He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:1-6 (NIV)
That is what I want to do. That is what I will do. What do you want to do? What will you do? I will dwell in your presence. Why will you dwell in my presence? I will dwell in your presence because you are my Savior and Lord. I will dwell in your presence because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will dwell in your presence because I want to live and walk through life with you. I want to know you intimately. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That will be very good.
What will happen to you as you dwell in my presence? As I dwell in your presence, I will know you and have faith to declare that you are my refuge and fortress. You are my hope and deliverer. In you, I can confidently place all my trust. That conviction is yours because you have come to know me as you have dwelt in my presence. Yes, that is true without a doubt.
What has dwelling in my presence also done for you? As I have dwelt in your presence you have changed my heart and transformed my mind. I have wanted to know and do your will. As I have dwelt in your presence, you have guided the course of my life. You have led me to where you wanted me to go. You have given me what you wanted me to do. Living the life, you have called me to live has been like a shield all around me. Following you has led me away from dangerous traps and hidden hazards. You have been my place of protection. You have been my shelter in the midst of storms. I have been able to hold on to you. I know that you have been holding on to me. Has the road always been easy? No. Have there been bumps and bruises along the way? Yes. Do I know that no matter what life throws at me, my eternal future, is secure and being kept and guarded by you? Yes, I do. And that has made all the difference. I know that my life now and forever is in your hands. In that, I have all the peace and hope and comfort and joy that I need. That is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, you are my refuge and fortress. You are my hope and deliverer. Thank you that I can dwell in your presence and have peace and rest in even the most troubling of times. You will help me. You will bring me through. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. Amen
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