My bible is all marked up. Perhaps yours is like mine, full of notes, comments, and references. I enjoy looking over these and remembering the circumstances that prompted me to make a special notation. Sometimes, I refer to an entry in this blog for times when I dove deep into a passage.
Anyway, I enjoy going down memory lane. This morning, I landed on Psalm 91. This one has taken me through many tough times. I also use it regularly when I sense there is spiritual trouble in the air. The psalm speaks of the one who is close to God, who “dwells in the shelter of the Most High.”
Genuine Christians, those who are born again, are God’s children. We dwell in his shelter. Yet, there is a very clear instruction from scripture that there is more to dwelling in his shelter than just being his children, a title, if you will. We have a roll to play. Let’s take a look at three verses in another psalm to get an idea of what that might be.
Psalm 1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
When we avoid evil and spend time studying God’s word, we are indeed blessed. Of course, we must live out that which we have learned, to walk the talk, so to say. But, we see that spending time in God’s word is fruitful and definitely worth our time and effort.
This gets me back to Psalm 91. Check out this promise of God’s!
Psalm 91:14-16 14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Let these words permeate your spirit. Study them. Internalize them. Understand them. Live your life according to them.
I think these are some of the most personal words God has given in scripture. This is how he feels about me. It’s how he feels about all his children. But he also feels this about me.
God is always there. Always. All I need to do is call his name.
It’s really that simple. He isn’t closer to me if I do great things or work really hard. He’s close to me if I spend time with him. Scripture and prayer. Here’s the cool part. Both get better the more you do it.
If you haven’t already committed to a bible reading plan for the new year, I recommend you do. If you would like to join Melissa and me so you can do it with others, please Message me on Facebook. It’s good to do things together.
Father, I am so grateful that you love us so much and desire that we might know you. What a wonderful gift you have given us in your written word! I pray that those who read this blog today are encouraged to begin a reading plan and become very familiar what you want us to know. Father, I thank you for your promises to us that we find in scripture. Knowing that you are there for me, whenever I call your name, is comforting and makes me feel secure no matter my circumstances. Thank you. Amen.