“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.”
There is a terrible amount of stress in life. Much of it comes from our sense of being alone in situations, and of being unsure of how we will cope. Some of it may have come about because of actions of ours that have proven to be unwise.
The psalmist’s advice is clear. Those who stay close to the Lord will be comforted by the awareness of His presence. It will be like a shelter over them in the midst of any storm. The knowledge that He is with them will bring a new hope and encouragement – based not upon their own capabilities or the hope of ‘good fortune’ but upon His majesty, power and love. When their problems cast a pall over their lives they will become aware of them being overshadowed by the Lord’s presence. Turning towards Him He becomes a refuge and a stronghold into which they can enter. Everything becomes different with the knowledge that ‘God’s here with me.’
And there we find that indeed,
“in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)
Seek to stay close to Him throughout the week. Pray to Him, chat with Him, thank Him for His presence, support and blessings and feed yourself upon His Word.
Father, You are always with me. Help me to be always with You, and aware of You. Amen.