Read Psalm 119:161-168.
“I’ve been slandered unmercifully by the politicians, but my awe at Your words keeps me stable. I’m ecstatic over what You say, like one who strikes it rich. I hate lies—can’t stand them! — But I love what You have revealed. Seven times each day I stop and shout praises for the way You keep everything running right. For those who love what You reveal, everything fits— no stumbling around in the dark for them. I wait expectantly for Your salvation; God, I do what You tell me. My soul guards and keeps all Your instructions— oh, how much I love them! I follow Your directions, abide by Your counsel; my life’s an open book before You.” —Psalm 119:161-168 (MSG)
Devotional Thought for Today:
Though our persecutors slander us unmercifully, we remain unmoved because of God’s Word. His word encourages us and brings great joy because His truth is rich in promises. We detest the lies of the enemy but love and treasure God’s revealed truth. The Psalmist says he takes time, seven times a day, to praise God for the way He causes everything in life to run perfectly well. Those who take time to celebrate God’s ways never stumble as in the dark; everything is worked for good. When we wait expectantly, continually on His Word, we will be rewarded by the joy of salvation. We, His people, will be careful to guard our souls by abiding in His preserving instructions. Integrity and transparency to His Word cause us to abide in His counsel continually.
- A PRAYER FOR MY LIFE:
Dear Lord, give me the grace to look to You and be bold in the face of harsh persecution.
- A PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH:
Lord, may Your love be the driving force behind all we do, Your faith be the foundation of our spiritual journeys, and Your hope be the inspiration that launches us into all Your promises.
- A PRAYER FOR OUR WORLD:
Lord, may all tribes, tongues and nations experience Your love and hear the gospel. Open the eyes, ears and hearts of those who have yet to embrace Your message. Let them experience Your salvation and tell of it to others.