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Psalm 34:7 and God's Protection

One of the bible's best verses about angels is Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and delivers them". Janet Sneiderman was a missionary who laboured more than 40 years in Northern Nigeria. She spent many of those years alone in the town of Gosha and was the only patriot missionary within 50 miles. Most of her ministry was conducted against the background of danger. On one occasion she was warned by Nigerian collegues to leave the mission station for a safer environments. Death threats were flying through the air like buzzards. Janet was a practitioner of scripture memory, and at the time, she was committing to memory, Psalm 34:7 "The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them". As she meditated on that verse she thought "Thank you Lord for your promise. Your protection is good enough for me so I am going to bed rather than to leave my station". That night four men came from town to kill Janet. As they neared the secluded compound, they could see a tall man dressed in white with a sword in his hand guarding the front door. They were surprised and afraid because they never saw a guard there before. They withdrew. The next day they spied out the compound and questioned local informants. No one knew that Janet hired a guard. That night the same four men returned on the same mission. Again they were stopped dead in their tracks by this opposing guard. The next day they casually dropped by to see Janet, pretending to be friendly to her, and in passing they ask her about the guard. "I do not have a guard" she replied. "But we saw a huge man the last two nights with a long sword in his hands". "Oh" said Janet, "He must be the angel of the Lord that God promised to send because I fear Him". The men glanced at each other and hastily took their exit, no one ever approached her house again. Psalm 34:7 is a verse you can memorize and claim too - "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and delivers them". When we are governed by His love, we are surrounded by His hosts.

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