If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!”
Psalm 91:9-13 NLT
This is really a great passage. The entire 91st Psalm is one of great inspiration and encouragement. David is reminding us that God wants to be our shelter so that no evil or plague will triumph over us. He will order angels to protect us.
The key to the protection of God in our lives is the first part of the passage— “If you make the Lord your refuge.”
Who, or what, is our refuge? Where do we turn in moments of crisis, pain, disappointment, loneliness, boredom, or blessing? Is our first approach to turn to the Lord or to something else?
I make the Lord my refuge by daily giving Him time in my life. I choose to put God’s Word first in my life. I give the Holy Spirit space to speak to me and direct my life. I seek God’s will and way in my daily life. Prayer is not just in times of crisis, but it is a daily part of life.
I’m reminded of the old story of monkeys that lived on an island. Every night storms would come, and they would scramble for shelter. They would tell themselves they needed to build a shelter to protect themselves. But in the morning the sun would shine, and they would spend the day playing. Then another storm would come, and they had no shelter.
You can’t build a shelter when you are in the storm. The shelter must be built daily in the good times and bad times. When we have the connection made with our Heavenly Father, it is easy to run to Him in our moments of struggle and need.
Holy Spirit, help me to build my shelter in You. Help me to stay connected with You daily.
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