Divine Protection

In this day and time when human life is increasingly devalued and the wickedness of mankind’s hearts grow likewise, I am thankful more now than ever for the promise of protection.  The psalmist’s confession that the Lord is his refuge and fortress, his God in whom he trusts (Psalm 91:2) is my declaration as well.  I’ve taken to praying it over each member of my family, the males in particular.

I’m also reminded to put no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3) that means in no individual, including ourselves, or systems created by people.  Who should we fully trust in, even for protection?  Jesus Christ.  Psalm 121 is another of my favorites.  I’ve shared it with my kids often, usually when they spoke of seeing monsters in their room at night. This psalm reassures us the Lord is always watching us with a protective eye.  He’s not off in the distance observing us.  He actively guards us, day and night in our comings and goings; protecting us from evil.

If you are reading this and have not received the gift of salvation and abundant life in the Lord Jesus Christ (whose birth is the real reason for Christmas), would you receive Him now?  He made it as “easy” as believing in your heart and saying with your mouth that Jesus paid your debt with His life and you trust Him to lead yours (John 3:16, Romans 10:8-11, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 10:10, 12).  He loves you more than anyone you know and He went “all in” to prove it.  He is the gift who “keeps on giving” and NO ONE who puts their trust in Him will ever be put to shame!

My Doting Daddy

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The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17, KJV

Normally when I think of my Father watching over me I think in terms of Him protecting me at all times, even while I sleep.  This morning He wanted me to know that while He does keep watch over me, the reality is the adversary has been defeated and has no more power over me…thanks to Jesus.  Therefore my Father watches me mostly out of pure delight.  Much in the way a parent silently watches a sleeping baby, enjoying the rise and fall of his breathing while dreaming of all you hope for him.  Well, my Father watches me day and night quietly pondering the plans He has for me sandwiched between expressions of His joy and delight in the saving work of Jesus that brought me back to Him.  Oh He watches me alright, not out of duty but pure delight!

Your Father loves you and delights in you to the point of breaking out in song.  How exciting is that!  That’s an awesome truth to let roll around your mind until it makes itself at home in your heart.

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SOUL FOOD (Scripture References)

Psalm 121

Colossians 2:15, NIV

Zephaniah 3:14-17, KJV

© Vanessa A. Harris and The Legacy of Faith, 2012.