December 4, 2017
Posted: December 04, 2017
A Devotion for Your Day
by Jennifer Maxwell
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh - my adversaries and foes - they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! "Come," my heart says, "seek his face!" Your face, Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence. I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
This Psalm speaks to me in a way that is timeless. Life can bring with it challenges, pain, struggles, and sadness. Life can be full of injustices. Even during Advent, when the beauty of Christmas is all around, it can be hard sometimes to remember Jesus is with us always. Reflecting on this Psalm reminds me that having faith and hope in the midst of life's challenges is possible. God is always with me. I can continue to move forward, take action, live life, and hold my head high. Putting faith and trust in God is a timeless faith practice in good times and during the challenging times of life.
Dear God, help us to know that you are with us always. Help us to put our faith and trust in you that we may celebrate the good times, the beauty of your creation, and live fully during times that may be more challenging. Amen.
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