Psalm 62:1-12 ESV – 1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. 10 Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them. 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.
You are God, and there is no other. You are the only One who can save. You are everything.
God, we must stop looking to other people and other things to satisfy. No one, no thing can be God but You.
When You are God, and the idols are gone, I can love without undue expectation. I will not be devastated when people disappoint me or don’t treat me fairly. I can survive being misunderstood because I know that You know my heart, and You know my thoughts . . .
God, I can bring You my every thought, my prayers, my fears, my frustrations, my disappointments — and You hear me. You love me. You know me. And You are my refuge. I am safe with You. My soul is safe with You. Only You have the power to save, and, what is most miraculous — You have the will to save me.
Marvelous, matchless love and grace.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Indonesia
. As the Muslim population grows and becomes more influential in government and society, the pressure on Christians increases.
Psalm 139:1-6 ESV – 1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Most High God,
You know me. You know everything. You know. You know the future. You know the past. You understand everything. You are in control of everything. You are God.
Oh, Lord, I am not invisible to You. My daily activities, my interactions with others, my thoughts, my intentions, are all known by You. Does that fill me with fear and dread and shame? No! It infuses hope into my soul, for it tells me that You have purpose for me, even in the most unseen, mundane things of life.
So, Father, my King and my Savior, use me for Your purpose. Make my steps to go where You want them to go. When I sit, help me to notice who is around me, who may need to hear of Your goodness and Your salvation. When I lie down, keep my thoughts pleasing to You. Kill the lies the enemy sends into my mind, and plant Your Word, Your truth into my mind and heart. Make me content with the boundaries You have placed on me. They are Your protection and care, not punishment. Help me to obey even before I understand. Help me to trust You. You know me . . .
This week, please pray for our brothers and sisters in Mali. Pray for Christians who have been displaced from their homes in Northern Mali by Islamic militants. Pray this hardship will not deter them from loving their neighbors.