Scripture Reading: Psalm 34:7-10

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

Most biblical scholars believe that the angel of the Lord is a pre-incarnate manifestation of the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ. We must remember that God the Son, our Lord Jesus, has existed eternally. He has an active role all through 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 hosts 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 every step and plan 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 that an army surrounded 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. God answered his prayer — “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 angels, thank You for encamping around me. I know that you send Your angels to protect me and to deliver me. You keep watch over me and You will defend me from the attacks of the evil one. I rest in Your power and presence.