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DAILY RENEWAL – ARE YOU BURDENED BY THE PLIGHT OF OTHERS?

DAILY RENEWAL – ARE YOU BURDENED BY THE PLIGHT OF OTHERS?

September 24th,  2018  || Scripture of the Day 

The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days, I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of Heaven. Then I said:

“LORD, the God of Heaven, the great and awesome God…

I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name…

LORD, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant…Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I was cupbearer to the king.     

Nehemiah 1:1-11.

As cupbearer to the king, Nehemiah was a very important official in the palace. He was responsible for tasting every drink offered to the king to ensure that it contained no poison. He had to be a trustworthy individual to occupy that position. One could well argue that given his position of prominence, Nehemiah did not necessarily have to be overly concerned about the plight of those who were left behind in his homeland of Jerusalem. After all, he was a highly placed official with not much to worry about. He was not a needy person.

But that was not the case with Nehemiah, his heart was moved with compassion when he heard of the trouble and disgrace back home. He wept at the fact that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and its gates had been torn with fire. Nehemiah cried out to God to have mercy on His people. He acknowledged that Israel had acted wickedly by rejecting the laws and commandments of God. He reminded God of His promise to forgive and restore them if they turned back to him in repentance. Nehemiah fasted and prayed for God to give him favor before the king so that he could go back and help God’s people in Jerusalem.

Question: Are you burdened by the unfortunate plight of others? Are you burdened enough to cry to God on their behalf? Are you burdened enough to petition God and ask for the favor of being used by Him to make a tangible difference in those lives? Think about that.

Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge that there are many around me whose life situations are quite critical. Please use me to help make a difference in their situations. Let me be burdened by the many practical ways in which you can use me to touch their lives and circumstances. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – HONESTLY, WHAT CAN WE GIVE TO GOD

DAILY RENEWAL – HONESTLY, WHAT CAN WE GIVE TO GOD

September 23rd, 2018|| Scripture of the Day

Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen…But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.

However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands, As the prophet says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be?

Has not my hand made all these things?

Acts 7:44-50

As Stephen, one of the seven Deacons of the early Church, was about to be stoned for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus, he had the opportunity to address the religious leaders. He took them through their entire spiritual journey and reminded them of the magnificent temple King Solomon built for God. But then he reminded them that the Almighty God does not dwell in houses made by human hands. How could any earthly building contain the God who counts the whole heavenly realm as His throne and the entire earth with its seas and mountains and vast terrain as His footstool?

As I reflect over this passage, the only thought that runs through my mind is: Honestly – what can we give to God? God owns everything! His hands made everything! What can we as mortals ever give to God that truly befits Him as Lord of all? We can’t build a house big enough to serve as His dwelling place.

But there is one thing that is big enough to contain Him and that truly brings Him untold joy! It is our heart! Our heart is the only thing that God truly desires and it is the only thing that is big enough to contain Him. So the Scripture declares in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

So honestly – what can we give to God that can truly contain Him and please Him?

The only satisfying answer is: our hearts! Would you completely turn over your heart to Him today? It is the only thing that He truly desires from us.

Prayer: Lord, I give you my heart in its entirety. Have complete dominion over my heart and let it be your royal throne. Amen

 

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DAILY RENEWAL – OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD

DAILY RENEWAL – OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD

September 22nd, 2018  || Scripture of the Day

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?

Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.

He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this earth to nothing…

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:21-26

Our God is an awesome God. Our God is without equal. Our God is all powerful. Our God rules supreme over all of creation. The earth is but a tiny speck in the eyes of God. The people of the earth are like grasshoppers in the sight of God. The enormous heavens are like a camping tent for God. God has the final word on who is elevated to power in the world. He alone allows people to ascend to power; and He alone can bring people down from their thrones of power.

Our God is incomparable to anyone or anything. He knows every star in the universe. He keeps every star in place. He has a name for every star. But more importantly, God knows you and I by name and He loves us very deeply. He so loves us that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us and to reconcile us to Himself. That is even more awesome! The love of God is far too awesome to even contemplate! Truly, our God is an awesome God.

Would you take a moment to reflect over this? Take time to ponder over this awesome God and bow down to praise and worship Him!

