Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:1, 4)
In order to find rest, one must dwell.
To abide under the shadow of the Almighty is to live in the very presence of the God.
I find it amazing that I produce a shadow that is bigger than myself. When I was a little girl, I use to play games with my shadow, trying to make myself bigger than it. Of course, I never won. It’s like that sometimes with God. I get puffed up, want to do things my own way, and try to make myself appear bigger, stronger. But God’s shadow is so much bigger than my own. His thoughts are greater, His ways are higher.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8)
I must abide so that I can get His perspective.
God gives rest to the one who dwells with Him. To remain in Him brings a promise of peace, rest, safety and protection. One cannot have the secondary without the first. When situations arise that threaten to steal my peace, my joy, my safety, God promises to pull me in close and cover me with His feathers. Can you image the arms of God, how big they must be? I often picture my Daddy God picking me up, covering me with His wings and shielding me from any harm that threatens to overtake me.
Rest, safety and security.
If I will abide, then I will remain safe under the shadow of the Almighty and no harm shall come to me.
*I painted the picture above one Sunday during a worship service. At the time, I saw in the Spirit large wings coming out of heaven, embracing all those who were sick and struggling. If you are struggling to find peace and rest today, may you envision God’s shadow hoovering over you, drawing you in close to Him as He covers you with His feathers and brings you to a place of safety and rest.
Linking up with Jane today for Monday Morning Meditation.