“God lives within it, it cannot be moved.
God rescues it at the break of dawn.”
God dwelt in the holy city of Jerusalem. He protected it. Its inhabitants were secure. When attacked, God defended it.
Where does God dwell today? In what ways does he protect and defend his present dwelling place?
#God #protection #VOTD
“The American Sniper” tells about Chris Kyle in the on-going Gulf Wars, how his devotion to America sustained him through the horrors of war, effects on his personality, and strain on his home-life. He fought to protect a society that had no “sniper” to protect him! Despite the grim war scenes depicted, the militarily-filthy the language, and the stark ending, the movie has broken all box office records for a January. Americans hunger to hear of someone who can protect them. David said: “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
My mother once told me it was not a good idea to walk through life with my “heart on my sleeve.” She meant that if live my life easily offended, I’d never be happy.
When Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 10 about having your heart in your right hand, he didn’t mean the same thing my mother meant.
Solomon wrote, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left,” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NKJV). Solomon had been making a contrast between the actions of the spiritually foolish and the wise. Most warriors hold a sword in the right hand. The right hand, therefore, was a symbol of power and defense.
A spiritually wise man remembers to protect his heart (or mind). The fool doesn’t care what takes possession of his thinking.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV).
“Taking every thought captive to obey Christ” is a good way to protect our minds from the onslaught of all the evil philosophies and wicked things in the world. A.W. Tozer wrote, “America has lost its ability to blush.” A drought of Bible thinking and conduct has caused many to lose sight of spiritually important things and adopted evil as the way. We must not allow ourselves to be swept along with it.
Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect,” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Don’t allow the world to force you into its mold. Protect your mind.
How can the Lord say to Balak (through Balaam) that He saw no iniquity in Jacob when time and again he gets angry at their rebellion?
It is an interesting question, but one, I think, that is easily answered. Israel, as a nation, was blessed. The only one who can curse is the same one who blessed – in this case, God. No matter prophet is asked, no matter how “saintly” he may be, he can only do that which the Lord allows, and the Lord was not going to allow Israel to be cursed by a people whose interest was harm to God’s chosen.
This encourages us to note that what the Lord blessed (protects), no man or superhuman power can undo (cf. John 10:28-29). It was not a matter of there being no sin in Israel for it is abundantly clear that there was; it was a matter, however, that when the Lord is on the side of one (or many), He will “air” no dirty laundry, but to those who need washing.
Here is an illustration that most accept: my wife can look at me and note the many failures in my life as a husband, but only she can speak about them – she will let no one else speak of them; this is her love protecting me (and I need a lot a protection!).
The heat here in recent weeks has been brutal. The sun beats down on the head. I’ve used it recently, so I guess it’s meaningful to me, when there are days that it’s hard to breathe, the skin is clammy, the body lacks energy. To speak of the wings of God providing shade and shelter is a wonderful relief to the heart.
How precious is your loyal love, O God! The human race finds shelter under your wings (Psa. 36:7 NET).
That wing of shelter serves as a metaphor, it appears, for protection from enemies. Here’s the NASV Study Bible, on “shadow” in Psa. 17:8:
A conventional Hebrew metaphor for protection against oppression — as shade protects from the oppressive heat of the hot desert sun. Kings were spoken of as the “shade” of those dependent on them for protection (as in Num 14:9, “protection” — lit. “shade”; Lam 4:20; Ezek 31:6, 12, 17). Similarly, the Lord is the protective “shade” of his people (see 91:1; 121: 5; Is 25:4; 49:2; 51:16).
And on the word “wings,” in the same entry it says is a “[m]etaphor for the protective outreach of God’s power …”
I have known that protection as well.