Can we trust God to take care of us?

In "Biblical Perspective" Gordon Snider writes:

Two contrasting images are used here to describe the care of God. He shall cover thee with his feathers suggests the tenderness of His care — the gentleness of His dealings with us. The imagery is that of a parent bird. (Do not miss the connection with the danger to birds in the previous verse.) But gentleness should not be confused with weakness, for He is also thy shield and buckler. Here the imagery is of the hardened warrior in battle. Both items were used to protect the soldier from spears and arrows. The shield was larger and used in stationary situations, while the buckler was smaller and used in mobile, “hit-and-run” type situations. God protects us in battle, whether it be an open assault of the enemy, or guerrilla warfare. He is prepared for either!

Source: Studies in the Psalms: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 59.

2016-11-03T09:00:00+00:00November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

The Feeding Shepherd

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (Psalm 23:5)
When I was a small child our family was traveling to a distant camp meeting and we were running short on funds. This was before the days of credit cards and we were almost out of cash. We had decided that we had enough money to buy gas for the rest of the trip, but not enough for food. I think one of us boys must have been praying desperately for something to eat. As we were traveling along, a car pulled up beside us and motioned for us to stop. As we pulled to the side of the road, we found out that it was someone we had met in a previous meeting. They asked if we would join them for breakfast – their treat! We followed them to the next exit and enjoyed a wonderful meal together. Believe me, there was some mighty rejoicing as we climbed back in the car that morning. (Daniel Edwards)
The Psalmist said, "I've never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread." Certainly the Lord has taken good care of me!

God, whose giving knows no ending,
All our life is from thy store:
Nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom,
Costly cross, grave’s shattered door.
Gifted by Thee, turn we to Thee,
Offering up ourselves in praise;
Thankful hearts shall rise forever,
Gracious Donor of our days. - Robert Lansing Edwards

Our daily bread comes from His hand!

This devotional is the Monday, April 11, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.

2016-04-16T08:00:00+00:00April 16th, 2016|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments


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