Need His Peace? Know His Presence. – Focus 28

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Little did I know when I started working on this post that Holy Spirit was directing me to it for my own benefit.  But, I will save that for the end.

Psalm 121:5 says, “The Lord is your KEEPER; The Lord is your shade at your right hand.”

The word KEEPER is Strong’s H8104 – shamar and it looks like this: Keeper

By definition it means:  The basic idea of the root is “to exercise great care over”. We’re told, “He who guards his lips guards (shāmar) his life” (Proverbs 13:3a). It is to be a watchman.  It also means to preserve, guard, hedge about with thorns.

Here is the breakdown of the letters from right to left:

Shin  300 = Victory of good over evil, Holy Spirit.  Means: Teeth, Fire, the Fire of God to consume all His enemies, Devour, Destroy, Something Sharp.

Mem 40= Trial, Testing, Tribulation.  Means Womb, Water from the womb, Cleansing water, flowing water that brings life, Mighty, Massive Chaos, Humility, taking the low place, hidden relationship with God, Cleansing water, flowing water that brings life.

Resh  200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience.  (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)

To have Yeshua as our Keeper means that He, as Head over all (1 Chronicles 29:11) consumes all of His enemies (which are also our enemies)  through trial, testing, tribulation, washing them away in massive chaos and bringing life back to us.

I’ve found this to be especially true when fear, anxiety, or depression tries to steal our sleep. When the issues of the day begin rolling in continual replay, growing with each rehearsal.

But, God’s Word says:  He who watches over (keeps) Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. Psalm 121:4

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained mePsalm 3:5

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

David also writes in Psalm 16:1 Preserve me (keep me), O God, for in You I put my trust.

Psalm 41:1-3 is full of blessings from our Keeper:

Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will sustain him on his sickbed.

And I love this one from Psalm 17:8-9Keep me as the apple (the pupil) of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.

No matter where we are or how threatening our circumstances may appear, the LORD is our Keeper and He is exercising His power against our enemies.

Isaiah 26:3 is another one of my favorites–You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Keep in this verse has a different root but it means the same thing–to preserve, guard, watch over.

As I said at the beginning, when I started this blog on Monday, I was puzzled at first. I really thought we’d progress on in Isaiah 53 that we started last week. But it was as if Holy Spirit erased the board and the only thing written on it was ‘Keeper.’

Little did I know that on Wednesday morning as I sat in front of my pc I would begin to experience symptoms of a stroke.  My entire right side began to go numb and I could barley lift my right arm or move my right leg.  Everything was very heavy.

I knew immediately what those symptoms indicated and after calling my husband, who had just left the house minutes before to run some errands and then called the paramedics, I forced myself to get on my feet and start walking and declaring the healing I already have as a believer in Yeshua.

“No,” I said, “we are not doing this. I am not partnering with these symptoms. I am healed by the blood of the Lamb of God.  By His stripes, I am healed. You must leave my body now.”

By the time the paramedics arrived, all the symptoms were gone and never returned.  But they took me to the hospital to be checked over.

The doctors ran all the necessary tests and determined I did not have a stroke and all appeared in good working order.  But, they insisted I stay overnight for observation.

As I lay in the hospital bed that night, fear and anxiety came in to threaten.  “What if they missed something?  Your parents and siblings had heart problems and you do too, they just haven’t pinpointed it yet.” Their lies sent me back to prophetic words spoken to me about my future, things that haven’t been fulfilled. And I began to war with my prophetic words.

“God’s word does not return void. What He said, He will do. I will live to walk in the fullness of His words to me.” I said out loud. Then I began rehearsing some of those words.

At that point, Holy Spirit reminded me of this blog and told me to find it on my phone. I opened my phone and started reading the scriptures about Him being my Keeper and the war ceased.  With tears of gratitude, I thanked Him and was able to sleep.

Spend some time this week thanking Him that He is your Keeper.  No matter what it looks like, He is doing warfare for you and is watching over and guarding you.

Shalom ♥

 

 

 

 

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