October 29, 2012
- By Ed Powell
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"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." Psalm 34:7
We often think in military terms when we use the word "garrison." It refers to a group of solders guarding an encampment or military post. Spiritually, it relates to the protection God gives to each believer...to the mighty power of God that "encamps around those who fear him" (Psalm 91).
We cannot imagine the care, concern, and compassion which God has for His own. Psalm 91 beautifully describes God's faithful protection for His own. I read this psalm many times when engaged in the horrors of war during WW II. The consciousness of His presence was so real, even when the battle raged and the enemy was directly in front of us.
Did you notice to whom this promise is made? It is to them that "fear Him." This is not to everyone. It is a direct blessing to all who walk in holy reverence of our Almighty God...whose hearts are "fixed" on Him...who trust Him in all of their encounters. What a comfort and encouragement to every believer whose "refuge is God"...who finds the anchor to their hope in Him.
There is no enemy who can overpower or defeat the believer whose life is resting in His almighty hand. Nothing comes into the believer's life except by the permissive will of God. We suffer the consequence of actions prompted by foolish and self-willed decisions. But when we seek to follow as God so clearly instructs us in Proverbs 3:5-6, we will be triumphant through HIM. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
When we meet the conditions given in these verses, God WILL make our paths straight. Look at Psalm 91:1..."He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." To abide in obedience in the "shelter of the Most High," we will be "garrisoned by God" in all our ways. How great are the blessings of God upon those who will dare to trust in Him. Look how the closing verses read..."I will rescue him...I will protect him...I will answer him...I will be with him in trouble...I will deliver him and honor him...with long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
We rejoice in these promises, BUT how often do we APPROPRIATE them, make them our own by "experiential faith" and make them a reality in our life by putting into practice the faith we claim. That's where we fall so far short of all God wants to do for us. Live the blessing by daring to trust Him implicitly!"
"The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." David found this blessed refuge in God many times. This can be our experience each day, in whatever encounters we face.
God has promised to "garrison" us with His might and power, that we with Paul can say "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37).
Garrisoned, protected, abundantly blessed!...all ours in Christ!
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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