Day 133

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Psalms 68-70, 86, 101

Janet Liscio, Worship Team

Besides the life and model of beautiful faith in my own mother, I had what I call a spiritual mother in Elisabeth Eliott (missionary and author) through her writings and broadcasts.  She would start her daily radio broadcasts with the following words:  “Remember you are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) And underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27)  I must have heard those words hundreds of times.

 In reading through the Psalms (and those for today), I am struck by the phrases reflecting on God’s lovingkindess and tender mercies, along with the plaintive cries of the psalmist asking for many, many requests from God. For me, the knowledge of God’s everlasting love has been the cornerstone of my faith. Knowing that He is deserving of my trust, I am able to leave my life in His hands, in His everlasting arms.  

In the 86th psalm, David asks God to do many things including the following: teach me, save me, be gracious to me, make me glad, give ear to my prayer, give heed, unite my heart, turn to me, and grant me Your strength. What is striking is that these are all requests to remain in His presence, to learn from Him and to draw strength from Him.  As we strive to rest in God’s everlasting arms, the focus is off of us and onto who He is and how we can trust Him. This Psalm is a beautiful list of requests indicating a complete need of, and surrender to the God who loves with an everlasting love.  I just love the imagery of being held in His arms, much like another Psalm (17:8), “I’ll hide in the shadow of Your wings.” Surrender to this great Love (and ensuing trust) doesn’t happen in an instant.  As Elisabeth Elliot used to say, “One does not surrender a life in an instant.  That which is life-long can only be surrendered in a lifetime.” Lord, give us the faith and the constancy of faith we need to love and trust You

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8 responses »

  1. Thanks Janet,

    I find a few verses that jump off the pages today that are links to Jesus

    Psalm 68:20 (NLT)
    Our God is a God who saves!
    The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death.

    Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross conquers death once & for all

    Psalm 69:21 (NLT)
    But instead, they give me poison for food;
    they offer me sour wine for my thirst.

    Gall for my thirst- Matt 27:34,48 Luke 23:36; John 19:28-29

    Psalm 69:28 (NLT)
    Erase their names from the Book of Life;
    don’t let them be counted among the righteous.

    Revelation 13:8 (NLT)
    And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made—the Book that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered.

    • I am thankful God has opened our minds and hearts to see these correlations that Jesus is the Messiah.

      Lord, for those who have not come to this realization, I pray you will draw them close and reveal to them the Truth, that each of us need Jesus and must place our faith in Him in order to come into the presence of the Father.

  2. Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
    give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name. Amen.

  3. Psalm 69:6 jumped out at me:
    “May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord God of hosts;
    May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,”

    It reminds me that we live in community, we are the Body of Christ. What each of us does affects the whole body. When tempted to sin, our thought should not be “Will I get caught?”, but rather “How will this affect my family, my friends, the Body of Christ?” Because my sin will indeed affect the whole body. May my love for my friends and my love for Jesus result in conforming to the image of Christ.

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