Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reflections on Psalm 91

I've been reflecting on Psalm 91 for the past week... it was one of the readings for the first week of Lent.  It's a wonderful song with words that inspire and encourage.... but it has also challenged me, especially the opening words:

Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
   You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” (NRSV)

   Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. They say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (TNIV)

I have found myself consumed with the question... "What does it mean to live or dwell in the shelter of the most high?"  The thought is continued in the next phrase where the Psalmist speaks of abiding or resting in the shadow of the almighty?  Again, what does that mean?

My mind immediately went to John 15 and the illustration of the vine and the branches and how through their connection fruit is found.... the word used by John to speak of this relationships is translated "remain" in one version and "abide" in another.  As I was musing on this I found myself walking the beautiful beach at Brittas Bay. It was an absolutely beautiful sun filled day.  As I walked I became profoundly aware of my shadow and my thoughts went back to this passage.

"who abide in the shadow of the almighty"

I found myself wondering...

Do I live close enough to God that I rest within HIS shadow?

All that got me thinking about my shadow...