Prayer: Awesome God, I give you praise. Help me not just to praise you with my lips but even more importantly with my entire life on a moment by moment basis. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – MAY YOU EXPERIENCE BOUNTIFUL GRACE

DAILY RENEWAL – MAY YOU EXPERIENCE BOUNTIFUL GRACE

September 21st,2018  || Scripture of the Day

Praise be to the LORD, the God of our ancestors, who has put it into the king’s heart to bring honor to the house of the LORD in Jerusalem in this way and who has extended His good favor to me before the king and all his advisers and all the king’s powerful officials. Because the hand of the LORD my God was with me, I took courage and gathered leaders from Israel to go up with me…

I assembled them at the canal that flows toward Ahava, and we camped there three days. When I checked among the people and the priests, I found no Levites there…

Because the gracious hand of our God was on us, they brought us Sherebiah, a capable man, from the descendants of Mahli son of Levi, the son of Israel, and Sherebiah’s sons and brothers, 18 in all…

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to Him, but His great anger is against all who forsake Him. So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He answered our prayer.”  

Ezra 7:27-8:23

Dreams, visions, goals and objectives are placed in our hearts by God to serve His purposes. God has an agenda to accomplish on earth and He uses humans to accomplish those things. Sometimes, He even uses non-believers like Cyrus and Darius to further His purposes. Regardless of the vessel He chooses, God always gives the grace, courage and strength needed for the task. Grace is indispensable in anything we do for God. We see this repeatedly as Ezra prepared to journey back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Grace simply refers to God’s unmerited favor that enables us to do things that would otherwise be impossible to accomplish.

Ezra was very cognizant of the role grace played in his assignment. God showed him grace before the king:  “Praise be to the LORD …who has extended His good favor to me before the king and all his advisers and all the king’s powerful officials;”

God showed him grace when he needed Levites to go with him to Jerusalem: “Because the gracious hand of our God was on us, they brought us Sherebiah a capable man from the descendants of Mahli son of Levi…”

God also showed him grace by protecting him and the Israelites on the journey: “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to Him…So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He answered our prayer.”

We are saved by grace and we continue to live and function by the grace of our kind, loving and merciful God. When the grace of God is upon our lives, we are made strong and rich in every way. When Paul asked Jesus to take away the thorn in his flesh, Jesus simply responded: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Grace is what opens doors for us and causes the seemingly impossible to become possible. Grace is what causes us to find favor before God and humans. Grace is what gives us strength in times of weakness and discouragement. Grace is what enables us to rise again when we buckle under pressure or fall flat on our faces because our situations are too overwhelming.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you (2 Cor. 13:14).

Prayer: Thank you Father, that your grace is sufficient for me and my strength will always be perfected by you in my times of weakness. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – HOLD ON; GOD IS ABOUT TO SURPRISE YOU!

DAILY RENEWAL – HOLD ON; GOD IS ABOUT TO SURPRISE YOU!

September 20th, 2018|| Scripture of the Day

“Now then, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and you other officials of that province, stay away from there. Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.

Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God:

Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop. Whatever is needed – young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and olive oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem – must be given to them daily without fail, so they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.

Furthermore, I decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime, their house is to be made a pile of rubble. May God who has made His Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.

I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.”  

Ezra 6:6-12.

It is certainly very frustrating when it seems as if God has been silent for far too long. It is particularly discouraging when we step out in obedience to a clear word from God and we run into what seems to be unsurmountable opposition and resistance. We naturally ask many questions of God: “Lord, why is this happening?; didn’t I hear from you?” ‘Why am I making no progress?” “Why is everything at a standstill?” “ Why am I encountering such vehement opposition?” “Why are you making me look so foolish before others; I thought I heard from you?” “Lord, I have done everything I can but there seems to be no breakthrough.” On and on the questions go. We wonder if God will ever vindicate us.

It is possible that the Israelites asked many such questions when they encountered all the hatred, resistance and treachery from the officials in the Trans-Euphrates when they tried to rebuild the temple of God. The Jews could not even rebuild the temple under king Cyrus who initially granted them the permission and resources to build! Their detractors bribed the king’s officials and used them to frustrate the Jews.

The enemies of the Jews tried to turn the new king, Darius, against the Jews but God showed Himself strong. The result was that Darius issued a decree which made available more resources to the Jews than they could ever have dreamt of. Darius also decreed that anyone who opposed the Jews was to be killed and his house completely destroyed! He warned the enemies of the Jews: “…Stay away from there. Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God.” God showed Himself strong. Our God is a Mighty Warrior!

The Bible makes it clear that no plan of God can be thwarted (Job 42:2) God’s plan for your life can be opposed but it can never be thwarted; if you place your full trust in Him. If you wait long enough for God, you will see His glory because in the end God always wins. Just when you think the battle is lost, God can surprise you with a rather unexpected turn of events. Are you waiting on God for help? Be strong and courageous! May your adversaries become your advocates and may God command them to shower you with resources for the assignment God has given you. May God surprise you!

