Bible Society of South Africa

Comfort from the Word – Day 5

Protection

Bible text(s)

Longing for God

1O God, you are my God,

and I long for you.

My whole being desires you;

like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,

my soul is thirsty for you.

2Let me see you in the sanctuary;

let me see how mighty and glorious you are.

3Your constant love is better than life itself,

and so I will praise you.

4I will give you thanks as long as I live;

I will raise my hands to you in prayer.

5My soul will feast and be satisfied,

and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.

6As I lie in bed, I remember you;

all night long I think of you,

7because you have always been my help.

In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

8I cling to you,

and your hand keeps me safe.

Psalms 63:1-8GNBOpen in Bible reader

God our Protector

1Whoever goes to the LORD for safety,

whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,

2can say to him,

“You are my defender and protector.

You are my God; in you I trust.”

3He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers

and from all deadly diseases.

4He will cover you with his wings;

you will be safe in his care;

his faithfulness will protect and defend you.

5You need not fear any dangers at night

or sudden attacks during the day

6or the plagues that strike in the dark

or the evils that kill in daylight.

Psalms 91:1-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

15When they call to me, I will answer them;

when they are in trouble, I will be with them.

I will rescue them and honour them.

Psalms 91:15GNBOpen in Bible reader

Longing for God's House

1How I love your Temple, LORD Almighty!

2How I want to be there!

I long to be in the LORD's Temple.

With my whole being I sing for joy

to the living God.

3Even the sparrows have built a nest,

and the swallows have their own home;

they keep their young near your altars,

LORD Almighty, my king and my God.

4How happy are those who live in your Temple,

always singing praise to you.

Psalms 84:1-4GNBOpen in Bible reader

11The LORD is our protector and glorious king,

blessing us with kindness and honour.

He does not refuse any good thing

to those who do what is right.

12LORD Almighty, how happy are those who trust in you!

Psalms 84:11-12GNBOpen in Bible reader

The LORD our Protector

1I look to the mountains;

where will my help come from?

2My help will come from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth.

3He will not let you fall;

your protector is always awake.

4The protector of Israel

never dozes or sleeps.

5The LORD will guard you;

he is by your side to protect you.

6The sun will not hurt you during the day,

nor the moon during the night.

7The LORD will protect you from all danger;

he will keep you safe.

8He will protect you as you come and go

now and for ever.

Psalms 121GNBOpen in Bible reader

A Song of Praise

1How good it is to give thanks to you, O LORD,

to sing in your honour, O Most High God,

2to proclaim your constant love every morning

and your faithfulness every night,

3with the music of stringed instruments

and with melody on the harp.

4Your mighty deeds, O LORD, make me glad;

because of what you have done, I sing for joy.

5How great are your actions, LORD!

How deep are your thoughts!

6This is something a fool cannot know;

a stupid person cannot understand:

7the wicked may grow like weeds,

those who do wrong may prosper;

yet they will be totally destroyed,

8because you, LORD, are supreme for ever.

9We know that your enemies will die,

and all the wicked will be defeated.

10You have made me as strong as a wild ox;

you have blessed me with happiness.

11I have seen the defeat of my enemies

and heard the cries of the wicked.

12The righteous will flourish like palm trees;

they will grow like the cedars of Lebanon.

13They are like trees planted in the house of the LORD,

that flourish in the Temple of our God,

14that still bear fruit in old age

and are always green and strong.

15This shows that the LORD is just,

that there is no wrong in my protector.

A King Thanks God for Victory

1Praise the LORD, my protector!

He trains me for battle

and prepares me for war.

2He is my protector and defender,

my shelter and saviour,

in whom I trust for safety.

He subdues the nations under me.

3LORD, what are mortals, that you notice them;

mere mortals, that you pay attention to them?

4They are like a puff of wind;

their days are like a passing shadow.

5O LORD, tear the sky apart and come down;

touch the mountains, and they will pour out smoke.

6Send flashes of lightning and scatter your enemies;

shoot your arrows and send them running.

7Reach down from above,

pull me out of the deep water, and rescue me;

save me from the power of foreigners,

8who never tell the truth

and lie even under oath.

9I will sing you a new song, O God;

I will play the harp and sing to you.

10You give victory to kings

and rescue your servant David.

11Save me from my cruel enemies;

rescue me from the power of foreigners,

who never tell the truth

and lie even under oath.

12May our sons in their youth

be like plants that grow up strong.

May our daughters be like stately pillars

which adorn the corners of a palace.

13May our barns be filled

with crops of every kind.

May the sheep in our fields

bear young by the tens of thousands.

14May our cattle reproduce plentifully

without miscarriage or loss.

May there be no cries of distress in our streets.

15Happy is the nation of whom this is true;

happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Psalms 144GNBOpen in Bible reader

5You are all round me on every side;

you protect me with your power.

6Your knowledge of me is too deep;

it is beyond my understanding.

7Where could I go to escape from you?

Where could I get away from your presence?

8If I went up to heaven, you would be there;

if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.

9If I flew away beyond the east

or lived in the farthest place in the west,

10you would be there to lead me,

you would be there to help me.

Psalms 139:5-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

When one is in distress and in need of the power and comfort of the Lord, one often feels rather helpless. These Scripture portions from the Psalms have been grouped together under headings to help you find verses of Scripture appropriate to your particular circumstances.

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