Surrounded – Deuteronomy 33:12

“The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12

This is such a beautiful picture of our reality as the beloved of the Most High God. When we are forgiven of our sin and reconciled through the sacrifice of Christ, our life changes forever. We no longer face the future alone. Everything that is unknown to us is known to our God who holds it all together, and He is walking with us each step of the way. We dwell in safety because He is within us and all around us. The High God surrounds us all day long. Not as a group of people, but as individuals, personally chosen and brought near to Him. He surrounds you all day, every day. So nothing can reach you without going through Him first, and all that He allows is purposed for your good and for His glory.

I love the line that God “dwells between his shoulders.” It shows how near He is. That He isn’t surrounding you from a distance. He isn’t distracted or too far away to really know what’s going on. He’s right here in the thick of it. Very aware of every movement, every circumstance and emotion you’re experiencing. “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 125:2). He surrounds you with strength, an immovable fortress.

You are safe here, with the God who knows the depths of your heart and each of your characteristics. Not a detail is missed by His eyes. All of those dark places you wish you could erase or hide from view, He has seen them all. And He has chosen to love you steadfastly and to be faithful to you. His desire is to redeem all of your darkness so that His glory shines in you all the more. Whatever you face today, whatever you have been through, know that He sees you and He is near. Abide in Christ, and rest in the assurance that you dwell in safety, surrounded by the Most High who dwells between your shoulders and whose Spirit resides in your heart.

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