It is good to take the time to remember God is a helper to those who diligently seek Him. The danger we have and must continually guard against is not to be caught up with the pressures of everyday living. These pressures can come upon us without doing anything to cause them.  The god of this world (Satan) is a master of this, sadly I have seen good people who were once regular in their Church attendance and willing to volunteer where help was required slowly become irregular in their attendance and finally not attending church at all. The biggest cause of this is when the children take up some sport and they do not have time to attend church. Sport should never take the place of God in our lives. The Psalmist is very clear in Verse 3 which says: “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber”.  To describe how God looks after us the word “Will” is used – this means that it is certain that it will happen because this is the nature of God and He never changes. As previously mentioned the danger we face is not the character of God and He never changes but the weakness of our human nature. This is why it is essential to have a daily time with the Lord, this keeps our relationship with Him strong. It is so interesting that the Psalmist declares a difference between us and our God. Every day we spend at least 1/3 of our day sleeping but God never sleeps, this means His attention is on us all the time whether we are aware of it or not – He is looking after us 24 hrs in every day. Understanding this is so important because the Psalmist repeats this in Verse 4 “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep “. This is very interesting because when I went to school we were taught to remember by daily repeating especially our numbers table. Even after all these years, I can still repeat those tables. The Psalmist keeps reminding us how God never forgets us and this is something that we should repeat daily. I am so glad that the Lord looks after me all day and every day, may we develop the habit of thinking about the Lord’s goodness and thanking Him for the way He provides and protects us.  Verse 5 says: “The Lord is your keeper, The Lord is your shade at your right hand “. Again the Psalmist is very descriptive in describing God’s protection over us. He declares “The Lord is”, this means no matter what we are confronted with the answer is with us. We do not have to wait for the Lord to come to our aid He is already with us. As we understand this truth we experience a calmness that living with Jesus can only supply. The right hand speaks of strength and the ability to be victorious. Because the Lord is our shield this means we will not be affected by what the battle throws at us. His shade gives us protection and allows us not to be wearied. It is so good to reflect on the various ways that the Lord looks after us and as we do we understand that we are important to Him. I am so glad that I belong to Jesus and He is my protector in every situation of life that I experience from time to time.


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