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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
This song expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection day and night. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God himself. But not only is he all-powerful, he also watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters him. We are safe. We never outgrow our need for God’s untiring watch over our life.
Going to God’s house can be a chore or a delight. For the psalmist, it was a delight. As a pilgrim attending one of the three great religious festivals, he rejoiced to worship with God’s people in God’s house. We may find worship a chore if we have unconfessed sin or if our love for God has cooled. But if we are close to God and enjoy his presence, we will be eager to worship and praise him. Our attitude toward God will determine our view of worship. (NLT)
Psalm 121:1-8 – I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!
He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
The psalmist wrote, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” — Psalm 43:5 (NIV)
Elaine Brown (Perthshire,Scotland) titled her story “THE MIST AND THE MOUNTAIN;” here is a portion of Elaine’s story:
“. . . I remembered how distant God seems when we are going through difficult times, as if we are alone. But we aren’t. God is with us, and we can call to the Lord even if we don’t feel God’s presence. God is faithful. God never leaves us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Faith continues to hope, even when God seems distant.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for always being at hand to help us, even when we are not aware of your presence. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13). Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FIND TRUST DIFFICULT
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