The Angel of the Lord Encircles Me

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My prayer song ” The Angel of the Lord Encircles Me” was inspired by Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and delivers them.”

According to the Strong’s Bible Concordance, the “angel of the Lord” often referred to the “theophanic angel” ~ a divine visitation of God appearing in the form of an angel.

Many bible scholars believe that the theophanic angel was the pre-incarnate Christ.  The word means, “messenger of God, an angel, prophet, priest, or teacher.

The words “encamp about” mean to “dwell in, or all around as in a circuit, on every side.”

The words in the definition convey the idea that the angel  (the messenger from God who is a teacher, priest, and prophet) is building a strong fortress all around the person he is guarding.

If a person fears the Lord, (by fear, the Psalmist means, honors, is morally reverent, and afraid to dishonor or offend the Lord), and if they abide in God’s strong fortress with the angel, and if that Angel is the Lord Jesus Christ, then something truly wonderful is going to happen.

That Angel is going to deliver them.

According to the Strong’s Bible Concordance, the word deliver means: “to remove, to draw out, equip for war, rescue, be armed, to make strong, to brace, to be saved.”

What are we going to be delivered from?

  • Jesus is going to deliver us from whatever overwhelms, overcomes, or oppresses us.
  • Jesus is going to remove whatever hinders us from advancing toward fulfilling His purpose in our life.
  • First, Jesus saves our souls and forgives all our sins, washing them away as far as the east is from the west when we invite him into our heart to be our Lord and Savior.

“Therefore Jesus is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Hebrews 7:25

  • Jesus is going to heal us from whatever soul sickness that blinds us and keeps us from knowing and growing in Him.

“He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.” Psalm 107:20

  • Jesus is committed to equipping us for spiritual battle; God is on our side~ He wants us to succeed:

“God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.” Psalm 18:32-34

  • Jesus make us strong through helping us to read and understand His word, and giving us the grace and power to obey it:

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” ~Philippians 2:13

  • Jesus delivers us so that we can overcome temptation.

“And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

  • Jesus is going to give us victory over what had formerly overcome us:

“For this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

  • Finally, Jesus delivers us from our enemies when we put our trust in Him. He is committed to making us strong and whole.

“To them that have no might He increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Thy Son Jesus Christ to by my Protector and Guardian, Savior, Redeemer, and Friend, who ever guards me night and day through His Holy Spirit who lives inside my heart. May You help me to truly understand all of the wonderful things my Lord Jesus does for all who trust Him as their Savior and Lord, in Jesus holy name, amen. 

The Prayer Poem and Illustration are from “Paths of Love Illustrated Prayer Song Book: Prayer Songs Celebrating God’s Love” ©  2015 All Rights Reserved.

“The Angel of The Lord Encircles Me” is a comforting, inspirational 2 minute 45 second Video featuring my prayer poem and original piano solo, “The Angel of the Lord Encircles Me,” from my Album and Prayer Song Book, “Paths of Love.”

Video Produced, Directed & Narrated by SD Harden with additional videography by MC Harden © 2018 All Rights Reserved.

Original Piano Solo “The Angel of The Lord Encircles Me”featured in the video is on the album “Paths of Love: Songs for Worship and Meditation” © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Our God Is Coming

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Our God Is Coming!

 Soon our God is coming

Oh see the Holy One!

The Alpha and Omega,

Christ, God’s only Son.

 His glory covers the heavens

His praise fills all the earth

The stars all bow before Him

Who made the universe.

 Light shines all around Him,

He wears a robe of stars;

His hand is full of power~

Our everlasting God.

 He is the Lord Almighty

Who loves all that He made

He’s coming back for His redeemed;

For all the souls He saved.

 The Alpha and Omega

Who rides the Heavenlies

He’s coming back to claim His own

For all eternity.

 Prayer Poem Copyright © 2016 S. D. Harden All rights reserved.

Jesus said,  “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”  Matthew 24:42

 maranatha (1 Cor. 16:22)

Maranatha consists of two Aramean words, Maran’athah, meaning, “our Lord comes,” or is “coming.” Maranatha was a greeting often used by believers in the early Church who eagerly watched for and awaited the return of their Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord admonishes His disciples to watch and wait for His return in many of His parables and sayings. We are to always abide in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be ever watching for His return. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:1-3,

“ If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (ESV)

Jesus said to His disciples that wherever are treasure is there are hearts would be also. (Matthew 6:21)

If Jesus is our treasure, then our eyes and our hearts will be on Him and we will be abiding in Him regularly. (John 15:4)

 PRAYER

Heavenly Abba Father, please draw our hearts ever closer to You and to our Savior Jesus. Help us to abide always in Thy word, and fill us more and more with Thy Holy Spirit. May we always be ready and watching for the day when Thy Son returns, for no one but You, Abba Father, knows that day, nor the hour. In Jesus’ holy name, thank You, Lord, we love You, amen.

