Friday, October 11, 2019

YOU AND I

Today’s Reading: Psalm 77

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Caesarea Maritima is a national park on the Israeli coastline, near the modern city of Caesarea. The ancient Caesarea Maritima city and harbor was built by Herod the Great about 25-13 BC. The city was populated through the late Roman and Byzantine eras. A good place to start meditating on God’s work, as our key verse suggests, is by observing nature. This sea scape proclaims the greatness of our Creator God!

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

Key Verse: Psalms 77:12-13

I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great as our God?

 

Dr. John Hull, the former global CEO for Crossroads, earned his doctorate from one of the most highly respected theological colleges in the world, Gordon Conwell Seminary of South Hamilton, Massachusetts. John shares his insights with us on Psalm 77 here on today’s blog…

God is not embarrassed by the transparency of our prayers. In Psalm 77, the writer is transparent and authentic in his desperate need for God — and in his own inability to live godly apart from holy God. The writer’s humanity asks the same kind of questions we often ask: Will the Lord accept me or reject me? Will I ever expect His favor again when things seem so hard? Is He withholding His compassion because He’s angry at me? Amazing isn’t it? The transparent thoughts of ancient and modern man seem to have little variance.The Psalmist presses on though, beyond the questions, the doubts and the insecurities, toward peace and victory! His process? He doesn’t focus on life’s challenges nor upon his own fallen state. Instead, he finds peace and comfort by focusing on the very character of God. He recharges his spirit by focusing on God as holy, powerful, and purposeful. The take-away of Psalm 77 is when one is overwhelmed by life and/or fear, focus on the perfection of God, the wisdom of God and the inability of God to ever do wrong. It’s within the character of God that we find peace within the character of our lives. – John

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord, I thank You for the privilege of praying daily with all who share prayer needs in response to this blog. I ask for blessings and “Yes” or “No” or “Wait” answers to prayer for each person. In Jesus’ Name I come before Your throne of mercy. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I want to make an observation about yesterday’s reading. In Psalm 76 Asaph focuses on God and repeats the word “You” (God) several times. Then Asaph switches to the word, “I,” and repeats it a dozen times in the first 12 verses of Psalm 77. No wonder he is discouraged! He is focusing on himself. But he finally gets it right! Our key verse is the turning point. Eleven times in the last 10 verses of Asaph’s hymn he focuses back on God with the words “You” or “Your.” No wonder he is optimistic about life once again!

Yours with thankfulness, meditating on God, and joining our prayers together,

David

9 thoughts on “Friday, October 11, 2019

  1. Sorry Luisa, I thought I had thanked you yesterday for your prayers on behalf of Gavin.
    I do appreciate all prayers. Blessings to all and A Very Happy Thanksgiving Weekend.🍁Eleanor M.
    Ps. Thinking and praying for Ann, may Our Lord restore her to completely.

  2. Thinking of Ann as well Louisa along with a family member, Beatriz, who is in constant pain from cancer. Drs think the cancer has spread to her bones (a lovely Christian wife & mother). Family is holding her up with great faith in prayer. Bless all today, remembering the One we are thanking this Thanksgiving.

  3. I heard a person pray for the U.S. and for its president. A young person, grateful for God’s blessings. It was at a political event, but what was amazing was this young lady recognized the spiritual warfare involved in our political turmoil. Here’s a link:

    https://youtu.be/DfFW2QaAlI8

    Lord God, we also recognize the spiritual battles involved in life. We thank You that all things will work out for good because everything created belongs to You. We ask You, Lord God, to have your perfect way in us, our country, and throughout this world. We pray that our leaders will listen to You and heed your advice. We ask You for righteous government, and for your guidance and wisdom for all in authority. May your will be done on earth, Lord, as in heaven.
    In Jesus’s great name, amen

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