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Friday, December 14, 2018 Fourteenth Day of Advent: The Gift of Protection

Psalm 91 (The Amplified Bible)

He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
2  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” 
3  For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
4  He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

5  You will not be afraid of the terror of night,

Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 

6  Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
7  A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
8  You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High]. 
9  Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10  No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11  For He will command His angels in regard to you,

To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. 
12 They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
13  You will tread upon the lion and cobra;
The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14  “Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
15  “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him. 
16  “With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.”

                                                                                     

 

Psalm 91 is known as the protection chapter of the Bible. In fact, at one time, there was a saying to the effect that Psalm 91:1 is the 911 call of Christians. We are told that the Lord is our refuge and strength and that we can trust in Him. We are promised that His faithfulness will be our shield and rampart; that we can hide underneath the shadow of His wings. We are protected from the terror of night, the arrow that flies by day, the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, and the plague that destroys at midday. And the list goes on.

What this chapter says to me, is that not only are we protected from those things that are listed, but anything that concerns us. Look at verses 15-16: “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Another scripture Psalms 138:8, says that God will “perfect those things that concern us.” In other words, He will take care of all of our concerns – if we will let Him. In today’s world, there is much about which to be concerned. But God is still on the throne; He is still in charge. And He will answer our prayers and will take care of our concerns.

Father God, thank You for protecting us. Thank you for answering our prayers and for taking care of all the things that concern us. May we always be aware of Your protecting presence in our lives. We love you Abba Father. Amen

 (c) 2018 Edwina E. Cowgill

 

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