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January 14, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: God's Protecting Arm 2


Psalm 18:1-3

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.

 

Thought for Today

The psalms are filled with images of the Lord our Defender. Why? Because everyone goes through difficult times. The day of trouble comes when we don’t have the strength to overcome; we don’t have the wisdom to scheme our way out. We don’t have the resources to rescue ourselves. Where do we turn in those days? Where can we place our hope? In the Lord. He is our fortress. He stands strong on the day of trouble. He is our Deliverer. He has all that is needed to overcome every challenge. He is our Rock and our Salvation. These titles are not the desperate cries of hopeless people. These titles have been earned through God’s interactions with His people. God is called a Fortress because He had defended His people from their enemies (David and Goliath). He is a Deliverer because He has brought His children out of impossible situations (parted the Red Sea). He is their Salvation because they believed in His promise to come and Redeem His people (fulfilled in Jesus’ death on the cross). These poetic reminders are powerful. They remind us of who God is in the day of our trouble. As you look back on your history with God, what names would you add to the psalmists list? I would love for you to share it in the comments, and why if you are comfortable.

 

Prayer

Lord God, You have proven Yourself to be faithful in my hour of need time and again. Help me to be more confident in You in the days to come. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn't come naturally. It's a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith. ― Swindoll Charles R.

 

Quote of the Day

Do one thing every day that scares you. s― Eleanor Roosevelt



Comments

01-14-2020 at 3:31 PM
Nina B
My Enough... my Everything!
01-14-2020 at 10:19 AM
Lori Rueffer
One name I give to our Great God is Shadow Walker for He walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We don’t get stuck in the valley of grief because He walks us through. He is my Quieter and He is a Singer! (Zephaniah 3:17)
01-14-2020 at 8:58 AM
Bill P
For sure George Washington, if you look at all the events he not only escaped but also prevailed through the only rational explanation is “God meant it to be”
01-14-2020 at 8:56 AM
Tony Ciro
Comforter
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January 13, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: God's Protecting Arm 1


God’s Protecting Arm

Monday

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

 

Thought for Today

One of the most common metaphors which accompany the arm of the Lord is that of His divine protection. Psalm 121 is a beautiful example of God’s love displayed in His protecting arm. He declares time and again that He will defend His people. Trouble will come. That is the nature of our fallen world. God says that in the day of trouble His arm will defend you. He is the God with a mighty hand and outstretched arm. He defeated the army of Pharaoh without His people having to lift a single sword or shield. This is the God that shut the mouths of lions when His servant Daniel was thrown in their den. Over and over God has protected His people in the day of trouble, and He promises to protect you, too. This week we will explore God’s arm of protection that surrounds you.

 

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for defending me. Help me to better understand how You protect me this week. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first. ― Shannon L. Alder

 

Quote of the Day

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. — Martin Luther



Comments

01-13-2020 at 12:49 PM
Kim Reynolds
Psalm 121 is perfect for the topic of God’s protecting arm!
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January 10, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Arms of God's Love 4


John 13:12-14

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus’ lesson at the Last Supper table was many things. It was a demonstration of His love. It was a lesson about the importance of the washing of the cross that would happen the next day. It was a display of humility. It was also a call to action. The disciples had recently been arguing about who was the greatest. They loved the accolades of the crowds who knew they were with Jesus. As Jesus reassumes the seat of authority at the table He tells them plainly, “you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” This demonstration is to be repeated. Not the literal washing of feet, but the act of love and service behind it. It remains a call to action for everyone who claims to be a disciple of Jesus. Who are we supposed to serve? Those who deserve it? Those who served us first? No. When Jesus served those at the table He was serving the stubborn, the proud, and hard hearted. He was serving people who didn’t get what He was doing or why He was doing it. He radically served them because all the teaching, demanding, and pleading in the three years they were together would not tear down their pride or drive home His point. However, one radical act of loving service broke down all their defenses and barriers, and as they would display from that moment on, they got it. They got the depth of His love, the power of humility, and the wisdom of His ways. What would Jesus say to us today? Go and do likewise.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have radically served me at the cross and poured out Your love in the waters of my baptism. Break down my pride and hard-heartedness and teach me to serve like You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You cannot serve God without serving people ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

If you can't do great things, Mother Teresa used to say, do little things with great love. If you can't do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can't do them with a little love, do them anyway. Love grows when people serve. ― John Ortberg, The Me I Want to Be

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