Tuesday, October 1, 2019

TEARS IN GOD’S BOTTLE

Today’s Reading: Psalms 54-56

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Above is a British military building abandoned in 1948 when the British left the area. Palestine was a part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire which was dismantled following the First World War (1914 – 18). Britain was given the mandate to rule much of the Middle East by the Treaty of Versaille and did so for 30 years. The Israelis have since used it for military practice, as you can see by the shelling. If you click on the Google Map link below, you will notice that this building is on the Israeli-Jordanian border. The Scriptures tell us that “wars and rumours of war” will be a constant in the area until Messiah comes!

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Psalm 56:8b

“Put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?”

 

All three Psalms in today’s reading begin with prayer, fervent prayer! God hears even an unspoken prayer, one which is a thought, but it is important to speak out loud when possible. God will respond to the fervency level of our prayers. Fervency puts exclamation points behind our words!!! Imagine the scene when David moans “noisily” (Psalm 55:2), or David is crying aloud “evening, morning, and at noon” (55:17). Then you are urged to “cast your burden on the Lord” (55:22a). Our key verse tells us that David’s tears were part of his heartfelt prayers. These Psalms also draw the conclusions that “He has delivered me out of all trouble,” “I will trust in You,” and “You have delivered my soul from death!” Amen!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

“Hear my prayer, O God!” I cry out to You for mercy, grace, and Your intervention in my life and in the lives of all those whose names I speak before You (Here I name every name that comes to my mind and speak those areas of need in each life of which I am aware). Most of all, I cry out to You, Lord God, for the salvation of precious souls who need Jesus as Saviour and Lord. I pray in the Name of the One Who wept over the needs of people, Jesus Christ! Amen!!! (John 11:31-36).

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I identify with David’s prayers and also with the actions that followed his prayers. David wrote in Psalm 54:6, “I will freely sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.” I ask myself, “What am I sacrificing to the Lord?” Someone has said, “There is no sacrifice in the light of Calvary.” In other words, the greatest sacrifice I can make of time, energy, money, and other resources, are all as nothing when compared to what Jesus gave in the ultimate sacrifice of Himself on the Cross! Yet I must not minimize my responsibility to give my very best to God.

I’ve been thinking often lately about my giving to God. I do this by supporting with time and money the works of the Lord as they are being done in ministering to others around the world. For example, Crossroads has a world-wide mandate from God to use television to respond to the urgent plights of those in need (click here for information). Also, Crossroads continues to have that call of eternal importance…winning men, women, boys and girls to Jesus.

Yours for the most valuable cause in the universe,

David

17 thoughts on “Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  1. Dear Lord God, how we need You! Please deliver us (and our country) from evil. You are good and righteous, kind and forgiving, yet You are holy and pure, and the rightful judge of all. Please help all your people to keep our eyes fixed on You. Help us to do what is right and good and helpful. Keep on raising up Godly leaders in Canada, and use all your children as workers for your Kingdom. In Jesus’s Name above all names, amen

  2. Prayer is the answer, indeed. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us (1 John 5:14 ESV). Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord as we lean on Him in prayer.

    But they who wait for the Lord
    shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
    they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.
    Isaiah 40:31 ESV

    Riley Clemmons – Fighting For Me (Lyric Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in1uxSpvsw0

  3. O C T O B E R
    This is My Father’s World
    by Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901)

    “This is my Father’s world,
    And to my listening ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings
    The music of the spheres.
    This is my Father’s world:
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
    His hand the wonders wrought.

    This is my Father’s world,
    The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white,
    Declare their maker’s praise.
    This is my Father’s world,
    He shines in all that’s fair;
    In the rustling grass I hear him pass;
    He speaks to me everywhere.

    This is my Father’s world.
    O let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world:
    why should my heart be sad?
    The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
    God reigns; let the earth be glad!”

    • Amen.
      “‘In God I have put my trust;
      I will not be afraid.
      What can man do to me?”’ Psalm 56:11
      Trust Me

      Trust Me,I know what I am doing,
      It’s not just your heart I am wooing
      But your soul is so dear to Me,
      I want you with Me for eternity.

      Even when your days are very bad,
      I share the load that makes you sad,
      So do not be angry with Me,
      You must trust in Me eternally.

      I love all my children most dearly,
      And in life I see you clearly,
      That is why you are on the Earth,
      It is a school and the grave is your birth.

      ‘I knew you before you were born’,
      I would never leave you forlorn,
      I know every hair on your head,
      Death is not for you to dread.

      Life is through my precious Son,
      A reward for when your day is done,
      So know that this is my gift to you
      And trust in Him your life through.
      G W (Bill) Marshall/.2011

  4. David trusted in God and praised Him for His protection and guidance but also recognized how little he,himself,was and how great the Creator of all things,God is compared to mankind.Everything belongs to God and is subject to His control.
    Inspired by Psalm 73:24-25
    With wise counsel Thou will guide me
    ‘Til in glory Thou make me free,
    For Who in heaven have I but Thee
    And with no mortal I choose but with Thee to be,
    For earthly strength may up and flee;
    But Thou be my portion for eternity.
    (G.W.)Bill Marshall/Oct 09, 2015

    Here is a very lovely version of the song mentioned in in Psalm 56:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sBYYrbWvls

    • I still take comfort in ‘knowing’ that that all leaders are appointed by God…whether to bless or to punish.But,we pray to change God’s will and repent to show our sincerity.Perhaps each prayer is also a vote?

  5. Beautiful comments, prayers and poems today! We are all in one accord. All recognize our need of God’s intervention in our lives ,our country, our world. We are all confident also in the promises and power of Our God.
    As sister Beverlee quoted, we know that if we ask He hears us and will answer. Let us all with fervency come before Him with our petitions regarding the upcoming election. Let us join together believing for His will to be done in our great country. Lord, hear our prayers!

    Blessings to all!

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