The LORD is your keeper … The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.~Psalm 121:5, 8 NKJV
Years ago, God spoke into my heart, “I am your Keeper.” He then led me through some instruction, and within days of that prayer, I faced a severe trial that nearly extinguished my life.
God saw me through, and the cancer I faced left my body with only a biopsy to confirm its presence. I had no surgery, radiation, or chemo—only prayer and the biopsy—and the end result was a miracle only God could do. The Lord’s keeping hand stayed the evil plot the enemy waged against me.
I beat cancer, but it wasn’t a casual win; it was because I partnered with Jesus Christ and trusted in His Word. I knew I had no goodness within myself to bring about the miracle I was asking Him for—it needed to be all God, or it could not come about. It has been over twenty years that I have remained cancer free, without medical intervention save the biopsy to confirm cancer was present, and various tests to confirm cancer had spontaneously disappeared.
Recently, the Lord laid it on my heart to meditate again on His keeping power. Psalm 121, contains so many promises—God is the source of our help; He remains alert day and night, preserving us from every evil now and in the future; He provides His presence as the refuge from the trials that beset mankind.
But what was on my mind was the previous trial… Would there be another?
I decided to look up “keeper.” If I did face a trial I wanted be equipped, able to come into agreement with His Word. “Keeper” means a thorny hedge of protection. Although this can be a natural hedge, I envisioned my Beloved Jesus Christ wearing the crown of thorns as my hedge of protection.
Immediately, I did face a trial. The nature of it shocked me because the trial came through a friend’s actions. I needed God to intervene or else these actions were going to have a negative impact on the ministry I directed. I wanted to undo the wrong in the best way possible—without hurting this friend or permitting the ministry to be impacted—but how? I called a friend who had been a prayer partner for many years.
There will be trials—but these will only serve to remind us of Jesus’s keeping power.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
This is when God did the most amazing thing. At the precise moment I was reading “The LORD is your keeper (Psalm 121:5 NKJV),” tracing the verse with my finger, and while my friend was praying divine protection for me and the ministry, another friend sent via messenger, Psalm 121:1-2. I would not ordinarily have opened a message during prayer but I had a strong urge to do so, to discover it was the same psalm I was praying, and the same theme my friend was praying, which was protection. It was as if God was saying, “See, I am your keeper, and I am making sure you know that I am.”
Friend, what transpired above was no accident. It was the keeping power of God. The Lord is your keeper too. Jesus keeps us safe within His care. Satan cannot even reach the thorny hedge, let alone the crown of thorns our Savior wore, that He keeps us safe within. There will be trials—but these will only serve to remind us of Jesus’s keeping power.
Do you have ministry dreams? Pursue them. God intends for us to succeed, not because we have all the answers, but because He is the keeper of our souls. God uses our dependence upon Him, which is the essence of Psalm 121, to bring about His best, and that through us.
Will this take effort? You betcha it will! But it won’t take human strength. Instead, He is relying on us to lean in, and absorb every iota of His Word. Jesus calls this an easy yoke and a light burden (see Matthew 11:30). Trust Him to be your keeping strength, and your all-in-all.
Are you facing a trial? Lean into Jesus Christ, your keeper.
LORD Jesus, thank You, for being my keeper no matter the trial I face. Whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual, You keep me safe. I rest behind the thorny hedge, and within Your thorny crown. Usher me into Your presence, strengthen me through every Word You have written in the Bible, and through the rhema words You speak into my longing heart. Keep me humble, dependent, and grateful toYou, my Beloved King.
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She has been a member of Word Weavers since 2019.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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