May 29, 2017
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Ps. 91:1-2 English Standard Version
What a great invitation to begin your day. You are invited to put your trust in the One who is a refuge and fortress for your life. A refuge for rest and a fortress against evil and all present-day forces that will seek to isolate and overwhelm you to think that you are all alone. God’s promise is His presence to cover you day and night. He’ll meet you anywhere you confront trouble. He’ll “be at your side in bad times”. And the most unlikely and unexpected sounds of God throwing you a party will surround you. The Psalms are your friends in every situation. God comes to meet you .. provide and protect you .. and invite you to run to Him at any moment. We know what shelter and abiding looks like through Jesus. He lived continuously in His Father’s presence. He never fretted or was anxious about where He would find rest. He wasn’t worried about what He would confront each day. An abiding life awaits you everyday .. even today .. if you will only live knowing and trusting in Jesus care. Jesus himself invites you to come to Him and find rest for your soul and help when you’re at the end of your rope. He even said you were “blessed” when you come to Him out of resources and trust( or lean on) in His life. That’s so different for everyone .. when that moment happens and you realize you’ve run out and feel like you’re going under. “Call and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times.” No other faith is so vulnerable and intimate as to invite you to come just as are in in any kind of situation. Planned or unplanned .. the Lord invites you to live in His care. It only takes a moment ..
“If you hold on to me for dear life, says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation.” Ps. 91:14-16 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Ancient-New Tent Dwellers learning to lean on Jesus first and throughout the day,