Relying on God for Protection

Relying on God for Protection

January 31

Read: PSALM 27:1-6

Who is God to you? Has he done anything for you lately? Many of us have had personal experiences where God has kept us from our enemies and brought us through dangerous situations. For my wife and me it was Hurricane Andrew in 1992 when we spent the night in a closet, and then in 1996 when we were in Congo.

David had his experiences as well. He fought a bear and killed a lion with his bare hands (1 Samuel 17:34). He fought Goliath and killed him with a stone and a sling.

Such experiences inspired the psalmist to write, “The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (v. 1, NIV). In other words, the Lord is able to protect his own and keep us from hurt, harm, and danger.

Lord, we thank you that you are able to keep our heads exalted above our enemies. AMEN.

About the Author

(1935–2020) Melvin Dillard Sr., along with his wife, Vergie, were the first African American commissioned missionaries in the Covenant. Commissioned in 1996, they served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire) for six months until they had to be evacuated amid violence. People Melvin led to the Lord trained to become long-term pastors and leaders in the Congo Covenant Church. He wrote the following devotionals for the Home Altar in March 2007.

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