July 29, 2021

In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:1-3)

What a joy for us as believers to be able to cry out to God for help in times when troubles draw near! I can not think of anywhere safer to be than in the arms of a loving Savior Who created us and redeemed us for His Glory!

It is unfortunate that in today’s society, we are plagued with an individualistic mindset. Rather than resting in the dependence we were created to have, we rest instead in our wants and passions. This began in the garden of Eden with the first man and woman and continues into today. The first rebellion against God is no different from the rebellion we are experiencing today. Just as Eve chose her way over her Creator’s, we choose autonomy over submission to our Holy God. In (Psalm 71:3) the psalmist reminds us that God, “you are my rock and my fortress.” We were created to trust in God and seek Him above our desires.

Friends, when trouble comes, who do we cling to? When our enemies are mocking us, to whom do we run? May we be people who trade our independence for a relationship with the Creator Who made us. Let us find our strength in the Redeemer Who rescued us from ourselves. Would you pray with me?

Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus. Thank You for forgiving my sins. Father, I confess that I sinned and disobeyed You or got ahead of You. Lord, please forgive me. Cover me with the blood of Jesus, and wash me clean. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and help me to obey You every moment going forward.

Father, under the covenant I have with You through Jesus’ blood, I ask You to pour out mercy on me right now in my situation. Please help me. Rescue me. I know I messed up and got myself into this situation, but I thank You that Your Word says Your mercy is more excellent.

So Father, give me the plan You want me to follow. Give me wisdom. Please show me how to get out of this situation. Get me out of this situation Yourself, not because I deserve help, but because You love me and Your mercy is just that–mercy when I do not deserve it.

Father, I thank You for helping me. Thank you for being so good to me. I have asked in faith, and I believe You to answer–and I will give You all the glory. Help me to hear Your voice and obey whatever You show me. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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