“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.” Psalm 91:9-10
We go to great lengths to secure our homes and possessions with sophisticated security systems. We carefully choose what we eat to nourish our bodies. We over-sanitize our hands to protect from illness. We invite in the people who build us up and block out the untrustworthy. We build our bios and post them in order to advance our careers, agendas, positions in life. We spend our lives building our lives and boundaries to protect them. For those of us who believe God is sovereign over our lives, we invite him to protect the lives we build and call it “faith.” Then, we get disenchanted or even angry with him when something goes wrong.
Is this how God intended it to be? Does he sit in heaven waiting for an invitation from me to protect my kingdom?
We all want protection, and will do whatever it takes to get it. Or, will we?
In Psalm 91 we are promised protection, under certain conditions:
1. “If you make the Most High your dwelling.” Are you building your own dwelling place, or have you surrendered your best plans to God in exchange for his? How much time do you spend “dwelling” with God each day? The only way to know his plans for your life is to dwell with him.
2. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him: I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” How much of your life is spent elevating your own name? Take some time to examine your heart and ask the Lord how to elevate His Name in your life today. Surrendering your own agenda to advance his name in the earth is an act of love that demonstrates intimate trust.
3. “He will 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 will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” When there is trouble, who is your first call? Practice making the LORD your first call, before there is a need.
Are you working hard to build protective boundaries around a life that was never yours? What would it take to surrender your dwelling place and enter the dwelling place of the Most High?
Boundaries are built to protect our lives, but the life of Christ is about surrender. It’s not an invitation to be reckless with your life. It’s an invitation to the only place where resides perfect peace.
In His Unfailing Love,