Friday, August 28, 2020

God Is Your Shelter


By: Sarah Geringer 

What serves as a shelter for you? Is it your home, your bank account, your family, or your job? 

Those are all good gifts that God gives you, but God alone wants to serve as your constant shelter. Your situations may change in a moment, and what kept you feeling safe and secure may be lost. God will always be your shelter, no matter what kind of storm you face.

Meditating on verses that describe God as your shelter can help you find the safety and security you’re looking for.

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:5 NIV

Think back to the times that you were in trouble. How did God keep you safe? How is he hiding you in the shelter of his tabernacle now? What kind of rock is he setting you on?

In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.

Psalm 31:20 ESV

It’s easy to feel beaten down by the hurts from other people. Whether it’s from plots, threats, or gossip, God will give you shelter in his presence.

I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.

Psalm 55:8 NIV

The shelter God provides is always available. You can hurry to it in prayer any time, day or night, wherever you are. In a moment with God, your storm will feel far away.

Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

Psalm 61:4 NLT

Do you feel sheltered in the church? Whether church is your joyful place or a place where you’ve gotten hurt before, God makes his home among his people. Look for shelter among trustworthy Christians, who are members of the body of Christ. Their godly presence will help you feel safer in your storms.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 NLT

When do you feel closest to God? In prayer? In nature? In church? You can feel safe in the shelter of God’s love there. Also, you will find rest for your soul when you spend time alone with God, regularly in the place where you feel closest.

It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

Isaiah 4:6 NIV

The Lord’s presence among his people is described as a shelter and shade, a refuge and hiding place. Do you feel that way about God’s presence? You can grow closer to him by regularly meditating on verses about his attributes, such as being a shelter. 

Look up other attributes of God, like holiness or love or peace, and use them to meditate on more aspects of his character. You’ll gain additional shelter the more you learn about God.

Here's a prayer to encourage you today:

Heavenly Father,

I praise you as my shelter in all the storms of life.
Thank you for all the Scripture verses that remind me you are my shelter.
Help me meditate on these verses to hide them in my heart and mind.
I believe that as I turn to you first as my shelter, my faith in you will deepen.
Thank you in advance for the ways you will shelter me this year.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Want more tips on Christian meditation? Check out my book, Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus and the 31-Day Christian Meditation Challenge I'm currently hosting.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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