Meditation

12/09/2022

“” (Psalm 27:1-6,17-18 – Petition and Fellowship)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—-of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear, though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of he Lord all the days o my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Beloved we can petition God for mercy and protection because we have confidence in Him and are willing to learn from Him. Confidence gives us midst of patience to wait for God’s timing and not to demand an immediate response to our petitions. Furthermore the request is for closeness with God, to live in companionship with His purpose and protection. Here, the writer declared that to be in fellowship with God is to be exalted in one’s position as a human being, to be protected by a strength beyond our human nature, and to be forgiven and drawn close to the Spirit and right way of living as God provides.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Dear Abba, helps us to learn to get up in the morning a little earlier, so that we do not fall into a feeling of needing to hurry out. Instead, give us a few extra minutes to bring out prayers and petitions before you, and then pause to ensure they are clear and within Your will and to then listen for any response in return. In the meantime continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If you see someone without a smile, share yours with them!”

KNOWING GOD:

In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seems like a forest? In that day, the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—-those who with a word make a man out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice. Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob: ‘No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale. When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. Those who re wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction.’” (Isaiah 29:17-24 – Miracle Power & Jesus Christ, Foretold)

False worship can lead God to bring forth miracles of judgment. God does not accept lip service religion or people pleasing rites. God promises miraculous judgment robbing such sinners of their own judgment capacities. Here miracles are a part of God’s wonderful work that uses historical events and historical persons to accomplish His purpose. Blindness and deafness were special burdens in biblical times. Remedies were unknown. Messiah could do this great work of God and did. In this very way, John the Baptist recognized Him (Matthew 11:4-6). Jesus came to heal blindness both of the eyes and of the heart (John 9:39).

SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he had gone indoors the blind men came to him and he asked them,’Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you’; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.’ But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.” (Matthew 7:27-31 – Miracle of Faith)

Miracles demonstrate human faith and divine mercy. In response to the blind men’s confession of faith, Jesus healed them. Thus, He answered their pleas for mercy. He did not, however, accept their designation as Son of David in the way they meant it, for He did not want people looking to Him as a new political David. The healed men could not help telling their own experience. Healing in answer to prayer continues to strengthen faith and motivate witness, which is what happened to the two men.

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