Covered Over, Lifted Up

from Lynda Lindsey

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

If you make the Most High your dwelling—-even the Lord, who is my refuge—-then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:9-1

We check-in to a hotel for lodging while we are on a business trip or a vacation, but rarely do we think of it as a permanent dwelling place; hotels, by design, are impersonal, and usually, temporary residences. Our home, by contrast, is a place of rest, comfort, and peace, a refuge from the outside world of work, pressure, expectations, and stress. We strive to make our home a nurturing, secure environment, a pleasant place where we like to linger. To dwell intimately with God Most High is to enter into His presence and find rest, comfort, peace, and refuge in Him. God desires us to abide or remain with Him, to tarry and linger in fellowship with Him, reveling in the security only He can provide.

Whatever disasters may befall us in this life, we need not be paralyzed by fear, for God will not let these disasters completely overtake us. God is mighty to save; He guards our going out and our coming in, He can unleash angels to watch over us, He has won the victory over the enemy’s crushing power, and He promises to be with us in trouble to deliver and save us, giving His perfect peace to those who trust Him. Amazingly, God grants us life and salvation, as well as satisfaction, in this world and in the next. Those who dwell with God Most High, those who seek God in His deep, secret places, are covered over and lifted up, just as an eagle shelters her young underneath her wings or carries her fledglings on her wing.

Covered over. Lifted up. Protected. Nurtured. At peace, at rest, even in disastrous circumstances, because our God is working all things together for good for those who are called according to His purposes! No matter how beautiful our home here may be, no matter how well appointed, no matter how much love is contained therein, this earth is not our permanent residence. Our citizenship is in heaven, our real home is yet before us.  We are temporary residents here, foreigners and strangers, awaiting our true home. Dwell with God Most High. Seek God in His deep, secret places. Linger with Him, allowing His strength and security to seep into your very depths. Be covered over and lifted up, for then will you find rest!