  “Our God Is Coming” (Prayer Poem ) © 2016 SD Harden All Rights Reserved.  Scripture Illustration ~SD Harden/ Scripture Reference © ERV Bible Translation / Angel Song © 2016 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. All Glory To God!

God’s Faithfulness

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God’s Faithfulness 

Psalm 36:5-7 (ERV)

“Lord, your faithful love reaches to the sky. Your faithfulness is as high as the clouds.Your goodness is higher than the highest mountains. Your fairness is deeper than the deepest ocean. Lord, you protect people and animals. Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Thy faithfulness and mercy. Thy word promises that Thy mercies toward us are renewed each morning. Martin Luther wrote in his famous hymn, “And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God has willed His truth to triumph through us.” Lord, Thy Truth~ Thy very own Holy Spirit within us will never leave us nor forsake us throughout our sojourn on this earth. Lord Jesus, thank You for Thy holy Presence within us, Thy strength and Thy grace to see us through every trial. No matter what furnace we may find ourselves thrown into, You will be in it with us protecting us from the flames. Lord, You have promised in Isaiah that though we walk through the fires the flames shall not harm us. And You keep every promise forever. Thank You, precious Creator. Help us to keep focusing on You, Lord Jesus Christ and not on the evil all around us. Help us to cling to Thy words, “In this world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Please Bless each soul reading this prayer with renewed faith and hope today and rivers of peace and comfort. Scatter all their fears and anxieties to the four winds and draw them ever closer to Thy heart. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen & amen.

Savior of My Soul~A Prayer Song

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Savior of My Soul Prayer Song

© S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

 

O, I will trust the living God,

The Savior of my soul-

I may not understand His ways

But He is in control.

 

My path may be obscure

And in the darkness lie,

But I will hope in Jesus

Who holds me in His eye.

 

He will not forget me

For I have been engraved

Upon His holy hands;

For Him my soul is saved.

 

For Him I am redeemed,

For Him I am reserved;

For Him I am a trophy

Of His grace to be preserved.

 

And though I sit in darkness

With trees that will not bud,

I have a promise from the Lord

That spring will surely come.

 

Though winter struts along

Like it will never end;

It’s just a giant’s shadow~

The spring He soon will send.

 

God’s promises are sure

Though I must walk by faith;

Such wonder in believing;

Such hope it generates!

 

Oh I will trust the living God,

The Savior of my soul;

O Lord, you know the paths I take,

For You are in control.

 

Yes, You are in control;

You know what’s best for me;

You’ve set apart unto Your heart

Those who will but believe.

 

And you will keep your promises

To those who trust in You

Though they may not understand

The mysteries of Truth.

 

Though I sit in darkness

On a path I had not planned

I will trust I am engraved

Upon Your holy hand.

 

And You will keep Your promises,

For You are in control,

O You will not forget me,

O Savior of my soul.

Little Praying Girl © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.
Little Praying Girl © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the assurance that You are always in control of all things. Thy word says in Psalm 103:19, “The Lord has prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom rules over all,” and in Hebrews 1:3  that You “uphold all things by the word of Your power.”Romans 8:8 assures me that every detail of my life is being orchestrated by  You into something grand and beautiful and for my ultimate good because You care very much about each one of us. Psalm 138:8 promises that You will “fulfill Your plans for my life.” So I don’t need to worry about whether or not I am going to accomplish Your will for me. You will get me on the path I need to be on. And all I need to do is Trust You.

Lord, though this is often so hard to do, please help each of us to trust You when we cannot see past the bend in the road, when we cannot fathom Your purposes for us on the path You have chosen for us. Help us to trust You when nothing makes sense. Help us to keep our eyes on You anyway; to know that You are in control and that You cherish each of us beyond what we can imagine.

May the sense of Your abiding presence sustain every person praying this prayer. May they feel You with them as they never have before. May You renew their faith, fill them with new hope, and give them joy.

Thank You, dear Lord, I love You, In Jesus’ name. Amen.

*If you would like to listen to the Instrumental Music for my Prayer Song “Savior of My Soul” please follow the link to my Music Website where you will find the song at the top of the playlist in the music player at the bottom of the page.

http://www.peacefulprayersongs.com  “Savior of My Soul” is one of the first instrumental pieces of music the Lord gave me for the piano and on my music blog I have written a message about my recording entitled “Not Perfect.” 🙂  I pray the music and my message will bless and inspire you~God bless! love and blessings, Suzanne 🙂

 “Savior of My Soul” ~A Prayer Song © 2011 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. All Illustrations © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Angel Song © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

The Measureless Love of God

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The Measureless Love of God

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”~John 14:27

Jesus Christ taught that God is our loving Heavenly Father.
He said that God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that all who would believe in His death on the cross for their sins and subsequent resurrection, would never die, but could enjoy fellowship with God now on earth and also forever in eternal paradise. (See John 3:16)

Jesus taught that those who believe in Him as their Savior would be forgiven all their sins, reborn from above and adopted into God’s family as His own precious children.
He said that His children could ask His Heavenly Father for anything in His name and it would be done for them!

