Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Lord surrounds His people
"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people." Psalm 125:2
"You have enclosed me behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me." Psalm 139:5
"And I, declares the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory within her." Zechariah 2:5
These verses all came from today's lesson in Beth Moore's book Stepping Up. It was a timely lesson that I didn't know I needed, until it brought unexpected tears to my eyes. That third verse in particular was one I had never read before, and it floored me. Wow, God, is all I can say.
How amazing to know that my God is all around me, protecting me, and fighting for me. We are comforted by believing that God is with us....and He is. But today I'm faced with the truth that He's not just with me. He's before me, behind me, all around me, within me...and He's for me. And I stand in awe of that, and of Him.
The photo above is not of the mountains surrounding Jerusalem. It's actually of the mountains surrounding Juneau, Alaska -- where I will be in less than 3 weeks from now. As this journey gets closer and closer, I'm very excited, but also nervous and at times, even afraid. It's so unfamiliar. And so far.
Today I'm incredibly thankful that wherever I go on this earth, my God is with me. As the huge, strong, immovable mountains surround Jerusalem -- and Juneau, too -- He surrounds me.