Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 17:8
(I am taking two days to absorb this verse. Today we will focus on the second part)
The Creator of Heaven and earth, hides you in the shadow of His wings……Isn’t it amazing that even the shadow of God’s wings provides safety?
Who else could do that? Even God’s shadow creates a safe place for me! This thought is amazing to me.
If you are walking out life and feel as if you have no one to count on or no safe place to dwell, then I challenge you to go to the Father and ask Him to show you His protection and provision over your life.
Oftentimes, all we need is one shift in our perspective to set us back on course with the Truth. More than once, I have reflected on my life with God, and He has shown me how He had protected me in the past. I have literally seen Him offering His guard and protection during hard times in life.
For a season when my youngest child was a newborn, my husband was working out of state. These were really hard times, as I had 4 kids and one of them was a newborn. I was also homeschooling my oldest at the time. Life was tough. But the watches of the night were hardest.
For a while, I would often wake up in the night and feel a heaviness over me. I became aware that it was the enemy. Many nights I would wake up and rebuke the enemy before finally being able to fall back to sleep. Other times, I would just repeat the name of Jesus, over and over again, until I would finally fall back to sleep. Until one night when I woke up and literally felt a darkness hovering over me and then a pressure on my chest and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to breathe. I cried out to God for help. “Jesus, help me!” Was my only prayer. God told me to get up and go to my kitchen and read Psalm 91. So, I got out of bed and went to the kitchen where the only light was coming in through a street light outside. I read the Psalm out loud, and then God nudged me to look at the back door. I did, and I saw a black figure there. God spoke to me again. He said, “That’s the demon of pestilence. Now you turn around and go to bed. I’ve got this. Trust Me.” So I turned and went to bed……I’m not going to lie, I did say a little “I rebuke you in Jesus’ name” to that figure as I left, ha ha. But then I crawled into bed and went back to sleep.
The next day I woke up and honestly, I’ve never experienced this before or since, but when I got out of bed, it felt like I was literally walking on a cloud or a marshmallow. The peace of God was so thick in the house that it felt like a constant warm hug, and I’ve never felt safer. A friend even came over that day, and before I could recount the events of the previous evening, she said, “What’s going on in here? It feels so unusually peaceful.”
Oh God is such a good, good God!!!
God never leaves us. He never forsakes us. He IS protection.
Thank You God, for being my ever-present Help in times of trouble. And thank You for watching over me and my family. I know without a single doubt that I can trust in You.
I hope you will spend some time today soaking in these verses, and acknowledging the watchful eye and protective hand of the Father.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “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. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “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.” Psalm 91