“Jesus said,”If you live in Me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. I will do anything you ask the Father in My name so that the Father will be given glory because of the Son.” ~John 14:13-14
…If you ask Me to do something, I will do it.” ~John 15:7

Jesus said that our Father knows our needs even before we ask Him!
He taught that God is such a God of love that He even cares when a common sparrow falls to the ground and dies.
God measures the dust of the earth, the Bible tells us, and He cherishes each of us so much that He counts the very hairs on our head.

St. Paul wrote, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” ~Romans 8:31-32

Jesus said we must ask God for what we need even though He already knows our needs.
In Luke 18:1, He tells His disciples, “People ought to always pray and to never give up.”

Sometimes God may seem so silent as if He is not listening to our prayers. But He hears them all. The Psalmist envisioned our compassionate Creator
collecting our tears and putting them into a special bottle marked with our name.

Psalm 56:8 “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?”

God will answer our prayers in His own way and time.
The prophet Habakkuk wrote, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end fulfillment; it will not deceive or disappoint.
Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.”~ Habakkuk 2:3-4

Our God asks us to walk with Him day by day with eyes of faith, trusting Him and believing His word even though we cannot see or feel Him.
The author of the book of Hebrews wrote, “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 1:6 “Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him.”

“Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him,
but the rigidly just and the uncompromisingly righteous man shall live
by his faith and in his faithfulness.”~Habakkuk 2:3-4

Our God is a merciful, compassionate Father. If He allows us to be thrown
into the fiery furnace of affliction to refine our faith, He will jump into that fire
alongside of us just as He did for the Hebrew captives in Babylon so long ago.
(See Daniel 3:24-25)

When my children were little, God gave me a beautiful poem to comfort and encourage me. I recently made it into a prayer song, now available on my album, “God’s Rainbow Promise.” May this prayer song comfort and encourage you wherever you are on your journey.

Yahweh’s Promise
© Copyright 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

I love you, My child
And I’ll never forsake you,
You’re one of My own.
I will always be with you;
Your hand will I hold,
For in your heart My word is sown.

Don’t be afraid of the darkening night;
The times, they are evil
And you will have to fight.
But the good and upright and the just will prevail;
With My word as your sword you can never fail.

Walk on in faith and don’t ever look back
To the road you have already trodden.
The way is before you and the past is gone—
Walk on in faith though the way seems long;
Walk on in faith though the way is long.

I love you, My child, and My peace is yours.
I will never forsake you—not one of My own!
Though all around you the storms are severe,
Remember in faith I am always near,
To uphold and support you, no matter where,
In failure, in victory, in doubt, in despair;
In laughter, in weeping, in danger, in fear…
My promise forever: I am always here…

I am always here, I am always here,
My promise forever, I am always here.

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your only Son to suffer and die for our sins so that we might be forgiven and become Your very own children through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Give us Thy grace to comprehend Your measureless love for us and to never take Your beautiful Gift, the Gift of Your precious Son Jesus Christ for granted. Thank You, Lord. I love You.
In Jesus Name. Amen.

You can listen to a sample track of my prayer song, “Yahweh’s Promise” on cdbaby.com
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*All of the profits from my music recordings are being donated to ministries for the homeless and ministries serving victims of abuse.
Thank you for your support not only of my music, but of those who work so tirelessly to bring God’s love and compassion to the poor, homeless, and victimized in our society.
God Bless You always!

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My Prayer For You

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MY PRAYER FOR YOU

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, please Bless Your children today with everything they are seeking from You.
Fill them with peace from the rivers of Heaven.

Give them hope and faith to withstand every discouragement, challenging setback, and trial.

May they feel Your loving arms surrounding and supporting them everywhere they go.

May they know that You CHERISH them and will NEVER leave or forsake them.

In Jesus name. Thank You Lord. I love You. Amen. ❤️

Psalm 103:13-17
“The Lord is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children.
He knows all about us. He knows we are made from dust.
He knows our lives are short, that they are like grass.
He knows we are like a little wildflower that grows so quickly, but when the hot wind blows, it dies.
Soon, you cannot even see where the flower was.
But the Lord has always loved His followers, and He will continue to love them forever and ever!”

