He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 ESV
On a trip to Nevada about a year ago, I had the pleasure of climbing the classic route Tunnel Vision. The route is aptly named as it climbs about 600 ft straight up the rock and then veers into a cavernous dimly lit cave. The experience was surreal as I made my way out of a well protected chimney at the top of pitch 3 onto a vast near vertical face on the side of the mountain. After about 100 ft of stellar but sparsely protected climbing I reached the tunnel. I found myself staring into a yawing void in the rock. As I planted myself on the firm, level floor of the cave and began to belay my second, an overwhelming peace flooded my soul. The words of the old hymn made their way from my heart and out of my lips. “He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life with the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand.”
I imagine that the Psalmist is thinking of a similar experience in Psalm 91 as he referred to the Lord as his refuge and fortress. This may have even been an allusion to the biblical cave of Adullam where David and his men sought refuge from the murderous King Saul. There is something deeply comforting about being in a sheltered place high on a cliff where storms and enemies cannot reach you. What a powerful reminder that no matter what trials we are facing we have a mighty God that we can rely upon for shelter and refuge. May you take comfort in the knowledge that you have a loving heavenly Father whom you can trust that longs to cover you with His mighty hand.
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