Psalm 91: He Who Dwells

Psalm 91

He who dwells…
{lives daily – present tense}

in the shelter…
{obediently under the covering}

of the Most High…
{God’s authority and holiness}

will abide…
{in the future – during times of darkness and pestilence – vs 6}

in the shadow…
{protection}

of the Almighty…
{God’s absolute power, protection, and sufficiency.}

When I daily live aware of and accepting of God’s covering and authority in my life, I can expect to enjoy his presence, protection, and provision in future times of darkness and trial.

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Psalm 90: To Number My Days

Psalm 90

Teach me, Lord.

When we allow the Lord to teach us – we gain a heart of wisdom (v 12.) And what is it that Moses wanted to learn?

He wanted to learn to live with an awareness of the brevity of life. Imagine if we truly grasped how short – how fleeting – how only a breath – the time that we have to live and make a mark on the world.

Wouldn’t we make different choices? Love better? Walk wiser? Forgive faster? Hug harder? Laugh easier?

Teach me, Lord, to number my days. To realize how quickly it comes and goes.

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Roses in October

There are pumpkins on my porch.

There are autumn leaves on the ground.

There’s a chill in the air.

There are PSLs on the menu.

And, yet, this rose bush refuses to quit blooming. Lush and green and alive though all around it is dying.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Keep trusting the Lord, friends.

Keep trusting and keep blooming though the world around you turn cold. Though others give in, give up, and let go. Hold fast and grow.

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Psalm 89: Steadfast Love and Faithfulness

Psalm 89

I loved the imagery of the Lord being surrounded by his faithfulness. Of his steadfast love and faithfulness always going before him.

God is love (1 John 4:8.)

God is faithful (2 Timothy 2:13.)

You see, God can’t be removed from his love and faithfulness. It’s the very essence of who he is as God.

God promised that his steadfast love and faithfulness would be with his servant, David, and that it would never be removed (vs 24, 33.)

There will be times when trials come and we may feel like those things are no longer ours (vs 49) – but that is when we go with what we know.

God is faithful.

God is love.

Everything else must be viewed in light of these truths.

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Psalm 88: Jesus is Everything

Psalm 88

I think it’s appropriate that, prior to coming to this psalm, we were reminded that we belong to God (Psalm 86) and that God calls us his own (Psalm 87.) I think we must always preface our pain with that truth.

Because there will be seasons when we feel:

• troubled v 3
• like this could be the death of us v 4-5
• in a deep, dark pit v 6
• like God is angry v 7
• shunned by friends and loved ones v 8, 18
• trapped v 9
• sorrow v 9
• afflicted v 15
• suffering v 15
• helpless v 15
• assaulted v 16
• in darkness and alone v 18

And, in those seasons, we must remember that God is sovereign and in control (v 6, 8, 18.)

And because we belong to Him and He calls us His own, we continue to come before him. In our pain. In our confusion. In our brokenness. (v 1, 2, 9, 13)

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69

Is life painful? Yes.

Are we all walking wounded? Yes.

Do we want to go away from the Lord? Where else would we go – for we believe and have come to know that Jesus is everything.

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