Daily D – Psalm 85:8
I will listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. PSALM 85:8 (NLT)
Yesterday was Election Day for runoff races. What little commercial television we watch has been filled with advertising for candidates each of whom promised they would FIGHT for you when they get to Washington or Austin. It seems as if the one characteristic necessary to get elected is that the candidate be a FIGHTER, not a lover.
Perhaps this is a significant reason we are in the mess we are in?
I loathe election years. Candidates bring out the guns, knives, hand grenades, and anti-personnel mines. They carefully hone sound bites to sound strong and defiant. It’s the candidate and us against the world. I cannot think of a single candidate with a message that says something like, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”
Election season is wearisome. Where do we go for refreshment? How do we wash our ears out with soap? This verse in Psalm 85 provides treasured guidance: “I will listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people.”
What if the last thing we heard or read before bedtime was not the ten o’clock news, which is bad, worse, and terrible, except for that one little story at the very end that makes everyone smile and say, “Aww,” what if we spent a moment contemplating God’s words of truth and life?
Writing in my Younique journal and reflecting on my day last night, I was led back to two Bible passages I am committing to memory. Pondering those words, I laid me down to sleep.
Praying through Psalm 23, I came to the part where it says God does all the necessary fighting. He is bigger, stronger, and better than any opponent ever. He knows when and how to fight. I do not have to fight my own battles. I do not need a politician to fight my battles. I will stick close to God who seeks the highest and best for every person, who heals my hurts, who fills my cup to overflowing, and who provides goodness and mercy every day of my life and forever.
In this day of FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT, let us listen carefully to what God says. He is speaking peace. He surrounds us with his love and mercy. His words are grace and truth.
I will listen carefully to what God says morning by morning and evening by evening.
Our Father, we need your words of truth and life, grace and peace. Give us the discipline of committing your words to memory. Guide us by your wisdom. Empower us to see others the way you do, especially those who cannot think of anything better to do than fight. Empower us to overcome evil with good. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.