I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91
This passage has literally saved my life at times. When Mont was sick in the hospital with meningitis and we were quarantined from all family and friends, this is the passage that I read aloud over and over.
Three days later, when we discovered that our 7-week-old, Ellie, also had meningitis, I once again clung to these verses. I was definitely dwelling in the shelter, because I knew that no one and nothing else could help me.
When I found myself in China, or Ecuador, or Costa Rica, unable to communicate in those foreign languages, I thought of those verses.
When I feel myself overwhelmed with fear concerning my children, these are the verses that I cling to,
that I pray,
that I struggle to believe.
And as I meditate on them—DWELL on them—then I do grow in my faith once again, and choose to believe, to KNOW, that my Almighty Father will never forsake me.
We can’t dwell in the protective shelter of our Almighty Father, if we haven’t become one of His children. That is the start of it.
According to my computer dictionary, to dwell means the following:
To Dwell: to live in or at a specified place
Sally didn’t dwell with us until she became officially ours. When we become officially His, He makes His home in our hearts and He lives in us and we live in Him. We dwell in His heavenly realm, even while we are on this earth. And it is the only truly safe place.
As I studied the word Dwell, I also saw another meaning:
( dwell on/upon) to think, speak, or write at length
( dwell on/upon) to linger on with one’s eyes or attention
When we dwell on Christ, focusing our thoughts, our eyes, our attitudes, our attention on Him, then we are living in His Shelter. That is how we stay in that safe place.
Dwell in His presence today. You will be safe and secure.