Prayer: Lord, I am waiting patiently on you. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – EXPECT OPPOSITION; BUT EXPECT DIVINE HELP

DAILY RENEWAL – EXPECT OPPOSITION; BUT EXPECT DIVINE HELP

September 19th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

When they arrived at the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site…

When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the LORD, the God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to Him”…

But Zerubbabel, Joshua and the rest of the heads of the families of Israel answered, “You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the LORD, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus, the king of Persia commanded us.”

Then the people around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.

They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus King of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.

Ezra 2:68; 4:1-5

God chose King Cyrus of Persia as an instrument to use in the restoration of His children back to the land of Judah. Cyrus had a divine mandate to provide resources for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. His words to that effect were clear:”The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build a temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah.” Cyrus ensured that all the Israelites who wanted to return to Jerusalem were given the freedom to do so. He also ensured that resources were made available for the returnees both to settle and rebuild the temple of God. What God had ordained was about to be fulfilled.

But not so fast! In spite of the divine ordination and in spite of the bountiful availability of resources to build; the plans to rebuild did not proceed as speedily as the Israelites desired. They faced opposition all through the reign of the very King who had made the proclamation for the temple to be rebuilt. The resources were there; the people were willing to work – but the enemies of Israel opposed the work vehemently. They discouraged the Israelites and “made them afraid to go on building.” They even bribed officials of king Cyrus to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus.

Having a divine vision and all the resources needed to accomplish it is no guarantee that everything will be smooth-sailing. We must never be naive to assume that victory will come to us on a silver platter just because we have a vision, mandate or assignment from God. The reality is that we must expect opposition. We must expect that people will rise up to oppose us. We must expect that some will attempt to intimidate, frustrate and discourage us. Their sole goal is to cause us to give up and throw up our hands in defeat. That is the enemy’s strategy.

Expect opposition but also remind yourself that the battle is always the LORD’s. He will fight for you and undergird you with His mighty right hand. Be encouraged by these words from Isaiah 41:10-11; “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All  who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” 

So, expect opposition because it is inevitable; but expect divine help because God will fight for you.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that the battle is not mine but yours. I will stand still and see your deliverance. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – GOD WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE FOR A DIVINE VISION

DAILY RENEWAL – GOD WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE FOR A DIVINE VISION

September 18th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“ ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of His people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.

And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites – everyone whose heart God had moved prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the free will offerings.

Moreover, king Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the LORD which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god…In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver….

Ezra 1:1-11

The children of Israel were carried into Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar as result of their disobedience to God. Jeremiah prophesied that the LORD will bring them deliverance. At the set time, in fulfillment of that prophesy, God opened the door for His children to move back to the Promised Land. God used an unbeliever, king Cyrus, to fulfill His word and to carry out His purposes.

There are a number of valuable lessons in the passage:

First: Every true prophecy from God will be fulfilled at the appointed time. God fulfilled the prophecy given by Jeremiah at the appointed time. He liberated His people at the exact time prophesied by Jeremiah. The lesson is: We must wait patiently on God to fulfill whatever word or promise He has given to us. If a word is truly from God, it will surely come to pass. Wait for it!

Second: All authority belongs to God and He grants them to whomever He desires for the fulfillment of His agenda. God elevated Cyrus and gave him “all the kingdoms of the earth…” It is important to understand that no ruler elevates himself without God. Everyone in authority is allowed into that position by God. Lesson: We must always appeal to God when authority is abused because He has the power to deal with any such situation.

Third: God can move the heart of Unbelievers to provide for His Kingdom agenda. Cyrus was an unbeliever but he recognized his divine assignment and commanded that resources be released to build God’s temple. Everything is owned by God and He can have it released at anytime.

Fourth: Only those whose hearts are moved by God can truly give joyfully to God. Whenever God wants to fund His agenda, He touches people whose hearts are open to Him. We see another example in Exodus during the building of the tabernacle: “and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them, came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting…(Ex. 35:21). Are you giving because you are willing and your heart has been touched by God? If so, consider yourself to be very privileged!

Finally: God will always provide for any divine vision.

Question: Do you have an assignment or a vision from God? Are you wondering how and when it will be fulfilled? Don’t panic. Just keep working hard on the assignment. Don’t give up on the vision no matter how long you have been working on it. At the appointed time, God will bring you the right people and resources to see to its fulfillment. God Can use even unbelievers to provide resources for the vision He has given you! Don’t give up!

Prayer: Father, I thank you that the earth is yours along with everything in it. I am confident that you will provide all I need to fulfill the vision you have placed in my heart. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – WE ARE NOT GREATER THAN JESUS.

