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Psalm 91:9-13

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Psalm 27:5

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

Psalm 31:20

In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.

One of the first things Cherokee and Chris did when they bought the new house in July was buy Chickens. We have 24 chickens and they have their own space in the yard and a safe, comfortable coop. On the first day the chickens were big enough to run free in their yard, I asked Chris how long it would take to round up all 24 chickens every evening and get them back in the coop. Chris told me that they would go back in the coop on their own as the sun went down. He was right. I watched as the sun went down and one by one they headed for the coop and huddled together inside the door waiting for Cherokee or Chris to tuck them in safely for the night. I was amazed that they knew somehow that they needed to be tucked in for the night to keep them safe from predators of the night (okay, maybe they didn’t “think” all that, but somehow they knew they needed to be tucked in for the night).

Watching the chickens as they headed for the shelter of the coop reminded me how we, as humans, sometimes need shelter from the dark moments of our lives. In life, we will come upon predators who may want to harm us. We will experience the storms of life and need to seek refuge. where is our shelter? The chickens know that they have a coop to keep them safe, but where do we go when the night starts to fall and we are surrounded by darkness and evil? 

We go to God. We need to find shelter in God. Psalm 91:11 says that God commands His angels concerning us to guard us in ALL our ways. Psalm 27:5 says that when the day of trouble comes that God will keep us safe in His dwelling. Psalm 31:20 reminds us that God keeps us safe in His dwelling from accusing tongues.

Life is full of problems, heartache and pain. The reality is that there IS evil in the world. We can’t escape that fact. We can’t run from the hardships of life. It wouldn’t matter where we run to, the hardships will only follow us. The only thing that we can do is seek shelter under the wings of the Almighty God. God promises us in His word that He IS our shelter and that He WILL protect us. God does not break His promises. We need to trust that when the pain of the world hits us in the gut, that God will be our shelter and in Him we will find refuge and safety.

 

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Psalm 91

Psalm 91:1-2

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

When your child has just been diagnosed with cancer…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When you are struggling paycheck to paycheck and wondering how you will provide for your family…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When you are struggling with an addiction and are desperate for help…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When you are suffering in pain and the doctors don’t know what is wrong with you…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When your marriage has failed and your spirit is crushed…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When your child has chosen the wrong path in life and you are worried…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When you are huddled in a doorway, homeless, scared and alone…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When you are beaten and broken by life…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

When you feel that God does not care…

WHO IS YOUR SHELTER?

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When your child has just been diagnosed with cancer…

JEHOVAH-RAPHA (Exodus 15:26) is your shelter. God our healer CAN heal your child. Ask and believe.

When you are struggling paycheck to paycheck and wondering how you will provide for your family…

JEHOVAH-JIREH (Genesis 22:13-14) is your shelter. God our provider CAN provide. Ask and believe.

When you are struggling with an addiction and are desperate for help…

JEHOVAH-MACCADDESHEM (Exodus 31:13) is your shelter. God our sanctifier CAN free you from your sin and set you apart for His holy purpose. Ask and believe.

When you are suffering in pain and the doctors don’t know what is wrong with you…

JEHOVAH-SHALOM (Judges 6:24) is your shelter. God our peace CAN give you that peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7) in this time of trial. Ask and believe.

When your marriage has failed and your spirit is crushed…

JEHOVAH-ROHI (Psalm 23:1) is your shelter. God our shepherd CAN guide you, protect you and restore your soul. Ask and believe.

When your child has chosen the wrong path in life and you are worried…

JEHOVAH-YAHWEH (Genesis 2:4) is your shelter. God our divine salvation CAN restore this life. His will is for ALL to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4). He has a plan and a purpose for your child (Jeremiah 29:11). Ask and believe. 

When you are huddled in a doorway, homeless, scared and alone…

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH (Ezekiel 48:35) is your shelter. Our God who is present is with you ALWAYS. He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)! He will show you His presence. Ask and believe.

When you are beaten and broken by life…

EL-ROI (Genesis 16:13) is your shelter. Our God is the strong one who sees. He sees where you are and is longing to comfort you. Ask and believe.

When you feel that God does not care…

ABBA FATHER (Romans 8:15) is your shelter. God is our caring and loving Daddy who loved us so much that He gave His only son Jesus to die on the cross so that WE may live eternally with Him (John 3:16). Our Heavenly Father has adopted us as His children and we are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). He longs for us to accept Him and all the love and goodness He has for us. Ask and believe. 

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