Enjoying His Protection

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Enjoying His Protection
'A God-fearing person looks to God for protection from harm and danger.
 
Psalm 33:16-18 says "No king is saved by the size of his army and no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love."
 
The contrast here is not between the use of human means and reliance upon God, but between reliance on human means and on God. The human means in the Psalms are all taken from a military setting, the size of an army, the warrior strength, and the strength of a Calvary horse. David, the author of this song, was a warrior himself, so he appreciated the importance of these human means and used them. Yet he turned his hope to God.
 
I try to be careful when I drive. Yet I know however careful I may be, only God can protect me from a foolish mistake of my own or another driver. In the fear of God, I must look to him for protection.
 
The word picture "eyes of the Lord" in Psalm 33 refers to his constant watch and care. A contemporary illustration would be of a lifeguard at a swimming pool who constantly watches for signs of someone in trouble. But this illustration doesn't do justice to God's watch and care. The lifeguard might be distracted or looking towards the other end of the pool. He or she cannot watch every swimmer at every moment. But God's eyes are never distracted, never turned away from us. And in his infiniteness he carefully watches over each of his own every moment of their lives.
 
But the question arises - does God always save us from harm? Obviously the answer is no. How then did we resolve God's promise with the realities of life? We must seek God's hand working to bring out his purposes for us, purposes that we don't often understand. Trusting God in times of adversity is certainly one of the marks of a God-fearing person. And our trust will be rewarded, if not in this life, certainly in the life to come. William Plumer, 19th century theologian, wrote, 'among all the redeemed in glory, there is not one who looks back and sees that on earth there was any mistake in the divine contact towards him. God does all things well.'*
 
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are always with me. Thank you that I am never lacking your attention. You are my strength and my fortress. I thank you that you do all things well.
 
Mighty God, you give me your shield of victory and your right hand sustains me, you stoop down to make me great. Psalm 18:35
 
You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you God, are my very fortress, my God on whom I can rely. Psalm 59:17

 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
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Linda Miller | Ministry Development 

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