“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the whole world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them.” Psalm 31:19-20
If I had space and time, I’d write out the entire chapter. It’s a cry of desperation, for help and protection. And the most incredible part? He doesn’t just promise to protect. He promises to lavish goodness — on those whom he protects. We don’t need to beg Him for His protection, or for good things. He’s already decided to hide us in the shelter of His presence. His protection is almost like an afterthought; because it’s already in His plan.
It’s who He is.
And those he protects, He chooses to bless. LAVISHLY. This means to give in great amounts without limit. What a beautiful thought.
To know that when we are feeling so vulnerable – so exposed, unsafe, maybe even forgotten – crying out for His protection; not only will be be protected, but He will bless us without limits.
He has goodness stored up for you. Almost like Christmas. Sort of a cheesy thought, but we know that feeling – of having the perfect thing for someone you love so much. He just can’t wait because He has the most perfect gift waiting for us. And we get so caught up in our own chaos and trying to plan our own way, that we often miss it. We scramble and plead with him to keep us safe; physically, mentally, emotionally. And He’s telling us He’s already done that, and is ready to do more.
I hear you. I see you. You are so desperately seeking my presence and the protection that I offer you. Daughter of mine, this is not something I am wanting to withhold from you. These beautiful gifts are past, present, and future tense. I have protected, I am protecting you now, and I promise to always surround you. You don’t need to plead with me for it. You need to allow me in to these places. I am literally bursting with love and excitement to LAVISHLY shower you with the good things I have for you.
But you must choose me. Choose my gifts of goodness over the worlds’ ideas. Even by choosing the idea that you must always be anxious or feel unsafe in this world, you’re saying no to the promises of my presence and protection.
Choose me. Let me in. It will be a joy for us both – for me to give you the most perfect gifts I’ve had waiting for you. I just can’t wait to see your face when you see it.