Thursday, October 28, 2021

AWAKEN THE DAWN

Today’s Reading: Psalms 108-109

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Looking over the Western Wall visitor area in the Old City of Jerusalem, you can see into the Arab Quarter where many satellite dishes are mounted on roofs. You can also see solar panels which heat the water tanks, also located on the roofs. Since 1967, the flag of Israel has flown over what was part of Jordan. Over thousands of years Jerusalem has been ruled by many different powers. Every day the Good News of Jesus comes into Jerusalem homes through those satellite dishes. The modern city of Jerusalem, with its high-rise buildings, can be seen in the distance.

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Key Verses: Psalm 108:2-3

Awake, lute and harp!

I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,

And I will sing praises to You among the nations.

 

David could not have imagined a scene like the one pictured above in his city of Jerusalem. In a way, Psalm 108:5 is being fulfilled in that the satellites, which are in position 22,500 miles above the earth in space, do proclaim the Lord’s “glory above all the earth.” King David has made a decision as shown in the words, “I will.” He has decided to “awaken the dawn!” First thing each morning he is determined to “sing praises!”

Psalm 108 was probably written just after the rebellion of Absalom when many of those to whom David had shown only kindness had joined in treason against him. While David’s words do not show mercy toward his enemies, his later actions did show mercy. Jesus, who in Christian belief assumed the throne of David, not only shows mercy, but Jesus’ prayer for His enemies was, “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing!” (read Luke 23:26-38).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, because I pray “In the Name of Jesus,” I cannot pray the prayers that David prayed in Psalm 108:1-20.” But I do pray David’s prayers from 108:21-26. Particularly verse 26 expresses my heart, “Help me, O Lord my God! Oh save me according to Your mercy.” I also pray for the continuing television ministry of “Light For All Nations,” as Nizar and his guests come into those Jerusalem homes with the message of God’s love and mercy through Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve walked the streets, inside the walls of Old Jerusalem, with my son-in-law, Nizar. It takes hours when I’m with him. The people all want to talk to him. He has visited their homes daily for years through those rooftop satellite TV dishes. I marvel at the plan of God in bringing this man from Cana of Galilee into our family. Our daughter was led by God to study for a year at The American Institute of Holy Land Studies, where she met Nizar, and soon they were married in his home town of Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding (John 2:1-12). It was definitely, as the middle-eastern custom is, “an arranged marriage”…arranged by God back in 1983.  “Light for All Nations” is a charity incorporated in Israel, Canada and in the United States which is supported financially by people who desire the Gospel to permeate in several languages and many countries (click here for their website). I believe Psalm 108:13a, “Through God we will do valiantly!”

Yours for all of us doing “valiantly” for another day and forever!!!

David

7 thoughts on “Thursday, October 28, 2021

  1. Very often, when I read the Psalms, I feel that I am reading the very prayers of Jesus himself. These prayers were inspired by the Holy Spirit, so I ask God to teach us as we read and help us to become doers of His Word.

    From the beginning of Psalm 109:
    ”O God, whom I praise,
    don’t stand silent and aloof
    while the wicked slander me
    and tell lies about me.
    They surround me with hateful words
    and fight against me for no reason.
    I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations
    even as I am praying for them!
    They repay evil for good,
    and hatred for my love.”

    Thank You, Lord Jesus, for loving even Your persecutors. You overcame the worst of Satan’s arsenal, and even death itself, to redeem eben the worst of us. Thank You, thank You, thank You. In Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Yes thank you Rob for your thoughts and prayer. I blessed my heart.
    Hope all are doing well, Edward and I are doing ok at the moment. More blood tests for him coming up next week
    Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name amen and amen.

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