1. Trusting in the Lord is your only sure refuge:

A. Safety & protection are of the Lord:

                Psa.127:1b             Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain

                Pro.21:31                The horse is prepared...but safety is of the Lord

B. The Lord is able to protect you:

                Exo.6:6,7 I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, & with great judgments

                Zeph.3:17               The Lord in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save

                Isa.59:1   The Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save

                Rom.4:21                What He [has] promised, He [is] able also to perform

                Eph.3:20 He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all...we ask

C. The Lord is your defence & protective shield:

                Deut.33:27a           The eternal God is thy refuge

                Psa.3:3    Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me

                Psa.5:12  With favour wilt Thou compass him as with a shield

                Psa.89:18a              For the Lord is our defence

                Psa.115:11              Trust in the Lord: He is their help & their shield

                Isa.33:16 He shall dwell on high: place of defence...the rocks (See also Psa.18:35; 107:41a.)

D. He is your tower & fortress, your high rock:

                2Sam.22:2,3            The Lord is my rock, & my fortress, & my deliverer

                Psa.9:9    The Lord will be a times of trouble

                Psa.61:3  Thou hast been a shelter for me, & a strong tower from the enemy

                Psa.62:6  He only is my rock & my salvation: He is my defence

                Psa.71:2-4              Be Thou my strong habitation...deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked

                Psa.91:2  He is my refuge & my fortress, in Him will I trust

                Pro.18:10                The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, & is safe

E. He is your protection in times of great danger:

                Isa.25:4   A refuge from the storm...when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall

                Nah.1:6,7                The Lord is...a strong hold in the day of trouble; & He knoweth them that trust in Him

                Zeph.2:3 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger

                (See also Psa.46:1-5)

F. The Lord is your hiding place:

                Psa.27:5a                In the time of trouble He shall hide me

                Psa.32:7  Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about

                Psa.119:114            Thou art my hiding place & shield: I hope in Thy Word

                Psa.143:9b             I flee unto Thee to hide me


2. God will protect you because He loves you:

A. The Lord delivers His saved children who trust Him:

                2Sam.8:6b              The Lord preserved David whithersoever he went

                Psa.37:28                The Lord forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved

                Psa.37:40                The Lord...shall deliver them from the wicked, & save them, because they trust in Him

                Psa.91:9,10             Because thou hast made the Lord...thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee

                2Tim.4:18               The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work

B. The Lord loves, favours & will protect you:

                Deut.33:12a           The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him

                2Sam.22:20b          He delivered me, because He delighted in me

                Job 1:10  Hast not Thou made an hedge about him (Job), & about his house, & all that he hath on every side

                Psa.17:8,9               Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings...from my deadly enemies

                Psa.41:11                By this I know that Thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me

                Psa.56:9  When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back...for God is with me

                Psa.91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, & ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee

                Psa.105:12-15        He reproved kings for their sakes; saying, Touch not Mine anointed, & do My prophets no harm

                Mat.10:29-31         [God even watches over sparrows, &] ye are of more value than many sparrows

                (See also Psa.4:3; 40:17; 125:2.)

C. He is always close by to protect you:

                Gen.28:15               I am with thee, & will keep thee in all places whither thou goest

                Deut.33:12b           The Lord shall cover him all the day long, & he shall dwell between His shoulders

                Deut.33:27             The eternal God is thy refuge, & underneath are the everlasting arms

                Psa.46:1  God is our refuge...a very present help in trouble

                Psa.109:31              He shall stand at [his] right save him

D. The Lord's guardian angels protect you:

                Psa.34:7  The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, & delivereth them

                Psa.91:11,12           He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways

                Isa.63:9   In affliction...angel of His presence saved them

                Dan.3:28 God...hath sent his angel, & delivered His servants that trusted in Him

                Dan.6:20,22            God hath sent His angel, & shut the lions' mouths

                (See also Exo.14:19,20; 23:20; 2Ki.6:15-18; 2Chr.32:20, 21 & 2Ki.19:35; Acts 5:19; 12:6-10.)

E. Rest in the Lord, trusting God to protect you:

                Exo.14:14                Lord shall fight for you, & ye shall hold your peace

                Exo.33:14                My presence shall go with thee, I will give thee rest

                Psa.112:7,8             He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed (steadfast), trusting in the Lord

                Psa.118:6,7             The Lord is on my side; what can man do unto me?

