“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalm 91:1
Just search the internet and you will find that what I am writing is true. Any search involving “shadows” will reveal a connection with darkness, dread, doom and death (or at least ghostly beings).
Even the phrase, “walking in someone else’s shadow” indicates a diminished existence. In this world’s point of view, you will find almost nothing positive about shadows.
God’s view and desire for us is so contrary to that of the world! The place for those who have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ is “in the shadow of the Almighty.”
This place is where we find life—not death. God’s presence brings life. Even David acknowledged this when he wrote in Psalm 23:4, “Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
But not only does His shadow mean life, it also means rest. Our world sees the shadow as darkness, dread and doom; but for God’s people it is the delight of resting in Him! It is the ceasing from our own self-efforts and the resting in what He will provide.
What are the blessings and benefits to the child of God who walks in the shadow? I’ll let you mine the depths of the riches of God in Psalm 91, but let me give you a guide for digging:
Ø We have a Promise. (91:3)
Ø We have a Peace. (91:4-6)
Ø We have a Protection. (91:7-13)
Ø We have a Provision. (91:14-16)
Walking in the shadow is a close walk, a clean walk and a confident walk that will distinguish us from the world. It will bring the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ into its clearest possible focus. I choose to walk in the light by living in the shadow of the Almighty!