3/21/20

Good morning!
Text:  Psalm 34-36
As I read my Bible, I keep a pencil handy, underlining verses that catch my eye.  Then, I go back and consider why and ask the Lord what He might be saying.  Psalm 34:7 is underlined in my Bible:
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
I have heard it said that if we fear the Lord we ought to fear no others.  To fear Him is to understand that He is indeed powerful and sovereign, and even dangerous.  Of course, He is also good, and He loves us.  When we are in that place of holding Him in awe – and fear – we are in absolute safety.  No enemy can prevail when we are in the refuge of our great God and King.  The image is beautiful here – I am able to sleep in safety in my “camp”, knowing that His angel is always outside protecting me.  If any enemy might approach, I will be safe.
So, the question of this hour is, “What do I fear?”  Today, that question is very real – as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic, fears for health, finances, even life itself.    But, the truth is that, if I fear the Lord, the angel of the Lord is encamped around me.  If I fear the Lord, then my answer to the question, “What do I fear?” is “Nothing.  I have NO FEAR!”
in Him,  Mike