Live With Me

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. [Psalm 37:3, ESV]

Regardless of the noun / verb relationship, the word dwell is worth looking at. In action it is abiding, remaining for a long period of time and making a home. As for a place, it is a habitation.

Yeshua said, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” [John 15:4-6, NRSV]

David said, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”  [Psalm 26:8, NKJV]

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.” [Psalm 91:1, 9-10, NAS]

Dwelling in God is the safest place any person could be. It is also a place where truth finds a home. Jesus declared it in John 17.

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” [NAS]

Even the Torah declares a relationship of provision with abiding in his truth.

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.

       “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.  [Deuteronomy 8:1-10, NKJV]

Regardless of where we are in our cycles of growth, it is essential to our destiny that we remain faithful in our intimacy with him. He will always be faithful. He cannot be anything else.

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