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.
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