Words from the Heart for Monday July 17th, 2017
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)
The Shadow of the Almighty
Many times this verse is memorized and then quoted. That’s very good because it is filled with truth! As we move through the year we can discover what it really means to “dwell” in the secret place of the Most High God. What a place of privilege. What a place of promise. What a discovery awaits us!
There is a relatively unknown, and very sad chapter in Canada’s history that is told in a book titled “In the Shadow of the Rockies.” The subtitle gives a hint of this tragedy: “Diary of the Castle Mountain Internment Camp.” When the First World War broke out in 1914, Galicia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which had sided with Germany in the war and was therefore the enemy of the British Empire. Ukrainian immigrants (often referred to as “Galicians” in the early 1900s) became “enemy aliens” in Canada, the very place that had actively encouraged their immigration. Ironically, most of the Ukrainians viewed their former Austro-Hungarian rulers not with loyalty, but as occupiers and exploiters of their Ukrainian homeland, and that occupation was one of the reasons they had fled and immigrated to Canada.
There is much done in secret that is not healthy, and often sinful. People hide things from their loved ones and imagine that no one is watching, no one is paying attention. But the Lord God of the universe is always watching and even if the secret things are not revealed in this life, they will be in eternity. The Bible speaks of one secret place that is where all of us should find ourselves. Psalm 91:1 puts it this way: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” There is safety in the secret place of the Most High. This is a wonderful invitation. When life throws all that it can at us, and we find ourselves tossed and turned by challenges that are beyond our human ability to cope with, there is a secret place under the shadow of the Almighty. Colossians 3:3 tells us that we died, and our lives are now hidden with Christ in God. Hidden from the temptation that so easily leads to sin. Hidden from the fear of death that so many do all they can to avoid. Hidden from the spiritual emptiness that leaves a deep gnawing hunger. Is your life hidden in Christ? Have you found the peace and safety that come only by being under the shadow of the Almighty? If so, thank him. If not, seek his protection and grace.
These have been words from the heart.