“In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men;
in your dwelling place you keep them safe from accusing tongues.”
Psalm 31:20 (NIV)
David, the shepherd king, speaks here of God protecting those who fear Him. The Lord had protected David from King Saul, and from his own son. David gives credit to God for protecting him from the secret plotting of those whose aim was to bring harm to him.
As followers of Christ, we ask Him to keep us and our children and our loved ones safe from harm. When we hear of a family’s need, we ask God to wrap His arms of love around them. Draw them close, and whisper appropriate words into their ears.
God keeps his children safe because He loves them. He loves us even when we are unlovely. If we were to think about it, we would realize that God has kept us safe many times. The semi that ran a red light and would have hit you, if you had accelerated right after the light turned green for you. The bare electrical wires rubbed against the conduit and arced every time the wind blew. The incident with the semi happened when I by myself. These things happened to us except God was with us.
As I prepare to advance-post this entry, our area of our state is awaiting a winter storm that could dump 12 inches of snow on our area. Then after that front heads east, we are supposed to have subzero temperatures for almost 2 ½ days (the forecasters keep saying 55+ hours.) Our next door neighbor, who also does our handyman work for us, works for a man who clears snow from parking lots and apartment complexes in Indianapolis. My husband and I recently had a conversation about this young man and the things that could go wrong while he does this job. My response was, “Haven’t you prayed to God and ask His protection over him?” Hubby replied that he had.
When we ask God to protect ourselves or anyone, I believe we can trust that God will do what we have asked. We place the situation with God and He takes over. I wish people would learn this and then practice it. We all would be better off if we did. Again, that is my personal thought on the issue.
A Praise Song:Under the shelter of Your wings