Do you struggle with the idea of your mortality?
Ever since my grandmother died almost eight years ago, death seems to be more personal. She was the first person I loved deeply to leave this earth for heaven. I’m learning the truth we all know: everyone dies.
Psalm 90 was written by Moses, the Man of God. It this psalm we find an offering; a prayer to God for the children of Israel before they enter into the Promised Land. What does he say to them?
In fact, he tells them: “Breathe in. Breath out. That is our entire life.” Pretty humbling to think our life is like a breath, and is over before we have time to learn all we wanted to learn and say the things we want to say. A line in a song says:
She lost her husband after sixty years, and as he slipped away she still had things to say. Death can be so inconvenient.
We still have things to say, but God says come home. Only, we search for home our entire life here on earth. We wonder, is heaven really something we are longing for, or is it something else?
Moses knows. And it is found in verse one of Psalm 90:1, “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”
No earthly home will keep us safe, satisfy, or shadow our hearts like God. Psalm 91:1 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Where is this secret place? Not a place. Not a secret. No, this place is found in Psalm 91:14-16: “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
What are we do to? How do we dwell in God?
We love God first.
We know His name.
We call upon Him.
That’s it. We love, know, and call on the Most High. Dwelling and abiding will bring us….
Psalm 91:1 – He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:4 – He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Psalm 90:14 – O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Look at all those things God does for those who dwell in Him:
Covers. Hides. Protects. Delivers. Answers. Is with us. Rescues. Honors.
If you are like me, I think, how can I “dwell” in God?
- Seek. Seek God and keep looking for answers in His work.
- See. See God in the everydayness of life and in the pages of His word.
- Sprint. Run after God when life is full of suffering. He is waiting for your sorrow.
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