Sheltered in God

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High
will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1, GW*

When you were little, did you like making blanket forts and nestling into small spaces? I used to love the airy, green “rooms” made by the trailing branches of giant willows.

Still do, actually. And I’ve turned a corner of my bedroom into a cosy “nest” for reading and writing.

The last few weeks have been extra hectic, but when I stopped to rest I kept getting thoughts of shelter. I drifted into some delightful naps while imagining myself tucked into a cosy nook in the overhang of a flowering shrub (on ground as soft as my bed, and without any insects).

When I read this week’s verse, “under the shelter” jumped out at me.

Under the shelter.

I think most translations say “in the shelter,” but this made me stop and think about the shelter images I’d been having. How good is our God, to prompt restful thoughts when I needed them, and then to remind me that He is our ultimate shelter, security and source of rest?

God Most High, Your shelter is perfectly secure because of Your strength. Even when bad things happen, You sustain us and can bring good if we trust You. Strengthen our faith, and help us to keep our trust in You. Open our eyes to the tender, personal ways You remind us of Your love, and help us to live and remain under Your sheltering shadow.

Our song is “Hiding Place,” written by Steven Curtis Chapman and Jerry Salley.

*GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) Copyright © 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

4 thoughts on “Sheltered in God

  1. slachie

    Janet this hits me right where I’m at. Reading this, God spoke to my heart. “You’ve been running, but what you really need to do is “hide”…” Thank you for this. Instead of running and hoping He is staying with me, I’m going to be looking for that shelter and staying put… at least for today.
    One day at a time, right? 🙂 Bless you…

    1. Janet Sketchley

      Susan, that’s beautiful. “What you really need to do is hide.” So different from what we tend to think, but it’s not hiding from things, it’s hiding in God’s shelter. Grace and peace on your day as you hide in Him.

  2. zinovysjourney

    So good, Janet, my soul mate. The Lord has also been showing/reminding me lately of how He’s come alongside my life in the past to provide for my needs, one by one, as they come up. I’m sure He’s going to continue doing that. I will trust and seek His kingdom.

    1. Janet Sketchley

      Ginny, I think it’s so important to remember how God has cared for us in the past. It strengthens our faith for the present and future. Let’s keep trusting!


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