Sunday, January 22, 2017

What you say is where you abide...


Psalm 91 is one of my husband's favorite chapters in the Bible.  He memorized it as a young boy when he was struggling with fear.  When I first started dating him, the Lord spoke specifically to me from Psalm 91 though at that time I had no idea of the significance of this passage to him.

Right now my pastor husband is preaching a series of messages on this psalm. One of the things he mentioned is how the Psalmist, in verse one, declares that he is dwelling, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.  Then immediately in the following verse he begins to declare who God is.  He speaks out that God is his Refuge and His Fortress, the one he leans on, relies on and in Whom he confidently trusts. The point is that what we say affects where we abide.

How often do you and I abide in the land of fear and anxiety?  How frequently are our worries and fears what comes spewing out of our mouth?  Consequently, instead of abiding safely and securely under God's covering and care, we dwell in the land of land of insecurity, anxiety and fear.  What if instead we made it a habit to declare Who God is, the One under Who's protection we dwell.

Say it or sing it.  Declare Who God is and abide securely in Him.

"I will bless the Lord forever
And I will trust Him at all times
He has delivered me from all fear
And He has set my feet upon a rock

I will not be moved, and I'll say of the Lord
You are my shield, my strength, my portion
Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need

Whom have I in heaven but You
There's none I desire beside You

For You have made me glad, and I'll say of the Lord
You are my shield, my strength, my portion
Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower
My very present help

You are my shield, my strength, my portion
Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need

You have made me glad, and I'll say of the Lord
You are my shield, my strength, my portion
Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower
My very present help

You are my shield, my strength, my portion
Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need
My very present help in time of need
My very present help in time of need
 Hillsong - Made Me Glad by Miriam Joy Webster



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7 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, this song is probably my all time favorite song of Hillsong's. It was so good to listen to it and be reminded of just why - it is a beautiful declaration of who our God is and that He has made me glad. So very grateful to have been reminded to declare this truth out loud and in song :)

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  2. Trust....I've been working on that one. I was always a worrier....especially when raising a family. Sometimes, I think it comes with motherhood. I wish I'd known this scripture better at the time. I now remind myself, worry is of the Devil...never from God. Great reminder with your scripture today. :)

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

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    1. It's all too easy to be worried and fearful as a mom/grandmother. Making a deliberate decision to trust God with our loved ones has to be a continual choice doesn't it.

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  3. Thank you for this. It is very timely, with the wind blowing hard and the rain falling, and trees falling down at my kids' schools, I needed to hear this.

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