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Aug 9

Good morning, Father.
I feel rather down and despairing this morning. But I know that you understand my heart even more than I do myself, and you are still caring for me. Thank you, Lord. I will not give up, will not give in, will not lay down and declare the battle won. I know that you strengthen me and encourage me and make me able to keep on going, and I honor that, Father. I will continue to stand, my feet on the Rock and your Shield on my chest. I will let you protect my heart and mind from the arrows of the enemy. I will just Love you, Shepherd. That is all I must do. Love and trust you.

Psalm 91 ERV

You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection.
I say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you.”
God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases.
You can go to him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield.
You will have nothing to fear at night and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day.
You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark or terrible suffering that comes at noon.
A thousand people may fall dead at your side or ten thousand right beside you, but nothing bad will happen to you!
All you will have to do is watch, and you will see that the wicked are punished.
You trust in the LORD for protection. You have made God Most High your place of safety.
So nothing bad will happen to you. No diseases will come near your home.
He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.
Their hands will catch you so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.

You will have power to trample on lions and poisonous snakes.
The Lord says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help.
When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.
I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.”

This has been one of my top 3 favorite Psalms since about 1990, when I started really reading Scripture. It was the only passage of scripture that I’ve ever worked hard to memorize in its entirety. Everything else I’ve ever tried to memorize has been much shorter. When I did work with this Psalm, it was in the King James Version, a bit different from the above. Still, I find this passage comforting in whatever version it is read. So much awesomeness here, thank you, Lord! 😀


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