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." Psalm 91:1-2
I just met with my good friend Greg Daley. He is the bishop/overseer of the International Fellowship of Ministries. We discussed a number of things about the emerging apostolic this morning. As I drove home this phrase ran through my mind "he who dwells.... abides in the secret place of the most high."
Dwell comes from the Hebrew word "yashab" and Strongs Concordance says it means to; sit down as a judge, in marriage or in ambush, to dwell, and to settle.
Abide comes from the Hebrew word "luwn" and Strongs says it means to: stop, to stay overnight, to stay permanently, to abide, continue, to dwell, to tarry all night.
The Hebrew and Greek languages are so much more expressive than English. The definition of dwell makes me think of the kingly and priestly functions as we find examples of both judging in the OT. The term translated abide causes me to think of intimacy like a bride and a bride groom.
In Revelation 19 we see Jesus coming on a white horse and verse 11 says " And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war." Verse 14 speaks of the multitudes of the armies of heaven who are with him.
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:2-4
Truly, he who dwells shall abide with Him.