Psalm 91: The Secret Place

Psalm 91: The Secret Place

READ Psalm 91:1-2. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

MEDITATE. Scripture tells us of a secret place, hidden with God, where we can find refuge and safety. It is a place of fellowship with God, where we are “protect[ed] from trouble and surround[ed] with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7). The secret place is where the Father is and He invites us to enter in and abide. Matthew 6:6 paints the picture: “go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place.” How do we get to the secret place? His Word makes it clear: shut the door! Today we can choose to shut the door on the noise of this world: the noise of anxiety, panic, and fear, and listen to the Voice of the One who calls us to abide with Him, concealed in the secret place.

PRAY. Almighty God, You are my hiding place, my refuge when troubles come. I confess I have given ear to the competing thoughts of this world and have put my trust in earthly things. My safety, security, and provision are not contingent on economies, governments, or man-made systems, but are met in You alone (Psalm 20:7). Father, I place my trust in You and find rest under the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 17:8).

With Love,

Pastor Chelsea

Stir Faith

Stir Faith

In a season full of uncertainty and anxiety, we can have unlimited web access to whatever we choose. As Christ followers, I hope we regularly consume the promises of God. When we do, we are reminded that the one who holds our future, is also the one who parted the Red Sea, saved Noah and his family from a global flood, or spared 3 men from the fires of a furnace. 
When I open up my Bible, or spend time in prayer, I cannot escape the reminder that God is far larger than every problem that I face. Anxiety can’t stick around when I look at the God who has been good to His word since the beginning of time. I cannot help but experience a stirred faith that turns my worries into worship and my anxiety into excitement.
This week I hope you will make time and space to consume some promises and stir your faith. 
 
 

Ways to stir your faith: 

 
Reading the Bible: God’s word has stood the test of time. It is unfailing, it is relevant for everything we face today, and it is full of Hope! If you are new to reading the bible I suggest starting in Psalms and working from there! 
If you don’t have a bible, check out amazon and search “New believer Bible- NLT” or download the YouVersion or ReadScripture App! 
 
Write a List of God’s promises: Scripture is FULL of God telling us the good things He does for those who love Him. Journal those scriptures so that on days when you feel anxious or concerned for the future, you can pull those out and be reminded of what God promises you! I will start you off…Exodus 14:14 is one of my favorites! “The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.”
 
Praise: When we feel heavy and burdened, God promises us in his word that we can come to HIm and exchange for that for a spirit of Praise. Praise is thankfulness. It is acknowledging the wonderful things God has done for you in your past, your present, and in your future. Fear can’t stay around when praise to God is on our lips. Heaviness has to leave- cuz God says so! So either write a list of all the great things God has done- even the overlooked things like keeping you healthy today, or providing for your simple needs. Also- remember worship music is designed to help us praise- I love keeping it on ALL DAY when life feels heavy. 
 
‘Great is thy faithfulness oh God my Father, all I have needed, your hand has provided.’
 
All my Love, 
 
Pastor Lauren