Friday, December 14, 2012

The Lord

 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. 
(Psalm 121:5-8, King James Version)

The Lord

To whom are you referring when you talk about the Lord? When you think about it, many people speak of the Lord, but are they speaking of the same Lord you worship and adore? Even in our own lives our attitude toward our Lord changes depending upon life's circumstances. Oh, I do not mean that He changes, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but due to our own individual circumstances of life, our attitude toward Him fluctuates.

For example, after a particularly trying situation, we may feel a sense of great gratitude for the Lord's protecting hand of guidance upon us. When reading our Bibles, our hearts often well up in praise to our great and awesome Lord and King. Then, sometimes when life is running along smoothly, we do not even think much of Him at all.

When the Psalmist wrote Psalm 121, what did he say about the Lord?

*The Lord is thy keeper.
*The Lord is thy shade.
*The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil.
*He shall preserve thy soul.
*The Lord shall preserve thy going and and thy coming in.

No wonder we love Psalm 121 so much! Look at the all-encompassing compassion and help we find in the Lord. Just like the Psalmist, we can attest to the same things in our own lives, can we not? Who keeps us? The Lord! Who protects us from the forces of nature? The Lord. Who keeps our feet from wandering in the path of wickedness? The Lord. Who promises to lead and guide us all of the days of our lives? The Lord.

In truth, left to ourselves, all of us would go astray. None of us possesses the inner strength and power to remain faithful to God all of the days of our lives. It is important that we understand our great dependence upon our Lord, and that we continually cry out to Him to keep us from sin.

What about the bigger picture given by the Psalmist? Even in our day of great scientific achievements, man cannot control the weather or the forces of nature. Yet, Jesus did and can! When tossed about by a great storm on the sea of Galilee with His disciples, Jesus had only to speak and the winds and waves obeyed His voice.

We have been reminded again and again that no matter how great man may seem in his own eyes, he is still subject to the forces of nature. All of our scientific achievements could not protect the East coast from Hurricane Sandy or still the great sweeping devastation from tornados in the last year, let alone since time began.

What a great comfort, then, for the believer when we understand that nothing happens apart from God's almighty power and might. Why does God allow such horrendous events to occur? Only eternity will give us such answers, but we know that God's plan for this earth, from its beginning to its end is taking place exactly as He ordained.

This is the Lord God we serve! In Him we can have great confidence, for nothing stays His hand. All that He has planned will come to pass, for He not only is our Savior, but He is the Creator as well. What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

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