THOUGHT FOR TODAY


From Psalm 24(NLT):

(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. For He laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their Savior. Such people may seek You and worship in Your presence, O God of Jacob.

Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The LORD, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The LORD of Heaven’s Armies-He is the King of glory.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


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From Psalm 44(NLT):

O God, we have heard it with our own ears—
    our ancestors have told us
of all You did in their day,
    in days long ago:
  You drove out the pagan nations by your power
    and gave all the land to our ancestors.
You crushed their enemies
    and set our ancestors free.
  They did not conquer the land with their swords;
    it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was Your right hand and strong arm
    and the blinding light from your face that helped them,
    for You loved them.
You are my King and my God.
    You command victories for Israel.
  Only by Your power can we push back our enemies;
    only in Your name can we trample our foes.
  I do not trust in my bow;
    I do not count on my sword to save me.
  You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
    You disgrace those who hate us.
  O God, we give glory to You all day long
    and constantly praise Your name. 
But now You have tossed us aside in dishonor.
    You no longer lead our armies to battle.
   You make us retreat from our enemies and allow those who hate us to plunder our land.
   You have butchered us like sheep and scattered us among the nations.
   You sold your precious people for a pittance,
    making nothing on the sale.
   You let our neighbors mock us.
    We are an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
   You have made us the butt of their jokes;
    they shake their heads at us in scorn.
   We can’t escape the constant humiliation;
    shame is written across our faces.
   All we hear are the taunts of our mockers.
    All we see are our vengeful enemies.

All this has happened though we have not forgotten you.
    We have not violated Your covenant.
   Our hearts have not deserted You.
    We have not strayed from Your path.
   Yet You have crushed us in the jackal’s desert home.
    You have covered us with darkness and death.
   If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods,
   God would surely have known it,
    for He knows the secrets of every heart.
   But for Your sake we are killed every day;
    we are being slaughtered like sheep.

   Wake up, O Lord! Why do You sleep?
    Get up! Do not reject us forever.
   Why do You look the other way?
    Why do You ignore our suffering and oppression?
   We collapse in the dust,
    lying face down in the dirt.
   Rise up! Help us!
    Ransom us because of Your unfailing love.