Oh, Our Lord!

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
~ Psalm 8:1 ~

In these precipitous times, with the unknown stretching before us, there is place of comfort, security, and peace that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord — that place is where our God dwells.

Both Psalm 90:1 and Psalm 91:1 speak of God being our dwelling place:

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” 

This is the truth of who our God is, for He is continually with us and for us. He has not forgotten nor forsaken us. Each one of us can confidently say, as the Psalmist does in Psalm 91:2,

He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust. 

Photo of Nathan and Krista Marie Arellano at Yosemite, safe in the arms of their Lord.

We can choose to walk in the light of this truth and not fear what may come, or we can choose to fear and dread the future. Our God does not want us to live in fear, instead He desires for us to look to Him in everything. He promises, in Psalm 91:14-16:

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.

This, my friends, is a much better promise than any that is being given to us right now because it comes from the living God, the Almighty, who is enthroned in heaven above, yet whose Spirit dwells within us.

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We can hold on to this truth and know His peace, for He is trustworthy. He speaks of His peace another place, Isaiah 26:3:

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

He encourages us to trust in Him; to be steadfast, immovable, and stand on the foundation of who He is, not on our circumstance. Isaiah 26:4 continues,

Trust in the LORD forever,
For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. 

This is how we fight the disquiet that comes from fear and that is restless within us as a result of the various things going on in our nation, state, county, and city, and also in our lives.  This is how we live in the security of our Father’s presence so that we may live as conquerors, in peace, and rest.

Heavenly Father, You know the inner battles that each one of us is facing, and hear our hearts’ cries to You. We pray that Your perfect peace will quench the attack of fear as we fight with Your living word, which is our sword. Thank You for knowing our frailty and shoring us up with Yourself. Magnify Yourself in all the earth, Oh Lord, and reveal Your majesty to all who are in the earth. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.

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