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The Angel of the LORD Encamps Around

March 9, 2019

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The Angel of the LORD Encamps Around

Fear can make us do things  out of our need  for self-preservation — and yet,  it can all be the leading  of God Almighty.     In 1 Samuel 21:10-15,  we read how King Saul was trying  to kill David,  forcing David  to flee for his life.     David fled  to the territory of Gath,  under King Achish — but, found himself  in even  more danger.    The servants  of King Achish  got ahold of David  and brought him  before King Achish,  telling the king  what a fierce enemy warrior David was.

David had to do some quick thinking,  because that meant  they wanted to kill him  then and there.     So,  David pretended he was insane  by scribbling on the doors  of the gate  and slobbering  like a madman.     King Achish was repulsed  by David’s gross behavior  and had him sent away.     David ran  from there and went to hide  in some caves.

With his life  in such jeopardy,  David realized  that it was only God Almighty,  who kept him safe  in these dangerous situations.     So,  David wrote Psalm 34 to praise the LORD  for His protective care.    In verses 4-7,  he wrote,

I sought the LORD,  and He answered me,   
And delivered me  from all my fears.    
They looked to Him  and were radiant,   
And their faces shall never  be ashamed.   
This poor man cried  and the LORD heard him;   
And saved him  out of all his troubles.    
The angel of the LORD  encamps around those  who fear Him,    
And rescues them.

David did not look  to his own cunning and wisdom  to escape his predicaments.     He was wise enough  to immediately seek out the LORD.     That is why God answered Him  and delivered him  from certain death.

When David prayed,  he did not complain  or accuse God  of letting him get  into such trouble.     Instead,  he was  “radiant”,  a man who knew  he did not ever have  to be ashamed  of trusting  in the LORD.     David was confident  in the Lord’s power,  love,  and presence,  no matter where he was — or what kind of trouble  he was facing.

We, too,  need to place our full confidence  in the Lord,  our Savior.     God wants  to save all those  who turn to Him — but,  we do need  to turn  to Him.     We do need  to live with thankful hearts  towards our Creator and Redeemer.

Note how David makes this crystal clear  by saying,  The angel of the LORD  encamps around those  who fear Him,  and rescues them.”     To  “fear” the Lord is  to have reverence and respect  for who He is.     When we honor our Savior  with our faith and love,  He will rescue us  and eventually work all things  for our eternal good.

Yes,  in 1 Samuel 21:10-15 David was rescued twice  by the hair  of his chinny-chin-chin.     But,  those weren’t the only times  he needed  to be saved.     His life  was repeatedly  in danger — but  he kept looking  to the Lord  and respecting God  for His power and nearness.

In our troubles,  let us  “fear” God — honor the LORD  by having respect and love  for all that He has done for us  in Jesus Christ,  and all that He does  to care for us daily.    That is like laying out the  “Welcome”  mat  for our Lord  to enter into our hearts  and protect us  from all that can take away  our eternal life.

As we seek the Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  when I look to You  for eternal salvation,  I will never be ashamed.     All glory is  to your name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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