Psalm 91:1 (ESV)
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
What value is there in abiding in the shadow of Almighty God? Read Psalm 91 and there you’ll find…
· Answered prayer
I had the hardest time praying this morning. It was a little normal than usual on the back patio. It was still dark out. I couldn’t stay awake. And when I did, my mind was wandering. Not drifting, but galloping off down some lonely, nondescript path.
I tried so hard to stay awake. I read through the psalm of the week. I talked to myself about the need for persistent, watchful, and thankful prayer. I thanked God, but it all seemed to dull and weary. Honestly, it was embarrassing. After an hour of near complete futility, I asked God to forgive me and to help me do better. Then I went inside to get ready and face the day.
This afternoon has been a different story. I’m awake. I’m alert. I find myself confidently bowing before the God of my salvation. I sense grace and mercy helping me in my need. I’m praying for my church family, asking God to do an amazing work of grace in each of their lives. I’m thinking of Brilyn, and Elena, and Erik, and Lauren – all of them are hoping to be baptized in a few weeks. Children from 8 years old on up to 14, I believe. I’ve been praying for our Deacons and the issues we discussed at the Leadership Meeting last night. I’m chewing on some of the discussion I enjoyed at a local pastor’s book club over lunch. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paula Fisk as she went through a minor surgical procedure today to hopefully eliminate the potential of cancer in her body. And Campbell Fisk is always on my heart.
I am thankful for that shadow and the deliverance God has granted me since this morning. He’s protected me from the stupid flailings of my flesh and a hectic dismissal of my regular afternoon prayer time for my church family. He’s granted me the confidence of another fresh start at praying when my last efforts were dismal. He’s answered my prayer for help. He’s evidently and faithfully saving me. I’m making progress when not too long ago it seemed as if I was stuck in the mire of complacency.
What value is there in abiding in the shadow of Almighty God? Infinitely more but nothing less than the grace and strength to keep on taking the next right step.