October 29, Surrounded
Today’s reading: Psalms 141-145
“Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety” - Psalm 141:9-10.
It is common practice to thank the Lord for the things you know He has done for you, things like heal your diseases, provide financially, forgive your sins, and on and on. That being true, do you thank the Lord for the things He has done of which you are not aware? The psalmist in today’s passage prayed for those unseen instances when he needed God’s help, didn’t realize what was going on, and moved on safe from harm. The Lord promised to go before you but also to be your guard to protect you from what you cannot see: “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard” (Isaiah 52:12), as He had done for Israel during the Exodus: “Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them” (Exodus 14:19). Spend some time today thanking God for the things from which He has saved you and of which you are not aware. Pray David’s prayer found in today’s passage, asking that God will surround you to protect you from both the traps of life and those set by your enemies.