A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, July 15, 2014
“Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” – Psalm 121:4
As children of the Most High Father, we have the ultimate Watchtower in God. The Hebrew word for ‘keeps’ is shamar (pr. shaw-mar) which means “to hedge around, guard, protect, attend, preserve” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). While you are sleeping, God is attending to you by protecting and preserving you. This is something that should bring instant security and peace to your soul. This act of great care requires more than a portion of gratitude on our part.
Israel represents God’s people. It is the Hebrew name ‘Yisrael’ that God gave to Jacob after He wrestled with him (Genesis 32). Anyone who is a child of the Father is kept under His mighty hand of protection. We, as sons and daughters of the Most Holy God, are kept in all of our ways by the One who made us and loves us.
God our Keeper will neither slumber, which in the Hebrew is nuwm (pr. noom), meaning to grow drowsy; nor sleep, which is yahsen (pr. yaw-shane) to be slack. The definition of ‘slack’, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “not using due diligence or care of dispatch, negligence, slow, sluggish, lack of energy.” We don’t ever have to worry about God falling asleep or falling down on the job! Our Heavenly Father never gets tired of watching over His precious children. He never grows weary or old.
What are the last words you utter before you fall asleep, my brother? Who do you acknowledge after you fill the dog’s water bowl, tuck in the kids, and kiss your husband good night, my sister? Are you forgetting someone, family? Take a moment to say goodnight and to thank the One who watches over you and your loved ones. The One, who is still up and never slack concerning you. Your Vigilant Father, who remains awake long after you have drifted off to sleep.
Father, thank You for keeping watch over us. Thank You, Most Vigilant God, for keeping us safe and preserving us all night long while we enter into the sleep that You have provided for us. We take great comfort in knowing that, while we sleep, You never slumber nor sleep; but are always watchful and mindful of us. We love You Father and we just want to say thank You. In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to make acknowledging and thanking God the last words you utter before you drift off to sleep. Choose to thank God for keeping a careful and diligent watch over you. Choose to call down and usher in a sweet sleep from Heaven. Plead the Blood of Jesus over your mind, your thoughts, and your physical being before you call lights out. And continue to fight the good fight of being ever so grateful for that Someone who is always watching over you better than anyone else; for God, your Night Watchman, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.