Art Journal note:
This journal page was created on an A5 sheet of watercolour paper. With a large brush I painted stripes using watercolour paints in some lovely colours, adding in a few little details with a small brush, and then when dry the verse was written out in a black pen. I then ripped the edges of the paper around the text and glued it into my journal.
TIP: when ripping paper, experiment with ripping towards you, and away from you, as you can achieve different effects around the paper’s edge, depending if you want a white edge to show (as in this picture) or not.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord,
“He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91 v 1-2
These are truly powerful verses, words to soak in, think on, speak aloud, learn deep and cling on to.
For many of us, shadows represent something sinister, and can mean hardship, pain, suffering, struggles, sorrow, dark difficulties and fear. Even Psalm 23 speaks of the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ – that most painful journey for us. The comfort we find in Psalm 23 is that He walks through this particular shadow with us. “I will fear no evil for you are with me”.
Yet here in Psalm 91, we have a different shadow that is safe enough to dwell in, to rest in – the shadow of the Almighty. We can take refuge in the Lord and put our trust in Him. No matter what may lurk in the shadows in our lives, we can rest in His shadow, knowing that He is strong above us and we are safe in Him. He is our fortress, we can run to Him for safety and deliverance from enemies and difficult situations, and we can also lean on His strong walls for comfort, support and find rest in Him. Let’s run to Him and dwell there.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are with me in whatever I am walking through, no matter how dark and difficult it may be. Thank you that your light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1v5). Your shadow, Almighty God, is the only place I want to run to and rest in. I will say of you, ‘You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’
In the name of Jesus, the light of the world, Amen.