Today I was asked about whether a loved one can be our guardian angel.
I wanted my answer to be Biblical so I did a little research.
There are many Bible references to angels. Some indicate the guardian role of angels. But this is the one I was drawn to. It has been a spiritual riddle to me in the past. Today I find it’s strong promises to be comforting even when circumstances challenge its truth.
Here it is the 91st Psalm.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
This Psalm used to perplex me. I wondered about the promises made that didn’t feel like they were being kept.
These were promises that God had made.
Granted, God had tied specific qualifications to these promises; but I was sure that I was within those requirements.
And yet my life didn’t look like God was keeping His part of the bargain.
I knew that wasn’t true. I was pretty sure I was where I needed to be. God definitely was.
So what was the deal?
I had friends who wondered with me. I eventually found other promises that were more helpful for me.
But today when I was drawn to Psalm 91 I realized it is an old friend. I don’t truly understand the paradox of the truth of God’s unbreakable promises and our lives.
I just know that God’s Word is Truth. Circumstances are not.
As I read the promises made by Holy God who cannot lie, I realized I was reading the best affirmation for life.
Psalm 91 is an affirmation that we claim as truth even when the circumstances of life say that it is a lie.
The neat thing is that I realized that I read that Psalm so many times that it became truth for me. Today it didn’t perplex or frustrate me. It is truth for me today!
It also became for me another confirmation of the need for our human mind to base our affirmations on God’s promises.
When I was first introduced to affirmations, especially affirmations that involved the universe, I was uncomfortable and unconvinced.
My question was why ask, basically pray to, part of the creation when I could ask the creator?
Affirmations based upon the Bible, God’s Word, are a different matter.
I am comfortable with affirmations based upon the Bible. Today, I believe even more that they are the key to our life taking the direction that God designed for us; to claiming the purpose God intends for us.
Psalm 91 is a powerful prayer and affirmation.
Our prayer from Psalm 91 claims God’s promises; our affirmation is a way to center our thoughts around God’s promises and bringing our actions into agreement with God’s promises.
Father God, I am dwelling in the shelter of your promises and resting in the shadow of your protection and care.
Thank you that you will protect me as carefully as a mother bird protects her chick.
Thank you that in life’s circumstances I can know that you will keep me from danger that those who don’t claim your promises experience. I know that your care is sure; even when I don’t feel that is true; even when my circumstances seems to make your truth void.
In Jesus name, Amen.
I dwell in the place that God has designed for me. My circumstances are part of God’s plan for me. I refuse to see temporary obstacles or setbacks as a negative development but rather a growing experience.
When I don’t sign the customer or business partner that I felt was so ready and right, I am grateful because I know that God has something even better planned.
When I fail in engaging with a person or giving a presentation, I am grateful because I know that God will grow me through the process.
When nothing has happened, when my paycheck hasn’t grown and I haven’t rank advanced, I am grateful because I know that God is working behind the scenes in ways that I am unaware of.
That is my suggested prayer and affirmation.
However, I would also suggest that you read and even memorize Psalm 91. There are so many promises in Psalm 91 that you want to have tucked away in your memory.
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