Verse of the Day


"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' "

~Psalm 91:1-2


Today's Devotional Thought

July 16, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Dwelling in the Shadow of the Most High

As I sit here typing to you, the house is very quiet. We are actually visiting family and my girls are playing quietly in the adjoining room with their cousins, while my husband and son are outside in the pool. It is rare to have a moment of quiet with five kids in the house, and I am enjoying every moment of it I can.

I was actually sitting here reading through the Bible study that we will likely be doing in the Fall with our Bible study ladies. And I got so caught up in it that I didn't want to stop reading it. As I was reading different Scriptures and jumping from one cross reference to the next, I ended up in Psalm 91.

And oh how I love that Psalm.

Actually, I could just rest in Psalm 91.

In a busy season. In a sad season. In an uncertain season. In a lonely season.

Psalm 91 is where I rest.

And those first two verses are precious to me:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.


I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."

This morning as I was studying these verses, I kept reading verses one and two over and over.

What do they mean?

I mean, I understand them. But, what do they really, really mean to me and to you?

For me, verse one sets the stage for the entire psalm. And it is like God is saying to me, If you draw close to me and live {dwell} there, you can have peace in any circumstance {because you are in my shadow & under my protection and care}.

I like how Matthew Henry's commentary puts it: "It is the character of a true believer that he dwells in the secret place of the Most High; he is at home in God, returns to God, and reposes in him as his rest; he acquaints himself with inward religion, and makes heart-work of the service of God, worships within the veil, and loves to be alone with God, to converse with him in solitude."

And as a result of this dwelling with the Lord, we have residence under his protection and we can live in peace in that residence.

Oh how I love that and oh how I find my true peace in His shadow.

I love verse two also because of the personal declaration that the Psalmist is making. Not only is this a general principle outlined in Verse 1, but this is something that the Psalmist is claiming as his own in Verse 2.

And girlfriends, you can claim it too!

In fact, I find that I say these two verses out loud at those times that I need to restate to myself and to the devil that I am safe because I am His. To be honest, I have memorized these two verses because I say them often.

In a busy season. In a sad season. In an uncertain season. In a lonely season.

In any number of seasons, I have found myself declaring verse two out loud to the Lord: I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

I claim this offer of peace by choosing to dwell in His presence and live under His wing.

Where do you dwell?

Where do you spend your time, your mental energy, and your emotional reserves? As Matthew Henry states, are you at home in God, do you return to God, do you love to be alone with God and converse with him in solitude?

I know that there is nothing that I crave on this Earth more than time alone with God. And I have learned through all types of situations, that there is no safer or more fulfilling place to be.

I pray that you make time to dwell in the Lord's presence and to learn what it means to truly take up residence in His care and protection. And in doing so, I know that you will find the peace and rest that comes from being in the shadow of His wing.

Trust me, I have found that there is no better place to reside.


Memorize this verse today:

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' "
~Psalm 91:1-2



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