by Ruth Olsen
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This is the first devotion in a series of seven based on Psalm 91:9–16.
‘If you make the Lord your refuge, and if you make the Most High your shelter …’ (Psalm 91:9).
Do you remember hearing, in your childhood, a parent or teacher say to you, ‘If you do … then …’, followed by a warning or promise? Does it surprise you that our Abba Father sometimes says that also – that some things are conditional? He is looking for a response, asking whether you are going to ‘step up’ in exercising responsibility, taking initiative, making your choice, and trusting him.
The Lord has designed and created us to be in relationship, with him and with other people. That involves rights, responsibilities, privileges, and opportunities. And he desires that we choose life, not death (see Deuteronomy 30:11–20). Jesus has made this possible for us, having fulfilled God’s requirements for us (see Romans 10:1–13). In all these things, the Holy Spirit is our Helper who enables us to consider and then take God at his word, to trust Jesus who both reveals Abba Father to us and sends the Holy Spirit to work faith and empower us (see John 14:15–21,23–27).
Psalm 91:1 declares that those who live or dwell in the shelter of the Most High will find rest … That’s God’s promise to you. Here in verse nine, we are reminded that we have the option to choose. And that’s not just once – it’s moment-by-moment.
Lord, thank you that you are my refuge and shelter! Amen.