Thursday, March 09, 2017

You are kept

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TODAY’S SPECIAL: Psalm 121:1-8

“The LORD is your keeper…” Psalm 121:5

The action of God toward us in Psalm 121 is “keep.” This psalm is full of the reminder that God keeps His people.

[Keeps—shamar—means to keep, guard, observe, have charge of, protect, guard, watch.]

It occurs six times in Psalm 121, translated (in the NKJV) as keeps, keeper, and preserve - Psalm 121:3-5; 7-8.

[The word keep in English is a verb and a noun with a multitude of meaning shades. Some that are particularly appropriate for its use here are: "to hold or retain in one’s protection, hold as one’s own, to maintain, to make good on a promise, to keep watch, to have care, charge, or custody of, to guard and protect, to take care of."]

All that is what God promises to do for us and to be to us: our Keeper.

We are in the company: 

Of Jacob, to whom God said: “I am with you and will keep you wherever you go…” Genesis 28:15.

Of the disciples hearing the prayer of Jesus:‘Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me …’” John 17:11.

Of the early church reading Paul’s encouraging letters and in them reminded:

* We are guarded by the peace that comes after we have offloaded our concerns on God in prayer - Philippians 4:6,7.

* We are kept from the evil one - 2 Thessalonians 3:3.

* Our lives, committed to Jesus, are kept by the One whose keeping power reaches into eternity - 2 Timothy 1:12; Jude 1:24.

* We are kept by the power of God - 1 Peter 1:5

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for Your promise to keep me. Help me to go through this day remembering that I am in Your custody. You hold, guard, protect, and care for me. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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