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Daily Thought - Psalm 121: 7-8 - God’s Preservation Promises, The Ultimate Insurance Policy

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by anthony wade, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. 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: 7-8

    Psalm 121 wraps up with some closing promises from God for us today. God uses the word preserve three times in these closing two verses. The dictionary defines preservation as, “To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm.” The preservation of God in our lives is like an insurance policy God has taken out on our behalf. Let’s look at the terms.

    First, God tells us that he will preserve us from all evil. Not some evil, not the occasional evil that befalls man, but ALL evil. It does not matter what nature the evil is, how strong it is, or how many times it crosses our paths, God will preserve us. Remember beloved that we are in a war:

    For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6: 12 (NLT)

    Evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. Evil spirits in heavenly places. In the Book of Daniel we see an angel of the Lord was delayed for 21 days because he was attacked by the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. God had to send the archangel Michael to take up the battle so the angel could deliver the message from God. There is a world we cannot see that is very real. There are battles waging in the heavenlies over us every day. The Lord is always actively working to preserve us from that evil.

    But evil is not contained just in the heavenly realms. Verse 7 also says that God will preserve our soul. It is said that the soul is man's horizontal view with the world, while the "spirit" is man's vertical view with God. The soul thus deals with our walk in the world, while the spirit deals with our walk with God. The soul is where we feel pain, disappointment, and discouragement. The picture the Psalmist is painting is that God is concerned with all facets of our lives, not just the spiritual. He understands how one affects the other. Discouragement in our soul can affect our walk. It is too often that when we face worldly pain and disappointment that we lash out at God, or feel that He has abandoned us. Psalm 121 assures us that God will preserve our soul in the face of trails and tribulations. Psalm 31 further reassures us:

    I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. – Psalm 31: 7 (NLT)

    God cares about what we go through in our soul as well as our spirit. In the heavenlies and here on earth. Because let’s face it – we live in an evil world. The days grow darker as we head deeper into the end times God has warned us about. A study from several years ago said that the average person has seen simulated 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time they are 18. Is it any wonder then why shootings like the one in Colorado recently occur? The news pundits can banter back and forth for weeks trying to figure it out but it all comes down to EVIL. The god of this world is evil:

    Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. – 2Corinthians 4: 4 (NLT)

    The world system encourages and rewards evil. Our flesh tendency is towards evil. The enemy is the personification of evil. But the Lord preserves our soul! The next preservation promise is that the Lord will preserve our going out and our coming in. The Psalmist painting a picture of totality for the believer. It matters not whether you are coming or going, God is protecting you. Talk about your “good hands” person! God is the ultimate insurance policy for believers!

    We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. – 2Corinthians 4: 8-9 (NLT)

    God is not saying we will not come up against resistance in this world. In fact, He is guaranteeing it! What He is saying is that it will not do to us what I might do to those in the world who are apart from Christ. The first set of things here are things we can expect as believers. We will feel pressed on every side. We will be perplexed. We will feel hunted and eventually may even be knocked down. It is the preservation of God over us that assures we should never find ourselves crushed, driven to despair; feeling like God has abandoned us or feeling destroyed. Wait a minute preacher, aren’t there Christians who fit that bill? Absolutely. Not everyone understands the terms of their policy with God! You see the first set of things are things that happen to us; we cannot control. What we do in reaction to them however is always within our control. Not saying it is easy but we need to develop a better sense of the preservation of God in our lives and believe it when things come against us!

    As if all of the promises thus far in Psalm 121 were not glorious enough, the Psalmist finishes with temporal assuredness. Not only will God provide all of this protection for us, but He will do so from this time forth and even forevermore. The final picture of comfort in Psalm 121 reminds us of the eternal life that we are currently living in. “This time forth” speaks about our time in this world, where God’s protection is dearly needed. It assures us that in our walk with the Lord, there will not be a moment that we do not walk in this blessed coverage. The “and even forevermore” is a not so subtle reminder of the victory we already walk in. It is the victory that Jesus Christ won for us at Calvary. It is how He overcame the world, and how we can too, through Him. We should have no doubt that He is our stronghold in times of peril. We should always walk in the confidence that God is in complete control and will not turn us over to the enemy. We should be forever confident that we have protection from sunup to sundown, from the beginning of our life until the end, for this time forth, and even forevermore.

    Rev. Anthony

     

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