I love beginning a study of the Psalms every few months. In the margins of my green worn Bible, I have notes of what I thought about as I read the Psalms from all the way back in 1995.
That’s 18 years of recording the faithful ways of God! I note the ways in which these promises are true and have always come about no matter what I was going through at the time.
I remember afresh the great truths of the first five Psalms:
1. Taking refuge in the Lord, we are like trees “planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever [we do] prospers.” (Psalm 1: 3)
2. We are “blessed” as we “take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:12)
3. We have “a shield around [us]” and are both “answered” and “sustained.” (Psalm 3:3-5)
4. We are “filled with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.” (Psalm 4:7)
5. And finally, in a concluding prayer of the psalmist, I pray this like I have since 1995: “Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
I watch the wingspan of the dragonfly beside me and thank God that He indeed spreads wide His protection over us today. That wide love hasn’t changed. It will not change.
Have you experienced the truth of these 5 promises?