God’s “protective shade”
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
Secure with the keeper
It was dark and cold that November morning when the Livingstone family woke up to say farewell to their son David. He was leaving Scotland for the heart of Africa. Mrs. Livingstone made coffee; Mr. Livingstone dressed warmly to walk his son to Glasgow. David got the family Bible and read the comforting words of Psalm 121 with the family.
A dozen years later, Dr. Livingstone was contemplating a trip deeper into the unexplored interior of Africa along with his wife and children. Just before he left, he received a letter from his mother-in-law, Mary Moffat, who was also a missionary. “My dear Livingstone,” she began. “Hitherto I have kept up my spirits and have been enabled to believe that our Great Master may yet bring you out in safety.” She said that she was clinging to the promises of Psalm 121 and Psalm 91. “Unceasing prayer is made for you.” Then she added, “Every petition, however fervent, must be with submission to his will.”
Protected? Yes. Submissive to his will? That, too.
Jesus guaranteed us that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33). But no matter what happens, we can never be separated from God’s love or God’s purposes. He promises to preserve us from evil but not to pave over every pothole in life’s road.
Adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for October 17
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House