"I cry to You, Lord; I say, 'You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living.'" (Psalm 142:5 CSB)
One line from the beautiful old hymn "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" kept running through my mind while I was thinking about this name of God: "Our Shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal Home."
Our Shelter "from." Praise God He often does shelter us from storms...many we don't even know about.
But I also believe God shelters us IN storms. Which puts us in good company.
El Shaddai—God Almighty—did not choose to spare Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace...but He did shelter them in it.
The Sovereign God did not choose to spare Daniel from the lion's den...but He did shelter him in it.
El Elyon—God Most High—did not choose to spare Paul and Silas from being sent to prison...but He did shelter them in it.
When the storms of temporary life in an imperfect world rage around us and within us, we can run to the Shelter of the Most High—and there find our belief in who He is and what He can do built up in a way it would not be if we were sheltered from the storm entirely.
And the next time God chooses to shelter us "in" something and not "from" it? We can weather those winds and rains with a storm-strengthened version of our faith.
"Under the shadow of Thy throne still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is Thine arm alone, and our defense is sure."
("O God, Our Help in Ages Past; words by Isacc Watts, music by William Croft; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvEx86oP5Wg, beginning at the 44-second mark.)