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Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life


Recently, my friend Susan made a comment on a post that was incredibly profound. Here’s what she wrote:

“She who dwells in the secret place of the most high God shall abide …” Psalm 91.1 DWELLS, not visits, not swings by for coffee, but LIVES there. HANGS THERE. ALL.THE.TIME. Never say amen. DWELL.

Isn’t that fantastic? I knew Susan was the perfect person to tell us more, so today I welcome her words here to encourage and bless you.

God is always within reach, it is true; His ear is ever attentive to the cry of His child, but we can never get to know Him if we use the vehicle of prayer as we use the telephone – for a few words of hurried conversation. Intimacy requires development. We can never know God as it is our privilege to know Him by brief repetitions that are requests for personal favors and nothing more. That is not the way in which we can come into communication with heaven’s King.


He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High SHALL abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91.1

The year was 1988 – frustration was looming. My husband, then 10-year old son, and I were house hunting in the Boone NC area. We had vacationed in the region several times and now our goal was to move to the area. We wanted an old farmhouse and some acreage. We looked and looked. Finally our realtor suggested we look in the neighboring county where real estate prices were still affordable and within our budget. We happily took his suggestion!

As we followed behind our realtor driving the forty miles to Ashe County I said to my husband and son, “I’m tired of being on vacation. Tired of looking. I just want to live here.”

Psalm 91, verse 1, in Susan-paraphrase, states: She who lives permanently in – not visiting now and then – in that special secret place with God is legally bound to remain under the protection of Almighty God.

The key to this protection? I must dwell in God's Secret Place. Click To Tweet

The Bounds quote above spoke great truth to me this morning. Intimacy requires DWELLING.

The Word is clear, God shares secrets with those who dwell with Him.

Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets. Amos 3.7 (NLT)

Marriage is a good example. Do we truly know our spouse until we have dwelt together for an extended time? I’ve been married to my husband for 34-years and I can just about guess what he is thinking or planning to do. Why? Because, we are co-residents of the same house, and we have developed intimacy.

As a committed believer, I have been dwelling with my heavenly Father for approximately 25-years and I can almost, with certainty, know how He will answer my prayers. Why? How? Because we abide together – my Father and me! I’m not going to ask Him for foolish things but I am going to be bold in asking things that I know line-up with His good, acceptable, and perfect will for my life or the life of my loved ones. I can be confident in those things because after 25-years of dwelling together, it is quite apparent I’ve gotten to know Him pretty well!

Moses wrote Psalm 91 – not David. In fact, those who document such things believe that Moses wrote the 90th and 91st Psalm within a space of time between Numbers 15 and Deuteronomy 34. I find that incredibly interesting.

If anyone knew about dwelling with God? It was Moses. I wonder, did Moses write Psalm 91 as he stood on the mountain of Nebo, at the top of Pisgah, over Jericho … as he looked out over the Promised Land of Milk and Honey; as God showed him what He had promised, after the moment God Himself said to him,

I will give it to your seed: I have allowed you to see it with your very own eyes but I will not let you go over there. Deuteronomy 34.4

Perhaps before he took his final breath he penned the following…

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High SHALL abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress; My God, in Him I will trust…He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your Shield and Buckler.

Psalm 91.1,2,4

Today, I pray that I dwell with, remain in, my precious heavenly Father. I don’t want to be an occasional visitor – one who has to knock on the door; I want to be a backdoor friend, welcomed at all hours of the day to hear Him say,

Because you have set your love on Me, I will deliver you; I will set you on high, because you have known My name. You will call upon Me and I will answer you. I will be with you in trouble; I will deliver you and honor you. With long life I will satisfy you and show you My salvation. Psalm 91.14-16


If you are looking for help on how to DWELL in the presence of God, I have just the thing. Check it out here!

Susan Shipe shares about DWELLING with God at My Ink DanceSusan Shipe is an encourager with a heart for women. Her devotion-journal, A Pruned Branchwas self-published in 2004 and is a compilation of 365 devotions for women in all walks of life.  APB is full of practical principles for all, from the baby Christian to the mature believer. Susan has self-published ten books to date, including the 31-Days Series, all found on Amazon. She can be found musing and sharing at Hope Heart Home

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

24 Replies

  1. Shelby

    I love this writing by Susan. I’m a huge fan of hers anyway but this … DWELL. Something I had never considered.

    1. Shelby, my best cheerleader! Thank you friend.

  2. Dwell…YES!! May we all abide, dwell, linger, and long for His secret place!! Wonderful post, Susan!

    1. Esther, it truly is a place to behold! Thanks for reading.

  3. “I don’t want to be an occasional visitor – one who has to knock on the door; I want to be a backdoor friend, welcomed at all hours of the day.” Me, too, Susan! Thanks for sharing this encouragement.

    1. Lisa, “back door friends are best.” He is always there waiting for us!

  4. That word dwell in that verse is comforting to me. I have found the presence of God and this doing life together the most fulfilling of all. Great post, Susan!

  5. Oh friend, you know I just love this so much! Dwell was my OneWord last year. I had all these romantic ideas of how it would show up because I am truly a Dweller at heart! I had some of those intimate encounters… but a lot of what He taught me about Dwell is remaining… when you want to cut and run, or when you’d just rather be anywhere else, doing anything else… I am like Peter… where else would I go? (It’s just that sometimes I forget!)

    1. GOOD POINTS, Ms K. Your 2017 was loaded, wasn’t it? You did abide and to all of us? You appeared strong and a faithful DWELLER. Psalm 91.1 shined in you and Dave’s lives. xo

  6. What a precious example of dwelling.. with our husbands and with our Lord. Knowing them because we are so familiar. I love that. Dwelling is contrary to our nature, well – my nature. I have to be intentional. Thanks Susan and Becky for encouraging us to draw closer.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t that familiarity an amazing picture? I loved it!

  7. Wow – I love this! I was just praying/contemplating about this topic of dwelling more intentionally this morning. Susan’s post provides some welcome insight. Thank you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      So amazing how God does that! Have you checked out the course Joy? It’s super simple and focuses on different ways to DWELL. I think you’d really enjoy it 🙂

  8. This is what I want too, Susan! It will take the rest of my life, but I’m in!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Me too Sarah!

  9. Susan, I couldn’t love this more. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve felt more connected to God in recent years, but I’ve not understood the why of it on this level. And, it makes me smile. — And, thanks for sharing Susan today, Becky. 🙂 Hope your launch is going well. It’s been a pleasure to host you today. xoxo

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being you! And for sharing my words Brenda! You’re fantastic!

  10. Becky, thanks for sharing Susan’s post this morning. Psalm 91 is a favorite. Both this Psalm and E.M. Bounds are two treasures my mom often quotes. ❤️ The encouragement to dwell is beautiful here. Not hurried, but enjoying God’s Presence. Thank you.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Enjoy the presence! Amen!

  11. I had memoriZed psalm 91 as a teenager, but it is so much more meaningful and personal to me as an adult now.

    Dwelling with God is an eternal choice. Moses’ face shone bright after he came back from the mountain. Imagine how much our face should shine after dwelling with our Lord.

    You are an amazing writer , Susan!

    Thank you Becky!
    Visiting you from Arabah .

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it amazing how scripture can mean different things to us in different seasons?! So glad you’re here (and I agree…Susan is awesome!)

  12. I love this. May we always dwell with Jesus.

    1. Becky Hastings


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