As we come to the final part of this Psalm I have been so encouraged by the clear way the Psalmist expresses his trust in his Lord. He consistently uses the phrases “ I Will”, “The Lord is” and “The Lord Shall” to declare God’s help to those who seek Him. There is a danger that if we are not careful we can allow the pressures of life to dull our relationship with the Lord and we start to confess “I hope so” because we have distanced ourselves from Him and we become not sure anymore. The Psalmist was not like that, he had full confidence in his God. Verse 6 says: “The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night”. The Psalmist declares that God’s protection is for 24 hours every day, there is no time when we are not covered by God whether we are aware of it or not. It is so good to relax and just accept the fact that He is protecting us all the time so we can call Him the Lord God Almighty our protector. Verse 7 continues in the same vein: “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul”. Now is a good time to stop and reflect on the goodness of God in our lives. Not only does He supply our every need but also protects us, sadly The protection of the Lord is at times easy to forget. Because nothing outstanding happens to us we do not know how many times the Lord has intervened to protect us, so we do not take the time to thank the Lord. I am certain that God has protected me and my family over the years and most of the time I have God’s protection for granted. Verse 8 says: “The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and for evermore “. The Psalmist commenced this Psalm with the statement “My help comes from the Lord” and concludes by reinforcing the same truth that as long as he lives his God will protect him. I find that it is so easy at times just to coast along and take our Godly benefits for granted. And if we are not careful we can start to believe that it is our ability that looks after us. This is something that does not come suddenly but slowly so we do not notice it happening. This is why it is so important to spend regular time with the Lord, being blessed on Sunday is not sufficient to keep us close to the Lord. The Bible reminds us that God’s mercies are new every morning and we need to spend time to experience these new mercies. There is nothing better than to have a fresh relationship with the Lord because we were created to have fellowship with God. As we look back over this Psalm it has been so good to be reminded of how precious we are in the eyes of the Lord and He protects us all the time. May we never lose sight of this fact and live a life full of praise to our Lord.