Key verse: “O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble” (Isaiah 33:2).
The story was told of a soldier who was hit in the chest through enemy fire during the Second World War. He fell down and became unconscious and was carried by his colleagues back to the camp for necessary medical attention. Upon examination, it was discovered that he had a copy of the pocket New Testament Bible in his chest pocket and that though the bullet had succeeded in tearing through, it miraculously got stuck at the page of Psalm 91. The soldier had no hurt; he only became unconscious as a result of shock. He eventually regained consciousness and went back to battle.
The gracious protection of God is very important for our security. The Assyrians had broken their covenant of peace and started overrunning Israel without any recourse to human sympathy. This necessitated the remnants crying to God for deliverance from the Assyrian oppression. Sennacherib, the Assyrian king moved his army against Judah and Jerusalem in a heartless invasion that devastated the land. this made the people pray earnestly for divine mercy for the land. No sooner was the prayer made than they got the divine intervention. Although they prayed that God should save them from their enemies, the strength of the Assyrian camp was broken when God sent the destroying angel that slew hundreds of thousands of Assyrian soldiers.
God is still in the business of divinely protecting those who put their trust in Him, even if nations rise against them. He is our present help in trouble. Even if a thousand Sennecharibs should rise against us today, victory is certain if only we can avoid relying on the arm of flesh. The everlasting God is our refuge.
Are you distressed and almost swallowed up by the warfare and tumult of life? Does the enemy appear too powerful for you to curtail? There is victory assured if only you, as the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, would this day look up to the gracious God and turn all your battles over unto Him. You will find in Him the Anchor that keeps the soul.
Thought for the day: God is the Anchor that keeps the soul.