They Swarmed Around Me Like Bees

I read from Psalm 118 today.

One of the favorite quotes from this chapter in the Bible helps a Christian recall that God made each day and we should rejoice and be glad in it.  That’s an awesome verse.

Today I took special time to meditate on some of the other verses found in Psalm 118.

We are told in verses 18 & 19 that it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man &
it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

 There are many rulers of this earth but we know that none of those people can do the mighty things God has done for us. 

No ruler that ever has ruled can or ever will be able to shine brighter than the one true God of Israel.  

I come into total agreement with the Scriptures and declare that,  “IT IS BETTER TO TRUST IN THE LORD THAN TO PUT CONFIDENCE IN PRINCES.” 

It is rather easy for me to state that I firmly  believe that God is the only one we can fully trust at all times.  God is above all things. 

Psalm 118 Verse 6 gives us those precious words that tell us we don’t need to be afraid because the Lord is with us.  What can man do to us anyway?  Can a man separate you from God?  Will anyone or anything be able to take away your relationship with the Lord?  The only one that can separate you from God is you, if you choose to turn away from Him.  God’s people will continue to serve the Lord no matter what other people say or do.  God is with the believers. God is the one who helps his people so that they can look in triumph on their foes.  

Did you know that Ps. 118 also mentions things that make me think of war times? 

Verses 10-13 speak about nations surrounding the Psalmist and he tells of being surrounded on every side.  The NIV says, “They swarmed around me like bees, . . . ”  No one normally likes a swarm of bees surrounding them.  

Yet the Psalmist quickly lets it be known that the ones that were swarming around him died out quickly as if they were burning thorns.  He goes on to share those power filled words, “In the name of the Lord I cut them off.” 

Yes,  The Psalmist was surrounded by the enemy on every side.  He felt like bees were gathering around him and he felt as though he was about to fall but the Lord helped him.  

Before the writer of this Psalm declares the famous words about the day we can rejoice in he tells us why he gives God thanks. 

Just a few things he specifically noted as reasons to thank the Lord are being posted here:

 

  • The Lord helped me.
  • The Lord is my salvation.
  • The Lord delivered me from death.
  • The Lord is my strength.
  • The Lord is my song.
  • The Lord heard me.
  • The Lord has done marvelous things.
  • The Lord’s mercy endures forever.
  • In the name of the Lord the enemy is cut off.
  • The Lord Sets me free from moments of anguish.

No wonder we are told to “TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD.”  

Psalm 34:8 (KJV), 
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

I’m thankful the Lord led me to read this Psalm today.  There are times when I have felt as though a swarm of bees were around me.  I’ve had moments when the enemy seemed to be too close.  I can also give thanks to God because the Lord has helped me.  The Lord is my salvation.  He has saved me from death.  He is my strength, song, and he has heard me. The Lord has done marvelous things.

God’s mercy does endure forever.  I’ve repeated what the Psalmist said and it makes me glad to do this.  God’s Word strengthens me.

“The life giving power of the Word of the Lord sustains me.”  ~ Elizabeth Evans Wolfe 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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