“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” (Psalm 34:7 CSB)
What a great assurance! The angel of the Lord sets up camp around those who fear (respect, revere, worship) the Lord, and rescues them.
This very thought yields at least three effects. First, it creates a sense of safety. We can be at peace and rest within and know that everything is all right because of the Lord’s presence. Though raging events may surround us, knowing that the Lord’s “camp” is around us produces a sense of safety within.
This thought also yields a feeling of freedom. The confidence that comes from the truth and reality of God’s presence actually allows us to live free from the fear that can paralyze. That fear is supplanted by a sense of awe. The presence of a sovereign God vaporizes fear.
This thought further yields a harbinger of hope. God’s presence gives us the absolute assurance and certainty of our salvation. He rescues us. He saves us. The fact of His presence sends forth this harbinger to say that everything is going to be all right. He calls us to trust.
Lord, May we place our trust totally in You as we move through this day, knowing this truth that the angel of the Lord encamps around us. Amen.