Being a home with teenagers, love and romance is a regular topic in my house, but the most popular question is: “How do you tell if someone likes you?”  One way, is to look at how they respond to you.  Recently, the Lord showed me, how He responds to me in Psalm 91:14-16 (written to Michelle) reads:

“Because she loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue her, I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.  She will call upon me, and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her.  With long life I will satisfy her and show her my salvation.”

What a declaration of love!  With this love for us, the Lord goes on to say in Psalm 91 that out of His love He will do the following: He will save you (verse 3); cover you and protect you (verse 4); you will not fear (verse 5); you will see death and destruction, but you will not experience it (verse7-8)!

So we can clearly see the Lord’s love in His response to us, but the Psalm starts with a daily decision that has to be made: verse 1-2 (written to Michelle)

She who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
She will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

It is a daily decision to “dwell” in the Lord’s presence (the shelter of the Most High), a daily decision to “rest” in His All-powerfulness and sovereignty (so great, that I stand in the shadows.)  Each day, there is the daily discipline of my heart and spirit to take refuge in the Lord, to be established in His fortress and to trust Him with every aspect of my life.  It does not come naturally; it is a decision of my will.

David tells us in the Psalm 91:9-13, that if you do this “dwelling” and “resting,” if you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge –

trust in lordno harm will overtake 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.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Father, may I dwell in your presence more often, may I choose to rest there.  I do indeed love you with all my heart and I am comforted in Your love for me.  Help me to hide in You: my fortress, my strength, my deliverer. No matter where I am in the journey of life: whether on a high hill or the darkest valley, no matter what my personal capacity is, let You be the God in whom I trust.

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