F. Thank the Lord for protecting you:

                Psa.5:11  Let them shout for joy, because Thou defendest them

                Psa.28:7  I am helped...with my song will I praise Him

                Psa.59:16,17           I will sing of Thy power...for Thou hast been my defence & refuge in the day of my trouble

                Psa.98:1  Sing unto the Lord...His right hand, & His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory


3. The Lord can protect you from:

A. The enemy's traps & snares:

                Psa.91:3  He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler

                Psa.124:6,7             Blessed be the Lord, Who hath not given us as a prey ...(we are) escaped as a bird out of the snare

                Psa.141:10              Let wicked fall into their own nets, whilst I escape

B. Disease & epidemics:

                Exo.15:26                I will put none of these diseases upon thee

                Deut.7:15               The Lord will take away from thee all...evil diseases... but will lay them upon all them that hate thee

                Psa.91:3  He shall deliver thee from...the (perilous) pestilence

                Psa.91:10                There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling

C. Injury:

                Psa.34:20                He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken

                Psa.91:11,12           Angels...bear thee up...lest thou dash thy foot

                Mk.16:18a              If they drink any deadly thing, shall not hurt them

D. Fire & burning:

                Psa.29:7  The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire

                Isa.43:2b                When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee

                Dan.3:25,27            These men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed

E. Drowning:

                Psa.107:23-30        [The Lord can save you from terrible storms at sea]

                Isa.43:2a When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee...they shall not overflow thee

                Mat.8:23-27           There arose a great tempest...He rebuked the winds & sea...was a great calm (See also Mat.14:23-32)

                Acts 27:14-44        Exceedingly tossed with a tempest...all hope taken away came to pass, they all escaped safe to land

                (See also Jon.1:4,11-17; 2:3,10; 1Pet.3:20; Gen.7:23.)

F. Death:

                Psa.41:2  The Lord will preserve him, & keep him alive

                Dan.6:27 He delivereth & rescueth, & He...hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions

G. Dangers while travelling:

                Gen.28:15               I will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, & will bring thee again into this land

                Exo.23:20                I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, & to bring thee into the place which I have prepared

                Deut.28:6               Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, & blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out

                Psa.105:13-15        When they went from one nation to another...He suffered no man to do them wrong

                Psa.121:8                The Lord shall preserve thy going out & thy coming in

                Psa.139:9,10           If I take the wings of the morning...Thy right hand shall hold me

                Pro.2:8    He keepeth...the way of His saints

                Jn.10:4    When He putteth forth His sheep, He goeth before them

                (See also Exo.33:14,15; Psa.37:23; Isa.55:12a; 63:9.)

H. Every kind of evil:

                Job 5:19-22            He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee

                Psa.46:1-3              God is our refuge...therefore will not we fear, though ...the mountains be carried into the...sea

                Psa.121:7                The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil

                Lk.10:19  I give you power...nothing shall by any means hurt you

                2Thes.3:3 The Lord is faithful, who shall...keep you from evil

                2Tim.4:18               The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work


4. Protection from your enemies:

A. The Lord will protect the obedient from their enemies:

                Exo.14:14                The Lord shall fight for you

                Exo.23:22                I will be an enemy unto thine enemies

                2Sam.22:49             Thou hast lifted me above them that rose up against me: Thou hast delivered me from the violent man

                2Ki.17:39                The Lord your God ye shall fear; & He shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies

                2Chr.32:8                With us is the Lord our fight our battles

                Psa.18:16,17           He delivered me from my strong enemy...for they were too strong for me

                Psa.35:1-6              Fight against them that fight against me...draw out the spear, & stop the way...let them be turned back

                Psa.41:2b               Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies

                Psa.97:10                He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked

                Psa.138:7                Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, & Thy right hand shall save me

                Jer.39:17 I will deliver thee...thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid

B. Even though they fight you, you will be safe:

                Deut.3:22               Ye shall not fear them...God shall fight for you

                Deut.20:1,3,4         When thou goest out to battle...the Lord...goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies

                Psa.3:6    I will not be afraid of 10,000's of people...against me

                Psa.21:8,11             They intended evil...which they are not able to perform

                Psa.37:32,33           The wicked...seeketh to slay (the righteous). The Lord will not leave him in his hand

                Psa.118:13              Thou hast thrust sore at me...but the Lord helped me

                Isa.54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper

                Jer.1:19   They shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail ...for I am with thee to deliver thee

                (See also Psa.2:1-5)

C. God can cause your enemies to fall & fail:

                2Chr.20:12-22        [Moab, Ammon & Edom attacked Judah, but the Lord

                con         founded them, & they were utterly destroyed]

                Job 5:12,13             He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise

                Isa.8:10   Take counsel together, & it shall come to shall not stand: for God is with us (See also Isa.7:7)

                Isa.41:11-13           They that strive with thee shall perish...they that war against thee shall be as nothing

                Isa.54:15 Whoever shall gather together against thee shall fall

                Isa.54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper

D. He can warn your enemies to not hurt you:

                Gen.31:22-24, 29    [God warned Laban in a dream to do no harm to Jacob]

                Mat.27:19               [Though Pilate gave Jesus up to be crucified, God was faithful to warn him through his wife]

                (See also Gen.12:14-20; 20:1-8.)

