Psalm 121 is a short Psalm. It is only eight verses long, and titled the Lord My Guardian. It is a song. Let me sing it to you, shhhh……
“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God will not allow your foot to slip; your guardian does not sleep. Truly, the guardian of Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. By day the sun cannot harm you, nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard you from all evil, will always guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and going both now and forever.”
Isn’t that a beautiful song? It requires a deep understanding that the protection being afforded here is not based on the physical but on the spiritual. Jesus spent a lot of time trying to get us to understand that our relationship with God is not only physical, but spiritual. So much so, that God would allow the body to die in order to save something of much more value to him…our souls. Understand that those who have faith can cross that border not only in spirit, but in body. Jesus showed us this through his many miracles. He spent time on this because it’s something that’s important to us, but he also wanted us to realize that there is something much more powerful in our lives…and that’s our guardian. If we trust in the words of this song, the Lord will help us to realize that He guards us always…even in death, and that even death cannot harm us.
Until next time…please rely on the Lord regularly…luv ya! Deacon Phil
Do you believe in angels? The bible talks about them. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are just three of the angels mentioned in scripture, but there are many, many more. Even Jesus talks about them. I honestly can tell you from my own experiences that I have seen, spoken to and have been touched by them. We even have T.V. shows about them; remember “Touched By An Angel”? So what’s the point? Today’s Psalm is about our Guardian Angels. They are there to protect us, guide us and help as much as possible. I say as much as possible because like God, they will not interfere with free will. Even the fallen angels know that. They can tempt and influence, but they can’t force us to do anything. They need our consent, our yes.
Do we fear God? I mean love Him the way Jesus said, “With our whole mind, heart, soul and being?” For if we do then the angels have our back. Anyone who’s a friend of God is a friend of an angel…the good ones anyway. They are fighting for us (See Daniel), protecting us (See Exodus), helping us in our daily lives (See Tobit) or wreaking havoc (Job). They live to love and serve God. So be careful, they are neutral (See Exodus and Joshua). If you love Jesus and fear God, then your angel will fight to the death for you. But they need your help; they need your faith and they need you prayers. They are not to be worshipped or served and THEY will tell you as much; worship God, He alone is worthy.
By the way, how do you say thank you to your Guardian Angel? By giving God the Glory, alleluia!
Until next time…pray! The angels bring your prayers and petitions before God! Luv ya! Deacon Phil
The Trinity is ever present. Today’s verse is about love and searching. No matter which “one” you’re searching for, you’ll still find the other two. When I was a teenager my mom always told me, “whatever you’re searching for, you’re bound to find it.” This was in reference to looking for trouble, and of course…my mom was right; and so is this proverb. When one is looking, they can also be looking in all the wrong places. Sometimes we can search a lifetime for something or someone staring us right in the face. When we search for God, we find Jesus and the Holy Spirit, when we search for Jesus, we find the other two. All three are one and each one is in all three. Jesus invited us into the Trinity and vice versa. We can’t love God and not love Jesus. We can’t love Jesus and not love the Holy Spirit, and so forth. But that is precisely what some of us try to do, love one…without loving the others. In a search to find God, we will eventually find Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well. Now about this “love” thing; if I hate God, does that mean He hates me? Not exactly. When one loves God, they get a glimpse of a love that is infinite. It is amazing to learn one’s capacity to love and forgive. Jesus gave us a look of this kind of love and forgiveness. When we love God He gives us the same capacity and the same gift He gave His son…the Holy Spirit. When we love Jesus, he gives us the same gift. One who hates God will not realize this because they have themselves cut off from God. In other words, when we love God and He loves us…nothing is hidden.
Until next time…keep your heart on the Trinity and keep praying …luv ya! Deacon Phil