Yahoo’s online dictionary gives a couple of definitions for the word dwell. The first one is “to live or exist in a given place.” When the Psalmist spoke of God as our dwelling place, he didn’t mean a place to visit occasionally. Dropping in at church when we want to cross an item off our to-do list, or frantically calling the prayer chain when the cares of life weigh us down, is probably not what he had in mind. He meant a permanent place to live and exist–a place like he described in Psalm 91.
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 he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge. Psalm 91:1-4
In addition to living or existing in a particular place, Yahoo says that dwelling can mean fastening our attention on something or someone. In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he told us how we could dwell on God.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
The name of the Lord is a safe place to dwell, but we all know that bad things happen to everyone, even those who seem closest to God. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 that we should “not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” If we faithfully dwell in God, even if we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” we can experience the peace that Paul wrote about in this passage:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Other names of God that begin with “D”:
And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.” Romans 11:26
In that day the Lord of hosts will be a crown of glory,and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people. Isaiah 28:5
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9