Apparently one leads to the other. If I dwell in the shelter of the Most High, I will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Thus, if my soul is not at rest, it is because I am dwelling in something other than the shelter of the Most High. I may be dwelling in my fear and anxiety. I may be dwelling in my need for achievement and affirmation. I may be dwelling in my desire for security and control. But I am certainly not dwelling in the shelter of the Most High.
The shelter of the Most High is a place of safety and security, even in the midst of the chaos and craziness of this life. It is a haven, a refuge, a fortress. It is a place that allows me safe harbor from the storms that continually batter me, from the inner voices and enemies that constantly attack me. It offers me space—space to breathe, space to be. Therefore, I do not have to worry about defending myself, or making a name for myself, for the Almighty is there to guard and protect me. He is there to deliver me and to honor me. Thus, I can rest in him.
Lord God Almighty, give me peace and confidence in your strong and tender care, that my soul may find rest in you. Amen.