THE LORD’S PROTECTION

Scripture Reading: Psalm 34;7-10

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.” (Pslam 34:7)

Most biblical scholars believer that the Angel of the Lord is a pre-incarnate manifestation of the Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son. We must remember that God the Son, our Lord Jesus, has existed eternally. He played an active part throughout the Old Testament. In this verse, the emphasis is on the protection He gives to His people.

The Angel of the Lord is the Captain of the host of angelic beings (Joshua 5:14). I am reminded of the story of Elisha’s servant in II Kings 6. The king of Aram was at war with Israel. God revealed the plans of this king to Elisha the prophet. Elisha informed the king of Israel of all the plans of the king of Aram. The king of Aram became furious with Elisha and sent horses and chariots and a strong force to Dothan where Elisha lived.

Elisha’s servant went out and saw an army surrounding the place where he and Elisha were. The servant came to Elisha and told him about the situation. Elisha said to him,”Do not be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (II Kings 6:16). Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant — “Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (II Kings 6:17). Indeed, the Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them. We have nothing to fear!

Lord Jesus, Captain of the hosts of heaven, I know that encamp around me. You protect me and deliver me from the attacks of the evil one. You are with me always. I have nothing to fear.

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