Daily D – Psalm 77:10
And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” PSALM 77:10 (NLT)
“Just my luck,” I said. “The High God goes out of business just the moment I need him.”
Got whiplash? We have moved from righteous indignation to unrighteous destruction to a re-expanding pandemic in rather short order. You are forgiven if you are having a hard time knowing where to focus. All three balls, and maybe more, are in the air and require constant juggling.
Psalm 77 is one of my favorites. It tells a story I have often lived. Take it and read it top to bottom. Whatever your favorite Bible translation, start there. Then read the New Living Translation and The Message. Listen to vv. 7-9 in The Message:
Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good?
Will he never smile again?
Is his love worn threadbare?
Has his salvation promise burned out?
Has God forgotten his manners?
Has he angrily stalked off and left us?
Asaph the Poet wrote as if he were walking in our shoes. The more things change, the more they stay the same. And that is exactly, precisely what Asaph said next.
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
vv. 11, 12
Our Father in heaven never changes. He is always mighty. He is always good. He is always motivated and animated by his never-ending love. He saves, delivers, and heals. He specializes in the impossible.
Caught between the devil and the deep Red Sea? No way back? No way forward? Hemmed in before and behind?
When the Red Sea saw you, O God,
its waters looked and trembled!
The sea quaked to its very depths.
Then comes one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible:
Your road led through the sea,
Your pathway through the mighty waters—
A pathway no one knew was there.
I do not read history; I read His story. Better than any movie script, better than any novel, more exciting than any thriller, more amazing than anything ever seen yet, God is working out his ultimate plan for planet Earth and all its inhabitants. He is Waymaker.
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
Way Maker lyrics © Tunecore Inc
No matter how dark, no matter how dangerous, no matter how frightening, no matter how lost, God will make a way when there seems to be no way.
Do not despair another day.
God will always make a way.
Today could be that very day.
I will go with God who knows the way, shows the way, and goes all the way with us.
Our Father, you are the way, the truth, and the life. Without you there is no going. Without you there is no knowing. Without you there is no living. Show us the way we should go, for to you we lift up our souls. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.