[7] God's Protection, My Shield

Today, our theme is God’s justice and protection for His people. And the Psalms, in particular, meet me where I am. [Day 6 will be our next blog post, I goofed and read the wrong set of passages. P.S. Click here to find the Reading Plan invite for YouVersion]

God’s Word teaches us how we can live in a much more Christ honoring way and be given even more blessings and protection for our lives. But it isn’t like a slot machine. We don’t do x, y, and z – and then nothing bad ever happens to us. God is not like that.

. . . The abundance of our God and His blessings is all found in our relationship with God’s Son Jesus Christ!

Psalm 7: “I come to You for protection, O Lord my God [verse 1].”

Psalm 37: There is a definite connection between trusting the Lord and seeing the fruit of seeking Jesus Christ in our daily lives. In verse 3, we are reminded that faith in Christ and living safely are a package deal.

How can we expect to have the safety which accompanies being a child of the Most High God, when we are continuously denying Christ and refusing to honor Him in all aspects of our lives?

Listen to these words from the second part of verse 5: “Trust Him and He will help you!” Keep saying these words every morning, until you truly believe it! Write it on a post-it. Or make it your social media password (although, it probably has too many characters for that method of memorization). How do you need His help in your life today?

For a particular sin issue, I need to really cling to verses 3-7. I have to seek Him instead of whatever my flesh wants to do instead. My flesh has been lusting after the show Grey’s Anatomy, which my soul cannot handle. It is derailing me in my walk with the Lord Jesus. We each set up different TV boundaries to honor our faith journey and learn what we can handle or is harmful for us. So, I have to set firm boundaries, because my relationship with our Lord Jesus is far more important than my love for medical dramas.

I cannot allow the things of this world to become more important than our Savior Jesus Christ! Tonight, I am reminded that our God is definitely bigger than the sin that puts us in chains (and we have totally gone along with it, willingly by giving into the temptation – 1 Cor. 10:13, James 1:13-16).

Psalm 67: Our God is far greater than we could ever imagine. Like Ephesians 3:20 begins to teach us, we cannot even fathom the plans God has for us, our country, or this world. Choose to put your faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone, and watch to see what He can do in your life.

“May Your ways be known, throughout the earth, Your saving power among people everywhere (verse 2).”

Psalm 97: “For You are supreme, O Lord, over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods (verse 9).”

“You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of His godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked (verse 10).”

With my mental health, I rely heavily on God’s protection. To go without His protection, would be like trying to breathe with no air source. These passages are life giving and change everything for me.

Psalm 127: We need the Lord’s involvement in our plans, work, relationships, lives, safety, and much more! Or, it all is for nothing.

Proverbs 7: God uses wisdom to help us remain protected. When we read God’s Word, we must decide. Will they just be words on a page, or life changing truths? These are God’s truths, and we are very blessed when we put them into practice for our own lives.

How can we become doers of the Word, so that we may experience even more of God’s protection?

Encouragement::: For Your Day

My sweet niece is a huge part of my life. She called me twice last night. Yesterday was one of those days where I kept getting woke up, so decided “well I will call her later”. She called a second time, and I decided to take her call.

She called to tell me about her new song that the teacher played for her class. I am very thankful that God has placed other Christ followers in her life, to keep her encouraged.

She called to share the name of the song, but for me to listen to as well. God’s handiwork is all over this. I am a big Mandisa fan, especially for this particular album by her.

Our insides are more important than our outsides. And we really aren’t that different. We are all human. Keep seeking Jesus, my friends. Keep surrendering to Him!

Give the song a listen, friends.

[4-5] Sitting Versus Doing

Out of everything read for days 4 and 5, I think Psalm 34 and 95 are what stands out most for me.

These days, I am trying to focus my attention on the actual reading – instead of writing.

. . . I am trying to relearn how to sit at our Lord’s feet.

My life or actions aren’t what I hoped they would be, but I want to focus on sitting at His feet. Spending time with Him, rather than focusing on doing.

The readings for yesterday were: Psalm 4, 34, 64, 94, 124, and Proverbs 4. For today, it was Psalm 5, 35, 65, 95, 125, and Proverbs 5.

Have a blessed night, everyone, and keep sitting at His feet.

[3] Finding Strength

Psalm 3:

“But You, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the One who holds my head high (verse 3).”

Do we recognize where our strength comes from? Our hope is in God. Through His Son Jesus Crist we can have strength and victory. He is the Source of our strength.

Psalm 33:

“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything He does (verse 40).”

Our hope is in Christ.

We can fully trust all He does.

He speaks absolute truth.

Psalm 63:

What are earnestly seeking? Is it God, or someone (or thing) else? Our souls were designed to crave and filled with God. The One True God.

Psalm 93:

Majesty. Our Mighty God.

Psalm 122:

Keep your eyes on the mercy of God.

“Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy!” (3a)

Proverbs 3:

Trust God

Let Him guide you.

Live out His will for your life.

Accept His discipline.

Seek wisdom, and value it.

Common sense and wisdom will keep us safe.

The Lord offers His friendship to the godly.

[2] Second Nature

I long for the day, when meeting with the Lord Jesus and opening my Bible becomes second nature to me again. The moments where I automatically dive into the Word of God – without having to push past the feelings and symptoms first.

Today, I will be studying Day 2 of our 31 Days of Psalms and Proverbs. As I study, my goal is to read and write. Begin with a few sentences that come to mind. Specific Scriptures I want to underline in my heart. So, let us begin! You can learn more about this 31 Days and how to join the YouVersion community by visiting yesterday’s first blog post.

On the heavy fatigue and pain days, I am learning to take it one chapter at a time. Or maybe even one specific verse at a time. As long as I keep reaching for my Bible and draw nearer to our Savior Jesus, then, I am doing exactly what I need to be doing.

How are we allowing our circumstances to draw us nearer to our Savior Jesus and reach for our Bibles?

Psalm 2 –

In verse three, “free ourselves from slavery to God” is what stood out to me. These folks were quite misled and by their desire for sin.

In the New Testament, we are taught greatly about how we have been enslaved to our sin. But, Jesus Christ – our Savior and Lord – has come to break those chains. He came to set us free from our sins and their chains.

But in this passage, we see people coming against God.

We need to realize the effects of what we are enslaved to. What are the outcomes of a life lived where our highest goal is to please our God and Savior Jesus, in comparison to a life enslaved to disobeying our heavenly Father?

Our God is the One who rules. He is the One with all authority on heaven and earth. We need to think about what we are enslaved to. Being willfully glued to our Lord Jesus Christ is what I want to move toward.

Psalm 32 –

“What joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those who record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” – verses 1-2

There is nothing like the joy and peace we can experience when we are made right (reconciled) to our God through His Son Jesus Christ! Let your soul marinate on this biblical truth, friends.

Psalm 62 –

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” – verse 5

Psalm 92 –

“You thrill me, Lord, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what You have done.” – verse 4

Psalm 122 –

Being a part of His Church is a beautiful gift! How are we willfully joining others as we walk toward Jesus Christ in our daily lives – together?

Proverbs 2 –

Our goal needs to be to seek Christ with whatever we have to give.

Listen to this one verse on wisdom.

“Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding.” – verse 2