Come and Behold!

Week Three Introduction  
 
Moving closer to our Lord can sometimes be overwhelming.  Satan will often fill us with silly thoughts such as:   Does God even care about me?  Can I really trust Him to provide and protect me?  The answer to both is YES!  
 
God loves and cares for us more than we can ever imagine!  God has always been with His children.  He has both protected and loved them since the beginning of time.  He continues to do the same for each of us today.  
 
In our focus verses for this week, the author reminds God’s children about some of the mighty things the Lord has done in the past to protect and care for His people.  
 
The early Israelites had witnessed God’s amazing power first-hand each time God stepped in to deliver them from enemy forces. We can read about these first-hand accounts in the book of Exodus.  
 
Moses documented these divine accounts.  Because of this, we are able know all about God’s incredible power and protection for His children from the very beginning of time.  
 
Even though we no longer have the need to escape enemy chariots, we still need God’s power and protection on a daily basis.  We live in a spiritual world.  We are in danger of experiencing Satan’s attacks on any given day.  The difference is, that unlike the Israelites’ past attacks from enemy armies and war chariots, many times we are unaware that powerful and dangerous attacks are still coming our way today!  
 
But God is aware!  He is always ready and willing to provide us needed protection.  It is so wonderful to realize that our God never changes!  He cared for His people in the past and He STILL cares for His people today!  
 
He truly desires to take care of us!  
 
And He deeply longs for us to draw NEAR to Him.  
 
Throughout this week, we will spend time remembering and reflecting upon everything we know about our Heavenly Father’s provisions and protection.  We will do this both by reflecting upon Biblical examples and by recalling examples from our own lives.  
 
Let’s get started! 

Focus Verse
 
Psalm 46: 7-11 (NKJV)  7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah  
 
Biblical History  
 
We do not know for sure who wrote this psalm, but we do know that is was meant to be sang by God’s children as a song of remembrance.  Whoever wrote this song (psalm) did so with the intention of bringing the Israelites peace during times of uncertainty.  Likewise, this psalm along with examples below, can be used to continue to bring each of us peace today.  
 
There are several examples in the Bible of God specifically protecting and providing for His people.  The Israelites were often reminded of these times through the psalms they would sing.

Here are just a few examples: God protected the Israelites from the Egyptians (14:13-31), he provided manna for them (16:4-5) and he gave them victory over the Amalekites (17:8-16).  
 
It is important to note that in verse 11 when the author states that the Lord of hosts is with us, the “us” is referring to literally us – all of God’s children This includes you and me!  
 
Thoughts from Leslie  
 
Our minds can sometimes play tricks on us.  Sadly, even when we know something is true, our thoughts can sometimes deceive us.  Because of this, it is vital for each of us to use our eyes and minds to SEEK the truth!  
 
As most of us know, seeing the truth is sometimes easier said than done. What makes seeing the truth most difficult is that we are often given a very limited view of a situation.  This is very true when it comes to seeing the truth about God.  
 
Because our views are limited, Satan will continuously try to feed us lies.  Satan will work to make us believe that God is not there for us.  The devil will tell us that we are wasting our time by trying to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father.  We must remember that Satan is a liar!  
 
It is up to us to both SEEK and SEE the truth!  We can do this by intentionally looking for God in our life.  Doing this will help us to see through the lies of Satan.  Each time we see God’s love and protection for us, let’s challenge ourselves to actually acknowledge and document it!  
 
Humans are known to have short term memories.  That is why it is imperative for us to actually recall and reflect upon God’s incredible goodness on a daily basis.  
 
Because it is sometimes hard for us to remember all of the details regarding God’s LOVE for us, it is important for us to take some needed time to stimulate our brains.  Music can help with this!  After we finish this lesson, let’s listen to some inspiring songs and reflect upon all of the ways that God has cared for us in the past.  
 
Why the need to add music to our times with Jesus?  Scientific studies have shown that people respond very strongly to music.  Some studies have shown that music can stimulate more parts of the brain than any other human activity.  
 
Music can have a very positive effect on our thoughts (if we choose the right music).  Early humans understood this.  I think that is why the book of Psalms is so very powerful!  Let’s learn from the author of this psalm.  
 
Let’s first behold the works of God (by remembering and listing all the ways the Lord has cared for us in the past).  Next, let’s be still and KNOW that He is God (by relaxing in His presence as we color and soak in His Love for us). Are we ready?    

Focus Words  
 
MONDAY
 
Psalm 46: 7-11 (NKJV)  7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah  
 
Lord of hosts – hosts: (noun); army :  a great number:  multitude  
 
Original word:  צבאה צבא
 -tsâbâ' tsebâ'âh  (tsaw-baw', tseb-aw-aw') 
 
Definition: that which goes forth, army, war, warfare, host (of organized army), host (of angels)  
 Connection to Us
 
Most countries required their citizens to pay taxes.  In exchange for a percentage of these taxes, military protection is provided for the citizens.  The purpose of this military protection is to keep the counties and its individuals safe in case there is ever a physical attack made by an enemy.  This is a good thing because our physical protection is very important!   
 
 
What is often overlooked is our need for spiritual protection.  We sometimes forget that we live in a spiritual world.  Because we live in a spiritual word, we need spiritual protection just as much as physical protection.  
 
