Happy Friday girls (and guys too, heck why not!)!
This last Sunday as we were singing a song in church I had a most wonderful "lightbulb moment". Some of you may know the words...
I look ahead, believing you are able, I will look back and see that you are faithful...
I had a picture in my mind of my God walking before me, clearing a path for me, making sure there is nothing for me to stumble on, defeating my enemies before I ever reach them. I also looked back and there he was, bringing up the rear, making sure nothing could surprise me from behind. I thought about where I would want to be if I was walking through something unknown and possibly scary… I wouldn't want to be in the front of the pack or the back of the pack - too vulnerable! I'd want to be right in the middle of the pack, the safest and most secure spot. This is how I walk through life when I have the Lord!
Maybe you've heard this song…
I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind, the God of angel armies is always by my side. (Amen, hallelujah)
I began searching for scriptures to support this idea. Do you know what I found?! He also walks beside me, spreads his wings over top of me and bears up under me! He surrounds every part of me as I make my way through this life of unknowns. Wow! What wonders this does for my confidence and security. Take a look at what the Bible says about this:
He goes before me:
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.
Psalm 18:30 As for God his way is perfect; the word of God is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him.
He bears up under me:
Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help, the Lord is the one who sustains (bears up under) me.
Deuteronomy 33:12 Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure on him for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
He covers us with his wings:
Psalm 36:7 How precious is your loving kindness oh God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, o God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in you; and in the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge until these calamities have passed by.
The Lord stands by our side:
Psalm 121:4-8 Indeed he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. the Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go both now and forever.
Job 1:10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?
Psalm 139:5, 7-10 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me… Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Friends are you grabbing onto this? He surrounds us with his presence and NEVER sleeps. Ahhhhh… I can rest and let him fight for me. My challenge to you is to take at least one of these verses, if not all, and post it somewhere where you will see it. Next to your bed would be perfect if you tend to worry instead of sleep! On the bathroom mirror, refrigerator, car, wherever, just make sure that you meditate on the truth that your God goes before you, stands behind you, walks beside you and covers you from above and below. You are never alone!