Posted July 09, 2012
My Refuge and My Fortress
91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
And so we start our journey into Psalms 91. Over the next 7 weeks we'll be memorizing the rest of the chapter. Please let your friends know about this and invite them to join us!
Psalms 91:1-2 flows seamlessly from last week's verse in Proverbs: "The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous man runs into it and is safe." It's almost as if this verse starts where the last one left off. We find another promise for those who have learned to run to the Lord: there is safety for those who continue to dwell in the place they ran to. The word "dwell" implies longevity, no longer a quick stop or layover, but a "setting up residence". Our lives of faith in God weren't intended for a mere season, or a couple chapters, but rather as the foundation of every season, and a thread throughout every chapter in the book of our lives. While we may be "pilgrims in a foreign land", we have a singular Godward destination. We are not tourists.
Eugene Peterson said, "Religion in our time has been captured by the tourist mindset... Everyone is in a hurry. The persons whom I lead in worship, among whom I counsel, visit, pray, preach, and teach, want shortcuts. They want me to help them fill out the form that will get them instant credit (in eternity). They are impatient for results." There are no tourists in the kingdom, only pilgrims & disciples.
His name is a strong tower. Run to him, and dwell in the safety of his shelter. Set up your residence on the foundation his Name. Put your trust in him, for he is strong & faithful. Disciples & pilgrims, this truth warrants "a long obedience in the same direction." For more thoughts on this verse, read the Fighter Verses blog here: http://fighterverses.com/blog-post/the-lord-our-refuge-and-fortress/ .
This week's song was written by Chris Jurrens, sung by Chris & his wife Shannon, and produced by Dustin Ragland. You can hear more of their music here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brand-new-mountain-speeches/id307466493 and http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/like-a-little-girl/id384974123.