Daily Psalm 8/21/2021

I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to those who oppress me.
Be the guarantee for Your servant for good [as Judah was the guarantee for Benjamin];
Do not let the arrogant men oppress me.
My eyes fail [with longing, watching] for [the fulfillment of] Your salvation,
And for [the fulfillment of] Your righteous word.
Deal with Your servant according to Your [gracious] lovingkindness,
And teach me Your statutes (Psalms 119:121-124).

One of the hardest pills to swallow is that we are human and we are given to our passions. David, just like Paul and Peter, was no saint and, the mess he created got him into trouble. In the same way, 21st-century Christians also do and/or say things that get them into trouble. Getting into trouble and being judged for it does not mean that “our life has come to an end” or that Jesus has cast us on the scrap heap and moved on. Getting into trouble and confessing our error means that a new path must be forged to get us back on track for the kingdom. The new pathway begins by dealing with the sin and moving past it with our eyes on our Lord.

Father,

thank you for “new beginnings”. I know that you never cast us on the scrap heap or say, “I want nothing to do with you” unless we refuse your grace. You know all too well how inward and outward pressures compel us to take pathways we would not ordinarily take. The Devil knows all too well that once he starts down a path, we will continue down it until we come to a crossroads. So, please help me today to live for you and stay in your word that I may grow stronger in you and be better prepared for the days to come. I pray for my family and families, the Law Enforcement, EMT, and Military communities. I pray for the restoration and healing of the USA and of our world. Please be with those who are struggling with illness, financial distress, and/or seeking your face for the direction of their lives.

IHS

MK

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