The Lord As Our Dwelling Place (Psalm 91:9-10)
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place-the Most High, who is my refuge- 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. —Psalm 91:9-10
What struggles have beset you or your family recently? What trials or difficulties have come upon you? What pains have you experienced this year? Our Fighter Verse has much to say about these difficulties and how we should think and feel about them in relationship to the great God we serve and worship.
God is called the refuge for those who have made Him their dwelling place both in verse 9 as well as in verse 2. A refuge is a place of protection and rest from dangers and tribulations. We live in a fallen world, one that is full of sin and pain and suffering. Because of that, all people will experience calamity and, as this chapter describes, ‘terror of the night’ or ‘deadly pestilence.’
But, even in the midst of such difficulties, for those who make God their dwelling place, He will be their refuge. And, ultimately and finally, God will keep evil from befalling those who are His. This is all because of the power and sufficiency of His all-glorious Son, Jesus Christ, who took the punishment due to those who are His.
The key, though, is that for people to experience this comfort and reassurance they must make God their dwelling place. This comfort and peace don’t come simply from thinking ‘happy thoughts’ or putting forth ‘positive energy.’ It is rooted and grounded in an objective being, God, or as the psalmist refers to Him, the Most High.
To make God your dwelling place means to chose Him—to turn to Him. In fact, the psalmist helps us see just that as he concludes this chapter by describing the person who makes God their dwelling place as one who holds fast to God in love, as one who calls to God, and as one who knows God’s name!
Are you clinging to God? Are you calling out to Him when the difficulties and trials of living in a fallen world come upon you? Do you know and are you trusting in the Most High to be your refuge? If not, please turn to Him, the Creator and Sustainer of all things and experience the comfort and blessing of knowing Him and living under His comforting shelter.
What can you do to deepen your trust in God as the Most High who will protect you? (Read Psalm 78 and see how the Israelites did this.)
How has God delivered you from calamities in the past?
What characteristics of God comfort your soul the most? Take some time to list them out and how they provide comfort to you.