The Shelter of the Most High

We will return to another familiar Psalm, that people have no doubt turned to in these days. Again, we will seek to walk slowly through it, again, to find its comfort.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

As with Psalm 46, comfort is found not in a change of situation, don’t we long for that. But as so many things have changed in the last few days, one thing, gloriously, has not. God is still the Most High, and God is still the Almighty.

“With God Most High, a title depicting the Lord in his most exalted position, you can abide.”[1] We pray for our leaders and our rulers, rightly so, but let us not take shelter there. There is a higher authority, a more reliable shelter. We, even now, have the comfort of coming and sheltering under the ‘Most High’.

As our God, is above all, so His strength is beyond all, he is the ‘Almighty’. I wonder if at this point, your strength is failing, I confess to it being so for me, and yet we do not trust in our own strength, but His, the Almighty, whose shadow offers us rest.

If verse 1 is the truth about God, verse 2, gives expression to the faithful response to such truth.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Although it is tempting to take the I, in verse 2, for ourselves, I think most likely it is the voice of one who we should follow. The voice that runs throughout the Psalms is the voice of the king, we will see why this is good news in a next few days. But here he models for us the correct response to God the Most High, the Almighty. As God’s king trusts himself to God and his refuge and fortress, we through king Jesus, can entrust ourselves to him also.

‘By coming to Jesus the Christ, a new and living way into the protecting presence of the Lord has opened. Having been justified by faith, you now live every day at peace with God.’[2] Through Jesus, we can come under the shadow of the almighty.

This world today, is full or uncertainty, will I get sick? Will I lose my job? How long will this last? We do not have answers to those questions, but we do know that we can find refuge and shelter in God the Most High, the Almighty. If we trust in the king, who in turn trusted in his God, we come under his protection and his care. Though sickness and hardship may come, nothing can remove us from His dwelling place, where we are eternally secure.

 

God the Most High, the Almighty,

I do not deserve to come under your care,

But by your son, I can come under the shadow of the Almighty.

Although much is uncertain, please give me the assurance that nothing can remove me from your protection.

In the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

[1] O Palmer Robertson, Psalms in Congregational Worship, p. 235

[2] Ibid. p. 236

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