Wednesday, April 02, 2008

It Moved

Do you ever have the experiences of studying, listening to music, a conversation with a friend, overhear someone, a pastor's message in which seemingly random thoughts by others are used by the Lord to bring a point home? I have had that experience recently and I love it when the Lord does that. It seems that everywhere I turn recently I am reading or hearing about how the Lord encircles, or encamps, or protects us. Two very recent examples are from scripture. Psalm 34:7 says, "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and he rescues them." Psalm 139:5 says, "You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me." Psalm 62:8 says, "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge before us."

I've heard all of those recently. This morning I was reading out of Exodus 14, specifically verse 13 and 14 which talks about not being fearful and knowing the Lord will fight for you. I was reading further, starting in verse 19 and came across something I never knew. This is the part of biblical history when the Israelites were up against the red sea and the Egyptians were hot on their tails. The verse talks about how the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. Is that amazing? The pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. The Lord moved in between the Egyptians and the Israelites. It provided a night of rest for them.

Those who know me know I don't like to be closed in (the Lord has a lot of fun with that!!). I am finding these scriptures very comforting. The thought that the Lord would enclose and surround us is amazing. For me, I need the reminder that He has surrounded me for my good. How about you?

1 comment:

pennymalley said...

Wow. What a good word picture you just painted in my head! (Well, you and God, that is.) I'm a little claustrophobic myself, but THIS, I could handle!