Our Relationship with God: Day Five

JANUARY 8TH, 2021      |      This is a Psalm of trust in God. It reveals that our source ¬¬¬of security is found in the character and care of God (vs 1-8) and further describes the blessings of His security, namely His protection and His love (vs 9-16). The opening imagery is stunning. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (NASB) There was a pine tree on the property of my childhood home that was over 100 years old. While it stood the test of time, it had been through a few storms. At one point in its history it had been struck by lightning so only half of it had pine needles and branches. As a young child I would try to hide my whole self within its shadow. To do so, I had to get as close to the trunk of this old tree as possible. The closer I was to the source, (the tree) the more hidden and “protected” I was. As Christians, we are taught to stay connected to our “Source.” A plant cannot survive out of the soil and a fish cannot live outside of water – once they are disconnected from the source of life for them, they die. Similarly, when we are disconnected from our Source of life, namely God, we wither and parts of us die. To dwell in the shelter of the Most High, to abide in His shadow, to receive the blessings of His security, we need to stay connected to the Source, to Him. How do we do that? We do that through prayer, worship, reading and meditating on His Word, through both solitude and biblical community. Are you staying connected to the Source of life? Are you practicing the spiritual rhythms that help you stay connected? What do you need to stop doing or start doing to help you reconnect and stay connected?

Our Relationship with God: Day Five

Psalm 91

Psalm 91

This is a Psalm of trust in God. It reveals that our source of security is found in the character and care of God (vs 1-8) and further describes the blessings of His security, namely His protection and His love (vs 9-16).

The opening imagery is stunning. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (NASB) There was a pine tree on the property of my childhood home that was over 100 years old. While it stood the test of time, it had been through a few storms.

At one point in its history it had been struck by lightning so only half of it had pine needles and branches. As a young child I would try to hide my whole self within its shadow. To do so, I had to get as close to the trunk of this old tree as possible. The closer I was to the source, (the tree) the more hidden and “protected” I was. As Christians, we are taught to stay connected to our “Source.”

A plant cannot survive out of the soil and a fish cannot live outside of water – once they are disconnected from the source of life for them, they die. Similarly, when we are disconnected from our Source of life, namely God, we wither and parts of us die.

To dwell in the shelter of the Most High, to abide in His shadow, to receive the blessings of His security, we need to stay connected to the Source, to Him. How do we do that? We do that through prayer, worship, reading and meditating on His Word, through both solitude and biblical community.

Are you staying connected to the Source of life? Are you practicing the spiritual rhythms that help you stay connected? What do you need to stop doing or start doing to help you reconnect and stay connected?

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Father, You are our Source of life. Show us where we have disconnected and give us the courage to lean in and reconnect. Help me to . . .

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