It’s a privilege for us to Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High.
As Beth Moore is so fond of saving, there ain’t no ‘high’ like the Most High!
He is the Maker, Creator, Master and Friend. Almighty Father Protector and Guide. For us to be allowed shelter with Him, well, wow!
I’ve spent a good bit of time on Psalm 90-91 lately (a prayer of Moses), with this post in mind. Psalm 90 talks about the Most High God, and His power and eternal nature. A plea to see God’s work, be seen, and granted favor.
Psalm 91 is all the richness of dwelling in the shelter of the Most High.
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So What Does Dwelling in the Shelter of the Most High Mean?
Psalm 91 1-5 NASB
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
When we: Dwell, Abide, (sit, stay, rest and remain with Him) & Trust (that He is capable, AND caring)
HE: Delivers, Covers, and is our Refuge.
His Faithfulness is our shield! I don’t know about you, but I’m awfully grateful its not dependent on MY faithfulness!
May I Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High?
When Shelter of the Most High was offered by Celebrate Lit, I was so excited, as you know how much I love Biblical Fiction. I believe that we can learn a lot from historical fiction and yes, Biblical fiction is part of that category.
Learning about the culture opens our understanding of what was happening, and putting ourselves into the daily lives of someone helps us think beyond our own personal point of view. It helps us to envision ourselves in their place. So let’s see what its like to dwell in the shelter of the Most High!
About Shelter of the Most High
Book: Shelter of the Most High
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Genre: Christian Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October, 2018
The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a city of refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood, yet chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Can they uncover the betrayal in time to save their lives and the lives of those they love?
Shelter of the Most High starts out with action and adrenaline from chapter one. Its one of those books that draw you in right away.
In today’s world its hard to imagine finding yourself alone in a foreign land with no translator. Having to learn a new language, culture, and way of life completely different than you’d ever experienced. But that’s exactly what Sofea and Prezi experience. Ripped from the (relative?) safety of home, they will both learn what it means to dwell in the shelter of the Most High.
As far as plot elements are concerned, you have action, mystery, drama, betrayal, revenge, compassion, adoption, all written well. I connected with Sofea, because she never leaves you wondering. Even with the language barrier, you know where she stands. And I greatly admired her courage!
However, I saw more of myself in Prezi, retreating inside herself, observing more than getting involved… Both girls have a lot going on (as does Eitan!), and each one grows to know this City of Refuge as a real home, far more than where they came from ever was.
Cities of Refuge
The concept of cities of refuge in the Bible (Joshua 20) as explained in this book helped me understand on a more practical level. Involuntary manslaughter (an accident) is not comparable to murder, but it still needs to have consequences, otherwise people will just get more careless.
Shelter of the Most High is book 2 in the Cities of Refuge series. It is not necessary to read book 1 to have a full grasp on book 2, and it doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment factor. That said, reading book 2 does make me want to read book 1, because it piques my interest!