Saturday, August 9, 2014

Give Thanks Forever - August 9, 2014

Psalm 30 (New Living Translation)
1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
3 You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

4 Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6 When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
7 Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8 I cried out to you, O Lord.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9 “What will you gain if I die,
if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O Lord.”

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, 12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

In spite of all that is wrong in the world, we need to continually give God thanks, and praise Him for what He has done for us. Every conversation that we have with Him, should always begin with praise, because He has made us and given us the ability to what we do. We owe Him everything, and we owe Him our praises for that. Without Him, we have no life, and we have no salvation, that is found only in Jesus, only in Him.

Our world is presently involved in a violent struggle; it is a struggle against those who lift up and praise the one true God, against those who either reject Him entirely by rejecting His the provision of our salvation, Jesus, or those who blaspheme His character by preaching a different, false god. Not our God of love, grace, mercy and compassion, but a god of subjugation, submission and death. Jesus, who was the very essence of God in human flesh said, "The thief(the devil, Satan) comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they(YOU) may have life, and have it to the full!" John 10:10(NIV)

It is my prayer, that as we reflect on another Lord's Day, that first and foremost, He would have mercy on those who are being persecuted in His name; those who are suffering and dying for the name of Jesus Christ. I pray that He would protect and save them from those who follow after their false gods, whether those of a religion or none at all. I would then pray that the Holy Spirit of God would bring about a supernatural revival on the world, so that everyone would find Jesus Christ as their Savior, and trust Him for their salvation. I pray most for those who persecute those who love Jesus, and I pray that their stoney hearts would be radically changed by His love.

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