Thursday, January 17, 2019

Genesis 23:1-20; Job 27:1-28:28; Matthew 12:22-50

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalm 121:5

The words “keep or keeper” occur three times in this short Psalm as does the word “preserve”. The terms are basically synonymous: “hedge about, guard, protect”. C. H. Spurgeon states, “God is the bodyguard of His saints” and “God is as near as your shadow”. Psalm 91:11 gives this encouragement: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”. What stability, assurance, and security the believer enjoys in a world daily rocked by turmoil and confusion! —Wm. H. Gustafson

Under the shadow of Thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure. —Isaac Watts