Some of you might have noticed that I have been adding a Bible verse at the bottom of every blog post. I always write about my faith on Sunday, but I have only recently started adding a small verse to my fashion posts. Most of the verses have been based on hope, faith, love, or worry since that seems to be the place that we are in right now. But, this past week, I have been adding the verses of Psalm 91 in the order that they were written. There was no rhyme or reason to my verse selections, I sometimes added only one verse, and on some days I would add more than one. I think that it might have been Divine intervention though because the verses left for today are perfect for my Sunday post.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
I am going to try and attempt to break this verse down to make it applicable for us today, but remember, I am not a Pastor/Preacher, and I have no training in this area.
What I love about this verse in how instructional it is. It starts out by saying, “if YOU” which means that you are the person in control. So many times we have to elicit the help of others and try to get everyone to move in the same direction, but this verse says that “YOU” are the only one that has to spring to action.
So, what is the action? According to the verse, you have to speak. Words have to leave your mouth. The Bible verse does not say that you need to “think,” instead, it says that you need to “SAY!” According to the dictionary, the word SAY means to express in words or sounds or to state an opinion or belief.
This sounds pretty easy so far. WE/YOU have to say something out loud. Now, for the next instruction. What do we have to say? “The Lord is my refuge” are the words that need to be on our lips. I’ll pause for a minute for you to say these words.
The world is a dangerous place and we seek “refuge” all the time. A refuge is a shelter or protection from some type of danger or distress. There are abuse shelters where people can go if they feel threatened or endangered. There are storm shelters and basements where people can flee to if they feel that their lives might be in danger from an approaching storm. Animals that are in danger of extinction have certain places where they are safe and free from danger. And, in some instances, people have sought refuge in other countries.
The Lord is where we should be seeking protection. In verse 4 of this same chapter, we can see the Lord spreading out His wings to protect us. He gathers us to His breasts and He will shield us from harm.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
With all good things, there is a catch. You have to do something else in addition to speaking the words out loud. You have to make the Most High your dwelling. This part of the verse is a little more complicated for most of us. What does that mean? I know that a dwelling is a house, apartment, or someplace where I live. But, how exactly do I make the Most High my dwelling?
The dictionary provides some insight that might help us to understand what the verse might mean. A dwelling means to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside. But, it also means to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing. Ding, ding, ding!!! We have a winner! The Lord should be our dwelling, the place where we are a permanent resident. We should linger over and with Him and ponder on Him and His teachings in our thoughts. We should talk about Him and write about Him and all of His glory!
And, if we do all of the above, what then? According to verse 10, no harm will overtake you, and no disaster will come near your tent. Hummmm. Does this mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us? I wish that was the case, and that it meant that if you were a believer that you would never get sick, never get divorced, or never have financial worries. But, that is not the promise. The promise is that harm/evil will not overtake you. Job had plenty of harm and evil come his way, Paul and John were beheaded, and everyone in the Bible died at some point.
We look at sickness and death as harm and evil, and that if we die, then it overtook us. Divorce and financial worries are horrible, and no one wants to go through either of those, but are they what the Lord was considering as harm and evil? We have to wonder if the Lord might be PROTECTING us from harm and evil by divorcing us from what might have happened, or protecting us from the evil that having too much money can bring with it. And, even though we will miss out on a lot of things after we die, we will instead experience the unimaginable JOY that will come with actually residing in the dwelling of the Lord.
I know that all of us are worried about COVID-19, the economy, and how the world has turned upside down. I am clinging to the Lord, the Most High, the Creator and the Sustainer of all things for hope, comfort, and protection during this time of uncertainty. Turn to the Lord, His arms are wide open, and He is welcoming you.
Have A Blessed Day!