When I was a small boy, there was a huge German Shepherd that would come trotting down our street every day. To my young eyes, looking through our backyard fence, he looked as big as a horse. I would tremble trying to hide behind the gatepost and hoped he did not look my way or come up our driveway. One day my father was standing outside the fence, in the driveway, talking to our neighbor. I was standing next to him. That dreaded wolf-like creature came trotting down the street and looked right at me as he passed. I simply put my arm around my father’s powerful leg, looked right at that hell-hound and stuck my tongue out as far as I could! I had no fear and wasn’t in the least concerned because I was convinced my father could handle anything that slobbering, long-toothed denizen-of-the-hood might attempt. If I am overshadowed, I don’t have a shadow. If I am hidden in the shadow of my Father, I am so close that HE is the one who is seen and I am afforded His protective covering. ”He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” (Ps.91:1, AMPC)
Trust keeps the door open to dwell in His presence. We stay around those we trust. Ps.84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Trust is the gateway to God’s intentions for us, equipping, protection, grace, favor and all good things. It makes sense that the summation of this Psalm is, “O Lord of hosts, How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You.” On top of being born to trust, these are compelling reasons to do so. (This is the sixth excerpt from the article “Trustworthy” by Melissa Gabler in SEEC Magazine.)
May the wall of our Lord’s protection be drawn around His people today; around their property, their belongings, their good name, their accounts and passwords.
“You are all around me—in front of me and in back of me. You lay your hand on me.” (Ps.139:5, GW)
Concern for safety fills conversations as news broadcasts and depictions in movies portray upheavals in nations. Not only are many concerned about the security of our national borders but are also concerned about the safety of our homes. Thankfully, we have available a Power that is greater than the powers of darkness. May Mighty God protect His people as they move about in public. May He keep them safe from harm and put angels in their path to protect them. May His hand suppress and prevent evil that lurks in darkness and subterfuge. (Ps.139:3, Msg) “You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight.” We are praying you discover daily that our gracious God is aware of your going out and your coming in.
(Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24 hours/day. www.txpraise.com)
Your Home #26—May your home be fortified against all attacks.
May your marriage, your children, your finances and your family
purpose in the Kingdom of God be fortified and withstand every
hurled stone and every fiery dart the enemy intends for destruction.
”For he has fortified your gates against all enemies
and blessed your children. (Ps.147:13, Living Bible)