Surround

Smiling manI have believed for many years that a wise leader will surround themselves with wise people. It could be argued that if a smart man surrounded himself with idiots, he would then become one. I do believe that our environment has influence upon us, maybe not to that extreme!

When I’m watching TV and the police surround the place where the perpetrator is, you know it’s just about over, unless he had an escape route planned via tunnel. At night when I set the alarm system of my home, I feel like I’m surrounded with some level of protection. I would probably feel a lot safer, if I had secret service level of protection. The Psalmist writes about the Lord’s protection. Check this out…

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people
    both now and for evermore. (Psalm 125:1-2 NIV)

I feel safe surrounded by the Lord.

I feel protected surrounded by the Lord.

I feel loved surrounded by the Lord.

The Lord’s surround protection works in two ways. He protects me from enemies coming in to attack and He prompts me when I’m stepping outside His protection.

I’m also part of Southern Hills Christian Church and I feel a level of protection from my fellow followers of the Lord. I find encouragement in these surroundings. I find inspiration from my brothers and sister in the Lord. I was also reminded of a passage in Hebrews. Check this out…

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)

I’m surrounded by the Presence of God.

I’m surrounded by the People of God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Surrounded

Black king and queen surrounded by white pieces on white background
I’ve been through what seemed impossible. I’ve been in situations where there seemed to be no way out…no escape hatch. I’m learning that the Lord can provide an escape route when I’m surrounded on every side. His Presence in me gives me confidence to find a way through the toughest trials and darkest days. I was reminded again this morning of The Rock that doesn’t move.  Check this out…

1Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

    which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

    so the Lord surrounds his people
 
   both now and forevermore.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,

    to those who are upright in heart. (Psalm 125:1-2;4 NIV)

 

Some of the trying circumstances that I’ve been through seemed like mountains at the time, but now I see them as bumps in the road. I want to grow in my trust in the Lord. I want to trust Him more each day. I want my confidence in Him to be rock solid and strong.

The more I know about Him, the more I trust Him.

The more I know of Him, the more I love Him.

He is consistent. He is faithful. He is worthy of my trust. He is worthy of my praise.

He is the Anchor that holds me in the biggest of storms.

My son, Matthew introduced me to this song just yesterday and it came to mind again this am. “The Rock Won’t Move” by Vertical Church

Pressing On!
Dwayne