• “Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: Aug 13, 2020 – Psalms 108

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    Psalm 108 (ESV)

    With God We Shall Do Valiantly

    A Song. A Psalm of David.

    My heart is steadfast, O God!
    I will sing and make melody with all my being!
    Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
    I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
    For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!
    That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

    God has promised in his holiness:
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
    Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah my scepter.
    Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

    10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
    11 Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
    12 Oh grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
    13 With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.

    REFLECTION:

    1. David began this psalm, which is a prayer for help against Israel’s enemies, with an expression of total confidence in the Lord. David’s very petition was worship, for he knew that “your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
    2. God has promised the victory that David claimed. To “cast my shoe” (v9) represented Israel’s domination of a humbled and submissive Moab. David, even before the battle, so relied on the covenant commitment of God to be with Israel’s armies, that he spoke as if the victories were already won.
    3. This is a great expression of dependence on God and trust in Him for the deliverance He promised. We who are God’s people should face our spiritual enemies with the same humility and confidence.
    4. How has God’s provision or rescue for you in the past given you hope for the future?

     

    PRAYER:

    Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what He wants to tell you.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in your spiritual journal.

     

    HYMN:

    Be Exalted O God – www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYSyt6uOGyA

     

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