The I AM says I am protected!
“The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life;” Psalm 121:7
Have you been through an airport lately? There are so many precautions in place to keep us safe. We have to show our ID and our boarding pass, take off our shoes, take out all electronics, pass all of our bags through an x-ray machine, walk through a metal detector or a full body scanner. And if that’s not enough, in some cases, like a recent time when I went through security, we even have to be patted down. It’s not fun for sure. The professional explains each step of the process as they inspect our body to ensure we aren’t a threat. As yucky as it is, everyone endures this process because we want to be protected from the bad guys.
We all want to be kept safe: safe from harm, safe from sickness, safe from financial loss, etc. As a matter of fact, we spend a lot of our money on protecting ourselves and the ones we love. Helmets, masks, sunglasses, sunscreen, antibacterial gel, immunizations, security systems, passwords, insurance are just a few of the things that have been created to protect us. And although we must take steps to safeguard ourselves and those we love, it is important for us to realize that our God is the true source of safety.
Wanting to be protected is nothing new, it is a basic human desire. We see this in our focus scripture today which is an exert from Psalm 121. I highly advise you to read the entire chapter. It is one of 15 chapters in Psalms known as The Songs of Ascent or Pilgrim Songs. These songs were sung by the Israelites as they took their yearly journeys to Jerusalem for the religious festivals where they would worship God. The Israelites’ journeys were quite different from ours today. There was no airport security to ensure their safety. They faced dangers. Their enemies, the bad guys of their time, would often hide in the hills waiting to attack, thus they would sing Psalm 121:1-2, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Perhaps my favorite image of our God in this reading comes from verse 4, “indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” What assurance that must have been for the Israelites when night fell, and their weary bodies needed sleep. What assurance that gives us today knowing that God never takes his eyes off of us!
The journeys of the Israelites were long and difficult, and they could be dangerous. But they trusted that God would keep them safe until they reached their destination. That certainly is a lesson for us to learn today. This journey called life can be hard, but The Creator of the Universe is there to protect us. There is hope in Christ that when we reach our journey’s end that we will spend eternity with Him.
When I was a small girl and woke up in the middle of the night scared and longing to be protected, I would run to my parents’ bed to be comforted until I fell back asleep. Proverbs 18:10 reminds us that the Lord is our fortified tower where we can run to be safe. Ladies, we are safe in Him who adores us. Go ahead, take the precautions that one must take to live safely in today’s world, but never doubt the true source of our security is our refuge is Christ. So today, when we feel vulnerable and scared, let us “look up to the mountains” and call out to the Almighty, our Shelter, our Guard and declare confidently, “I am protected…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 27:1; Psalm 46:1-3; Psalm 139:5; Proverbs 18:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:3
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen