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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 21, 2015
At times we may be surrounded by people who gossip about us or criticize us. Verbal cruelty can damage us as badly as physical abuse. Rather than answering with hateful words, we, like David, can talk with God about the problem.
David’s firm faith in God contrasted sharply with his enemies’ loud lying and boasting. When confronted with verbal attacks, the best defense is simply to be quiet and praise God, realizing that our confidence is in his love and faithfulness. In times of suffering, don’t turn inward to self-pity or outward to revenge, but turn upward to God.
When we face trials, God will quiet our hearts and give us confidence. (NLT)
Psalm 57:1-11 – Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past.
I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to save me, rescuing me from those who are out to get me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
I am surrounded by fierce lions who greedily devour human prey—whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows, and whose tongues cut like swords.
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens! May your glory shine over all the earth.
My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it.
My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, O harp and lyre! I will waken the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, in front of all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is has high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth.
Ted De Hass (Iowa) titled his story “BEGINNING THE DAY;” here is a portion of Ted’s story:
“Contestants on a popular television show were asked to answer the question, ‘How do people begin the day?’ The number one answer drawn from a survey was ‘with prayer.’ I want to start my day with prayer. Before washing my face, shaving, eating breakfast, getting the news on television, and setting out on the day’s tasks, I want to spend time with the Lord.
“I know that ‘one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4); so each morning I dip into the scripture. I pray for myself and my needs. I intercede for others as the Holy Spirit moves me. Often, I pray the Lord’s Prayer. As I pray, I remember that God is my heavenly Father. I ask for sustenance, forgiveness, and deliverance. I pray that above all, God may be glorified. Beginning my day this way helps me put my faith first and focus on God all day long.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will begin my day with God.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LEARNING TO PRAY
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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