Monday, Memorial day, 5/26/08: Psalm 121:1 –3I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Background: many psalms were written by David, who was pursued by enemies and often faced overwhelming odds.
Do you seek help internally or externally? These can fail; but heavenly help is available 24/7 and only a quick prayer of faith away.
Tuesday, 5/27/08: Psalm 121:5 –8The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
What does a shade for the right hand mean? The strength of a person, metaphorically speaking. Once again, God is the one who protects our strength, which would otherwise falter.
Wednesday, 5/28/08: Proverbs 14:10The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
Background: Proverbs were written mainly by Solomon, wise in God. Continue…
Psalm 20:7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
Who is never a stranger to the believer? The Lord Jesus Christ is never a stranger but is touched by our sorrows and joys. He is better than armor and weapons.
Thursday, 5/29/08: Psalm 46:1 –2God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
What should be our reaction to deadly trouble? Call on God instead of giving in to fear.
Friday, 5/30/08: Hebrews 4:15 –16For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Background: Hebrews is a letter written primarily to those Jews who believed that Christ was the promised Messiah.
What is the problem with trouble? We sin often as a reaction to it, instead of depending upon our high priest, The Lord. We are instructed to come before God boldly, in prayer. We will find help.