“In the shelter of your presence you hide them … in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20
Where is the arrow
shot from enemy’s bow?
Where are the accusations
that have been thrown?
They’ve been thwarted,
diverted from my path.
and of strength — sapped.
Keep me in your presence,
hidden in perfect love.
Safe from accusing tongues,
restored and ready to serve.
He shuts out accusing voices. He stills the echo of negative words and constant criticism. He quiets the soul. In His presence I am hidden, tucked under his sheltering wings — out of sight and out of mind from those who would bring down.
“Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.” Isaiah 8:10
Long, long ago and in a land far away…my high school wasn’t characterized as winning. Our sports’ teams weren’t bad, it’s just that other schools dominated and claimed the titles. They always seemed to have the edge. In the kingdom of sports, we were the lesser kingdom.
Flash ahead to my son’s high school and it was a different story. A winning culture prevaled throughout the entire school. Students carried a positive attitude into every event; they expected to win and much of the time, they did. They were knights in shining armor.
As believer’s in Christ we have God on our side. We wear his armor into daily battles and fight with his weapons. Though life is full of ups and downs, in the end, God wins.
More often than I’d like to admit, I forget whose team I’m on and a defeated attitude enshrouds the day. This is not from God; it’s from the enemy. The defeated one would like me to live as if he still has a chance to win the game.
Life may be a day-to-day battle, but there is hope knowing that at the end of the story…God wins.
We’re on the winning side of the field. The battle is already won—the reel is just playing out until the end of the game!
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…”
He quietens the sea
when life roars loud,
And settles the pang
of hunger’s growl.
When it all unravels
my soul he reknits,
Should fear choke tight
he loosens the grip.
He is my shield
against arrows that fly,
And he pours abundant
when life drips dry.
Moment by moment
I have all I need
For he is my shepherd
and I am his sheep.
photo and poem by Patty Perkins
Read Psalm 23 in its entirety for a blessing; it’s comfort food waiting.
*The One Year Bible 1/28, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.
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Nehemiah 6:2 “…But they were scheming to harm me.” (NIV)*
Nehemiah was so focused on God’s purpose for him–to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall—that he recognized the enemy’s attacks as not part of the plan. He didn’t succumb. Rather, he took action to defend against the enemy while continuing the work.
And isn’t that half the battle–knowing it’s an attack of the enemy? Being aware of his schemes and not letting him intimidate?
Lord, let me see beyond the circumstance or diversion—to know when I’m being derailed from your plan. Help me be bold to speak against lies and take a stand for truth. Let me not be derailed, but continue with what God has given me to do. Amen and amen.
*The One Year Bible, August 13, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishing, Wheaton, Illinois.
Psalm 56:9 “Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.” (NIV)*
Glen Eyrie (photo by Patty Perkins)
How long does the battle rage before remembering to call for help? How many casualties? The trick is to call for help early. The power of God to turn the tide of battle dwells with those who trust in Him. Victory rests with our Lord.
Stay in the battle, but do cry for help. Then, keep an eye out for divine intervention. Prepare for the enemy’s retreat.
It’s time for the hard-to-please image of God we carry around in our heads to melt…dissolve into His true self. Let the enemy’s retreat be a sign that God hears and answers. He’s on my side. God is for me.
How different would life be if lived in the realization that God is for me? I would be more willing to believe, follow, and step out in faith knowing the Creator of the universe is on my side. He’s not the enemy.
I want to know the reality of His presence and to live as if He’s for me…because He is.
*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.