Our Shelter in Christ
by Michael Green
October 1, 2015
The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation Of David.
27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. 4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. 5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:1-5 (ESV)
I love survival shows. The more I watch them, the more I am struck by the need for three things in order to survive: food, water and shelter. Now, the first two I get. But, I am always surprised by the utter importance of the third. I understand that in extreme conditions, shelter is essential. The thoughts of frigid cold contrasted with the warmth of a fireplace or Alabama summer heat versus the cool air conditioning of my house form a crystal clear picture of the need for reprieve from the more intense elements. But, as it turns out, even mild conditions can become dangerous. Just a little rain or a cool night can be all it takes for hypothermia to set in. Prolonged exposure to the sun in relatively benign conditions can result in dehydration. Shelter is a necessity.
As followers of Christ we are promised suffering. Trials are guaranteed. The weather will turn harsh and, even on relatively nonthreatening days, it’s nice to have a home to rest in. However, as Christians, the elements are not our only adversary. We also have an enemy. Our shelter and our protection are found in God. Our home is in Christ.
In Psalm 27:1-5, we see that David describes God as a hiding place from his attackers, a shelter from his enemies. But, David doesn’t just see God as a wartime barrack. Verse 4 sheds light on David’s heart toward God. David desires to live in the house of God always and continually, in fair weather and extreme conditions. He desires to gaze on His beauty and rest in His presence.
After all, Christ is the prize; safety, a byproduct. If you have put your faith in Christ, Colossians 3:3 tells you that your life is hidden in Christ. So, find your rest in Him. Fellowship with Him. Pray to Him. Worship Him. Read about Him in His word. Obey Him. In short, take shelter in the one true shelter that God has provided you with – His Son, Jesus Christ.