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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Sometimes all we need to do is talk over a problem with a friend to help put it in perspective. In this psalm, the phrase “how long” occurs four times in the first two verses, indicating the depth of David’s distress. David expressed his feelings to God and found strength. By the end of his prayer, he was able to express hope and trust in God. Through prayer we can express our feelings and talk our problems out with God. He helps us regain right perspective, this gives us peace. (NLT)
Psalm 13:1-6 – O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the light to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he has been so good to me.
The psalmist wrote, “I will sing to the Lord because he has been good to me.” –Psalm 13:6 (CEB)
Debra Pierce (Massachusetts) titled her story “GOD IS GOOD;” here is a portion of Debra’s story:
“On my 60th birthday, I sent my sister an email that said, ‘I’m healthy, happy, married to a great guy, and I own a business caring for animals. Praise God, my dreams have come to fruition!’
“. . . On my 40th birthday, I was depressed, lived alone, worked two jobs, and struggled with finances. When I contemplated my future, it elicited fears of relentless struggles with loneliness and hopelessness. I did not celebrate on my 40th birthday. I felt only deep sadness.
“My fears and sadness were transformed into hopefulness several months later when I began attending church. I went seeking God’s solace and received God’s mercy and grace. I made Christian friends. I met my husband while serving on a mission-ministry team. And I launched a successful pet-care business.
“God can deliver us from the fears that smother out hope, but God’s blessings require our participation. Psalm 34:8 invites us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (NIV). Seeking God can transform our lives.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can transform my sadness into hope.
Prayer: God of goodness and grace, thank you for delivering us from our fears. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/