Today's psalm echoes from the battlefield — a resolute but moving prayer just before a king's army faces their foe. You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah - Psalm I once had a friend in high school who had a funny little way of talking about herself in the third person. What say you?
I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you. I first responded to the gospel at the age of 16 and began my walk with Jesus. As part of my newfound life, I attended the country church just across the road from my home. In that white clapboard building with the towering steeple, I soaked up all I could learn about the Bible each Sunday morning in Mrs. Pat's high school class.
PSALMS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. I'm thankful I'm not the author and finisher of my faith story. I would never have had the courage to write my story with the twists and turns it's taken.
I certainly wouldn't have picked the journey my family has been on. Have you ever seen something so beautiful, something so grand, it takes your breath away? Something so glorious that you are left thinking on that one thing for days to come. It leaves a residual mark on you, changing the way you see and think of other things. This is how God's glory leaves us.
To even try and begin to give His glory definition leaves me short for words. God's glory is beautiful. It is the essence of who He is in all His perfection and holiness. His glory is so much more than what our human mind could imagine or express. When you're drowning in circumstance and trouble, it's hard to believe that all the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness.
Some of the paths? One of the things I admire most about King David is his willingness to be transparent and vulnerable before the Lord. David wasn't perfect. Are you one of those people who reads the last chapter of a book first, so you know how the story ends? I am not. But today, I am going to do something uncharacteristic. One of my greatest joys as a Christian is attending prayer meetings.
I've discovered that as believers collectively cry out to God, each gathering progresses from a time of prayer to a time of dynamic and authentic worship. Have you ever been in a powerful storm? The kind where the windows rattle as the winds howl and the whole house shakes as the thunder roars? I have walked alongside friends — and perhaps you have too — as they've journeyed through cancer. I grew up in church hearing, professing and believing that God can always be found when we seek Him. Yet our key verse seems to say God can't always be found. Do you consider yourself a creative person?
If we were to put David, the most likely author of today's psalm, into a modern view, he would definitely be considered a "creative. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! I remember the first time I read our key verse in today's reading. We were meeting at my friend Donna's house for a Bible study, and she had the words of Psalm written across her kitchen wall in a lovely scripted font. Have you ever been so hurt by something or someone that it keeps you up at night, tossing and turning, asking God to fix it? Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. Years ago, our youth pastor was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Our church rallied together, hosting a night of prayer and worship, Skyping him and his wife from his hospital room so they could be part of the special event. Some would say, "It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. O my God, be not far from me! One of my fondest memories from college is when I starred in a musical. I smile just thinking about being center-stage, singing my solo. I like to think of the future with hope and expectation. Words like favor and promise tickle my thoughts in terms of my future. Are there any deep disappointments in your life that seem to be lingering on and on?
Do you feel like you've been praying the same prayers over and over with little to no change? I love looking at old photographs — whether they are yellowing Polaroids from my childhood or snapshots of my three kids smiling up at me from the pages of their partially-finished scrapbooks. Our year-old son recently went on a three-month backpacking trip.
Prayer Bible Verses
His plan was to visit 14 state and national parks, camping out in the wilderness … wait for it … alone! Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. I was sitting on the floor outside of my high school English class at one of the lowest times in my life when my teacher walked up and encouraged me. He saw something in me I couldn't see, and it completely changed my life.
Have you been living in obedience to God's Word but seem to experience mostly trial and struggle? Are you doing what God calls you to do, but your troubles only seem to multiply?
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My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. In the spring of , I spent hours in front of the television tuning into the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I was enthralled by the elegant fashion, regal ceremonial traditions and glorious music. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear … - Psalm Imagine a world where peace and security are the norm. Fear doesn't exist and tragedy is unheard of. Locking doors and using passcodes aren't necessary. In my family, we have a tradition of planting a tree after the passing of a loved one.
Seeing the tree reminds us of their life.
Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. Along the California coastline sits a castle on a hill. It once belonged to a wealthy newspaperman, but now daily tours are open to the public. The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
Trust him. No matter what is happening, we must continue to trust.
Just like the wedding vows we are so familiar with: for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Follow his lead.
When we are present with him we can count on him. We follow his lead through prayer, worship, Bible reading and fellowship with other followers. When we are following, he will do active work in our lives. Live in righteousness. This is where he leads us. We must follow. To honor and exalt his name. People see our lives and glorify God. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm Living fearlessly is powerful evidence that we trust God. Of course, we can only live fearlessly in the presence of something that inspires fear! Living fearlessly means we are extra sensitive to the rod and staff of the shepherd. He uses these tools to remind us of his presence, to correct us and keep us on a safe path. So they bring comfort. Now the image changes. When we have a good shepherd it means we enjoy special blessing in the face of opposition.
He desires to anoint you with the Holy Spirit.