What does it mean to dwell with God?

The word of God declares: “He that dwelleth in secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ” Psalm 91:1.

But have you ever considered what it means to dwell in the secret place?

The same book of Psalm gives the answer to this question: Psalm 15.

The writer asked the question who will abide in the tabernacle of the Lord and who will dwell with God? and then he answered the question himself.

The writer asked: “Lord, who shall abide (Obey, follow, respect, hold to…)in thy tabernacle? and who shall dwell (reside, live, stay or to speak, think or write at length about a specific subject)  in thy holy hill?

Then he answered his own question: 

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”

To dwell, using the last segment of the definition of the word, which means to think, speak or write at length about something is done only through meditation. In the same book of Psalm the Bible declares in chapter 1 that ” Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the way of sinners nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the laws of the Lord and in it(the laws) does he meditates day and night…” This is the key to dwelling with God.

We dwell by walking uprightly, doing what is right, speaking the truth, not backbiting, loving our neighbor as ourselves, disapproving wickedness, honoring the fear of the Lord in others, not being double minded, by letting our yes be yes and our no, no, by lending money without expecting an increase, by not accepting bribes especially against innocent people, and by meditation. 

If we do these things the bible says we will not be moved. There are also promises that say that we will abide under the shadow of the Almighty, along with all the other promises and protection in Psalm 91. 

We can’t access the promises of Psalm 91 unless we truly dwell in the presence of the Lord. 


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