Sunday, December 27, 2015

Psalm 91: Qualify for Blessing

So you got your interest up in Psalm 91, this Psalm prayer of protection. Press on with intent! This passage of Scripture is brimming over with promises of protection and blessing, more than most people realize. Your curiosity piqued? Great! Take a quick read of the passage and a look at the first requirement to move toward being qualified for blessing. Start here with the New King James Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. The meaning is clear. Choose where you will spend your time. Choose what you will focus on. Choose what you will ponder, mull over, think about all day long. Potent advise. Powerful beginning to a promise-filled Psalm 91. And, this advise to dwell in the secret place is foundational to receiving those promises. Dwelling in the secret place seems simple enough. Or, at least it would be simple if the only requirement was to sit comfortably while your head wandered wherever it wished. Sorry, that is not the plan here. That dwelling, abiding, is personal, intimate. Remember, God is looking for relationship, relationship with you. To truly fulfill the admonition of the Psalmist, one must not only be in the secret place of the Most High, but also must make the Most High one's priority focus. Why? Well, two reasons! One, suppose you paid more attention to the news anchor than to your significant other. What would be the result? Certainly that relationship would grow stale and weak. Secondly, suppose you put more attention to the evening news than to the good news of the Gospel. How could you stay faith-filled, confident in God's love and protection when your brain is echoing with grim news from the tube? Dwelling in the secret place and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty is closely related to instruction Paul gave to the Romans: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2) Stay focused on the Most High God, focused on who He is and what He says in His Word. Your thinking will reflect Heavenly realities. You will perceive this natural world through the lenses of Heaven. Now, rather than fret over the economy or such, you can fill your self-talk with confessions of God's Word. This is part of abiding and an important part of experiencing the good, acceptable and perfect will of God described in the verses following Psalm 91:1. Praying Scripture is one way to maintain right focus. In this case praying Psalm 91 seems most appropriate. This article is part of a series dealing with Psalm 91 verse by verse.

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