He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
There is a lot to fear in the proverbial “out there.” There is danger lurking in every corner. Reckless drivers, germs and disease, con artists and other criminals to name a few. The Devil himself wanders the Earth, searching for souls to devour.
Thankfully, the Lord himself walks with us, towering over any danger that may stumble across our path. It is like walking into a bar fight with Andre the Giant at your side. You could almost watch the crowd part like the Red Sea before Moses’s staff as he walks through the crowd with you by his side. He casts an imposing shadow that intimidates those not on his side and gives comfort to you.
God himself protects you from harm if you seek shelter in him. He even takes it a step further. He sends you Angels to protect you. (v. 11-12)
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
What a blessing it is to have that kind of protection.
Now, that isn’t to say that believers never feel pain or suffering. Just the opposite – it is promised that we’ll suffer. But the Lord is gracious in that he never gives us more than we can handle. He uses those times of pain to teach us and to mold us. Kind of like a loving parent watching their child make mistakes that will leave only a temporary bruise but will endure as a lesson learned forever. Except that the Lord’s ways and wisdom are so far above ours that we cannot begin to comprehend the why’s and how’s of what he does.
But again, through it all, he promises to protect those that abide in him. And that should serve as a great comfort to us.