Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations – Psalm 90:1
In this day and age, when there’s so much trouble and crisis, with an overwhelming spread of evil around the world, many are thinking, “Is there hope? Does God still protect; does He still care about us?” First, as Christians, we’re victors and not victims; the Lord Jesus assured us that though we may face crises and tribulations in the world, in Him we have peace, assurance, safety and security (John 16:33).
When you study Psalm 91, you’d understand God’s divine plan for His children in a tempestuous world. The first verse is so inspiring, it says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Here, he’s talking about your location in the Spirit; your dwelling place: you dwell in Him. Therefore, you’re under the shadow, that is, the cover or protection, of the Almighty God.
It’s important that you understand a little more about “dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.” Where is the secret place of the Most High? The next verse (Psalm 91:2) captures this: “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” That means, He, the LORD, is that secret place, because He is your refuge and your fortress. Accordingly, dwelling in the secret place of the most high means dwelling in God!
Over in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul, by the Spirit, tells us, “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Notice the underlined phrase, “in Christ,” showing us that Christ is that secret place; Christ is that dwelling place. To be in Christ is to dwell in the secret place of the most high. Christ is a person—the Man Christ Jesus—but Christ is also a place in God. Therefore, refuse to fear. You’re shielded from harm, evil and destruction because you dwell in Him. In Him you live, and move, and have your being. “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:7).
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Dear Father, I thank you for the glorious presence of your Spirit in and around me, and the heavenly atmosphere of bliss and victory that surrounds me. Thank you for your divine presence that shields me from harm, and protects me against evil and violence, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Isaiah 43:2; John 16:33