For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
You who love the LORD, hate evil;
He protects the souls of His godly ones (believers),
He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown [like seed] for the righteous and illuminates their path,
And [irrepressible] joy [is spread] for the upright in heart [who delight in His favor and protection].
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones [those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God],
And praise and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name (Psalm 97:9-12).
There is an inherent problem with perception in that it can be skewed in one direction or another. The enemy of our soul, the Devil of old, will be quick to point out all of the problems on the earth with the intention of confusing mankind. It is for this reason that we read about the tragic mistakes made by Solomon, Elijah, and Jonah. When we are not battling a storm and the Lord is graciously blessing us, it is easy to praise the Lord but let the storms come in and the sky turns to bronze and the earth to iron then we become argumentative, angry, and we complain instead of blessing the Lord.
I am no better than the great men and women of old who have gotten stuck in the troubles of the earth. I know that you love me and I love you but that doesn’t stop me from losing sight of all that you have done in and through my life. Help me to always keep my eyes on you and never lose hope. Help me to daily set the focus of my life on you no matter what is coming at me. I pray for my families, the military communities, Law Enforcement communities, teachers, preachers, the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA.