An Exclusive Relationship, which all are Welcome
When I say the word “dwell” what comes to your mind immediately? Is it to think and focus anxiously? To speak anxiously? If so, your environment may have mentally conditioned you to a negative definition of a positive word. When God inspired the words of Psalm 91:1 He was sharing about a positive experience with a relationship of trust and focus on Him.
That sounds awesome to me. Shelter (protection), time with God (relationship), and rest (peace). What more could one want? But how do I get this protection, relationship, and peace? Is Christianity, therefore, exclusive and limited in any fashion?
Today we will explore how religion turned relational and led to an invitation to all, yet exclusive to those who follow the calling. What calling? To answer these two questions, I turn to Ravi Zacharias and the Word of God.
You see while all are welcome, and have an opportunity to hear or experience God in His majesty, few will accept the truth and choose to dwell with Him. Truth is what makes it exclusive or moreover, the willingness to accept His Truth. The Truth of Jesus Christ. Pride, ego, intellect, fear, and other attributes of the flesh will appeal and speak louder. Few, however, will listen to the soft voice of truth call them to “Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” And then take action to accept and follow Truth.
Psalm 91: 1-7 details out our invitation, RSVP, and promise once we arrive. Before you go any further, I encourage you to pause to open your Bible. Read, out loud the words of Psalm 91:1-7. You need to say it out loud; your mind needs to hear your voice. Take a minute to do this now. Take your time. Read it five times if you need to, but hear the words, they are powerful, and today we will look at just how powerful they truly are.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” v1. Immediately, God reveals His invitation to humanity. Look at the word “whoever” here. It was written in the context that the choice is ours. We choose to accept or reject the invitation. Perhaps, at first, receiving this invitation you declined due to rebellion, or a busy schedule. Perhaps something else. God continued to send the invitation and request an RSVP. God was/is/and will continue to ask, “Please respond.”
I believe that because you are choosing to read this today, you have accepted the invitation. Praise God! Your response of “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” v2 indicates an act of humility and obedience into wanting time with your creator.
Protection, Relationship, Peace.
“He will cover you with His pinions (Protection), and under His Wings, you may seek refuge (Relationship); His Faithfulness (Peace) is a shield and bulwark.” (He’s Fighting for YOU!)
Definition of words:
Pinions = wings
Bulwark = war garment
Dwell = live in & with
Make today a move into a deeper part of where God is. Don’t stop at the entrance of God’s home. Walk inside. Meet Him at the dinner table for a conversation. Break bread with Him. Tell Him your heart, what’s on your mind. Move to His sofa and have coffee with Him. Join Him for a study and memorization of His Word. Consider starting with Psalm 91. Look around, what do you see? How do you feel? Go to His fireplace and cast your cares. Carry them no more. Experience your visit with God day after day. Experience how you’re growing. Experience what you’re hearing. Experience what you’re seeing. The more time with God in dwelling with Him, the more attentive you will be because you are walking in the Spirit. You’re Trusting. You’re Loving. You’re Listening. You’re Leading.
You have all you need to Pursue your Potential!
LOVE. LISTEN. LEAD