This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. When read as written the message lists God's promises that gives the reader a hope and a future. You can read this chapter from your Bible as a prayer out loud for someone who is sick or ill by inserting their name where the Bible has the word "you" and "him". It will boost your faith and trust in the Lord as you hear yourself proclaim God's will. The other morning I read it as a prayer inserting my name in it. Then I took it one step higher and read it with my name inserted while addressing it as a NOW word. When you read it as a NOW word you bring the future into the NOW and it empowers your faith! Read this out-loud and inset your name where it says to. Do this over and over again and you will see what I mean.
1 I dwell in the shelter of the Most High
and I rest in the shadow of you Almighty God.
2 I, (your name) say of you LORD, "You are my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely you have saved me
from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 You O Lord cover me with your feathers,
and under your wings I find my refuge;
your faithfulness is my shield and rampart.
5 I do not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand have fallen at my side,
ten thousand at my right hand,
but it does not come near me.
8 I only observe with my eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 I declare, "The Lord is my refuge,"
and I make the Most High my dwelling,
10 so no harm overtakes me,
no disaster comes near my home.
11 For you O Lord command your angels concerning me
to guard me in all my ways;
12 they lift me up in their hands,
so that I do not strike my foot against a stone.
13I tread on the lion and the cobra;
I trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because, (your name), loves me," says the LORD, "I rescue him/her;
I protect (your name), for he/she acknowledges my name.
15 (Your name), calls on me, and I answer him/her;
I am with, (your Name), in trouble,
I deliver him/her and honor him/her.
16 With long life I satisfy, (your name),
and have shown him/her my salvation."
God showed me in verse 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you refers to ALL catastrophes. I, like everyone else, have always read that verse as though it only pertains to apocalyptic type of events ie nuclear, germ warfare and plagues. I never thought of it as pertaining to ALL disasters. For example; there are two families who live in their homes. One family doesn't have any insurance and loses their home in a tornado, totally destroyed. The other family loses their home to foreclosure. Both families had a catastrophic event happen to them. One definition of the word catastrophe is "a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin." We have all witnessed "ten(s) thousand at your right hand" of foreclosures. God's economy is not affected by this world's economy, the stock market or the price of gold. God's economy is always solid and those who walk in God's Word and in His path will not be affected by this world's economy "will not come near you"! God's blessings and promises are for our total being body, mind, soul, spirit, relationships and finances.
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