God will put his angels in charge of you
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. (verses 11,12)
Read Psalm 91:1,2,9-16
I remember a picture that was on my bedroom wall when I was a child. It showed two happy children chasing butterflies right next to a cliff. They were quite unaware that there was danger only metres away. But one of God’s angels was standing close by, protecting them. I always loved that picture. It reminded me of how God cared for me.
Do you sometimes stop to reflect that God has his angels watching over you? You may never know what they have protected you from. So much of what God does for you comes your way quietly, often even unnoticed.
St Paul says there are unseen wicked spiritual forces waging a battle against you, and if it wasn’t for the armour and weapons that Christ provided for you, you’d never be able to stand and survive (Ephesians 6: 10-17). Martin Luther referred to the work of the angels in his morning and evening prayers: ‘Send your holy angel to be with me, so that the devil will have no power over me’.
The angels play an important role in your journey through life. They are part of what God does for you in order to keep you from harm and bring you safely into his home.
Thank you, God, for sending your angels to watch over me. Cover me with your protecting hand. Amen
by Bob Turnbull, in ‘New Strength for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 1998)
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