The Scriptures are all powerful in breaking down strongholds, raising up those who are pressed down, and guiding us into experiencing the Lord’s victory over all things. In this segment we set forth a series of subjects with appropriate Scriptures that strengthen faith, and lead to overcoming in the Lord.
Subject areas will be changed regularly, and previous scriptural readings and commentaries may be accessed by clicking different weeks in the calendar below.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret ...it only causes harm. Ps 37:7-8.
Resting and waiting on the Lord can be quite difficult when we are feeling stressed. The most positive way to find rest is to enter into the Lords rest. Because He is in us, and we in Him, we can ask Him to be our patience, our quietness, and our rest in Him. A lack of rest may cause us to fret, resulting in all kinds of physical and psychological distress.
The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
This is an assurance to the upright in the Lord that their eternal inheritance is kept intact, and furthermore, they will be provided for in times of hardship.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Ps 37:23-24.
God directs the paths of upright, keeping them in His will. He does not promise freedom from harm, even suggesting that they may have distresses and trouble. But the assurance is that even though they may fall, the Lord will always be there to restore their wellbeing.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them. Ps 37:39-40.
David lists a few of the many blessings that are the legacy children gf God - salvation, righteousness, strength in weakness, and deliverance from those under the power of Satan. We must learn to count our blessings, so that we may walk with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts. When we take them for granted, we may find ourselves grumbling because of slight adversities.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Ps 22:3.
Only God is perfectly holy, with absolute purity, without blemish of any kind. The next truth is so comforting, - that God indwells the praises of His people. When we are depressed, sorely troubled and cast down, and we set our hearts to praise Him and glorify His holy name, He hears us, and comes to our aid by fulling us with His presence.
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Ps 18:1-3.
David was well acquainted with opposition and attacks from people within and without his household, and his psalms tell of his anxiety and weaknesses. In this psalm David reveals that in such times of stress and weakness, he finds nurture and overcoming in the Lord God, who becomes to him strength instead of weakness, and a secure fortress protecting him from his adversaries. He knows that in times of severe stress, he can trust God to deliver him, and shield him round about. Of course this psalm is for our own assurance that our God will be to us all that He was to David.
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Ps 3:3-4.
In this psalm we are assured that in times of downcastness, God hears and answers our prayers. We are told that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and He will release His joy in our hearts if we claim it with persistence and faith that He will glorify His name in lifting up our head.
For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Ps 18:28-29.
Sometimes we are confounded by not being able to see what is happening to us, and where we are in Gods will for us. If we present our petitions to Him, asking Him to shed light on our path, He will hear and guide us if we trust Him and wait patiently for His answer. His ways are perfect, and waiting on Him allows Him to perfect our faith.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Ps 1:1-3.
In this first psalm God pronounces blessings on all those who reject the pathway of sinners, and delights in His ways for us. He will be like a well-watered tree that never withers, nor ceases to bear fruit.
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Ps 86:4-5.
Often those who have sinned have a sense of shame that makes them reluctant to turn to God for help because they have no assurance of His grace. This prayer of David gives us that assurance of Gods ready forgiveness and gracious acceptance of all those who turn to Him.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me. Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; nor are there any works like Your works. Ps 86:7-8.
Who do we turn to in the day of our trouble? Most people turn to friends or the world for comfort and advice, but David gives us the right counsel. In the day of trouble, our first call should be to God, the source of all wisdom and wondrous works. Of course He may direct us to a trusted friend, or help from the world, but His counsel is grounded on perfect wisdom and not fleshly emotion.
All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Ps 86:9.
Nowadays it is politically incorrect for a nation to proclaim itself as Christian, but Psalm 33:12 states, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. If we hold back, fearing man instead of God by not glorying in our Christian heritage, God will withhold His blessings, and we will become as spiritless as other non-Christian nations.
.� Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. Ps 86:1-11.
If David could see his need to pray this prayer, so should we all. We should pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us in the way and truth of the Lord, and to teach us to fear His great and holy name, and all that it stands for.
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant.
God knows us intimately. He knows our human frailty and our many failures to adopt His ways and truths, and although David was well aware of his own shortcomings, he could confidently declare that God was full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust. Ps 91:1-2.
The imagery of this psalm is taken from the Mercy Seat and the covering of the two Cherubim with their outstretched wings, representing the presence of God and His mighty angels. Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, under His shadow, are those who have adopted a spiritual position of being in God, and trusting Him to be a covering of protection over them, and a fortress around them.
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. Ps 91:3-4.
The snare of the fowler represents the attacks of Satans spirits of disease and death. The wings and feathers are taken from the two Cherubim protecting the Mercy Seat. This is an assurance that God will appoint His mighty angels to protect you against the deadly pestilence, which at this time points to the viral pandemic encompassing the whole earth.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Ps 91:5-6.
We tend to be afraid of things that we cannot see and negative thoughts and imaginations take hold. Here we are told not to be afraid of unseen terrors, or the arrow of death that may strike us or our loved ones. God�s protective care never wavers or ceases throughout day or night.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Ps 91:7-8.
TV broadcasts tell us of the millions of viral infections, and thousands of deaths, often promoting fear and panic. But again we are assured that if we take our eyes away from the world situation, and put our trust in God, we will be kept safe from harm.
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
This reading presents two blessings. The first is that God will appoint His angels to watch over you and keep you safe. The second is that their care will be so sure that they will shield you from the slightest discomfort.
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