Day 200: The Darkness Trembles (July 19)

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord.  Before the God of Jacob.  Psalm 114:7

You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that- and shudder.  James 2:19

I have always read and known that darkness trembles in the Presence of the Lord, but the magnitude of what that truly means doesn’t always sink in.  When we are walking with the Lord, the enemy will flee, and darkness will tremble.

This all makes me wonder why we struggle with fear so much.  There is nowhere we can go and not be in His covering.  Recently, God took me through some memories of my past, you know, the times when I had invited Him into my heart already but didn’t know how to walk with Him.  He showed me how in all my rebellion, He never removed His covering from over my life.  I see now, in hindsight, multiple times where He clearly protected me from others and even myself.  I am so grateful.

I know some people are very concerned with staying under the covering, but honestly what kind of loving Father would God be if He refused protection to you while you are walking out your salvation?  I have definitely walked out consequences of poor choices, but His hand never left me. See, even in those times of extreme rebellion that I had, He showed me I was like a baby learning to walk out my salvation. At that point I was living life with so much pain in my heart that I couldn’t process anything clearly.  I didn’t know what anything was really supposed to look like, and I had a lot of hurt to sort through.  So, He gave me covering as I began to unravel to my end, so He could begin His work of restoration within me.  It takes some of us longer to reach the end of ourselves than others.  I’m sure many people wondered if I would ever get there.  Still His covering remained.  I’ve seen His covering as a constant throughout my life.  Something I can count on.  It’s not something I earn, it’s something He gives.

So, if I know all this, should I ever fear?

Probably not.

Lord, I long to walk in confident trust.  In the moments when weakness floods my heart, Lord breathe Your promises over me again, so I can be strong and full of life.  I want to represent You well God, so help me to be mindful of Your process in others so I don’t judge their hearts.  You alone have that privilege.

Praise the Lord!  He is good.  God’s love never fails.  Praise the God of all gods.  God’s love never fails.  Praise the Lord of lords.  God’s love never fails.   Psalm 136:1-3

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation.  And Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great.  Psalm 18:35

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.  Psalm 28:7