by Tracy Hester
Psalm 91 beautifully illustrates one of God’s characteristics as being our protector. In reading the entire Psalm, I get comfort in knowing God is my security guard and his host of angels. This Psalm reminds us that if we trust God and not in anything else, he will deliver and protect us from the snares set up by the enemy. The enemy wants to hinder, discourage, and distract us by making us forget who we are in God and the power we have as Christians.
Psalm 91 is one of the if and then passages in the Bible. Meaning if we do something, then God will do something as well. Here are a few examples:
“When you sit enthrone under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.” Psalm 91:1 TPT
“When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.” Psalm 91:9, 10 TPT
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.” Psalm 91:14 TPT
I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.” Psalm 91:15 TPT
The consistent message conveyed in Psalms 91: when we rely on God and stay in communion with him, despite our challenging and difficult times, he will place us under his care and protect us. Even if evil comes our way (and it will), it won’t destroy or hurt us because we have made God our habitation. A habitation is where we live or where we call home. It’s not a place we visit now and then, but it’s our consistent resting place.
So how do we make God our habitation? Well, first, it involves us not depending on our jobs, homes, families, or anything as the primary source for our security, filling us up, or making us complete or happy. Second, we can make God our habitation when we practice being in the presence of God consistently, not just on Sunday mornings.
We can also practice being in God’s presence when our thoughts, actions, and desires focus on his ways and not our ways. This happens when we praise and worship him and consistently get our instructions from our life’s handbook—the Bible.
God’s presence is the only thing that can protect us completely, so run home and let God cover you!
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About the author: Tracy Hester is a mentor, life coach, and a Bible teacher. She lives in Hercules, California, with her two children. She is excited about becoming a new grandmother in the fall of 2021 and releasing Get Up, Girl, Let’s Go in the spring of 2022. You can reach out to Tracy on Facebook or her website at tracyhester.com.
Tracy is the author of All Things New. When we experience personal struggles, we often hope He will remove our pain and instantaneously lift us from despair. But God’s plans for us will not always work out in that way. So often God wants us to instead take a journey of healing that can change our lives.
Join the conversation: Have you made God your place of habitation? How did you do it?