Suggested Reading: Psalms 140-142
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Key Verses: Psalm 141:3, 9
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
…Keep me from the snares they have laid for me,
And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
Common to all three Psalms in today’s reading is David’s recognition that snares have been laid to trap him with wickedness, iniquity, and isolation. In each of his compositions we learn that David turned to God for protection and deliverance! When we pray and ask God for His intervention in our lives, God says, “Yes!” A New Testament reading which confirms God’s answer to the prayers of our key verses is 1 Corinthians 10:11-13. God promised us (and He cannot lie) a way of escape from every trap or snare that has the potential to destroy us. God, Paul declares, will “MAKE THE WAY OF ESCAPE!” God has shown us the escape plan, but it’s up to us to run for it! Our escape from the snares of the world, the flesh, and the devil is the CROSS OF CHRIST! For believers in Jesus, His Name stands for all He is and does. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.” Amen!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray the words of the key verses: “Set a guard…over my mouth;… over the door of my lips…keep me from the snares…and from the traps.” As Psalm 142:5 says, “I cried out to you, O Lord…” I do that now! I confess, “You are my refuge!” I pray this in the Name of my Strong Tower, the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As I’ve done my reading and meditation today, I’ve been thinking and praying for our Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford. News releases all over the world have screamed the headlines about his crack cocaine use and of his drunken profanity-laden rant. I’ve prayed for him before, but never so fervently as earlier this morning. As we’ve read today in Scripture,”The snares…the traps” are there to destroy people. Our Mayor is being destroyed! I have never met Mayor Ford, but they say he returns his phone calls. In the present circumstances, he may not be given his calls by staff. Nevertheless, I’m going to try to call him, try to get him out of the city, where he would not be inundated by reporters, in order to minister in Jesus’ Name God’s love and deliverance. I know it’s a long shot and will only work if God does a miracle. So….I ask for the prayers of all my fellow bloggers. God cares about our Mayor and his family and this city much more than any other person. God works through the free will of an individual and the free wills of all of us collectively.
God willing I’ll be on the 100 Huntley Street telecast on Monday, November 11th. We’re remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom. Because of this freedom, I may do as newsman Brit Hume, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, did on live worldwide TV. He looked into the camera and spoke directly to golfer Tiger Woods, who had messed up his life badly, and said, approximately, “Tiger, you need Jesus!” I’d like to say the same this Monday on live national TV to Mayor Ford. Please keep praying! (click here for times to watch the live telecast or the repeats of 100 Huntley Street on Remembrance Day).
Yours to be on guard, protecting each of us from all the snares and traps that sin, self, the devil, and other people may set for us!!!
P.S. Here is an interview with Brit Hume from the Christianity Today magazine.