Day 1 – PROTECTION
Written by Ashlee Cobb
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:1-4
Ancient cities protected their citizens by building large surrounding walls, which created a fortress that kept chaos out. The walls’ constant presence in people’s lives created a safe atmosphere where communities could thrive. Just as a fortress brought peace to a city, God is our fortress and brings peace to our souls in the midst of the chaos happening around us. He is the unmovable security we can run to in our need. We can certainly trust Him to protect us, but the author of the Psalm doesn’t stop with that. In verse 4, His defense for us is compared to that of pinions (or the outer feathers) of a bird. When we run to our God, His protective nature is as strong as a fortress, but as gentle as a feather. Doesn’t that just sound like the strong arms of an all-encompassing bear hug?
As believers in Christ, it is God Himself in whom we have our security. But, the blessings of this promise are not for all believers. It is reserved for those who share a close fellowship with God.
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower, the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
The description of our protection is seen again as a defensive structure and the source of our protection. But that protection is in God Himself- in His name. This verse also shows us that as believers, we are the ones who run towards that blessing of His protection. When I find that my worries and fears are overtaking me, I make the choice whether to fight the battle on my own or to cry out “Lord! Help me!” and run towards Him.
The need to feel safe is something we all share. That assurance of knowing we are secure allows us the freedom to enjoy life and to grow. The absence of security, however, does just the opposite. It paralyzes us and, instead of growing, our focus and energy is spent on managing our fears and protecting ourselves.
What situation(s) are you facing today that make you feel unsafe? How can you seek God’s protection in that area? Spend some time with God today and build the protection of an intimate relationship with Him. Our continued calling on His name and running to Him builds a protection that is unshakable.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the promise of your protection in times when I’m overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. Help me to break through so that I can live life to the fullest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For Further Study:
Psalm 138:7, Psalm 9:9-10