My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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Prayer during the West Africa Field Conference.
Psa. 70:0 To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.
1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O LORD, make haste to help me!
2Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
Psa. 70:4 Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!
This Psalm of David repeats some lines and themes from previous Psalms. However, this one is short, and to the point. Here, there is a sense of urgency where we find it placed between two lengthy laments. Each lament concludes with words of praise, which may serve as a reminder that when the solution to a problem is not at hand, we must wait on the Lord.
At the same time, while we are waiting, we may discover that it’s hard to distinguish our friends from our enemies. There are always those who are ready to cry out, “aha” and declare guilt without knowing the details. It’s when we hear the words from their mouths that we know that either they are declaring guilt, or joining in those who seek out salvation and speak, “God is great!”
Whether applying to David’s life, the final moments of Jesus’, or our very own, this becomes a model of prayer. When we find ourselves in troubled circumstances we need to become engaged in fervent prayer. This prayer is a cry for help, for shame to be brought to enemies, and eventually, joy to friends.
As we continue through this Holy Week, may we be led daily to the place of prayer. There are moments when we must engage in fervent prayer: moments when we find our hearts breaking because of what we are facing. Jesus, faced with the cross, cried out for help to his Father in prayer. Sometimes we simply don’t know what else to do but to cry out to God for help.
Throughout this week may we join Jesus in fervent prayer. We seek the face of God in the midst of circumstances which may be beyond our comprehension, but the cross takes us to transformation.The night that he was betrayed Jesus was in the garden, engaged in fervent prayer.When we join Jesus at the point of the cross, we discover the possibility of the image of God being stamped upon our lives.
There is no guarantee that the Christian life will be easy because if we join Jesus, we will follow him on the journey.The lenten journey will lead us to the cross, but also to the resurrection. Then we can rejoice in our salvation and say forevermore, “God is great!”
I am in great need of God, and therefore, I seek his face, day in and day out. In this, we are challenged to live a life of fervent prayer.
Lord, I need to learn more about prayer. Your gracious love and patience is overwhelming. Amen.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
the guard keeps watch in vain. Observation:
There is a foundation to the house of this life, and that must be the Lord. Application:
I think it started this week when we got off the plane in Boise. A flood of memories began to overwhelm me as I reminisced about the way that things used to be. Many years ago, when we were living in Russia, we would come back home to the United States on furlough, and that always meant coming to Boise, Idaho. My parents were living here and had built a home with two guest rooms that we would call “home” for three months. Exiting the security area at the airport, my parents were always there, waiting with expectant smiles, for us to finally arrive. I can see my mom, clapping her hands, with a grin from ear to ear, just waiting to wrap her arms around every one of us. This week, I glanced at the waiting area as we exited the security …
Scripture: Proverbs 21:17Whoever loves pleasure will suffer want; whoever loves wine and oil will not be rich. Observation:
Some have said that this verse speaks of the dangers of an Epicurean life-style. What does that mean? Generally we have attributed this to the teaching of Epicurus, a philosopher who was born in 341 BC. He encouraged people to find a static state of pleasure where one was satiated — or full. When the pleasures have been completely, or entirely satisfied, then one feels full. Later Epicurean societies adopted a motto: Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo ("I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care”). In contemporary society this phrase has been adopted to be used at humanist funerals, or to be carved as an epitaph on a headstone.
The problem is that they don’t understand what Wisdom was trying to say. Pleasure alone would ultimately leave one wanting. The Epicurean life of rich foods and drink, as well as the investment in oils and cosmetics could not be sustained. T…
Proverbs 15:17Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. Observation:
The guests are invited to dinner but the host is concerned that there is little to offer. Without the financial resources of the wealthy, they are unable to kill a fatted ox and can only serve vegetables. While some may be discouraged by this, wisdom tells us that the satisfaction depends upon the appetite of the guest. If the guests who are invited are hungry, then even a small meal will be enjoyed and received with gratitude. They will experience the love of the host who was willing to share all he had with his guests. Application:
I was born in Germany where my parents served as missionaries. It seems that our financial resources were often limited, and yet, there was an endless supply of guests at our table. Not only did we have our dear German friends gathering with us at the table, but also many visitors from other countries who would stop by, wanting to see “t…