A friend pointed out an unusual set of facts to me yesterday. The
most devastating tragedy in American history occurred on September
11, or 9/11. The series of events culminated at 9:11 A.M. And so
a spiritual "911" is our need: Psalm 91:1. Here is what it says:
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the
shadow of the Almighty." Let's explore this promise and claim it
for our shattered nation and wounded souls.
To "dwell" in shelter is to live there, to abide in that place.
A "shelter" is a place of defense of refuge, of safety. The "Most
High" is the Lord God. So when we "dwell in the shelter of the Most
High," we make God our safety. We admit that we have no other shelter
except in him. We surrender every other kind of refuge we might
trust, whether our confidence had been in military power, economic
strength, or nationalistic faith. We choose consciously and intentionally
to trust in the help and shelter God alone can provide. And we continue
to trust in his help alone.
When we make this faith decision, we "will rest in the shadow
of the Almighty." We cannot stand in a shadow without being close
to that which causes it. To be in the "shadow" of God is to be very
close to the Almighty himself. We can "rest" there, in peace and
security. We can have peace even in tragedy, hope even in sorrow.
We can find rest in God's presence, and only there.
So let's choose to trust in God to help and harbor us, to shield
and shelter us in our pain and grief. Let's ask him to give us the
comfort we can find nowhere else. Let's rest in his presence, and
find his peace.
A wonderful way to experience the presence and help of God is
with fellow believers. And so I invite you to join a remarkable
gathering of Christians this evening in our Sanctuary at 6:30. Some
17 churches from 11 denominations have planned a community service
of prayer and worship. I invite you to take part in this powerful
service of unity and healing. If you do not live in Dallas, pray
with us at 6:30 CST, and you will join us in the throne room of
Any of us can use God's "911" today. Will you?
James ministers as the Pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church
in Dallas, Texas. Copyright © 2001. James C. Denison. All rights
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