DAILY RENEWAL – WE ARE NOT GREATER THAN JESUS.

September 17th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Students are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master.

Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names!    

Matthew 10:24-25

One of the dearest things to us humans is whether or not we are accorded proper respect. Respect is important to us because it shows that people do have some level of regard for us. As parents, we expect our children to respect us; as spouses, we expect our mates to respect us; as bosses, we expect our employees to respect us; as older children, we expect our younger siblings to respect us; as spiritual leaders, we expect our congregants to respect us.

The truth is: We can get quite stirred up when we feel disrespected by others. Sometimes, we can go to unthinkable lengths to show our displeasure when we feel disrespected. But, as Christians, it is important to put things into proper perspective when it comes to the issue of the respect we receive from people.

If there was any one individual who deserved utmost respect at all times, it had to be Jesus the sinless Son of the Most High God and God in person. Jesus was absolutely perfect and without sin. He did not sin in word, thought or deed. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, defended the defenseless, preached the Gospel and showed us the way to God. But, in spite of His flawless life, Jesus encountered a lot of disrespect from people, especially the religious leaders. Jesus was frowned upon and dishonored in His hometown. They took offense at Him and questioned His authenticity as a true prophet of God. The disrespect prompted Jesus to say: “A prophet is not without honor except in His own town and in His own home.” (Matthew 13:57).

As you faithfully serve your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there will be times when you will encounter disrespect even when you are doing the right thing. You may encounter disrespect on the job, in the home, in some social circles, in your family and even at Church. You might even be called names simply because you have purposed to stand up for what is right!

But don’t be discouraged. Remember the words of Jesus: “Students are not greater than their teacher… And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names!”

So, next time you feel disrespected, put it all in perspective. You are not greater than Jesus. If Jesus was disrespected and maligned for His righteous walk, we must expect no less than that.

We are not greater than Jesus!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the example of your life. I thank you for the understanding that because you are the perfect example of humility and godliness, following your footsteps is the only way to navigate my way through a world in which I am bound to encounter some disrespect and even dishonor for walking righteously with you. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – GOD’S WORD WILL ALWAYS BE FUFILLED.

DAILY RENEWAL – GOD’S WORD WILL ALWAYS BE FUFILLED.

September 16th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

He (Nebuchadnezzar) carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power…

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

This is what the king of Persia says:

“The LORD, the God of Heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of His people among you may go up, and may the LORD their God be with them.  

2 Chronicles 36:20-23

The LORD brought severe judgment on His people after they had repeatedly violated His covenant with them and turned a deaf ear to His numerous warnings. God used the Babylonians as the instrument of judgment. But even in judgment, He was merciful. God spoke and placed a limit of seventy years for the suffering of His people. The prophet Jeremiah had a word from God concerning this. He prophesied that the destitution would last for seventy years.

When the seventy years were up, God moved the heart of King Cyrus and used him as an instrument to bring relief and “deliverance” to His people. Seventy years seem like a rather long time. But God’s word will always be fulfilled no matter what.

Has God spoken to you about a situation? Does it seem like eternity? Does it seem like years and years of waiting for its fulfillment? Do you feel like relief and “redemption” will never come?

Well, don’t give up! God’s word will always be fulfilled no matter what! Wait patiently because the vision is for an appointed time. Though it tarries, wait for it for it will surely come!

Prayer: LORD, please help me to wait steadfastly for your appointed time. Help me to wait on you as you work all things out for my good. In your own time, you do make all things beautiful. Thank you Lord, Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – MY TIMES ARE IN THE LORD’S HANDS.

DAILY RENEWAL – MY TIMES ARE IN THE LORD’S HANDS.

September 15th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue, a strong fortress to save me.

Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your Name lead and guide me.

Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge…

You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place…

My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Let me not be put to shame, LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead.

Let their lying lips be silenced…

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.

In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues…

Love the LORD, all His faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to Him…

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.     

Psalm 31:1-24

Because you have taken refuge in the LORD:

You will never be put to shame.

God will deliver you.

God will turn His ear to you and come quickly to your rescue.

God will be a strong fortress for you.

For the sake of His Name, God will lead and guide you.

God will keep you free from whatever trap that has been set for you.

Your times are in God’s hands.

He will deliver you from the hands of your enemies; from those who pursue you.

The face of God will shine on you.

God will silence the lying lips of your enemies.

God has abundance of good things stored up for you because you fear Him.

God will bestow them on you in the sight of all.

God will hide you from all human intrigues.

Be strong and take heart.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you that my times are in your hands. Amen.

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