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An Unexpected Blessing and Psalm 91

July 23, 2018 0 Comments

The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1 CSB

A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday morning with a couple friends (Marquis and Rob) doing a photo walk around the King Center and Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. Since I have had a few opportunities to pray for the homeless while out with my camera I decided to pack some bananas and water bottles to be a little more prepared should an opportunity present its self.

It only took about 5 minutes after we arrived at the King Center before we met Jimmy. He said we could take his picture and he was grateful for the banana and water bottle. As I usually do, I wanted to know his story. Turns out Jimmy is an Army Vet so I was grateful that Marquis was with me since he too is a Veteran. They both served in an artillery unit. Marquis gave him some great information on how he could use the local library computers to apply for his VA benefits and hopefully take the first steps to get off the streets. Jimmy seemed encouraged.

I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust: He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with his feathers; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. – Psalm 91:2-4 CSB

I then asked if I could pray for him. I was actually shocked when he told me no. However, he quickly followed up that he was going to pray for us. Jimmy proceeded to pray over us the entirety of Psalm 91. The entire Psalm, word for word, he never hesitated or missed a beat. Suddenly Marquis, Rob and I were the ones being blessed.

 Because you have made the Lord—my refuge, the Most High—your dwelling place, no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. For he will give his angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with 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 young lion and the serpent. Psalm 91:9-13 CSB

My camera has turned out to be great conversation starter. Turns out Jimmy was the only person we met that day that we could minister too but it is always great when the Holy Spirit moves and does something unexpected. We just have to make our selves available and be willing to be obedient.

Whenever I look at Jimmy’s photo I will be sure and pray for him. I hope you will too.

Because he has his heart set on me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows my name. – Psalm 91:14 CSB

You can read about my other similar experiences when I met Chip and Eric

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.