If so, the Lord gave me an encouraging word for you todayout of Psalm 121. This passage says:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore” (NKJV).
The part I want to bring to your attention is the verse that says “The Lord is your keeper….” What does that mean exactly?
It’s like a tiger at a zoo.
Picture this: you’re a tiger. You’ve been taken out of the wild and placed in a zoo. This zoo is foreign to you, and you can’t take care of yourself there. It’s not your natural environment.
So you have a keeper. This keeper takes care of you in every way. He gives you meat to eat and water to drink. He gives you medicine when you’re sick. He cleans up after you, and he even gives you toys to play with.
Why? Because you can’t care for yourself. You’re not in your natural environment, and so your keeper takes total care of you.
Beloved friend, like the tiger, you are not in your natural environment either.
You belong in Heaven. You came from the bosom of the Father, and one day you will return there. This world is not your home; you are a stranger here, what the Bible calls a sojourner. You’re camping out here because the Father sent you to accomplish a purpose.
But this world is not your home, and for that reason, you need a Keeper.
Your Heavenly Father is your Keeper.
You cannot care for yourself. You cannot feed yourself, shelter yourself, clothe yourself, comfort yourself, or care for yourself in any way. But the Father will keep you. He is your Keeper, and He will never leave you or forsake you.
Your Keeper is providing for all of your needs. He is feeding you, clothing you, and sheltering you. His arms are wrapped around you right now. He’s healing you and comforting you. You are not alone. Not a moment will go by in which He is not acutely aware of everything about you, and He will bring you everything you need at exactly the right moment.
Your Father sees you and knows you better than you know yourself. He knows the end from the beginning, and He knows what you need better than you do. His Word reassures us of this:
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
No matter what you’re going through today, the Lord is your Keeper. This world is not your natural environment, and you were not created to take care of yourself here. But He created both you and this world, and He’s going to keep you and take care of you always.
The Lord is your Keeper.
My friend, no matter what you’re going through today, would you meditate on this verse–that the Lord is your Keeper, that He is your shade upon your right hand, and that the sun shall not strike you by day nor the moon by night? I don’t know what you’re having to endure, but the Lord does, and He will keep you through it.
Here’s a song to listen to that will help you remember. It’s the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing the Scripture passage above:
What do you need the Lord to keep you from today? He has promised He will!
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