- Psalm 91:1
“He who dwells” is the one who takes rest in the Lord Jesus Christ (v1). Another meaning for dwell is to “sit down”. It is the idea of rest; of remaining at rest in God amid trouble. This “dwelling” is a calm repose as though one is at home (Barnes). Dwelling or sitting in Christ is the same as trusting in Him. It consists of hearing the Savior’s voice and obeying His commands.
How is it possible for one to sit down calmly within the storm of trouble? It is possible because of where one is sitting. If the place in which one sits down is in the protection (shelter, secret place) of God, there is no reason for alarm. But attempting to find security reclining upon the protection that is not of God, no rest is found. This can be the problem of many believers. When facing difficulty, Christians seek shelter under things of the world. Under such protection there is no real security. It is imperative that the Church of today begins to seek and take shelter under God’s provision. We must rest in God for He alone is the true security for our hearts.
The one reclining upon the Lord abides in the shadow (defense) of God (v1). The abiding can be a continuous as long as the Christian is willing to stay. Too often God’s children get up from their rest in Jesus. This is not the Lord’s will. The natural habitation for the believer is to rest in the Savior. God’s protection and peace is there for His children who choose to remain seated in Him.
- Pastor Randy