Dial-a-Devotion #5 - 15 Oct 1969
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”
Did you ever stop to think how naturally we go home when we have finished our other tasks and appointments? We make special arrangements for practically all our outside activities. We plan our visits, schedule our days for our daily work, and are drawn out by duty or necessity or for countless other reasons. But it is taken for granted that we will return home after our work, or visit, or shopping trip, or vacation, or whatever is finished.
How blessed is the Christian whose thoughts turn to God, not because they are driven there by adversity, not because they are forced by want or fear, not because they are led by a sense of duty, but simply because he makes his home in the shelter of the Most High. When he is released from the pressures and cares of the day, his thoughts rise up to God.
In quiet communion at home with God, we can find again his wonderful love. There his heavenly light floods our soul, freeing us from the toil and cares of the day. There is the joyous freedom, the rest, the renewing of our strength - at home with God.
Our Heavenly Father, we pray that you will direct us in all our doings with Thy most gracious favor, and further us with Thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may glorify Thy holy name, and finally, by Thy mercy, obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Published also in the March 2012 and February 2002 issues of "Mainsail", the monthly newsletter of the Mariner's group at First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, Colorado)