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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 16, 2019
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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:
From his temple he heard my voice . . . – Psalm 18:6 (NIV)
2 Samuel 22:1-7 – David sang this song to the Lord after the Lord had rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. These are the words he sang: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold, my high tower, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for he saves me from my enemies.
“The waves of death surrounded me; the floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death itself stared me in the face. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord, yes, I called to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears. . . .”
Quoted verse: In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. – Psalm 18:6 (NIV)
“Story” – Clementine M. Msengi (Texas, USA) titled her story “GUIDE OUR STEPS;” here is a portion of Clementine’s story:
“A few months after my graduation from high school, I found myself running to find a safe place to hide. My native country had broken into a war . . . that killed approximately 800,000 people – including my family members. This unexpected . . . event left me parentless, homeless, and penniless. I began to wonder where my God had been when these horrible things were happening. I found myself in a state of confusion, not knowing where and how to move forward in life.
“I remember one day sitting under a tree having a conversation with God. ‘God, please hear me. How will I move forward? How can I survive as an orphan, without support and guidance? Who will comfort me? Who will counsel me? Who will provide for me?’ I felt paralyzed with fear and grief.
“Sometimes we face challenges beyond our control. Psalm 18:6 reminds us that when we call on the Lord for help in times of distress, God will hear our prayers. Knowing that God hears our cries and is with us every step we take gave me strength in the darkest hours of my life. We can trust that regardless of what life throws at us, God hears our prayers and will guide our steps.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God hears my deepest cries.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to lean on you and to trust you in times of fear and grief. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Here is Clementine’s biography: Clementine is a university professor, wife, mother, mentor, and an expert who speaks on leadership, resilience, education, and the role of faith in personal growth.
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