Most people know me as being “health-conscious” (I prefer that term over “health nut.” It somehow sounds more sophisticated.). I’m one of those people who read the labels before I purchase a can of vegetables or a package of crackers. I look for special words that every nutritionist frowns upon. I’m referring to those mile-long words with multiple syllables that indicate the product will last for a million years if left on the shelf for that long. I cringe to think of those words floating around in my body while the rest of the processed ingredients do zero benefit to my immune system. Needless to say, the junk food and candy aisle doesn’t receive too many visits.
However, one kind preservative I do appreciate and can’t do without. That preservative is God’s protection, His means delivering me from harm. Unlike artificial preservatives found in a box of Cheetos or a loaf of processed white bread, it wreaks no havoc on the body. It does the complete opposite by filling its charge with an injection of protection.
Psalm 121 says:
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and our coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.”
We live in a world full of evil, surrounded by contaminates that would seek to harm us. Accidents, sickness, violence, and poverty try their best to destroy our lives. We can try our best to protect ourselves – install burglar alarms, take a handful of vitamins, and drive the speed limit. Even then we don’t have the power to ward off every unseen attack of the devil against our lives. We need Someone Who can see it all . . . and Who has the power to do something about it.
One wonderful characteristic about our Bodyguard is that He “neither slumbers nor sleeps.” In fact, one of the words pertaining to the word “preserve” is “circumspect.” Our Bodyguard is “circumspectly” (or in a circle) guarding us. He is ever-aware of everything concerning us, day and night. We could be at the store, taking a walk, or going to bed, and His presence would still be with us. With attentiveness like this, no imposter, thief, or assailant has a chance to succeed in the attack.
We have no need to fear in light of God’s promises. Catastrophes may be happening beyond our circumference, but trust in our faithful Bodyguard will keep it out of our circle. The whole earth could be collapsing, yet we can still rest in the assurance that we are protected (Psalm 46:1-2). Our only responsibility is to maintain our faith that He will do just as He has promised, no matter how bad it looks. He responds to that faith like a parent to his child – swift and faithful.
Yes, we may get a few “dents” as the delivery truck transfers us from the warehouse to the store. We may get a few “rips” in our label when handled carelessly. Regardless of the number of “afflictions,” God has promised to deliver us out of them all (Psalm 34:19)! No matter how terrible the world looks, we can always be sure that the eye of our Bodyguard has never strayed from our position in Him!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though it be cast into the midst of the sea.” Psalm 46:1-2
Suggested Reading: Psalm 91