NOVEMBER 17

 

He shall give his angels [messengers] a charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways—Psa. 91: 11.

 

That is, God will raise up some faithful pastors and teachers who will "watch for your souls as they that must give an account." True, there shall arise false teachers, perverting the Word of the Lord and seeking by cunning sophistries to subvert your souls; but if in simplicity of heart God's children require a "Thus saith the Lord" for every element of their faith, and carefully prove all things by the Word, they will be able to distinguish readily the true from the false. And having done so, the Apostle Paul (Heb. 13: 17) counsels us to have confidence. The Lord, our Shepherd, will care for the true sheep.

 

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God's angels, messengers, are varifold; some are animate, some are inanimate. His animate messengers are sometimes human, sometimes spiritual. Of both His animate and inanimate messengers it can be said that they have been charged with the ministry of protecting God's saints; particularly, however, does this apply to His animate angels. While God's spiritual angels have been given a providential oversight over God's people to protect them in ways other than those of the Spirit and the Word, His human angels have been given the special ministry of guarding them by the Spirit and Word in the paths of the Truth and its Spirit. This is the especial charge of the teachers in the Church, though all God's people are charged with the ministry of one another as they are able.

 

Parallel passages: Gen. 19: 16; 32: 1, 2; 1Kings 19: 5; 2Kings 6: 17; Psa. 34: 7; 68: 17; 63: 9; 103: 20, 21; Dan. 3: 28; 6: 22; Matt. 4: 11; 18: 10; Luke 1: 19; 2: 9-14; 22: 43; Acts 12: 7; 27: 23; Heb. 1: 14.

 

Questions: What experiences of the week show the Lord's care? How did they affect me?

 

HIS VEILED ANGELS GUARD THEE

 

"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear

Him, and delivereth them."—Psa. 34: 7. "He shall give

His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy

ways."—Psa. 91: 11. "Are they not all minist­

erring spirits sent forth to minister unto

them that shall be heirs of sal-

vation?"—Heb. 1: 14.

 

OFTEN when thou'rt faint and weary in the struggle and

the strife,

 And thy heart nigh sinks within thee, 'neath the strain

and stress of life:

When thou'rt tempted, tried and fearful, and thou

canst not see the way,

And each night looms black with shadows from thy

sorrows in the day;

I would ask thee still to trust Him, He who sees all

in the light,

For He guards thee by His angels, though they're

veiled from thy sight—

Yea, He guards thee by His angels, though they're

veiled from thy sight.

Oh, be watchful, oh, be sober, for the Adversary

tries

To allure us to destruction by his subtly fashioned

lies.

He would sift us, he would tempt us, he would claim

us for his prey,

And his legions ever watch us as we tread the Nar­

row Way:

But we know of his devices, and we trust Jehovah's

might,

For He guards us by His angels, though they're veiled

from our sight—

Yea, He guards us by His angels, though they're

veiled from our sight.

 

There is One who knows thy weakness, and thy

failings, and thy tears,

Thy burdens and thy sorrows, and thy tremblings and

thy fears;

And thy heart-cries always reach Him, and are

answered in His way,

Though thou canst not see His workings as they shape

thy path each day.

Sad disaster had o'erwhelmed thee, had He not put

forth His might,

Through His angels that surround thee, but are veiled

from thy sight—

Guardian angels that surround thee, but are veiled

from thy sight.

 

Ah, believe me, when the Day breaks, and we know

as we are known,

In the sunlight of the glory that surrounds our Father's

Throne,

 He will tell us how He led us: we shall see the path­

way clear,

The way we trod that led to God through failing,

fault and fear.

And we'll see those guardian angels who were veiled

from our sight,

We shall understand the workings of the Power put

forth in might:

Yea, and with those guardian angels who were veiled

from our sight,

We shall see our Savior, and our God, in Heaven's

Eternal Light.

 

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