Satan and his crew are relentlessly plotting and scheming in the hopes of personally destroying us.  Their goal is to attack us when we are unprotected and at our weakest.  Luckily for us, we don’t have be unprotected!  
 
If we are a child of God, we have our Heavenly Father and His host of angels ready to fight for us!  That is the reminder given in this week’s scripture.  Let’s read this verse again and actually visualize a host (a great number) of angels surrounding us.   
 
This is a POWERFUL image!  God loves us so incredibly much!  He deeply desires us to Draw in NEARER to Him.  He longs for us to rest under his powerful arms of protection!  
 

 
TUESDAY
 
Psalm 46: 7-11 (NKJV)  7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah  
 
Refuge: (noun)  shelter or protection from danger or distress, a place that provides shelter or protection   
 
Original Word: משׂגּב
 (miśgâb mis-gawb')  
 
Definition:  high place, refuge, secure height, retreat, stronghold
 
Connection to Us  
 
How many of us remember being scared as a child?  The first place we would run is to the loving embrace of our parent.  We would lift our arms up to our mom or dad in the hopes that they would pick us up and carry us away from the “perceived” danger.  As Christians, we can still have that parental protection.  
 
Our Heavenly Father is offering His loving embrace to each one of us today!  We are HIS children!  He is calling for us to reach our arms to Him!  He longs to HOLD and CARRY us away from the “real” and “ever present” danger that our current world holds.  Satan is grabbing at us!  Real Danger is HERE! Are we ready to jump into the protective arms of our Almighty Father?  

WEDNESDAY
 
Psalm 46: 7-11 (NKJV)  7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah  
 
Behold: (verb)  to look at (something): to see (something) 
 
Original Word:  ( חזה châzâh khaw-zaw) 
 
Definition: to gaze at; mentally to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure), specifically to have a vision of  


Connection to Us
 
Most of us have had issues in our lives which have caused us to feel uneasy and even a little nervous.  Those issues may have involved something worrisome such as a health scare, a financial burden, a family crisis, a romantic conflict, etc.  Whatever the issues were or are we have a choice to make.   
 
The choice involves which we will choose to empower.  Are we going to empower our issue or are we going to empower our God?   
 
At what (or WHO) are we going to “behold”?  If we choose to LOOK continuously at our problem, our problem will seem to GROW!  In the same way, if we intentionally LOOK at our Lord, our FAITH in our Heavenly Father will GROW!  It is up to us which we “feed”!  
 
We can choose to empower the issue we are having, or we can choose to empower our faith!  
 
Are we ready to turn our eyes away from our issue for a moment and BEHOLD God’s amazing power to protect and provide?  
 
Let’s spend some time today FEEDING our faith.  To do this, let’s go back and reflect upon all of the ways that God protected and provided for His children in the past.  Our God NEVER changes!  He has and will always take care of His flock!  Let’s review again the “Biblical History” section for this week’s devotion to be reminded of the short list of God’s protection shown in the past.  
 
God protected the Israelites from the Egyptians (Exodus 14:13-31), he provided manna for them (Exodus 16:4-5) and he gave them victory over the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16).  I challenge you to research some other Biblical examples and add them to that list this week.  The book of Exodus is a GREAT place to look :)  
 
 
THURSDAY
 
Psalm 46: 7-11 (NKJV)  7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah  
 
Works: (noun)  things that results from the use or fashioning of a particular material  
 
Original Word: ( מפעלה מפעל miph‛âl miph‛âlâh; mif-awl', mif-aw-law') 
 
Definition: works, things made  


 Connection to Us
 
As humans we are limited to what we can make or accomplish because our materials are limited.  Even talented artists are somewhat limited to the art they can create because of the numbered resources available to them.  
 
It is vital for us to understand that God does not have limited resources or materials!  Our Heavenly Father is WILLING and ABLE to create any WORK that we can ever hope for or imagine!  
 
I think sometimes we limit God with our restricted view of Him.  Very often we ask for assistance and even act upon a choice that is so much lower than the choice that God is wanting to WORK for us.  We do this just because we do not fully understand and trust in His abilities!  
 
We must remember that Our Heavenly Father created EVERYTHING!  He is not limited by resources, materials, time, or man power!  This fact is so much deeper than our earthly minds can even understand!  
 
Let’s ask God today to help us grow in our understanding and faith in His abilities and potential WORKS!  Let’s pray that our desires and “asks” do not limit God in any way.  Many times our minds do not even know WHAT to ask for; this is why it is imperative that we pray for God to do HIS will in our lives!  The biggest challenge after we pray is to wait.    Many times we are tempted to “HELP” God.  When we do this we are actually just getting in the way of His PERFECT PLAN for us!   
 
Let’s pray for FAITH and PATIENCE as we ask for and allow God to WORK in each one of our lives in HIS WAY this coming week :)  
 
Strategy for This Week: Drawing Nearer
 
For the first few minutes, let’s simply listen to our favorite worship songs and direct our thoughts to God.  
 
As our brains begin to remember examples of God’s LOVE in our lives, let’s actually write these examples down.  This list will be important for us to keep nearby.  These examples  can be a constant reminder to us of who God is!  
 
After you finish your list, sit quietly and color for the remainder of the time.  
 
Let’s thank God for loving us!

Coloring Sheet for this week: