“You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5
I remember loving when my parents would tuck me in at night. They would come in, read me a story, pray, give me kiss and pull the covers up around me. I know it was only a gesture, but I felt safe, secure and loved.
This wasn’t thrown aside when I grew; it just changed vehicles, as I am the parent tucking in my own children. Today, I am able to see the same thing with my kids. It offers them a sense of peace and protection that drives away the fears that creep in as the night draws close.
Dear friend, do not worry that your chance for this peace and protection vanished with age. You see, you and I have this same kind of protection from our Heavenly Father. He promises us in Psalm 139:5 to go before us and behind. God is granting us protection from all sides. It is like a wall around us. The Lord graciously surrounds those who trust in Him with His unfailing love (Psalm 32:10).
However, it does not stop there. It goes on to say in Psalm 139 that God lays His hand upon us. Think of it this way, if you have your hand on someone’s back or even holding his or her hand, you move then he or she does, right? Well, that’s what this portion of the verse means. God is beside us every step of the way. This should bring such peace and comfort to you today.
Just like a small child dressed in flannel pajamas sliding into bed awaiting the reassurance of safety and protection from her parents at bedtime, you can be certain that God – who never sleeps or slumbers – is watching over and protecting you. Put aside those doubts, fears and insecurities because your Heavenly Father loves you unconditionally.
Like Jesus when tempted in the desert, we need our security based solely on our identity in Christ – who God says we are.
He says we are:
- Forgiven (Romans 3:24)
- Accepted (1 Corinthians 1:2)
- Loved (Ephesians 1:4)
- Valued (Luke 12:7)
- Confident (Ephesians 3:12)
This is just scratching the surface of what God says and feels about you, His treasured creation. Nothing can keep you from the depths of God’s love.
I know it is easy to fall victim to the lies and negative chatter in your head, but you must pause and evaluate what is true and what is a lie. If this is difficult to grasp to begin with I encourage you to write out these pieces of your true identity in Christ and carry them with you on note cards or put on post-it notes on your mirror or computer. Keep those visual reminders until your true identity is so engrained in you that it is shining out to those around you.
So, dear friend, lay down those burdens and worries, God will take care of it all. No matter what the enemy may tell you, never doubt God’s love and protection for you.