Do yourself a favor and memorize a good chunk of this Psalm because there are a lot of noteworthy words that will help you if you are ever in a time of need! We go through life asking for that audible voice or impression in our hearts to make us feel that He is near to us but I want to say that if you want to hear his voice, keep the voice of His words present in your mind and your heart through memorization.
The words of today’s passage may be the timely word that spurs on faith in Him so that the word can bring a supernatural and natural shift in our circumstances. To dwell on His words develops an atmosphere for transformation of the heart, mind, and soul.
Today’s Theme rest on these words,
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”
Where the conclusion of the Psalm ends like this,
“With long life (God speaking) I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
From the beginning and end of this song, we see that it is in God’s presence that we will find our rest and that God actively acts as the one who will bring a long life of protection for those who seek Him as their shelter.
The Psalmist has declared in verse two that God is his refuge, a place of security and protection. Therefore the Psalmist has CHOSEN to live in God’s ways and spend his days with him. Where you dwell or where you call home is where you rest and is the place where you will most likely spend the majority of your time. If we are saying that the LORD is our refuge and dwelling place, then we have to ask ourselves if the Lord is a place where we go back to find our rest, security, comfort, and spend most of our time?
Is God only allowed a portion of your time or the bulk of your time? Is the daily devotional only ten minutes of your time or a thing were you visit throughout the day as a way of living a meditative life?
The Psalmist has declared that God is very much the center of his life and he calls out the readers in verse nine when he asks if you (yes including you) will declare that the Lord as your refuge.
For when we choose to declare, which is more than simply acknowledging it with our own voice to people but to acknowledge God by the choices we make to honor him or prioritize him in our day to day lives is when we see the reality of God’s faithfulness in our lives. I want to emphasize “see” because a lot of times it's not that God was not faithful to us but we fail to see that it was because of His faithfulness that we have anything going for us.
“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.”
Trouble and hard times will be part of our lives but the solution here is that God will be with us in the trouble and not simply remove the trouble because the way He lives with us is to not simply remove difficulty but give us victory over it.
He comes, He dwells, He delivers, and He glorifies.
I get that last part from the part where God claims that he will deliver the person that trusts in him and not only delivers him but honors him. God doesn’t simply get glory from the deliverance of His people but also the glorification of His people because God isn’t just satisfied in getting by but he wants to take it to the next level and achieve the full victory, salvation, and restoration.
Today let His words brew in your mind and your heart as a way of resting in Him so that we can see the power of His word bring about a shift in our lives.