Day 186

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Psalm 42-46 (NIV)

Mario Ross, Elder

Have a thirst for God; when you feel lonely or depressed, meditate on God’s kindness and love.

There is, or there will be a time in our lives that we will be discouraged or depressed. As I was reading the scriptures assigned to me, I noticed this verse. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

Did you know that this verse is written three times? Twice in Chapter 42 (42:5 and 42:11) and again in Chapter 43 (verse 5).
I think God wants to make sure that we get that, and remember this word of hope. In Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

How often do we forget these scriptures when we face hard times? When we are in tough times, we need to remind ourselves of what the song says–“Nothing is wasted,” that God will use these tough times to witness to other people about our faith. He wants us to put our hope in Him; He is our refuge and strength. He wants us to remember, “Be still and know that I am God.”

My prayer for today is this: “Lord help me to remember that when I am in tough times I want others to see you through me, see that my hope is in you, and that my strength comes from you.

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6 responses »

  1. Amen.
    Also before I read the newspaper, I will remember…
    46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted
    in the earth.”
    Father, thank You that nothing takes You by surprise. You are not sitting on Your Most Holy Throne wringing Your powerful hands over what we face in our daily lives and what is going on in Your world. We only need to keep our eyes fixed (riveted) on You and listen for the still small voice of Your Holy Spirit. When He says “move”, we move. When He says “be still” we wait expectantly to see Your deliverance. Thank You, Father, for Your constant and unfailing protection. Amen.

  2. Not quite on topic, but I’ve often thought “The Sons of Korah” would be a great name for a worship band. Or maybe “Sons of Cora” and they could bring out Mom from time to time.
    And they would do quite well to write songs as meaningful as these Psalms.

  3. I think your prayer has already been answered. Thank you for allowing Jesus to shine through you Mario.

  4. Psalm 46 reminds me of this hymn,

    1
    A mighty Fortress is our God,
    A Bulwark never failing;
    Our Helper He amid the flood
    Of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe
    Doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and power are great,
    And, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.
    2
    Did we in our own strength confide,
    Our striving would be losing;
    Were not the right Man on our side,
    The Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be?
    Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth His Name,
    From age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.
    3
    And though this world, with devils filled,
    Should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed
    His truth to triumph through us:
    The Prince of Darkness grim,
    We tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure,
    For lo! his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.
    4
    That word above all earthly powers,
    No thanks to them, abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours
    Through Him who with us sideth:
    Let goods and kindred go,
    This mortal life also;
    The body they may kill:
    God’s truth abideth still,
    His Kingdom is forever.

    Source: http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/886#ixzz38tAhkxeY

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