If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! Psalm 91:9-13 (NLT)
Do you desire to dwell in my presence? Do you want to be at home with me? Do you want to take shelter in my protection? Will you come to take refuge in me? There is no place that I would rather be than in your presence. In your presence I am at peace and rest. In your presence I have fullness of joy. I feel at home when I come to meet with you. You are my refuge in every storm. You shelter me in your safety. Yes, I will dwell in your presence. Yes, I will take shelter and protection in your refuge. There is nothing I would rather do than come to be with you.
How have I guarded and guided your life as you have come to dwell with me? There are many places I have not gone and things I have not done because I have drawn near to you and you have drawn near to me. You have kept me away from danger. You have taught me to walk away from evil. You have helped me to walk in the light as you have led me through life. There are many things I have not done because I have remained with you in your word. Your word has changed my heart. Your word has transformed my mind. I no longer desire to do what is dangerous. I no longer want to do what is evil. It is my joy and delight to do what pleases you. So, you have protected me from going into dangerous places to do what would end up harming me. In these ways you have guarded, guided and protected my life. You are right. But, these are not the only ways I have watched over and protected you.
As you have come to live and dwell with me, evil has not been able come near to you. Drawing near to me and me drawing near to you has made you able to resist evil so that it would have to flee from you. There is another way that I have watched over you. There is another way that I have protected your life. How is that? I have sent my angels to guard you. They are under my orders to guard and protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up. They will keep you from stumbling. They will protect you from falling. They will give you victory over evil of every kind. They will make your steps sure as you keep on following me. That is exactly what I will do. I will keep on following you. That will be very good.
Lord, I know what it is like to live a self-sufficient, self-indulgent and self-serving life that is not under your protection. But now, you are my dwelling place. It is my joy to take refuge in you. You guard and guide my life. You are my shelter of protection. Amen
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