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March 11, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Joshua 1-4
Audio: Joshua 1-4

Psalm 91 (ESV)

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

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will abide in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).

    He Who Dwells Abides

    Yesterday afternoon I got a text from someone I know through out shared love of audio engineering. He is a Christian who has been struggling for a while in his online business which has impacted every area of his life. His text was desperate. In need of more than just financial help, I spent about an hour comforting him, challenging him and encouraging him. 

    Earlier in the day I was watching a video from The Master's Seminary where Dr. Steven Lawson was explaining different elements of expository preaching. Among other things he said our sermons should "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." I kept that in the forefront of my mind as I spoke with him because much of the damage done in my friend's life is self-inflicted.  

    As I look back on our conversation, what he was dwelling in anxiety, fear and depression due to his circumstances. Although he knows the Lord (and knows the Word of God), he has been struggling with abiding in Christ which has had a ripple affect in his life and his family's well-being.

    Today's psalm reminds us that if we "dwell in the shelter of the Most High," we will "abide in the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). We won't abide in stress, anxiety, depression or other affliction that lurks in the shadows of our daily lives. 

    That's not to say there won't be seasons in our lives where we struggle with this. Even the most optimistic people can get tripped up at any moment by the death of a loved one, a bad diagnosis or loss of a job. But if we belong to God, He will use these things to strengthen our faith and our resolve in Him. 

    It's this deepened faith and resolve that keeps us abiding in Him instead of being destroyed by life's trials and temptations.

    In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes the secret place of the Most High is "an intimate place of divine protection. The use of 'Most High' for God emphasizes that no threat can ever overpower Him."

    As for the "shadow of the Almighty" he goes on to say, "In a land where the sun can be oppressive and dangerous, a 'shadow' was understood as a metaphor for care and protection."

    When I searched for abiding in Christ, I found an article published less than a week ago by one of my favorite theologians Sinclair Ferguson.

    Here is a link:

    Are you drowning in fear and anxiety or trusting the Lord in the circumstances of your life?

    Do you struggle abiding in Christ?

    I encourage you as I'm encouraged this morning to not give in to fear but to "submit to the pruning knife of God in the providences by which He cuts away all disloyalty and sometimes all that is unimportant, in order that we might remain in Christ all the more wholeheartedly."

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "I Give You Myself" by Joseph Alleine

    "Spirit of the Most High, the Comforter and Sanctifier of your chosen, come now with all your glory, all your courtly attendants, your fruits and graces.

    Let me be the place you live. I give you what is yours already. Here, with the poor widow, I cast my two pennies—my soul and my body—into your treasury. I fully resign them to you, to be sanctified by you, to be your servants.

    They will be your patients; cure their disease. They will be your agents; govern every step. I have served the world too long, and I have listened to Satan too long. But now I renounce them all. Now I will be ruled by your dictates and directions, and guided by your counsel.

    Blessed Trinity! Glorious unity! I deliver up myself to you. Receive me, write your name on me, and on everything I have. Set your mark on me, on every member of my body, and every part of my soul.

    I have chosen your ways and your law. Now I will keep it in my view. By your grace, I resolve to walk in your way. I will be governed by your law. And though I cannot perfectly keep one of your commandments, I will not allow myself to disobey any.

    Lord, you have my heart in this agreement, never to be reversed. By grace I will stand in this resolution, where I will live and die. I have sworn that I will keep your righteous judgments. I have freely made my everlasting choice. Lord Jesus, confirm the contract. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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