Psalm 91:1 (NLT)
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
In Matthew Henry�s commentary he states, �It is the character of a true believer that he dwells in the secret place of the Most High; he is at home in God, returns to God, and reposes in him as his rest; he acquaints himself with inward religion, and makes heart-work of the service of God, worships within the veil, and loves to be alone with God, to converse with him in solitude. It is the privilege and comfort of those that do so that they abide under the shadow of the Almighty; he shelters them, and comes between them and every thing that would annoy them, whether storm or sunshine. They shall not only have an admittance, but a residence, under God�s protection; he will be their rest and refuge for ever.�
In his book Mayflower, historian Nathaniel Philbrick recounts the struggle of the Pilgrims during the shaping of early America. Although the first Pilgrims managed to establish a peaceful relationship with the Native Americans, the following generation devolved into bloody warfare. The war, known as King Philip's War, began in 1675 and lasted 14 months.
One conflict between the two groups is notable because of the minimal number of casualties. In March of 1676, a group of Indians numbering as many as 1,500 attacked the village of Rehoboth. Philbrick writes:
As the inhabitants watched from their garrisons, 40 houses, 30 barns, and 2 mills went up in flames. Only one person was killed�a man who believed that as long as he continued reading the Bible, no harm would come to him. Refusing to abandon his home, he was found shot to death in his chair�the Bible still in his hands. [John Beukema, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; source: Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower (Viking, 2006), p. 300-332]
Now some reading the part where one man was found dead after reading his Bible might think there didn�t seem to be any shelter for that man. Yet this man most likely found the greatest shelter of all, eternal life with God and Christ in heaven. You see God shelters us, He strengthens us, and He leads us, but God never promised a perfect life or that we will always be kept from the evils of this world. God does however promise salvation leading to eternal life in heaven when we place our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In Christ we find rest that will last an eternity.