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God is Protector
By Cathy Haynes
Monday, April 11


Scripture
Psalm 91:1-16
  1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”
 3 Surely he will save you
   from the fowler’s snare
   and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
   nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
   nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked.
 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
   and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
   no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
   you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
 14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble,
   I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him my salvation.”

Devotion
The psalmist starts by saying 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).  We think of a protector in a physical sense, when really it means so much more than that.  He can protect us from many things we don’t even think about; for example, our emotions.  If we get in a situation of anger our emotions swell inside of us and want to overtake our actions as well.  If we are quick to return to the secret place we can regain control of our emotions, and become stable once again.  In verse 9 and 10 it says “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent (home).  That is powerful!  NO FOE or POWER can stand against Him.

The psalmist ends in the last three verses by telling us what God is saying to us.  “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Because we have chosen to enter in to the most special relationship with God, He will be our protector against anything we ask of Him.

Prayer
Lord, I thank you for your forgiving mercy and grace you give me. I am in need of your help this day, this hour.  My heart can easily be led in the direction of destruction if I let my emotions be in control.  Disappointment quickly can turn to many emotions, but the one that I need your help with is anger.  The power it can have in my body is hard to fight.  The only way I know how to handle it is, to go to the secret place, get on my knees and allow you to be my Protector. Please help me to remember the secret place when I need your protection from ANYTHING, Amen.

Other scripture references   
Psalm 138:7; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:3

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