Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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God Be With You

     Many of you may have heard the expression for God to, "be with this person or with that person," especially in prayers.  I know I've said it several times and have heard it several more.  I recently read a good article that spoke of this very concept and the meaning of it.  It raises the question, what does it mean and why is it important?

     Moses asked God in Exodus 3:12, "Who am I that I should go up to Pharaoh?"  God then replied, "I will certainly be with you."  We also read of David when he was going to face the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:37 when Saul told David, "Go, and the Lord be with you."  Another great example of this is death.  We know from the scriptures and past experiences that we are all mortal and will all one day suffer a physical death.  God tells us in Psalms 23:4, "Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me."

     As you can see through the many examples in the Bible, we as mere mortal men are capable of great feats and strengths if we know, and take solace in the fact that God can be with us.  But how do we know if he is with us?  God told Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11:38 after promising him the 12 tribes, "Then it shall be, if you heed all that I command you, walk in my ways, and do what is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as my servant David did, then I will be with you and build for you an enduring house."  

     Now it's important to remember that, even though this example is from the old law, the same is true for us today.  If we are willing to do what is right by him and keep his commandments, then we too will have the wonderful company of God as he goes with us.

                                                                                                            - Jordan Hopkins