DVO June 21, 2019

Title: With Me!

Scripture: Deut. 31:8 (NASB) – And the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.

On a favorite police drama television series, “The Closer,” whenever one of the detectives was in trouble, they’d be given a two-word command by its venerated deputy chief Brenda Lee Johnson: “WITH me!” she’d command, and they were to follow her—no questions asked—because they were, for reasons known only to her, on the proverbial “hot seat” due to some police work faux-pas (misstep) that, if not addressed, could mushroom into an embarrassing, scenario for the LAPD deputy chief herself, the department, or compromise their law enforcement mission altogether. The “With me” order on that show meant that trouble was brewing, heads were about to roll, and, well, you get the picture!

Not so with our Savior and Lord! He has a special penchant for the words ‘WITH you,” as it offers uniquely powerful hope and exhortation for the Christ-follower! His usage of those words is meant to inspire our hearts to greater trust in the One who is our Jehovah Mephalti, or the LORD my Deliverer. ‘So what?’ you may ask.

Throughout the Scriptures, it is clear that our Lord desires to impress upon us the significance of His being WITH us! When facing our enemies and the temptation to be in the least bit intimidated by them, He commands us, “…do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God….is WITH you.” (Deut. 20:1(b) Take heed to His ‘With you’ in Isaiah 43:2—“When you pass through the waters, I will be WITH you and through the rivers, they will NOT overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will NOT be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” If you need further written decrees of our God’s amazing faithfulness in being ‘WITH’ His own, seek out and perhaps memorize Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 91:15, Psalm 23:4, Deuteronomy 31:6-8, and Matthew 28:20, to name just a few.

Prayer: Blessed ABBA, as Your disciples were told by Jesus Your Son when He was preparing to be offered up on our behalf, “I am not alone because the Father is WITH me.” (NLT) We thank and praise You that as You were with Your only begotten Son, so, too, You are always WITH us; therefore, no matter the circumstances, we can walk in great assurance that You are WITH us, offering us Your perfect peace, consolation, and deliverance, according to Your perfect will. Amen!

(By Denise Diggs)