The shelter of your presence

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“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow ine the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.”

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”    Psalm 31: 20, 24

The fear and heartfelt humility we have towards the Lord Jesus, is the one thing that will hold us in faith and love. We have faith in Christ because of who He is and the multitude of proofs we experience of His goodness and blessing. These good things, Jesus our Saviour has bought for us at great price, as the result of His infinite love to us.

The good things are not necessarily the physical provision of this life, but the deep spiritual knowledge and trust in His name. There are eternal blessings that the Christian knows, even in this life. We will see these blessings as we draw close to our Lord, and appreciate what He is doing in our lives. They will be seen by other people, and His power will protect us from wagging tongues.

The Christian who is steady and strong in the Lord, will not mind the accusations and gossip of people who don’t value God’s blessings. The Word holds little attraction for them and prayer is tedious. To know the felt presence of Christ is of no value, and to walk a forgiven life is not attractive.

This eternal life is the strength of the believer and the refuge of every redeemed heart.

We need not fear, but be strong, as we rest in the sovereign power of the Lord of everything that exists, and forget the intrigues of godless people.

Lord, be my help

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“LORD, be my help”

Psalm 30:10

This is a heartfelt prayer. No fancy language, semantics or flowery expressions of love. When we feel our need acutely, we pray this prayer.

We ask Him who is the Lord of all things and our own personal Lord. We know Him from past experience and we have faith in Him, who has never let us down. He is dependable, powerful and willing to save and help.

Be my help. This is a necessary prayer. Without the help of our Saviour and Lord, we will certainly perish. Truth be told, there is no other help. Any human help is worthless and no human friend can help us when the pathway becomes too rough. We call out to Him.

We do not just ask for His help, but that He Himself will be our help. The help is in knowing our God and wanting His presence with us at all times. God is our help. He is always our help. To understand Him and His Word is life and all the help we need.

“Lord, be my help..”

The prayer of the humble saint.

The expression of faith in the living God.

The humble petition in trouble.

The longing of the loving heart.

The watchword at the gates of death.

The song of glory in the heavenly land…

“Lord, be my help..”

He goes before

“Be strong and courageous, don’t be afraid, nor be scared of them: for the Lord your God, he it is who does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.”

“The Lord your God, he it is who does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: don’t be afraid, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:6+8

There are many instances in our lives where fear is the defining feature of our circumstances. Being terrified is a very difficult state to be in, and can bring our lives to a stand-still. But to lay hold of the promises of God in Holy Writ, is the weapon to overcome all terror and fearful thoughts. God will go in front of us and prepare the way so that we see His power and might and therefore trust in Him.

As we lay our fears aside, God will show us the path to peace and as a result our faith will grow. Faith makes the Christian believer strong and courageous to face trouble and walk straight through it. We are not dismayed, for the strength is real and becomes our own, in the power of the Holy Spirit within.

Fear

The fear of death holds us in chains

Barriers on a river of peace unrestrained

Calling us to futile hope in ourselves

Duping us as hollow all this life entails.

The heavenly man became human out of choice

Giving His death throws a mortal voice

Since God is our friend and source of release

Giving the option of eternal peace.

The higher beings of creation bear no such gift

Their rebellion to eternal chains does shift

No salvation for their monumental mistake

Their destiny in the darkest realms now take.

But the human, male and female set apart

For the radiant glory all from a Father’s heart

Can enter heaven with souls redeemed

And a mind renewed, as the Saviour dreamed.

Fear is the state of all who forget God

His love and peace in the dirt and mire trod

But the ransomed few who have learned His ways

Will inherit the kingdom and everlasting life displayed.

Psalm 23

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There is nothing I need.
I rest in plenty and in quietness.
My soul is refreshed in the Lord my God.
My Saviour shows me the right way to go.
When I descend into depression, He is with me always.
The Sovereign Lord comforts me with reproof and encouragement.
I am lifted up above my enemies.
He anoints me as His royal ruler beside Him.
I am overcome with the joy of the Lord.
God’s perfections will be my guide through out my whole life.
I will dwell with my God forever.

Rejoice

Stress and guilt are the reasons for Christmas
Making arrangements and buying the presents
Worry about the choices we make
Will everyone like the mince pies and cake.?
The shops are full of noise and tinsel
Headache and heartburn the over-riding principal
Decorate the house for the children to enjoy
Reinforce the aptitude for joy that will cloy
On the day I can hardly get out of bed
Tired and irritable I face the food that is fed
When the presents are open and I sit by the fire
I close my eyes and another view will transpire
I see the stable, the mother and baby
A father who stands over his family ready
To protect and care for this small, little boy
Who saves us all from the sins that destroy
Those lies that pull us into the wants of this life
Bringing such pain, failure and strife
He bursts the chains of the prison asunder
Opening eyes to gaze upon the wonder.
In the middle of life I am reminded of death
He came to redeem us from shibboleth
There is more than we see and a life in the soul
He has ransomed the penetant and made them whole.

Nephilim

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“A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak! Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee….

….Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.”     Deuteronomy 9:2-5

In those early ages of this worlds history, there were many surprising things and people, who’s existence makes us incredulous. There were things that we will never know of, and achievements by ancient people’s that we cannot work out. The amazing design and engineering feats of ancient Babylon and ancient Israel, are hidden to our vaunted intelligence.

There were people that we cannot imagine, and therefore we question their existence. The children of Anak are such people. This race of humans, who have long gone, were of great height and scale. The records show people reaching ten feet and more. They were intimidating and valued as warriors and leaders of many ancient tribes, such as the Kezzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Hivites, and more.

The people of Anak came from beings called Nephilim. These were thought to be “sons of God” that came down and took human women as their partners. It is unclear who these Nephilim were, but some think they were fallen angels who tried to pollute further the human race with their progeny. These Anakin people were mighty and did many deeds of courage and valour in human society. It is believed they were wiped out by the Flood, which left only Noah and his seven family members alive.

It is thought by some, that the “sons of God” also came into post-deluge society. The Philistines had their giant warrior in the form of Goliath, who the young David, king of Israel, faced up to. God gave David the victory over this massive enemy, as He said He would. It is hard to understand how demons could interact with the human genome, and how this would play out to the present day… there remains much we don’t know and don’t understand. We leave this issue with God.

We can learn much from the giant Goliath, for the benefit of our spiritual lives. All these things are recorded in God’s Word, to teach and challenge and encourage us in our walk with God.

No matter how large or how intimidating the enemy is, God promises the victory to all who trust in Him. David was able to defeat and kill his enemy, Goliath, in the power of the Lord. Indeed, David designates Goliath as an enemy of God. David loved God and spent long periods of time alone with Him, and learned strength and confidence through the circumstances of his life. This is why David was victorious.

It was a similar situation with the overtaking of Canaan by the Israelite nation. God gave the promised land of Canaan into the hands of His people. God points out to them, that it was not because of their goodness that they were given the land, but only by God’s Grace.

We also gain the plains of heaven and victory over sin and death through the grace of God. God honours those who honour Him and who trust His power to make them over-comers and show His glory to a watching world.

We are not physical Anakites, but our souls should be mighty for God and we will overcome through Christ our Lord.

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