“I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from the mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you-Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moon-stroke. God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.” Psalm 121:1-8 MSG
I saw a FB friend questioning God’s protection after the shootings at the African Church in Charleston, SC. She is not a believer and was trying to wrap her mind around it all. As so was I. She posted the question, “If God can’t protect you in his house-where can he protect you?” I wanted to tell her that God is with her always and He was with them too. It didn’t matter where they were gathered, just that they were praying to their Father. Even though I am sure they could feel God’s presence, her question got me thinking… “Where do I run to feel safe?”
“You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion…We’re banking on on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers…Cultivate these things, immerse yourself in them…Don’t be diverted.” 1 Timothy 4:6-16 MSG
Just as Solomon wanted to move the Arc of the covenant from Zion to The Temple. I am reminded that I can’t go anywhere to flee God’s presence. Sometimes I can get so caught up in where I am worshiping, that I forget that I am worshiping with my life. That His glory shines through me.
“Then a billowing cloud filled The Temple of God. The priests couldn’t even carry out their duties because of the cloud-the glory of God!-that filled The Temple of God.” 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 MSG
Thank you Father, that You are always with me, even until the end of the age. I ask that You would be with the families of the shooting victims. I pray they would feel Your presence in the midst of this tragedy. And anyone else who is suffering a loss in their lives. Thank you that there is the Hope of heaven and of spending eternity with You. Amen.