Lord Come to Help.
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Harbor Seal pups are protected. When they are left on the beach by their mothers, barricade tape is put up to warn people to stay clear and let the pup alone. When we lived on California’s Redwood Coast, we would encounter the same phenomenon with a rare shorebird when it built its nest in the sand to raise its young. Humanity will occasionally spread protection to others.
God will always spread his protection over you.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Psalm 5:11, New International Version
I love the Psalms. They speak of real life issues and needs. The speaker frequently changes. The one being addressed can change numerous times within the same Psalm. Here, the Psalmist speaks to the Lord. What the Psalmist asks of the Lord, the Lord does. All the time.
The Lord spreads his protection over you. It may not be barricade tape, but still the Lord’s protection marks you as special, an object of the Lord’s own protective impulses. Our whole lives are surrounded by God’s protective grace. Thus, even death cannot own us, and is powerless over us.
I acknowledge that there are times when we can wonder about the Lord’s protection. We can feel pretty vulnerable. Don’t underestimate the power of faith, the enormous power of trusting the Lord. Continuously practice his presence in prayer. Grow your relationship with him intentionally. Trust his promises. Trust his protection. Live in them both, daily.
The Lord frequently spreads his protection, over us, through the people of God, including family, who surround us. Never take those relationships for granted. Don’t leave them behind. Live as God intends, in the protective community of his church. My wife, kids, and grandkids are some of the Lord’s protective layers over me. So are my brothers and sisters at church. There is protection in the community we enjoy with the Lord. There is protection in the community we enjoy with God’s people.
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