few weeks I’m going to have to get this thing fixed so that it will heal before Lizzie gets older (or heavier).  I think the worst part of it is having to be careful about picking her up, and for a while not being able to lift her at all.  I was told by my mother to make sure I follow all the doctor’s post-op instructions.  Yes, I’m 41 years old, and my mother still tells me what to do some times.

So, Psalm 91 really is an amazing chapter of Scripture, isn’t it?  There’s a lot of good, solid meat for those of us who can chew on it, and there’s enough milk for baby Christians to be able to read it without choking.  I mean, most of us can relate to the words in the first verse, can’t we?  I think most of us in one way or another can relate to the entire Psalm, and that’s why I agree with this one that it’s hard to just choose one verse to write on.  However, it’s verse one that starts this amazing Psalm about the protection of our Father over His children, and that’s what this entire Psalm is about…letting us know that if God is for us that is really all we need.

Friend…there isn’t a safer place to be than in the shelter of the Almighty.  I mean this causes me to stand up a little straighter, hold my head a little higher, put my shoulders back a little further, and walk with just a little more pep in my step.  It’s true that once you know that God is for you…then it doesn’t matter what anyone else says or tries to do because you know that you have the full force of Heaven behind you.  That’s powerful, friends.

No matter where you are, no matter what you are going through let it be understood that we are not alone.  Hebrews 4:16 says that we have a God that has been touched by life just as we are, and therefore He is able to empathize with us.  So, not only do we have a God that’s protecting us, but He also understands everything we’re going through.  I don’t know about anyone else, but knowing that I’m in the safest place I’ll ever be in protected by a God that can completely relate to me is all I need to know that under the shadow of the Almighty is the safest and greatest place to be.

Let’s Pray:

Give us eyes to see, O LORD, and a hearts to believe that You are there when we cannot see any evidence of Your presence. Please be our protection in times of attack and our refreshment in times that bring soul-withering despair. Almighty God, tender Shepherd and Abba Father, make known to us Your nearness. We long to live in Your presence as we try to reflect Your holiness and grace. By Jesus’ blood we draw near to You in full assurance of Your love and grace. In the name of Jesus, the name above all names, we pray. Amen.

In Closing:

How good it is to be as close to God as his shadow and to share in the comfort of his sheltering presence. When we place our lives in the care of God Most High, we find that his shadow of protection and refreshment covers us. Even in times of difficulty, we know that he has protected us from the worst of Satan’s withering attack and that his presence offers us strength that we may not often see but always can trust.  He is not far if our hearts choose to draw near him. Let’s choose to draw near!

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Blessings & Grace;

Pastor B

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