Saturday, September 25, 2010

Praise for Rescue - September 25, 2010

Psalm 9 (New Living Translation)
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
2 I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies retreated;
they staggered and died when you appeared.
4 For you have judged in my favor;
from your throne you have judged with fairness.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have erased their names forever.
6 The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.

7 But the Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
8 He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

11 Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.

13 Lord, have mercy on me.
See how my enemies torment me.
Snatch me back from the jaws of death.
14 Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,
so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.
16 The Lord is known for his justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds.

17 The wicked will go down to the grave.
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
18 But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

19 Arise, O Lord!
Do not let mere mortals defy you!
Judge the nations!
20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
Let the nations know they are merely human.

This evening, prepare your heart by giving praise to God for rescuing you from difficult circumstances. This might be a tough week at work, or from facing a person who has wronged you, or for many reasons where He has lifted you out of trouble. Too often we just through up a simple thanks, or forget about God working things out for you altogether. We need to always remember that just because we can't see God, it doesn't mean that He is not constantly with you working out each and every circumstance for your good.

Take a few minutes, and in love for your heavenly Father, give Him thanks and praise for what He has done for you. Read this Psalm of David and meditate on each stanza, placing your difficulties and victories in place of his. Remember that God loves you with an enduring love, and that like an earthly father, He wants to hear love, thanks and praise fron His children.

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