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.
AS A YOUNG, HEARING IMPAIRED WOMAN LIVING AND GROWING IN THE HEARING COMMUNITY, BEFORE IT BECAME CRUCIAL FOR HER TO SOCIALIZE WITH THE DEAF, IT WAS HARD, DIFFICULT, A STRUGGLE, A JOURNEY, A FEAT, PROBLEMATIC, CHALLENGING BUT MOST OF ALL A DEMANDING TASK THAT MUST BE COMPLETED.
BEING DEAF MEANS THAT YOU HAVE NO HEARING IN EITHER OF YOUR EARS WHILE BEING HARD OF HEARING MEANS THAT YOU HAVE SOME HEARING ALBEIT THE FACT THAT IT MAY BE ‘SOME’;
A CRUCIAL DISTINCTION SOME PERSONS FAIL TO RECOGNIZE.
BEING DEAF MEANS THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO NAVIGATE YOUR SURROUNDING USING CUES FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD, YOU WILL HAVE TO USE YOUR EYES TO HELP YOU SURVIVE.
A CRUCIAL FACT MANY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND.
BEING DEAF MEANS THAT WHEN I ENTER A ROOM I DON’T KNOW WETHER ITS SILENT OR NOT, WHETHER SOMEONE CALLED MY NAME OR NOT.
A CRUCIAL POINT MANY FAILED TO CONSIDER.
BEING DEAF MEANS THAT I OFTEN TIMES DON’T KNOW HOW I TALK; AM I LOUD OR NOT? DO I SOUND AWKWARD OR FUNNY? AM I TALKING TOO LONG OR ABOVE YOU? A CRUCIAL PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT MANY NEVER FAIL TO POINT OUT.
GOD’S EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY BECOMES MY ONLY SOURCE OF COMFORT. HE ALLOWS ME TO RECOGNIZE AND UNDERSTAND THAT DEPENDING ON HIM LEAVES NO ROOM FOR DISAPPOINTMENT OR FAILURE. DEPENDING ON GOD LEAVES NO TIME FOR SECOND GUESSES.
GOD’S EXRORDINARY ABILITY WORKS IN ME AND THROUGH ME BECAUSE I DO NOTHING OF MYSELF, HE DOES IT FOR ME. TODAY, I STAND NOT JUST A CONFIDENT WOMAN, BUT A CONFIDENT GRADUATE OF ONE OF THE MOST PRESITIGOUS SCHOOLS IN THE ISLAND.
GOD’S EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY ALLOWS ME TO SURVIVE. IT IS THROUGH HIM THAT I BLOOM AND SHUT DOWN THE NEGATIVES THAT OFTEN THREATEN TO OVERTHROW ME.
THANK YOU, DADDY GOD FOR MY DISABILITY SO YOU COULD SHOW ME YOUR ABILITY.
I spent the last few years worrying about how I will make it, how I will survive, how my grades will look after my exams and even about what clothes to wear or what to eat. But I realized Jesus’ words are true “which of you by taking thought (worrying) can add one cubit unto his stature?“. Worry is a waste of time and energy, I guess we should keep the mindset that time wasted can never be regained and live with the knowledge that we are governed by time. Therefore, don’t spend your precious time worrying. Worrying will not change the situation, no matter how bad it is.
Worrying leads to guilt, depression, anxiety, sadness, and almost everything that can poison the creative capacity of your soul and mind. Hence, overcome worry with faith and hope. Keep telling yourself that you can do all things through Christ and you will do all things through Christ.
Remember also “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” ( Philippians 4:8)
I have always been a planner in my head, a wonder woman in my own eyes ( If we use the definition of wonder which means the desire to know). I have always wanted to be better but too lazy to do anything about my life. I have lived in my head and allowed many opportunities to pass. I have also blamed so much on my crooked past. I had previously believed that my past is what defined the mess in my life and ultimately what defines me. Sitting down daily with my mental checklist I never get to is a waste of time.
Recently, I was cornered with the reality that when we neglect the gifts and the use of our talents or brains we basically disappoint God who made us for excellence. When I started college I was so excited about the new information I was getting which inspired a change of heart and the boldness to write. I yielded to the desire to focus and nudge to express myself with words even though I am still no good. I was still running away, like a coward, from conversations with intellectuals because I thought that reading and being aware of the things around me was against God. After all, that was how we were socialized to think. Hence, I believe that God actually stepped in and showed me a more excellent way.
I realized that all the knowledge I gained and all the reading I put in dissipate because I get weak. It leaves because I don’t use it because I don’t follow the mental checklist because I wasn’t diligent but instead I was a sluggard and because I keep going back to my comfort zone. But today I am aspiring to overcome these weaknesses and to be a tower of strength for myself and others.
This is because in order to change my life I have to start at my daily routines and decisions daily.
An enlightening cartoon about why “you should have asked for help” is the worst response for the spouse who carries the “mental load” of not only being chief caregiver, but also chief household organizer.