Psalm 34

Last time we considered the need to Focus on God’s Person.  Today I want us to move to the next consideration.

  • We Must Focus On God’s Protection.

In verse seven we find, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him and delivers them.”   The word encamps is a word used to describe an abode or a siege.  The word delivers means to equip for a fight and strengthen. 

Remember the encounter with Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 16:14-18 where the prophet told his servant, “there are more with us than with them.”  The hills were filled with powerful angelic hosts to protect the prophet and his servant.  In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we discover, “…the eyes of the LORD run to and fro through the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are wholly His.”  The image is that God is waiting and looking for a chance to bless His followers.

Psalm 125:2 – “As the mountains are around Jerusalem, so ADONAI is all around His people both now and forever.”

The blood covering cannot be penetrated from the outside.  The devil cannot cross the bloodline and come in.  We have to go outside where he is.  That is a place we should never allow ourselves to go.  In 1 Peter 5:8 we are encouraged and warned, “Stay alert!  Watch out!  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, searching for someone to devour.”  He cannot devour us as long as we are in Christ. 

Remember the childhood game of “May I”?  The answer to the devil is NO, You May Not!

  • We Must Focus on God’s Provision.

In verse fifteen we discover, “The eyes of Adonai are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.”  Then in verse nineteen we are reminded, “Many are the distresses of the righteous, but ADONAI delivers him out of them all.” 

We must never forget that even the righteous suffer difficulties and God not only protects us but provides for us.  We find ourselves needing, purging to enter into His purity.  We find ourselves needing pruning which seems like chastening to keep us focused on Him.  We need to be refined and the dross of worldliness removed from us making us Holy as He is Holy. 

In Acts 14:22 we are warned that we will go through much tribulation as we enter into the Kingdom of God.  We must, like the captain of our salvation be made perfect and that is sometimes through suffering.  (Hebrews 2:10).  We must never forget that even though distresses come, “The LORD delivers out of them all.”

The words of James 1:2 need to be etched deeply in our hearts and minds, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.”  Why?  Read the rest of the passage and you discover that tested faith produces endurance, endurance’s perfect work is maturity and wholeness.  We are to rejoice in Victory and the Victor!

Therefore, it is needful that we remind ourselves that God is our source, not man.  We need to remember that God has committed Himself by His Word and Character to be our Protector.  We need to refresh in our minds that He has made Promises and Provisions for our spiritual maturity, our daily needs, and our every care. 

Jesus promised to never leave nor forsake us.  We belong to God.  We are the sheep of His pasture.  We are overcomers through Jesus and the Power of the Holy Spirit.  We have the authority and ability to resist the devil and as we walk in Christ and faith, the devil must obey. 

Remember that we have angels camping around us.  Jesus’ blood surrounds us.  God’s Spirit empowers us.  All of heaven supports us.  God’s resources are open and available to us.  So, who is going to stop you?  Certainly not a defeated fallen angel called the devil.  God is greater than any problem we have and truthfully the purpose of trials or the side benefit of trials is to make us strong. 

Hold the encouragement of verse four in your heart – “I sought ADONAI, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  Whatever you need God has.  He is I AM, the God who is more than enough!

God bless you as you embark on a course of victory this day!

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