Surrounded

upIf you look up, the Lord bends down to listen (Psalm 116:2 NLT). He stoops down to make you great (Psalm 18:35b NIV). He is the lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3b NIV) and He lays his hand upon you (Psalm 139:5 NIV). He hides you in the shadow of His wings (Psalm 17:8b NIV). He reaches down from on high and takes hold of you; He draws you out of deep waters (Psalm 18:16 NIV). He pulls you out of the pit of destruction (Psalm 40:2a NIV). 

downIf you look down, He sets your feet on a rock, and gives you a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2b NIV), He provides a broad path for your feet (Psalm 18:36 NIV) and He establishes all your steps (Psalm 37:23). He upholds you with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10b NIV).

behindIf you look back, the God of Israel is your rear guard (Isaiah 52:12b NIV). His goodness and mercy is surely following you all the days of your life (Psalm 23:6 NIV). He hems you in from behind (Psalm 139:5a NIV) and His glory guards your rear (Isaiah 58:8b NIV).

aheadIf you look ahead, the Lord Himself crosses over ahead of you (Deuteronomy 31:1b NIV). The Lord Himself goes before you (Deuteronomy 31:8a NIV). He is a sun and a shield (Psalm 84:11a NIV). He hems you in before you (Psalm 139:5 NIV) and His word is a lamp to your feet and a light on your path (Psalm 119:105 NIV).

circleIf you look around, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9b NIV), and there is nowhere you can flee from His presence (Psalm 13:7-12 NIV). He is a shield around you (Psalm 3:3a NIV), He protects all your bones (Psalm 34:20 NIV), He encircles you, cares for you, and He keeps you as the apple of his eye (Deuteronomy 32:10 ESV).

circleIf you look within, your life is hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3 NIV). It is no longer you who lives, but Christ who lives in you (Galatians 2:20 NIV). Christ in you is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27 NIV) and the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4b NIV).

rewindIf you look to your past, to your origins and beginnings, He is the rock from which you were cut, and the quarry from which you were hewn (Isaiah 51:1b NIV). He created you in His image (Genesis 1:27 NIV). He redeemed you, called you by name and declared “You are mine” (Isaiah 43:1 NIV). Before He formed in you in the womb, He knew and set you apart (Jeremiah 1:5a NIV). He is the author of your faith (Hebrews 12:2a NIV) and He began a good work in you (Philippians 1:6 NIV). He wrote all the days ordained for you before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16a NIV).

playIf you look in your present, He is your refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1 ESV), He is with you in the waters, through the rivers, through the fire (Isaiah 43:2 NIV). He is close when you are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18 NIV) and He is with you even in the darkest valley (Psalm 23:4 NIV). He has granted to you all you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3 NIV), and in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11 ESV).

fastforwardIf you look to your future, He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV). He is with you always, even till the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20 NIV). He is the perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2a NIV), and will bring to completion His good work in you (Philippians 1:6 NIV). The Lord will fulfill His purpose for you (Psalm 138:8 ESV). Even to your old age and grey hairs it is He who sustains you, and He will carry you and rescue you (Isaiah 46:4 NIV). He will will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV). He will guide you in His counsel, and afterward He will take you into glory (Psalm 73:24 NIV) where He has prepared a place for you (John 14:3 NIV), and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6 NIV).

The world may encourage you: “You’ve got this”.

But the truth is:

He’s got you.

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