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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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.