When it comes to protection, what we think of often depends on our age and, our situations. A seat belt for a new driver. A lock on the door or bike or car. A gun, knife or big stick will do for some. Another person can be protection for some. There is a sure place for protection in this world.
I have been reading Psalm 91 and protection and refuge are mentioned often.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
The Psalm gives us such reassurance that we need not fear for God is our refuge, fortress, protector and refuge.
“5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
Night time, day time, darkness and daylight. That pretty much covers the 24 hours of a day. “Thousands may fall at your side…” I am reminded of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in the Pacific Northwest. The image shows what the blast did to the forest surrounding the mountain. Thousand upon thousands of trees blown over like a sawdust from a work bench.
(View of a lifetime: Forest Service biologist witnessed eruption of Mount St. Helens, was one of the first non-emergency personnel to observe aftermath By SHERRY DEVLIN of the Missoulian)
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”