We live in a very dark and unstable time. Anchors in life from job security to people whom you think you can trust and even safety as a society can come tumbling down all of a sudden without any warning.
To anchor my life in a safe place, I dwell in the shelter of the Most High; I rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I declare to the heavenly realm about who my Lord is to me: He is my refuge and my fortress. He is my God, in whom I trust. — adapted from Psalm 91:1-2
Three verbs are key actions in anchoring my life in a safe place:
The first verb is DWELL: To dwell is to live and stay permanently in the shelter of the Most High. This is quite contrary to how we typically relate to “shelter” in real life: to pop-in in times of trouble and pop-out when the storm passes, and get on with our own life. We often treat God this way: seek Him as our last resort but live without Him and get on our own way as long as we can manage independent of Him. But to remain in safety and protection, the Most High as my shelter has to become the place that I live and stay in, as my permanent residence, day in and day out, with no intention to leave. The one who provides shelter is the Most High who loves me to dwell in His shelter! There is absolutely no place else that worth my dwelling. Who else can match?! Where else can I go?!
The second verb is REST: To rest is to attain the quiet confidence that comes from the assurance of whose I am and to whom I trust. It is the kind of quiet confidence that transcends the storms in actual situations. Even though we might not always see Him face to face, the sense of His shadow is the sense of His presence. I become stressed out when I think I am exposed without shelter, that everything falls on my shoulder, that I have to fight for my own survival. Losing the sense of His shadow, even for a little while, would make me panic. I can only rest in a place of safety, knowing that He is covering me, I don’t have to take matters in my own hands.
The third verb is DECLARE: To declare is to make an announcement on intent. Like an announcement of an engagement: you are so sure and so committed to your love that you want the the whole world know that you are dedicated to this exclusive relationship, that your love is so overflowing that there is no more room in your heart for other love. Such declaration makes the relationship safe, secured and protected. The same goes with our relationship with God. To declare to the heavenly realm that the Lord is my refuge, my fortress and my trust, I am making it clear to the dark side that I am no longer available to worldly love. I am dedicated to His glory and His kingdom cause.
To anchor my life in a safe place, I dwell in His shelter, I rest in His shadow, I declare who He is in my life. This becomes a firm foundation for life abundance.