Friday, August 29, 2014

A Prayer of Blessing

“When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a prophet, who said, 'This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
Judges 6: 7-10

Dear Father,

When we cry out to you on behalf of the oppressed and physically afflicted; on behalf of the burdened and abused we can hear your Word repeated throughout Scripture that reminds us:

You are the God of Israel who—

Brought up



Drove out

And gave.

You are the LORD and you are Ours.

Fill us with courage to reject the gods of those in whose land we live—
Grant us wisdom to remember every thing you have done.

Give us ears to hear 
Hearts to accept
and mouths to proclaim

The One True and Living God.

A Lord who acts on behalf of His people.

From my perch on this side of a parted Red Sea;
Hugging a raised Lazarus with my own arms;
Let me proclaim into any wilderness before me—
Our God Saves!
He has done it.
And He will do it again.

Come, Lord Jesus, 
Into every hurting place
Bring your hope
And come.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Take Heart!

"...In this world you will have trouble...." John 16:33

Indeed we will. Deadly illness. Toppling governments. Wars and persecutions. Executions that people take pictures of. Anger. Riots. Questions yet to be answered. A yearning for justice.

Divorce. Grief.

Devastating diagnosis.



“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God…”
Psalm 42:5

Season your news feed well with this, friends.

Saturate your hours with This News.

“A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the LORD
with the LORD for his hope.
He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream; when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit…”
Jeremiah 17:5-8

No worries. Never ceasing. No alarm.

“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,”
 Psalm 65:5

“For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”
 Psalm 52:9

Awesome and righteous, He answers. We can see what He has already done! Don’t forget that His Name is Good.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” Hebrews 6:19

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
  Hebrews 10:23

Hang on! Cling! We have this!

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
 Romans 12:12

Don’t stop praying. Choose joy as you expect and anticipate good things.

“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”
Psalm 71:14

Always. More and more. As for me? 

“My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning
more than watchmen wait for the morning
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.”
 Psalm 130:6-7

Unfailing and Full.

Love and redemption.

Wait for it.

“Yes, my soul finds rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”
Psalm 62:5

He is the source of hope. He provides what may wan in me.

Rest is Yes in His provision!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

 Joy? Peace? Trust?

To absolutely overflowing.

Right in the middle of all this overwhelming tide.

By His power.

Let it be so.