Wednesday April 27 2016

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Scripture: Psalm 118

Key Verse: (1) “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!”

Reflection: This is a song of victory most likely sung after winning a battle. The first verse is a familiar one.  It is found in many hymns and songs of praise.  It reminds us of who God is and how God loves.  There are so many times in life that we need to know God will not leave us.  There are battles in life that don’t involve armies or war.  These battles are experienced within and without.  Worry and anxiety or fear and uncertainty can rob us of joy.  The Psalmist writes:  “Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me…”   What wonderful words to remember when the tough times come.  And they will.  So I invite you today to meditate on the words below then ask yourself:  Where do I put my confidence?

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

With the LORD on my side I do not fear.

What can mortals do to me?

The LORD in on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals.

It is better to take refuge in the LROD than to put confidence in princes.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

Prayer: Gracious God, we give thanks that nothing can separate us from your love.  Come to our assistance today and take away our fear that we might live confident lives of faith.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Author: Deborah Conner

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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