Because

Love this passage:

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

(Psalm 91:9-16 ESV)

I want all of these things.  I want protection from evil and sickness.  I want angels to be my bodyguards.  I want them to flat-out carry me through life!  I want the power to defeat every adversary.  I want God to listen to me every time I call, to rescue me, honor me, and satisfy me.  I want this rocking life!

That is not the question.  The question is, am I willing to do my part?  The first word of this passage cannot be skimmed over.

“Because.”

It comes up a few times.

Go back and take a look.

Because God can’t bless you with all of these things if you are living on your own terms, going your own way, doing your own thing.

So our prayer shouldn’t be, “Yeah God, I want all this stuff.  Amen.”

It must be more like this:

“I make You my dwelling place; You are my leader, my Lord, my security, and my foundation.  May I be ever teachable and wiling to follow Your lead, even when it makes me uncomfortable.  Even when it is difficult and scary.  Blessing is found in following, not just asking for blessing.  May I follow, and be easy to lead.  Soften my heart and open my mind to be responsive to You.  I will call to You – not rely on myself or on worldly wisdom.   I will, in faith, go where you lead me to go and do what you lead me to do.  Amen.”

Join me in praying this, and continuing to pray this, until we are living this!

And then, let the good times roll!