Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
In the last two weeks we have established that to “rest in the shadow of the Almighty” is a good thing. Rest comes from God, and all good things come from Him. He commanded us to rest, and therefore to rest from our busy lives will bring Him glory. If you didn’t read the previous two entries, I encourage you to go back and read them to get a bit of context on what we will be talking about today.
Psalm 91:1 tells us that in order to rest in the shadow of the Almighty, we must dwell in the shelter of the Most High.
Clearly the book of Psalms is written in a poetic form, so let’s re-word this to make sense in our present day context. The Message translation says this: You who sit down in the High God’s presence…
I love that translation because it calls us to do something so simple: sit down in God’s presence. Sit down and just spend time with your Creator who loves you! Go to a quiet place to be with Him. Pray, reflect on His Word, listen to songs about Him, or even just sit in silence!
Jesus talks about what it means to remain in God, or to abide in Him, throughout John 15:1-17, and I encourage you to reflect on this passage today aside from what is mentioned in this entry.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Think about this analogy. What good is a branch without a vine? It whither and dies. So too are we spiritually dead when we are cut off from the vine.
John 15:8 “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit…”
As you all know the title of this blog is Competing for His Glory, so we are constantly asking the question how do we bring God the glory He deserves both on and off the field? Jesus says it right here in John 15:8… that we bear much fruit. How do we bear fruit? We remain in Jesus, who is the vine.
Let me put this clearly: We cannot attempt to glorify God, or to ‘compete for His glory,’ if we are not abiding in Him first. Jesus says apart from Him, we can do nothing. That includes bringing God glory!
In order to glorify our God, we must rest in His presence. He speaks to us in silence, in quite places and quiet times.
Jesus Himself, even while He was out teaching the disciples and performing miracles, would still often retreat to a quiet place alone (Mark 1:35, Mark 6:45-46, Mark 14:32-34, Luke 4:42, Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12).
If Jesus Christ Himself could not glorify the Father without resting in Him, how much more are we able to do absolutely nothing to bring Him glory apart from the Father?
My challenge this week is in between class, work, practice, homework, or whatever it may be that consumes our time, take out anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to just rest in His silence, to dwell in His Word, and to spend time with Him. Reflect on His love and His sovereignty and pray about what ways He might be using you to bring glory to His kingdom.