You who sit down in the High God's presence,
spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
Say this: "GOD, you're my refuge.
I trust in you and I'm safe!"
That's right - he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you-
under them you're perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing - not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because GOD's your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can't get close to you,
harm can't get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they'll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says GOD,
"I'll get you out of any trouble.
I'll give you the best of care
if you'll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I'll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!"
I Peter 5
Be humble under God's powerful hand so he will lift you up when the right
time comes. Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you.
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a
roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to him, by
standing strong in your faith. You know that your Christian family all over
the world is having the same kinds of suffering.
And after you suffer for a short time, God, who gives all grace, will make
everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from
falling. He called you to share in his glory in Christ, a glory that will
continue forever. All power is his forever and ever. Amen.
© 1968 - 2001 Nancy Spiegelberg All Rights Reserved
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