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February 5

The hills stand about Jerusalem;
so does the Lord stand round about his people,
Psalm 125:2

This verse reminds me of the scene in 2 Kings where the city was threatened by a military enemy and everyone was very frightened. The prophet, I think it was Elisha, is calm because he can see God’s chariots of fire all around the city in the hills. Chariotswere the tanks of their day. This was God standing between God’s people and their enemy. Although militaristic in character, the unseen presence of God protecting the people with overwhelming force always thrills me. God’s power is more than I can comprehend.