E. The Lord can protect you while judging your enemies:

                Gen.19:22-25          [Angel told Lot:] Escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither

                Exo.8:22 which My people dwell, no swarms of flies

                Exo.9:26  The land...where children of Israel hail

                Exo.11:7  Lord doth put a difference between Egyptians & Israel

                Josh.6:20-22          [The walls of Jericho fell down, except for the part where Rahab's house was] (See also Josh.2:12-15)

                Psa.78:43-53          [Hebrews delivered safely while Egyptians plagued]

                Psa.91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, & ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee


5. Special protection promised in the last days:

                Lk.21:17,18             Ye shall be hated of all nations...but there shall not an hair of your head perish

                Rev.7:3   Hurt not the earth...till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads

                Rev.9:3,4                [Locusts will] hurt...only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads

                Rev.11:3,5,6           If any man will [try to] hurt them (two witnesses), fire ...devoureth their enemies


6. Conditions for having God's protection:

A. Faith in God is essential:

                Psa.37:40                The Lord shall...deliver them from the wicked...because they trust in Him

                Dan.6:23 No manner of hurt was found upon him (Daniel), because he believed in his God

                1Pet.1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith

                (See also Psa.33:22)

B. You must pray in time of need:

                Gen.32:1-12            [Jacob's earnest prayer for protection from Esau & his 400 men] (See also vs.24-30)

                2Sam.22:4               I will call on Lord, so shall I be saved from enemies

                Psa.34:17                The righteous cry, & the Lord...delivereth them

                Psa.50:15                Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver

                (See also Psa.18:6; 59:1-3a.)

C. You must love & fear the Lord:

                2Chr.16:9a              [The Lord shows] Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him

                Psa.31:23                Love the Lord...for the Lord preserveth the faithful

                Psa.33:18,19           The eye of the Lord is upon them that fear deliver their soul from death

                Psa.34:7  Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, & delivereth them

                Psa.91:14,15           Because he hath set his love upon Me, I will deliver

                Psa.145:20              The Lord preserveth all them that love Him

                (See also Pro.16:7)

D. You must stay very close to the Lord:

                Psa.57:1b               In the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast

                Psa.91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty

E. You must be obedient & do good:

                Exo.23:22                If thou indeed obey His voice...[the Lord will protect]

                Psa.34:17                The righteous cry, & the Lord...delivereth them

                Psa.41:1,2               Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble

                Psa.81:13,14           Oh that My people had hearkened unto Me...I should have...turned My hand against their adversaries

                Pro.1:33  Whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely

                Dan.6:16 God Whom thou servest continually...will deliver thee

                1Pet.3:12                The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, & His ears are open unto their prayers

                (See also Psa.7:10; 1Pet.3:13.)

F. The importance of doing your part & obeying:

                Heb.11:7 Noah...prepared an ark to the saving of his house (See also Gen.6:12-14,22; 7:1,11,17-23.)

                Heb.11:31               The harlot Rahab perished not...when she [hid the spies & hung down the red cord] (See also Josh.2:4-21)

                Exo.12:21-23          [The Hebrews were required to paint blood on their doorpost so that the destroyer would pass over]

G. Don't be reckless, foolhardy or disobedient:

                1Ki.22:1-4,              [King warned not to go to battle; he went, disguised as a common soldier, & was killed by a stray arrow]


                2Chr.35:20-24        [King Josiah rashly went out to fight the Egyptians, who didn't want to battle with him, & he was killed]

                Pro.16:5  Though hand join in hand (join forces for strength), he (the proud in heart) shall not be unpunished

                Hos.8:3   Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him

                Mat.4:5-7               The devil...saith unto Him, Cast Thyself down...Jesus saith, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God

                Acts 19:29-31        [The disciples & Paul's friends advise him not to "adventure himself" into the bloodthirsty mob]

                Acts 21:17-30        [Paul went to Jerusalem despite God's warnings--See Acts 20:22,23; 21:4,10-14.]


7. Some examples of divine protection:

                Gen.19:15-17          [The angels of the Lord helped Lot & his family to escape the doomed city of Sodom]

                Gen.35:5 [God made Canaanites afraid to pursue His people]

                Gen.45:5-7              [Jacob's brothers sold him as a slave into Egypt, but God preserved him, & turned the situation to good]

                Exo.12:21-23          [The angel of the Lord smote the Egyptians, but passed over the Hebrews' houses]

                Exo.14:9,10             [The angel of the Lord & pillar of fire went between the Hebrews & the pursuing Egyptian army]


                Josh.3:10-17          [God held back the swollen, flooded Jordan river, so that millions of Hebrews could cross it safely]

                Josh.10:11-14        [The Lord sent hailstones to smite Joshua's enemies, as well as delaying the sun's setting for him]

                1Sa.17:34-39          [The Lord delivered David from a lion, a bear & Goliath]

                2Ki.6:24;[Syrians besieged Samaria, but] the Lord made (them)

                7:5b,6,7   to hear a noise of chariots...& they fled

                Dan.6:16-22           [The Lord protected Daniel in the lion's den]

                Jon.1:15,17;The Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah [It kept him from drowning, & took him to his destination]


                Mat.2:13-16           [The Lord warned Joseph in a dream to flee with Mary & baby Jesus into Egypt]


Special chapters:

                Psa.91     The "Protection Psalm"

                (See also Psa.121; 124.)



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