Wednesday, March 13, 2019

God Remembered His Holy Promise

Today's Reading:
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
Galatians 2:1-16
Psalm 105:37-45
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Focus Verses: Psalm 105:39-42
39 He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night. 40 They asked, and he brought them quail; he fed them well with the bread of heaven. 41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed  like a river in the desert. 42 For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham.

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist says: "Let the hearts of those who seek  the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength. Seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done." Remembering is a helpful thing to do for those who are seeking the joy and strength of the Lord. Looking back at the things God has done is a great way to reinforce hope for God's blessing in the future. Recounting the ways God has kept his word in the past is an encouraging thing to do for those who are leaning into God's promises for the future.

Response and Action:
I will take time to consider the things God has done in my past. Instead of worrying about tomorrow, I will recount the many ways God has provided, delivered, led, and sustained me. My life has its share of challenges, but I've also had more than my share of blessings. My hope, my joy, and my confidence in God are all strengthened as I consider the wonderful things he has done in my life, and in the lives of others who are seeking him.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation!
All you who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who has prospered my work and defends me;
Surely His goodness and mercy will always attend me.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
Since with His love He befriends me.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly, for yes we adore Him!

Spiritual Formation Verses: Philippians 4:19
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Praying the Psalms of Jesus
by James Sire

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