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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Inspired by . . . the Hope of His Coming Vol. 4

 

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I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
  Psalm 121

 

Today’s scripture is one of my favorite psalms. The promises of which it speaks inspire me and encourage me to go on – to keep putting one foot in front of the other. They give me a sense of security and peace.

We can trust that God will keep His promises to us. He is never out to lunch, or on vacation. His plan and purpose for our life is sure, and He will keep us.

The word preserve is used three times in the KJV. It is the Hebrew word shâmar {shaw-mar'} and the picture here is that the Lord is building a protective hedge around us.

This time of year the word preserve immediately makes me think of the canning we used to do on the farm. We would can all sorts of yummy produce. Pickled beets, cauliflower, and cucumbers. We would can peaches and corn and beans and put up all manner of jams and jellies. This picture of protection still applies. The canning process protects the food from spoiling, maintaining its existing state.

That is the promise here. Evil may come against us, but God protects our souls from spoiling.

 

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You may wonder what this scripture has to do with Advent.

All of these promises are fulfilled in and by Jesus Christ.

He is the LORD who made heaven and earth.

And it is by the glue of His grace and mercy that He keeps our world{s} from spinning out of control.

 

He came as a babe, but He reigns as King.

It is Christ Who defends us – redeems us – saves us.

Even for evermore.

 

Blessings,

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4 comments:

  1. What I have so loved about studying the Life of Moses is growing in understanding of how all of it points to His son. I have previously had a hard time reading from the Old Testament but God . . . when we seek Him, He does reveal Himself and gave us understanding and wisdom. Many blessings to you on this Sunday, June. Much love. xoxo

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  2. I love the way you put this...God keeps our souls from spoiling. Praise Him for that!

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  3. What a message of encouragement for this season I am in! I want to rest in the hedge He builds around me! God is so good! Shalom, June!
    Maryleigh

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