We wish you a wonderful and a blessed New Year!! In the midst of all the fears, uncertainties, and excitement which the new year brings, we can be sure of the following promise for our lives.
“He who dwells in the secret place (or secret shelter) of the Most High will abide and rest under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
2017 might have been the best year so far for some, and for some it might have been a very difficult year. As 2018 begins, you may have a desperate desire for things to be better. Whatever might have been your experience in the past year, one truth which is constant is that our God never changes! Though things, situations, and people around us change, our God never does. Psalm 91 gives us a lovely, assuring, and powerful image of the protection of God. In this chaotic world, that is easily one of the most reassuring promises any person could have. Read Psalm 91:1 again. Isn’t it amazing that the creator of this universe, the Most High, will protect all those who choose to abide in Him?!
The blessing promised here is not for all, but only for those who live in an intimate fellowship with God by abiding in Christ. How do we abide in the secret place of the Most High? Jesus Himself in John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you….” that’s how we abide in the secret shelter of the Most High! Is the word of God abiding in your heart? Or has God become your last resort when you face a difficult situation in your life? Psalm 46:1 also reminds us of the same thing, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”. These verses and many others remind us that God is ever-present to help us in whatever challenges of life we are going through. We only need to meditate upon his words and stay in close fellowship through our loving obedience to Jesus Christ, even as we rely on His grace to do so. God himself is our dwelling place in this world. Does this mean that we won’t have troubles? Well, Jesus Himself says in John 16:33,”In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Our God yearns to have intimate fellowship with us! And all of us want to be closer to God, don’t we? But how are we going to be closer to God if we don’t spend time meditating upon His words? Now, after reading Psalm 91, full of promises, what are you going to do with the word of God? You decide!
Have a blessed 2018!