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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 20, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
God offers help for today and hope for the future; unwavering confidence in God is our antidote for fear and loneliness.
Fear is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves. Each of us has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another—fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death. But we can conquer fear by using the bright liberating light of the Lord, who brings salvation. If we want to dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember with the psalmist that “the Lord is my light and my salvation.” (NLT)
Psalm 27:1-14 – The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger—so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to destroy me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident.
The one think I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high, above my enemies who surround me. At his Tabernacle I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.
Listen to my pleading, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Do not hide yourself from me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the path of honesty, for my enemies are waiting for me to fall. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done and breathe out violence against me. Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! –Psalm 27:14
Dot French’s (New Jersey) story is titled “WAITING FOR THE LORD;” here is a portion of the story:
“David, the presumed author of Psalm 27 . . . I do not have enemies threatening my life, but I have been afraid of a raging storm, an uncomfortable task, or a frightening medical diagnosis.
“I would like to say that the first thoughts that come to mind when I am faced with a challenge are ‘Be strong . . . wait for the Lord!’ but my reaction is usually a tightening in my stomach and worry that circles through my mind. I’m afraid. . . .Then I begin to remember that I am not alone. I can ‘wait for the Lord.’ Even though I am weak, ‘the Lord is the stronghold of my life.’ I can take heart. I do not feel strong in myself, but I know that the Lord is with me.
“As I look back over my life, I have experienced the strength and love of God through the hands, words, and prayers of other people – the strength and love of others in my life. God understands what we are going through. Even when we are unable to utter anything more than ‘The Lord is my strength,’ we can remember that we are connected to a loving God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will remember that the Lord is my strength.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we give thanks that you are the stronghold of our lives and that we need not be afraid. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/