This week I had an blessed opportunity to catch up with an old friend. Yes, she is quite a bit older than me but that is not what exactly I meant.
I meant to say… a friend that I can sit and recall many encounters and memories of studying the Word of God with over the last 10 years. A friend that sacrificed to pour so much of Jesus into me. A friend that God used exponentially to teach me the radical gospel of Jesus that reflects who I am today as well as what I believe.
She showed me through God’s Word how to hear the Voice of God. Praise Jesus for this.
As we shared what all God has been teaching us recently, I became so encouraged by hearing that she is also seeing such a stirring in the Body of Christ like never before. It can be overwhelming and at the same exhilarating to see so many people hunger after the REAL things of Jesus. To walk with him radically.
She shared a book with me that I had not heard of. It dealt with an in-depth study of Psalm 91. ( I will share it after I have read it – I hate giving recommendations of books without reading them first!) I wrote the name and the author down and didn’t think much about it for the rest of the day.
This morning I heard a song on the radio that had the same words in it from that scripture. God quietly said...“Listen.”
Then after reading some email devotionals that I subscribe to online, I received this one. I think God is nudging me more and more to learn more about the depth and power that is in this Psalm. I will be ordering the book today. Don’t dismiss God’s whispers.
Listen to the Word of God for you in Psalm 91.
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
Regardless of the dark and dire words you are reading and hearing about this present time, you are under the wings of El Shaddai, you are sheltered in the safe refuge of the Almighty. Be at peace because his promises are sure. His faithfulness will defend you as your shield and defense. Be blessed to make yourself at home in the hiding place of Most High and take your rest under the wings of the Almighty. He is the Lord your refuge, your fortress, your God who is trustworthy.
Be blessed to put into God’s hands the terrors in the dark and the arrows that attempt to destroy you by day. God has heard your heart, and in him the schemes of your enemy will not come near you. Ask your Mighty Warrior to reveal the real battle that you are up against. Rest in your Commander of the Lord’s hosts, stand steadfast, and see that the battle is his. No fiery arrows can pierce your safe place in your refuge in him. No weapon formed against you will prosper. In his sure promises, don’t be disheartened or worry about the tomorrows that are yet to come. Don’t waste a minute of the present with worrying about the future. Your times are in his hands.
Listen again to Psalm 91.
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Your intimate friendship with God grows sweeter in knowing and applying his names: Elyon, Shaddai, Yahweh, Elohim. Know that he sees your deep love for him. It draws out his compassion for you in your desperation. He comes to protect and deliver you. In covenant with God you have a claim on his answers, and he answers with himself. Be blessed in the presence of Jesus with you and in you, and he is totally unafraid. Make him the focus of your expectancy and confidence.
God has promised you eight “I will’s:”
“I will rescue him,
I will protect him,
I will answer him,
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him,
I will honor him.
I will satisfy him, and
I will show him my salvation.”
The Hebrew word for salvation means help, deliverance, victory, salvation, healing, welfare, and well-being. Your God Most High assumes all responsibility for you. Totally. Your birthright is dwelling in all that Jesus your Savior is for you. Be blessed to be satisfied in his salvation.