Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stepping Up: Week 3 - Day 2

Day 2 - A Love that Surrounds
Psalm 125
1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel.

Today's lesson continues with Psalm 125 and focuses on how the Lord surrounds His people.

In the lesson she used an imagery that really struck me.  She discussed visiting remote areas of Africa where they "were welcomed into several villages surrounded by hedges of thorn bushes erected to deter predators...God keeps His people safe fro the prowling lion by encircling us with a crown of thorns."

If you are visual like me then seeing this will make this imagery more real to you.
As a Christian you are placed in the middle of this circle of protection.  Nothing can get at you to harm you except for those few thorns that God has strategically placed on the inside of the circle.  These are the trials we endure, the mistakes we make, and the lessons that we need to learn - all resulting in bringing us closer to the center, closer to God!

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