TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 91:1-2 (ESV)
THANKSGIVING AT NORTHSTAR: SHELTER
Sir George Adam Smith tells how he and his guide were climbing the Weisshorn in the Swiss Alps. It was stormy and they were making their climb on the sheltered side of the peak. When they reached the summit, they were filled with the exhilaration. Sir George forgot about the fierce winds, leaped up and was nearly blown over the edge to the glacier below! The guide grabbed hold of him and exclaimed: “On your knees, sir. You are safe here only on your knees!”
The psalmist believed that the presence of God was the safest place in the world. In Psalm 91 the psalmist is explaining the blessings that belong to those who “live under the protection of the Most High.” The word used for “lives” could also mean “to be at home.” Those who are “at home” with God live under His protection and under His roof so to speak. It’s not uncommon for people to say they are thankful to have a roof over their head. But how often do you thank God for a spiritual roof over your head?
“Rock of Ages” is a popular Christian hymn by Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady, written in 1763 and first published in The Gospel Magazine in 1775. Tradition says the hymn was written when Augustus Toplady was walking in the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England. Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in the cleft of the rock, he is said to have scribbled down the initial lyrics on a playing card.
The chorus of the hymn says, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in Thee.” Let that be your prayer today. If you have time, search the lyrics of the hymn and sing it as a praise to God.