For My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts

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MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS

First of all, let me just say that I’ve done many wonderful things with my IPad since my husband gave it to me last Christmas; created prayer songs, composed music, created innumerable paintings and cards. But the other day my iPad and I got into an argument– of all things!!!!
For the life of me I don’t know how it happened. They make these devices too human for our own good.

For my readers who don’t know, an IPad is a mobile tablet device made by Apple. They have this application on the device known as Siri – Wikipedia defines Siri as “an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator.” Apple claims that the software “adapts to the users individual preferences over time and personalizes results.”
Well, I don’t think this could be true based on what happened with me the other day with Siri.

First of all I had a migraine. I should’ve known better than to talk to Siri with a migraine. But who could have known she would have reacted like she did it?
I said, “Siri, help me find a new keyboard.”

“Okay” says Siri. “Let me see. Here’s what I found.”
She brings up some geeky computer keyboard with a thousand things I don’t want.

“No Siri! I want a professional musical keyboard like Yamaha makes!”
Then Siri informs me, “You make me blush!”

“WHAT DID I SAY TO MAKE THE THING BLUSH?”

The transcript of our conversation records that I have called her a #%€£# and now she has brought up myriad websites on “Why I Hate Siri.”

!!!!!!! NO SIRI! I DID NOT SAY THAT!! I mean – you misunderstood me!!!

What am I doing? I thought to myself. I’m arguing with my iPad! —Defending myself…This thing isn’t a person!
It falsely accused me – it said I called it a word I would never have said! Alas.
How did it think I called it that word when all I said was……

My migraine grew worse.
Later, when I told my daughter about what had happened, she pointed out that her husband “uses Siri all the time and he never has a problem with it.”

!!!!

I felt grossly misunderstood and mentally inferior to my mobile device…until I remembered all those “I Hate Siri” websites that Siri herself had so graciously directed me to.
I took great comfort in knowing that I must not be the only one who had issues with this “intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator.”

Anyway Siri is not the only one who has ever misunderstood me.
I have said things to people, and they have either misheard me entirely, or totally misunderstood what I have said. Just like Siri.
It is uncanny how this can happen to people who are not the least bit deaf.
I’ve been guilty of this myself.

Therapists tell us that this happens because each of us have something inside of our hearts called filters. We listen to what others say through filters so that sometimes what we hear gets distorted by things we’ve experienced in the past, our feelings at the moment, how we feel towards the person speaking to us, how well we are listening, how we feel about ourselves, or any number of things.

The only person who listens to us without any distortion, without any
filters is Jesus Christ.
When we pray to Jesus, He understands us completely.
He knows exactly what we mean by every word, every thought. He does not ever condemn or accuse us.
If we ever have condemning or accusing thoughts, the Bible teaches that these thoughts are coming from Satan who the bible calls “the accuser of the brethren.”
“Satan…brings charges against them before our God day and night.”(Revelation 12:10)

St. John goes on in the same verse to tell us how to defeat Satan’s lies and poisonous accusations:
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”
We rebuke Satan’s lies by pleading the blood of Jesus over our thoughts and by speaking the word of God’s Truth.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. We become living epistles of God’s Truth by learning the Bible and obeying it. Knowing God’s truth overcomes the enemy’s lies.

God wants us to have positive thoughts about ourselves and others.
Jesus said, “God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.” John 3:17

The Bible teaches us to think on “Whatever is true…noble..right…pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent, or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

God wants us to be like Himself. God is holy, He wants our thoughts to be holy.
Satanic thoughts are condemning, accusing, and negative. They are worry thoughts, fear thoughts, rebellious and disobedient to God’s revealed will and nature.

God thoughts are positive, encouraging, peaceful, and good. They will never contradict His Word.
Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord.</

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8

What does God’s love look like?

God’s Love looks like Jesus, the eternal Son of God, hanging on the cross of Calvary, bloodied, beaten beyond recognition, wearing a piercing crown of thorns, suffering for sins He never committed, bearing my shame, my sicknesses, and all my sorrows. He bore the wrath of God I deserved for my sins so that I could be forgiven, so that He could wash my sins away forever with his spotless blood. He wanted to wrap me in a robe of His own righteousness that I never earned. He did this so that I could enjoy eternal fellowship with Him in Heaven.
It was all a free gift of His incredible love.

God loves you and me.
God does not condemn you or me.
Our God is purest Light and purest Love.

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Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us. You know every word before we speak it and are acquainted with all our thoughts. Help us to run to You with every need in prayer, knowing that You will always understand us perfectly and fill our hearts with Your Love, Acceptance, and Peace. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for our sins so that we could live with You forever! We love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

*For the record, I do NOT hate Siri, especially since I have now discovered that I can EDIT what she thinks I say to her with the keyboard!! Oh PRAISE JESUS! But in my frustration I downloaded Google Search and so far there have been no disagreements or misunderstandings. 🙂

For My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts, © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.