Protected By The Almighty

After a tornado has hit a certain area, my first question when I check-in to a campground in that area is ‘Where is your safe-house, in the event that another tornado hits while my family and I are at your park?’. Children tend to run to their parents for safety, and wives generally run to their husbands for safety when a storm, or potential danger arises. In our Scripture today we will see David’s recommendation for a safe place where we might find ultimate protection. Let’s pay attention to David’s recommendation.

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2022-06-18
WRITTEN AT: Jensen Beach, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 91:1-3
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)

BIBLE TEXT: Those who go to God Most High for safety
    will be protected by the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection.
    You are my God and I trust you.”
God will save you from hidden traps
    and from deadly diseases.

APPLICATION: I believe that most of us who find ourselves in trouble, will run to God to bail us out and save us. But notice that David suggested a slight, but distinctly different process for us to adopt in seeking help from the Lord. Only God knows the number of times that David sought His help, so it seems like David should be in good position to offer expert advice to us! David actually recommended that we use the same process that we use with our parents and/or our spouse. Because we have a relationship with them and have built a sense of trust in them, we feel confident calling on them for protection and/or help. So if we use that same philosophy in our relationship with God, it might indicate that because we maintain a daily, one on one relationship with the Master, then we are comfortable and confident that He cares for us in much the same way that we worship and adore Him on a regular basis. And because of that intimate relationship with our Maker, we feel like we could call on Him in our time of need, and we could immediately feel sheltered under His wings knowing full well that He will care for His own. But imagine for a moment that you have found no purpose or meaning in having a real and intimate relationship with God. How could you feel confident that He would do anything for you? You see, we can find repeatedly throughout God’s Word where He promises to care for His own, and that He will honor the request of those that demand distance from Him, especially when things are going smoothly and they feel safe in doing ‘their own thing’. Friends, our God is not a puppet who stands ready to jump when you have exhausted every effort to handle the situations of life you find yourself in. God created us in His image, so although He is God, He can still identify with us. He desires relationship with us, not to be available on an ‘as-needed’ basis. He told us that He will honor our request to be left alone. But more importantly, David reminds us in the Psalm today, that when we are in regular relationship with the Almighty, He will shelter us under His wing and protect us from all harm. In human relationships we enjoy speaking with someone over the phone, emailing them and possibly texting them, but there is absolutely nothing quite like being reunited with them in person. So it is with God. He wants that intimate relationship we could develop with Him while we’re here on earth, but I believe He longs for us to unite with Him in glory some sweet day! I hope and pray that each reader and/or listener has that assurance of one day joining with the angels in collective praise to our God in heaven. This is only possible if you have accpeted the gift of His Son who was sent to save us from our sin and ready us for heaven. If you are not assured of your position with God, please carefully read my Footnote and especially click on the link ‘To Know Jesus’. The Scriptures will show you what you must do to be saved and be reassured of your heavenly destiny. My desire with each devotional, is that every recipient will one day join me at the feet of Jesus in glorious praise! I hope to see you there precious friend!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Lord, You are my God – my place of safety and protection!

PRAYER: Lord, thank You for reminding me that You want relationship with me! Too often we strive hard to please You with our actions, and we call on You in urgent times of need. Please teach us Lord to spend time with You each day and develop an intimate relationship with You. Not only do we want this so that we could know You better, but we want to take the advice given to us through Your servant, David. What a comfort and joy to know that You will watch over, protect, guide and love on those of us that have chosen to love, accept and honor You. We are far from perfect Lord, but we know You – the only ‘perfect One’ and so we depend on You to help us flourish in our relationshiop with You. Please help us to show the unsaved world the importance of relationship – especially our relationship with You! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

A Prayer For Help In Times of Disaster

I truly love the passion of David, the Psalmist, who in spite of the many challenges thrown at him, he always turned to God for His help and direction. The words I bolded in verse 1 spoke so vividly to me today, and I hope that as you meditate on the Word you will also receive comfort and a deep sense of calm in knowing that under the wing of our Savior, we are untouchable by the world and/or its innumerable challenges that it throws at us.

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2021-10-06
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 57:1-3
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT: Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, because I come to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings I find protection until the raging storms are over.
I call to God, the Most High, to God, who supplies my every need. He will answer from heaven and save me; he will defeat my oppressors. God will show me his constant love and faithfulness

APPLICATION: Watch a child, especially when they are frightened; they will look for, and run to the nearest parent or older sibling for refuge and protection. Pets are very similar in nature, they need comfort and reassurance when dealing with loud noises, or things that frighten them. The night the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee and a storm sprung up, they tried everything they could and was about to give up, when they saw Jesus walking towards them on the water. Their deliverer and protector was on the scene and they had no need to worry any further, for they were under His ‘sheltering and protecting wing’. But as I meditated on this Scripture, I thought of the many and varied ‘storms’ of life that we battle with today. In times past, if one city or state was hurting, there would be an onslaught of helpers headed our way to help us through. One country would go to the defense of another to help them through a war, or through unusual circumstances. But in what might very well be the last days, we turn on our televisions to see that citizens of every tribe and nation are battling the same ‘storm’, or battle. The curse of Covid is affecting us all, with no respecter of person, nationality or religious belief. Isn’t it like we all need a place to shelter from the spread of this dreaded disease? As we lose family members and friends all around us, shouldn’t we all run to the only One who has all of life’s answers, and has the power and authority to cover us under His wing as He protects and just loves on us to comfort and cheer us up? Friends, for the Christian, we have an even deeper assurance, for we could say like Paul, it is pure joy to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. Also, for me to live is Christ personified here on earth, but to die is gain (the gain of eternal life with the Father and the Son, where there will be no more pain, disease, dying, heartaches, or parting from our loved ones. For the unbeliever whom God may place in the path of this devotional, may I introduce you to this Savior of mine that gives me this peace in the midst of our storms today? I would be overjoyed at the opportunity. Please email NuggetsFromGodsWord@Outlook.com and I will be quick to respond, God being my helper!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: I am reminded of that old hymn ‘For I’m sheltered safe in the Arms of God’! Praise God His children are sheltered safe under His wing through every ‘Storm’ of life.

PRAYER: What a sweet assurance to know that even in the midst of our storm, we could call on You, Jesus! Thank You for being that comfort and stay for our ancestor David, and I especially thank You Lord for being there for us today. We are in the middle of ‘storms’ for which mankind is stumped for a resolution, but praise God we know a man who can calm the storm, heal our bodies, rescue our souls, and take us safely to that beautiful home You have prepared for us in Heaven! Lord, I hurt for the souls of our family members who show no concern for their souls. Please Lord, use Your warriors here on earth like never before and allow us to be a witness to the power and goodness of our Lord. Oh that our loved ones will accept Your free gift of Eternal Life today! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!