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Weekly Prayer 06.11.18

Psalm 119:89-96 ESV –

89 Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

91 By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.

92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

94 I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts.

95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.

96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

 

Father,

You are the Sovereign God of all creation, and You are my Father. What comfort! What true security! My soul is truly safe in Your care.

And, as surely as the sun rises in morning, as surely as the tides go high and low, as surely as the seasons change, that is how faithful You are to care for me. There is no circumstance that will happen to me, no affliction that will befall me, no opposition against me, that You will not be there every second, as my God, my Refuge, my Father.

And, Lord, I am not left to “hope in nothing” for You have given me Your Word. O God, Your Word is my life. I know it is a profound privilege that Your Word is so readily available to me. I pray for those who do not have such access to Your Word. I pray that You would soften hearts and give opportunity for Your Word to be given to my brothers and sisters who are being persecuted.

Father, please don’t let me take Your care for me for granted. I am Yours. I want to do Your will.

Amen

 

This week please pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in North Korea. Pray for the summit this week. Pray that God’s Word would be allowed in that country.

Facts or Feelings, God’s Word in my Heart

Psalm 119:81-88 ESV –

81 [Kaph] My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. 
82 My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?” 
83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes. 
84 How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me? 
85 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law. 
86 All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me! 
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 
88 In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Some days are easier than others. There. I spoke it out loud. Some days I feel lonely. useless. misunderstood. misused. dismissed. tired. pain-ridden. foggy-brained. . . (feel free to add your own modifiers)

When I am having one of those “what’s the point?” days (and, yes, there have been many more than one, over the years) I am even more grateful than usual for God’s Word planted (stored) in my heart. God’s truth must have more credibility than my feelings. That even sounds strange to say — “of course, God’s Word is true!” but, be honest — what has more impact on your mood, your identity, your behavior: your feelings, or God’s Word?

Feelings come and go. Seriously. Some days I feel useful. content. hopeful. significant . . .(feel free to add your own modifier). Is God’s Word more true on those days? No.  “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens . . ” (Psalm 119:89). There is no substitute for memorizing/meditating on God’s Word. Otherwise, I am prone to believe my feelings. And my feelings change. But . . .

Psalm 102:25-27 ESV – 
25 Of old you [God] laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 
26 They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, 
27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.

Amen.

By the way, if Psalm 119 intrigues you, Sweeter Than Chocolate: an Inductive Study of Psalm 119, by Pam Gillaspie is an excellent “digging deeper” into this psalm. There will be an online, live discussion of this 8 week study, beginning June 13. Beloved Truth Psalm 119 study. You can purchase the workbook here Amazon or here Precept Ministries

If your schedule doesn’t allow for a weekly commitment, Pam Gillaspie is also offering her study on her website in a flexible format. You can sign up here https://pamgillaspie.com/

Having God’s Word in my heart is the only way that I can survive the “wineskin in the smoke” days  . . .

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