Our Choice: Protection or Pain

Our Choice: Protection or Pain

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

Praise be to you, O Lord, for your wonderful faithfulness— you have given your children a shelter that is both your Word and yourself—you who are the Most High, the Final Authority, the Almighty, the All Wise, All Knowing and All Loving God.

You, in your grace, wisdom and love, have provided us with this needed shelter in a twisted, dangerous and sin-filled world. Your commands, principles and examples show us how to live within your protection from sin, self and Satan. And you yourself spread your wings over us to keep us safe: under your feathers of grace we find protection.

Praise you for your invitation for us to come to your shelter and remain in your refuge. As we obey your Word, think Truth, listen to the Spirit and make prayer the foundation of all we do, we remain in your fortress. There we are protected from unnecessary mistakes and unneeded difficulties. We are spared the troubles of those who reject your shelter: the confusion of the wicked, the fall of the proud, the anguish of the stubborn, the foolish decisions of rebels, the stumbling of the self-confident.

As your Word says, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever more brightly till the full light of day. But the path of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble” (Pro. 4:18,19).

You are our Refuge, calling us to your arms, to your lap, to your embrace. You are our Fortress, inviting us to safety behind your walls of truth and power. You are our Deliverer, calling us to worship and obedience as our God, our final authority. You are the Righteous One who has the right to rule—and who imputes your righteousness to us, protecting us from the wrath to come, sheltering us from the evil around us and in us.

You are thorough, you are wise, you are persistent: protecting us and providing for us even when we protest against your profound and perfect Word. You keep on working, bringing us to repentance, bringing us to your refuge, bringing us to transformation.

From within your protection, we will see the downfall of those who refuse your invitation, who decline to obey you. As we stay in your shelter, true harm, true evil (that which will damage us spiritually) will not come to us, for you, Lord God, will work out all that is needful for our safety: “If you say, ‘The LORD is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you…” (Ps. 91:9,10).

I exalt you today, O Eternal Lord of creation and God of graciousness, who rules forever in complete goodness, out of unending love and with deep wisdom. You are worthy of worship, praise, honor and obedience, Glory be to you!

Prayer: “Lord, help me to dwell in your shelter today, thinking truth, obeying what I know to be true, praising you in and for all. Amen.”