Today’s 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’m praying for our new Canadian Prime Minister and also for the candidates who are seeking their party’s nominations for President of the United States. Tomorrow evening there is a TV debate in which the Republican candidates expect to participate. As we’ve read today in Scripture,”The snares…the traps” are there to destroy people. Several of these have boldly confessed Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Please join me in prayer that God will “set a guard” over their mouths. On November 11th, we’re remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom. Because of this freedom, Brit Hume, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, on live worldwide TV, 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!” God surely caused Brit to speak boldly and wisely. For decades on the 100 Huntley Street daily telecast I never went on air without praying, “God, please put a watch (or guard) over my mouth!”
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.