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This I Know
September 16, 2021 by Nancy Ruegg
(a personalized psalm, based on Psalm 143)
O Lord, we are in serious trouble as a nation. Selfish gain and a lust for power have taken precedence over the common good. E pluribus unum is deteriorating into tribalism; “In God We Trust” is being replaced by “In US We Trust.”
Have mercy upon us, O God! Our arch enemy Satan is wreaking havoc across our land; numerous problems vie for attention. Among them: soaring crime rates in our cities, increasing drug addiction and homelessness, failing schools, mounting national debt, escalating inflation, and threats to our national security.
If I focus on these monumental problems, my spirit is overwhelmed, my heart overcome with dismay (2).
BUT! THIS I KNOW:
You are a faithful God who never leaves his children to fend for themselves. You never forget, never fail, and never falter (3).
I KNOW you are a righteous God of complete integrity and consistency, always acting in accordance to the perfections of your character, always at the right time.
I KNOW you are a reliable God. Scripture, history, the lives of present-day saints, and events in my own life provide countless examples of your miraculous care for your children. As I consider all your hands have accomplished my spirit is lifted, my faith increased.
There is no trouble so great, no situation so hopeless that you cannot resolve it. If you do not provide rescue, you supply ample strength and courage to endure. Even more wondrous, during times of distress you grant heightened awareness of your glorious presence, your infinite peace, and radiant joy.
Therefore, I not only cry out for rescue from ruin; I cry out for you. Like a little child who raises her hands for a loved one to pick her up and hold her close, I desire intimacy with you, the only One who can help me and keep me from falling (4).
I KNOW you are a loving God of never-failing devotion. I can trust you for guidance and support, whatever the future holds. And as I bask in the warmth of your lavish love, anxiety and fear will melt away. Your love is active, seeking my good more than my pleasure, working toward my divine transformation more than my comfort. And as your wisdom grows within me, I see the supreme value of the former over the latter in your view.
I KNOW you are my God. I’m in awe that you, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, are my Heavenly Father! You are the almighty One leading everything to the conclusion you ordained before time began–by the same power, wisdom, and love with which you made it (4). Yet in spite of that power, in spite of your perfection and majestic glory, you desire to be my constant Companion and Friend.
So I humbly ask:
Hear me as I pray (v. 1).
Show me the way I should go (v. 8).
Hide me in you (v. 9).
Teach me and lead me (v. 10).
Bring me out of trouble and into the shelter of your refuge (v. 11; Psalm 46:1-3).
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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