Make-Shift Cloister

Ever-Increasing Light

A Messianic Daily Devotional

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (Psalm 139:5-6 NIV).

As a kid, did you ever make a tent in your bedroom with sheets and towels? Do you remember that cozy place you created, that personal space of childhood escape, secreted away from what was happening in the house? You felt safe and extraordinarily secluded in that make-shift cloister.

Perhaps you read and colored and dreamed and napped. And when you invited a friend, that place became even more special. People who care about each other yearn for carved out niches of time and space to allow personal communication and the love of friendship to flow! Everything becomes sweeter and more intimate.

This is the very situation God wants to create for you every day. There is a quiet place where Yeshua longs to meet with you. When trials assault and twist your emotions, that tent of protection comforts. God and you alone together in that hide-out makes it divine, not of this earth!

My heart is so moved today with this simple truth, “You hem me in behind and before; You lay Your hand upon me…” The Hebrew word for “hem” is tzor meaning confine, secure, or shut-up. This is a beautiful picture of the secret place.

For more study…

Psalm 91, Psalm 32:2, 7, Psalm 31:20

Work it into daily life…

Find a secluded place at home or even in the corner of a coffee shop where you can “build your tent” to meet with God. Use it daily or more, if you need it. When it become homey, you will run to it. Open your heart to your Savior there, keep a journal, read His word, weep, and dream. Life is fuller and richer when you come out of your tent. You are prepared having been “hemmed” in with God’s hand upon you.

©Bonnie Saul Wilks


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