Psalm 91:1-2 - “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
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For those feeling surrounded right now and it feels like things are closing in and you are losing hope - we want to encourage you today to not look around you at what is surrounding you in the natural. Look at Who has you surrounded!
In Psalm 125 we get this visual picture of mountains to illustrate how God surrounds us.
Psalm 125:1-2 - “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever."
From the very beginning of the Israelites story, God placed his people in places surrounded by mountains, and beyond those mountains there were always some pretty terrifying things.
Of all the land God could have given his people, he gave them Israel. A place surrounded by powerful armies.
Egypt was over one mountain – and it was a land of chariots and horses and mighty construction projects.
To the north of them over another mountain was the Hittites. Another powerful nation, and like the Egyptians, they wanted all the milk and honey of the promised land.
To the east, over the hills, were the Babylonians, with their mighty forces and their determination to make the lives of God’s people miserable.
And to the west of Jerusalem, The Great Sea, with its terrifying storms and great beasts of the ocean.
The Israelites on the other hand had nothing, they were poor “ex-slaves” with no armour and no fighting experience.
They were surrounded by powerful armies and enemies. But they were also surrounded by mountains. Mountains that served to protect them from their enemies. God positioned his people in the protected mountain valleys of Jerusalem.
Psalm 139:5-7 makes it so so clear, that no matter where the people of God went, they could not escape God, that He made provision, and cared for their safety:
“You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
The Israelites had mountains and hills all around, God had hedged them in, and hemmed them in, but here in this Psalm we have this image of God also putting his hand over his people - the last exposed spot.
God puts His hand on them from above. Not to condemn. Not to be heavy handed. Not to limit or constrict. Not to destroy, but to calm and protect. To love and to relax. To heal.
God has our back - and our front, along with every other area of vulnerability!
You may be surrounded by trouble, and pressures but what you can't see is that the Most High God is surrounding what's surrounding you. There's another world that you can't see with your natural eyes.
If God pulled back the curtain, you would see powerful angels at work on your behalf, standing guard, protecting you, pushing back forces of darkness. You would see God moving the wrong people out of the way, lining up things in your favour, arranging good breaks, healing, and deliverance.
If you only focus on what you see with your physical eyes - the sickness, the addiction, the obstacle - you'll be worried and discouraged. Through eyes of faith, you need to see that every obstacle that's holding you back, and every person that you are concerned about right now, is surrounded by the Most High.
There are a lot of things you could feel tempted to retreat into. But you need to deliberately retreat into Jesus to feel safe and protected today.