Monday, March 12, 2012

Psalms: God's Protection

I was surrounded by them. Standing on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, my family and I saw the mountains all around us. At our elevation, we were about eye level with the peaks. A blanket of green covered the mountains. In the valleys below, we saw houses, roads, and lakes sprinkled among the trees. The legendary blue haze softened the ridges in the distance, while the mountains before us appeared strong and formidable.

Mountains are a natural defense against danger. Psalm 125:2 (NKJV) compares God and the protection He provides to the mountains: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.”

The LORD protects us. “The LORD is round about His people” (KJV)—“He is above, beneath, around them; and while they keep within it, their fortress is impregnable, and they can suffer no evil.”* When God surrounds us with His love, power, and protection, we can rest assured that nothing can assail us unless He allows it. And if He allows it, He has a good purpose for it (Romans 10:28; Jeremiah 32:40-41). We can always trust His heart, His wisdom, and His protective hand. Hiding in God’s hand is the safest place for us to be. He won’t ever lose us or let us go (John 10:28-29). He keeps a constant watch over us while we sleep (Psalm 3:5, 4:8). When a multitude of anxieties come against us, He is our shield and comforts us (Psalm 3:6, 94:19). His fierce love for us and His absolute authority make Him a powerful protector and a refuge for those who love Him (Psalm 7:10, 18:1-2).

So where will you hide? When anxieties, fears, or Satan seek to trouble you, run to the Most High God, and abide under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91:1, 4). Count on the LORD as your protector, and remember that He surrounds you with His strength and goodness.

* Adam Clarke, Adam Clarke’s Commentary, quoted in Phil Lindner, Power Bible CD, CD-ROM (Bronson, Mich.: Online Publishing, Inc., 2007), Psalm 125:2.

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