“I Will Praise You In The Storm” Casting Crowns Tribute to the Troops.
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“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Today I want to dedicate my blog to the Men and Women who are in our military. I think back to when I was young and would listen to my dad tell me stories of his experience in Vietnam. I used to always take out his medals and just stare at them in amazement of what my dad accomplished in the Army, he would always tell me of my Grandfather how he served in WWII under the direction of General McArthur in the Philippines. All my uncles who served in the Armed Forces as well. Wanting to continue that same tradition when I was in high school I invited the recruiter to come pay me and my parents a visit cause I wanted to sign up. Needles to say my father was upset and did not want me to go. I look back at that and I now know because of his experience of being so close to death’s door he did not want that for his children. With that in mind I think of all of our Men and Women who are there now fighting for our freedom and are finding themselves there. I will never know how it feels, but I do know fear runs deep for our troops. Today I want all of you who are there standing in the front lines for freedom to know that I pray for you along with millions of others behind me praying for you. The verse today is a great Psalm for when we face disaster, harm, struggles, what ever it is that we face. It has been called the Warrior’s Psalm. God is our shelter and to him we can look to escape all that is in front of us. This is what David did, when he faced his enemies, and every time God delivered him. God can do the same for you today. If you find yourself here today know that God is with you in what ever you face, and that there is nothing bigger than him. Matthew 19:26b “with God all things are possible.”
Dedicated to My Cousin Emily Coronado, and Elizabeth and her Husband Elias, serving in the US Army for 16 Years, and their children. Love you and thank you for you Great Service!
Pray: Father God we thank you for the great provision you give to us daily, hourly, moment by moment. Father I lift up the things I’m going through they are tough and I can not face them alone I need you. Father God, we lift up all the men and women who are fighting for our freedom all over the world. Where they are let them know in some special way that you are there with them. All these things we pray in Jesus name, Amen.