Have you ever been on a trip for several days? Earlier this summer Kerry and I spent a week in Kalona, Iowa. We had a wonderful time meeting new friends and enjoying the lovely countryside. Our hosts, John and Paulette Buckingham, were gracious and hospitable. Their home, appropriately called “Buckingham Palace” was lovely. And even then, after a week of being treated like royalty, we were ready to come home.
You probably know that feeling, where in spite of how beautiful the location, how adventurous the experiences, or how much fun you may be having, there comes a point that you just want to go home. There is something about your familiar place that is irreplaceable. It may not be the fanciest place on earth, but it’s home.
That is how it should be when we “dwell in the shelter of the Most High” (Psalm 91:1). There is no place like it. Once you have tasted it, nothing else will do. This shelter is a safe place. It is the place where you can find rest. The psalmist goes on to say that, if we dwell in God’s presence, we “will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” The shelter of the Most High is that place in His presence where you can truly be yourself; where you can be safe, totally secure, lacking nothing. It is the place where you find comfort, joy, and peace that passes understanding.
God has extended an invitation to us to come and dwell with Him. It is always open, and always available. The choice is ours. We can choose to enter under His shadow, or stay outside, on our own. We can choose to delight ourselves in His presence, or get so busy that we lose sight of Him. We can choose to dwell with Him, or just come for a visit now and then. But He invites us to dwell with Him and find true rest in the safety and comfort of His loving embrace.
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