God Is Our Home (Psalm 90:1)
By: Anne Peterson
We moved a lot growing up. And it would take living in a place for some time before we felt secure in our home. It took time for us to learn where things were, to familiarize ourselves with our surroundings. But then, before we knew it, we’d realize we were going to be okay. We were home.
A home is where you feel safe and secure. And the Scripture says that God is a home for us. God often refers to himself as our refuge and shelter. He is a person in whose arms we feel protected. To say that God is our home means we are totally accepted and safe with God. He gives us his unfailing love and he promises he will always be with us.
Jesus tells us that he is the vine, and we are the branches. Because of this, we can abide in him (John 15:5). If we live in the shelter of God, we will find rest even in his shadow (Psalm 91:1). I love the images that slip into my mind when I read these verses. We’re told we can approach God’s throne of grace whenever we need mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:16). I picture myself outside his throne room, but instead of being afraid of the huge door before me, I just walk in. He welcomes me with an open heart.
We live in uncertain times. We arise to find out new, terrible things each day, many of which can cause us to worry and fret. And yet, God tells us to not let our hearts be troubled (John 14:1). We can fight the temptation to worry because we know we are not alone. God has promised he would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). And we know God’s promises are solid and we can count on them. We lay our heads down on our pillows at night knowing that whatever we face, our God is there.
God is our home. How fitting that Moses was the one who wrote Psalm 90. The Israelites traveled far and wide. But still, Moses knew God was his home, his dwelling place. God welcomed Moses. And God does the same for us.
Underneath My Wing
My trials overwhelm me, Lord,
I’m hit from every side.
I feel like I am on my own
with nowhere left to hide.
He answers: You are not alone,
I haven’t missed a thing.
And I’ve reserved a place for you
right underneath my wing.
Anne Peterson © 2021
Anne Peterson is a poet, speaker, published author of 16 books, including her latest book, Always There: Finding God's Comfort Through Loss. Anne’s first memoir is: Broken: A story of Abuse, Survival and Hope. She has published children’s books and poetry books, such as Droplets: Poetry for Those in Grief, and He Whispers: Poetic talks with God. Anne is also a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com. Anne’s poetry has been sold in gift stores since 1996. Check out Anne’s website at www.annepeterson.com or connect with her on Facebook.
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