They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make a melody!
Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth! Psalms 57:6-11
When we are obedient to the Lord in all things that are, “in and out of sight of the populace” and we honor his commands and precepts, it is said that “a wall of righteousness surrounds us”. When we are faithful in all of our houses there is no level that the Lord will not take us as we grow up in Him. Whatever we commit to the Lord He is faithful to use it and grow it. The standard in this is David who was relatively unknown in Israel because he watched over the sheep of his father’s pasture. This man came from obscurity to become Saul’s bodyguard after defeating the imposing giant Goliath. Through faithfulness, he led the armies of Israel in battle and did not seek glory for himself but to honor his master Saul. Saul became jealous of David because the Spirit that once occupied Saul’s heart was now on the runt David. The years on the run from Saul taught David many lessons about G-d’s faithfulness because David was obedient to the Lord even while in the land of the Philistines.
When we are obedient to you in all things, You are faithful and just to lead us in paths of righteousness (Psalms 23). When we commit our gifts and talents to you asking that You would lead us and grow us these two items become the foundation of our ministry. I ask you today that you will grow my ministry as I surrender it to you. I desire to reach lives for you across the globe so that people would come to know the G-d I serve. May you be pleased with what I say and how I say it. I pray for the Ukraine, Russia, China, and the world leaders who are arming up for war. These wars are the culmination of pride, arrogance, and fear. Your word speaks of “End times” and these are the end result of man’s sinful ways. I pray for the remnant that will come out of this mess and that You will guide the way for our world today. I pray for those who are on their knees in fervent prayer for our world that you will encourage them and answer our prayers. I pray for my families and readers that this Easter will be a time of renewal. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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