PSALMS 103:20: “Praise the LORD, all his angels, you mighty beings who carry out his orders and are ready to obey his spoken orders. Praise the LORD, all his armies, his servants who carry out his will.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: What do you see as you begin each day? Most of us stumble through a set morning routine. This may even include a time of devotion in God’s Word and prayer. Yet, what do we see in the midst of all of this? Do we see into the invisible realm of God’s provision and protection for our lives, or do we simply see the difficulties and the problems that we face each day? If our spiritual eyes are opened we would realize that we are surrounded by God’s angelic hosts and his heavenly army. We are never alone!
There is a wonderful illustration of this in II Kings. 6. The King of Syria was troubled that Israel kept defeating him in battle. It seemed that there was a spy in their midst that would tell Israel their battle plans, even before they implemented them. The King was informed that it was not a spy, but Elisha the prophet. So the King sent a large army to Dothan and surrounded it to capture Elisha. Elisha’s young servant ran to him frantically asking – “Master, what should we do?” And this was Elisha’s response,
- “Elisha answered, “Don’t be afraid. We have more forces on our side than they have on theirs.” Then Elisha prayed, “LORD, please open his eyes so that he may see.” The LORD opened the servant’s eyes and let him see. The mountain around Elisha was full of fiery horses and chariots.”. (2 Kings 6:16-17 GW)
Elisha told his young servant – “We have more forces on our side than they have on theirs.” This is true for all of us. God’s angelic hosts are under His deployment for His service. And the writer of Hebrews tells us what their service is.
- “What are all the angels? They are spirits sent to serve those who are going to receive salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14 GW)
How many times, unaware, are we protected by these angelic hosts? I believe it is much more than we can think or imagine. Even the donkey that Balaam rode was protected by an angel! This truth should give us comfort and assurance. The hosts of heaven’s armies are deployed for the benefit and protection of those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
Yet, even though this is true, we must never cross over to the error of beginning to call upon angels or to worship or venerate them above their calling. They are God’s servants, doing His bidding – not ours! We are only to call upon the name of the Lord, and our worship is only to be directed toward Him!
- “Then the angel said to me, “Write this: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the lamb’s wedding banquet.’” He also told me, “These are the true words of God.” I bowed at his feet to worship him. But he told me, “Don’t do that! I am your coworker and a coworker of the Christians who hold on to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy!” (Revelation 19:9-10 GW)
Lord, open my spiritual eyes today to see that You have surrounded me with the hosts of heaven’s armies. Give me faith to walk in the assurance that I have more forces on my side than all the power of the enemy. Thank You for Your faithfulness and daily care and protection. May I walk in this assurance, and may all my worship and praise be directed only to You!
In Jesus Name!