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Shelter


Dear New Life, What do you think of when you hear the word shelter? In Biblical Hebrew the word shelter refers to a place of refuge or a hiding place. Psalm 91 captures both of these together in a way that shows that God is our shelter because we trust him. A shelter is not very helpful if it is not trustworthy. Psalm 91 (ESV) My Refuge and My Fortress 91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. 14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” I hope you are all handling the new "shelter in place" well and that you were able to get the supplies that you need for the next few weeks. But always remember that God is our true shelter and we run to him because we trust in him. The good news about God as our shelter is that our shelter will protect us wherever we go and not just when we hide at home. Were you able to join us for our live stream last Sunday? We added some lights to improve our video quality and we tried to work on the audio so that it would be cleaner than usual. The lights definitely made me feel a bit more self-conscious but I believe that God can use our discomfort to challenge us to rely on him more. I'm sure there are challenges for all of us but hopefully we can push through this together. I imagine that you have a lot of time on your hands, so we should try to make the most of it. Let's continue to read the Bible together. I encourage all of you and your families to meditate on Mark 12 this week so we can continue to prepare our hearts for Easter together. The good news is that a lot of resources are being made available for free right now. Ligonier ministries created by the late R.C. Sproul has provided all of their online teaching series to stream for free (For those of you who have the Reformation Study Bible, you might recognize that Ligonier ministries publishes that study Bible). You can also download their app to access their content. Let's continue to encourage each other and remind each other of the joy that can be found in Jesus Christ, Grace and peace, P. Kenny


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