(Monday, June 26)

He who dwells in the help of the Most High (Ὁ κατοικῶν ἐν βοηθείᾳ τοῦ Ὑψίστου / Живый в помощи вышняго) shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven.” (Ps 90:1, LXX)

It’s our choice, I’m thinking this Monday morning, to “dwell in the help” of God (or not). But to “abide” in God’s shelter is not something within our power. That is God’s promise and blessing to us, which comes into our lives when we keep “dwelling” in His help rather than just in self-reliance.

What does “dwelling in the help” of God look like? It can be as simple or as complicated as we want to make it, depending on our personal circumstances and prayer-capacities. It does involve decisive action, one day at a time: We make a decision, every morning, to turn ourselves over to the care of God, then we ask Him for help in a bit (or a lot) of heartfelt prayer, and at the very end of our day before we go to sleep, we thank Him for His help, from the bottom of our heart. We might also appeal for His help in bits of prayer throughout our day. I prefer to pray briefly, but often, probably because my attention-span and patience is too short for long prayer(s). I think prayer is somewhat like food, in that some people eat a lot just once or maybe twice a day, while others eat just a little, but more frequently. In any case, the nourishment from the food (and from the prayer) continues to “energize” us in-between our large or small “meals.”

Let us “dwell in the help of the Most High” this Monday, dear friends, because by doing so we indeed “shall abide in the shelter of the God of heaven,” which is a peaceful and joy-filled place to be.