Encountering God Bible Study Chapter 9
Hey Sparkles! Happy Wednesday! For today’s Wednesday Wisdom post, I am writing from chapter nine of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms by Steve Pettit.
Encountering God Chapter 9: The Lord is my Helper and Keeper
The Lord is Our Helper
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth.”
The word for help in Hebrew is found in Genesis 2:18 and 20 as a description for the first woman, who was created to be the helper of the first man.
The Lord is our helper. He does not abandon His children. He promises to come and assist us as a helper through the difficulties of our journey.
The Lord is Our Keeper
The Hebrew word translated keep or preserve is used six times in these six verses to describe our God. It means He watches over us. It was used to describe a gardener tending his garden (Genesis 2:15), a shepherd watching over his flock (Genesis 30:31), and a man watching over a house (Ecclesiastes 12:3) It conveys the idea of caring for and guarding something, like a soccer goalie who guards his goal against the opposing team. God is our keeper in three ways as we journey through life.
He Keeps Us from Falling Under the Heavy Weight of the Journey
“He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.”
Regardless of how heavy our burdens, we can roll them onto the Lord.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
He Cares for Us Constantly
“He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
He Protects Us from Imminent Danger
“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to buy a copy of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms on Amazon here. Also, go back and read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!