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TODAY’S MEDITATION – The Lord sends help and protection in times of need… (2 Samuel 17:16)

Today’s verse says: “Now send a message at once and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.’”

How often do we run to God for His help, His protection… as if He does not know we need it. This passage shows us that there is a conspiracy against David’s life and God uses someone to inform David of what evil is coming against Him. My brother, my sister, God’s protection is one of the many promises He made us. Interestingly, we call for His protection all the time but we fail to check what we should do to enjoy this protection. We remember that David was called the man out of God’s own heart…so, there must be something in David that enabled that spontaneous and immediate protection of God to look for him. Let’s move to Psalm 91 to understand what that could be: “If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:9-15). Is it not clear? God protects us when we make Him our refuge, when He sees true love in us.

My friend, David’s love for God was such that it made him to become humble (Psalm 62:9), reverent (Psalm 18:3), respectful (Psalm 31:9), trusting (Psalm 27:1), devoted (Psalm 4:7), grateful (Psalm 9:1), faithful (Psalm 23:6), obedient (Psalm 119:34) and above all repentant (Psalm 25:11).

Yes, to truly enjoy God’s full protection we need to learn to love Him HIS WAY, not our way, which is interested and selfish. And this requires a regular examination of our own hearts, for love “comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.