1 "He who 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 God, in whom I trust." ......
9 "If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord, who is my refuge - then no harm will befall you; no disaster will come near your tent."
To dwell: "to think, speak or write at length about." "To fasten one's attention."
Related words: "occupy, abide, rest, stay, sojourn, tarry, linger"
So, where do you dwell? Do you dwell (think, speak, write about in length) on the "glass is half empty" side? The negative side, the human weakness side? Or do you dwell in the "glass is half full" side, in the midst of His Word, the promises of this "rest, refuge, and place of safety?"
I recently experienced the effects of not dwelling in the right place. As many of you can relate, the holidays, home-life, work, and extra calendar events took a toll on my quiet time and my mindset or where I was dwelling and I took a tail-spin. I found myself being cynical, fussing at those I loved, a lack of patience, and even mindlessly going through the motions of the Christmas season. Until one day the Holy Spirit gently nudged me to reflect back on the weeks that had preceded my spin. Nothing but busyness.......void of reflecting on the Word, sitting in His presence and gaining His perspective on things.
I was dwelling in the here and now; dwelling on the wrong things and pretty soon my arsenal of safety was depleted and I was leaning it to the negative/weak side.
Almost immediately after I made a conscious decision to take action.....to dwell in the Word, reflect on it, talk about it, pray through it, lean on it, use it as my "shelter." My whole perspective changed. My world brightened, I began to filter situations and people through His lens.....not my own fleshly lens. My heart lightened, my talk was sweeter, my thoughts were positive.
Have you been there? Or maybe you have lived there for a very long time. He cares, He knows, and He wants you to DWELL in His shelter, find rest in Him, trust in Him....so the arrows of the enemy can't permeate your soul. But it takes conscious action on our part to dwell there, to think on it, speak about it.....to abide, stay, tarry and draw close to the Most High.
I encourage you to join me this week; to dwell in the Word:
2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Psalm 100:1-5 "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."