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Psalm 27:3–6 – Enemy Camp

It was dark. Why couldn’t he see? Why was everything so murky. And then the arrow – it was sharp – it looked evil – it was from the enemy. It was coming towards him – no it was flying at his daughter – he could do nothing as it shot towards his family – it was going to-

And then Jomas woke up. He was breathing heavily. He opened his eyes. He was lying on bedding on a canvas blank. He was in a … tent. And then, with relief, he remembered. He was in the camp of the King’s army.

They had run through enemy territory and the soldiers of the King had taken them in and given them food and a place to sleep.

He looked over and saw his two-month-old daughter sleeping in the arms of his wife. They both looked peaceful, safe in their rest. Rest provided by the King.

Jomas wondered, was there enemy nearby? Perhaps they were, just outside the camp walls. He felt that they were. Maybe, if he walked in the right direction, he would be in the enemy camp in just a few minutes.

Maybe they were close, but it didn’t matter. For he and his family was in the middle of a fortified army camp. And to get anywhere near his daughter, an enemy soldier would have to get through dozens, perhaps hundreds of the Kings guards.

He leaned over and opened the flap of the tent. In the torchlight, ten feet away, two soldiers stood guard. They looked alert and able, sharp and serious. As the young father stared, one of the guards looked his way, nodded and said, “Sir.”

Jomas nodded back, let the tent flap fall back in place and laid down again. Soon he, too, was sleeping, looking peaceful and at rest.

In the middle of the next morning, Jomas and his wife and daughter were sitting at table in the large pavilion where the army’s commander was housed.

“And now, young Jomas,” the commander was saying, “I would like to know how we can help you further.”

“Well, I do have a request.”

“Yes?”

“I know that you – you and all your soldiers serve and fight for the King. The Great King.”

“Yes, you are correct.”

“I would like to go to castle of this king and see his home. I would like to live there – me with my family. I would like to serve this King.”

The commander smiled.

“Yes, we can make that happen.”

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

The enemy might be nearby, but you are safe in the shelter God provides.

What does God protect you from?

Other passages to consider: Hebrews 11:13-14,16

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