Wednesday – Daily Devotional 3/25

Good News for Wednesday, March 25th

By our Prayers…

Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Terry Albert –  Dan and Cindy have requested prayers for Terry as she recovers from cancer surgery and also battles pneumonia.
Ruth McCrary – In Florida undergoing hip surgery on Friday, then recovery and rehabilitation before she can return to Missouri.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Levin – Sharon and Norm McGee’s grandson is dealing with health issues and waiting for a definitive diagnosis.
Randy Moore – Jerry Geasley’s cousin, Randy is battling liver cancer and needs our prayers.

Deaths in the Faithbridge family 
Jim, brother of Kay Basta- Cards of care and condolence can be sent to Kay Basta at 171 Grandview Dr., Lake Ozark, MO 65049 
Marilyn Sherfield- Cards of care and condolence can be sent to her husband, Wayne Sherfield at 70 Tidewater Ct., Four Seasons, MO 65049.
Marjorie Davis- Cards of care and condolence can be sent to Scott Davis, 149 Oarkhurst Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63369.
Roland Winters- Please keep his family in your prayers at his passing. Cards of care and condolence can be sent to Chris Cleary, 224 Keywest Lane, Four Seasons, MO 65049.
Lyle Sybert – Cards of care and condolence can be sent to his wife, Laurie Sybert at 14105 East 104th Street, North Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055.
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Our Devotional

Today I’d like to offer for your reading the 57th Psalm.  Church tradition attributes the authorship of this Psalm to King David; however, he is said to have written this before becoming king of Israel.  David is said to have penned this Psalm at a time when he was becoming a popular war hero and King Saul was getting jealous of him.  David took the men who were loyal to him and hid from Saul in the wilderness caves near En-gedi, which is on the Western shore of the Dead Sea.  (For further reading, you can find this story 1 Samuel 23:14 through 24:22.) 

Hear the words of the 57th Psalm… 

“Have mercy on me, God; 
      have mercy on me because I have taken refuge in you.
      I take refuge in the shadow of your wings until destruction passes by.
I call out to God Most High—  to God, who comes through for me.  He sends orders from heaven and saves me, rebukes the one who tramples me. God sends his loyal love and faithfulness.
 My life is in the middle of a pack of lions.  I lie down among those who devour humans.
        Their teeth are spears and arrows;
        their tongues are sharpened swords.
 Exalt yourself, God, higher than heaven!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!
 They laid a net for my feet to bring me down;
    they dug a pit for me,
    but they fell into it instead! 
My heart is unwavering, God—
    my heart is unwavering.
I will sing and make music.
    Wake up, my glory!
    Wake up, harp and lyre!
    I will wake the dawn itself!
I will give thanks to you,
my Lord,
    among all the peoples;
I will make music to you among the nations
       because your faithful love
       is as high as heaven;
    your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
Exalt yourself, God, higher than heaven!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!”

In the midst of his isolation and fear, David gave thanks to God and sang praises to the LORD.  He was singing because of God’s faithfulness- because he knew that even in the darkest valley or when he was hiding in the caves, God was with him there too. 

Let this be our prayer today…
God, for your unfailing love, we give you thanks.  Thank you for Jesus’ promise to never leave us orphaned and alone.  Even in isolation, we trust in you.  Amen.    

Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher