Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Psalm 91 was written and was inspired by the Holy Spirit for our time from now on. Jesus told us that "the powers of heaven will be shaken" and that "men's hearts [will be] failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:26).
Let's turn to this inspired word: "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). Your "place" where you kneel before Him is "secret." No evil angel is allowed to intrude or listen; the Lord is your "fortress" or castle of refuge (vs. 2).
He has been good to you to lead you to give up your idolatry of luxury cars and houses, bank accounts, position, and through His grace He has opened your eyes to see that this world is not your home. And let's be honest--we are afraid of what life will be like here when law and order break down as the Bible has long told us will happen.
But as your response to Him:
Tell the Lord "Thank You" for giving you that "secret place."
Ask Him for something He is ever joyed to give you--some comfort and encouragement you minister to others who are in increasing distress and perplexity. Souls are starving for "bread of life." Beg the Lord to give you a morsel to share.
Look at the time of disaster in a new light: "When [the Lord's] judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness" (Isa. 26:9). The Lord's hands are tied: He can't prevent "the time of trouble" from coming; the world has given itself to the rule of "the prince of the power of the air." In rejecting and crucifying and expelling the Son of God, the world has chosen the evil that comes: but the heavenly Father has kept that "secret place of the Most High" reserved for you.
It's the proper thing to say "we should pray," but our psalm tells us more: we are to "trust" in Him (vs. 2).
He is like a mother bird who hides her young under her wings so the hawk cannot get at them (vs. 4). The New Covenant promises are yours to cherish (Gen. 12:2, 3).
If you have been slow in letting the Lord wean you away from an infatuation with this world, beg Him for the true kind of forgiveness--that which takes that sin away from you forever (aphesis in Greek means "bear away," deliver you from it).
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: April 18, 2007.
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