God is real, but in these troubling days it is needful for us to have His assurance - the confidence in Him to live day by day.
Last year was quite unexpected and we may be uneasy about what 2021 might bring. We do not want to worry or be fearful and we know in our minds that God is good - every day, all the time - but how do we make His assurance a reality in our everyday lives?
Taking a look at Psalm 91:1-2 we can find an answer to that question.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (KJV)
First of all, by two descriptive terms we are reminded of God's position. He is “the most High” and “the Almighty.”
"Most High" signifies the title of "supreme." He is superior to all beings; God over all and above all.
"Almighty" signifies power that was displayed in creation and in the resurrection of Christ and elsewhere in God's Word.
Isaiah 46:9 states, “I am God, and there is none like me.”
Because He is supreme and has all power we can be assured there is nothing that God cannot do! It is this God that sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins (Romans 5:8).
Second, in this verse there are two descriptive phrases that give a picture of God's protection. They are "the secret place" and "under the shadow.”
The "secret place," in the original language, describes a cover or covering. It is not a specific location but a picture of the nearness of God and His presence as a protection.
The second, "under the shadow," in Scripture often signifies protection as Psalms 17:8 says, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.”
Because of His vigilant protection we can be assured that our most High and Almighty God will watch over us! God cares for mankind and has promised the hope of eternal life for those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16).
Then, also from our verse, there are two descriptive actions to obtain God's presence in our everyday lives - we must “dwell” and “abide.”
Literally, "dwell" means to sit down. This indicates staying for a while as when someone comes to your door and you invite them in to sit for a spell.
The word "abide" refers to a longer visit; an overnight stay perhaps. We have the opportunity to have an intimate relationship with Him not only for a short time (dwell) but also for the long haul (abide).
Because of His presence we can be assured that He will be near us! This relationship is made possible through Jesus Christ alone as salvation comes by no other name. (Acts 4:12)
By following these guiding principles we can claim the statement in verse two: “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
A refugee is a place one seeks for protection and a fortress is that which has been fortified against an enemy. There should be no doubts, no wavering, no hesitancy from the child of God to have God's assurance each day and each moment in their life.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
Rich Schroeder is interim pastor of Pine River Baptist Church.