Daily Psalm 8/21/2021

I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to those who oppress me.
Be the guarantee for Your servant for good [as Judah was the guarantee for Benjamin];
Do not let the arrogant men oppress me.
My eyes fail [with longing, watching] for [the fulfillment of] Your salvation,
And for [the fulfillment of] Your righteous word.
Deal with Your servant according to Your [gracious] lovingkindness,
And teach me Your statutes (Psalms 119:121-124).

One of the hardest pills to swallow is that we are human and we are given to our passions. David, just like Paul and Peter, was no saint and, the mess he created got him into trouble. In the same way, 21st-century Christians also do and/or say things that get them into trouble. Getting into trouble and being judged for it does not mean that “our life has come to an end” or that Jesus has cast us on the scrap heap and moved on. Getting into trouble and confessing our error means that a new path must be forged to get us back on track for the kingdom. The new pathway begins by dealing with the sin and moving past it with our eyes on our Lord.

Father,

thank you for “new beginnings”. I know that you never cast us on the scrap heap or say, “I want nothing to do with you” unless we refuse your grace. You know all too well how inward and outward pressures compel us to take pathways we would not ordinarily take. The Devil knows all too well that once he starts down a path, we will continue down it until we come to a crossroads. So, please help me today to live for you and stay in your word that I may grow stronger in you and be better prepared for the days to come. I pray for my family and families, the Law Enforcement, EMT, and Military communities. I pray for the restoration and healing of the USA and of our world. Please be with those who are struggling with illness, financial distress, and/or seeking your face for the direction of their lives.

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 8/19/2021

Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word;
Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You].
Redeem me from the oppression of man;
That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine [with pleasure] upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes (Psalms 119:133-135).

For the Lord to teach us His statutes, we must have an open ear to hear what He will say to our lives. For our ears to be opened, we must have them tuned to His voice (John 10:27-28). The Lord G_d does not need to ramble on about His promises because we have His word. If we will but stay in His Word, we will learn what the truth is and how it impacts our life (John 8:31-32). It would be the same thing as throwing away the instructions for a complex item and then wonder why it didn’t work or it turned out different from the description on the box. 

Father,

I pray for my readers that your Holy Spirit is with my readers as you have done in my life.  I pray for my families. I pray for the military, Law Enforcement, and EMT communities. I pray for the city of Stacy, the State of Minnesota, and the USA that you will send rain upon our land. I also pray for healing over the world at large. Please make the light of your face shine upon all who call upon you in Spirit and in truth.

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 8/17/2021

For a cup [of His wrath] is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams;
It is well mixed and fully spiced, and He pours out from it;
And all the wicked of the earth must drain it and drink down to its dregs.
But as for me, I will declare it and rejoice forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
All the horns of the wicked He will cut off,
But the horns of the righteous will be lifted up (Psalm 75:8-10).

To say “the world is on the edge of chaos” is an understatement! In light of this, I encourage you to consider the ground on which you stand. If your security is in anything or anyone other than the Lord Jesus, it is misplaced. The Lord gives us the choice of which G_d or god we will serve. The cup of wrath that is in the Lord’s hand and the spices that go into it are in direct proportion to the work of our hands; if our work is foolishness, we cannot hope but to get a mess in return; conversely, if the work of our hands is built on the solid foundation of the Lord G_d, He will hold our world together.

Father,

I pray earnestly for my world. I see the world teetering on the edge of oblivion and no amount of band-aids will help the problems. We desperately need the leadership of those whose hearts are white-hot for you. We do not need another religion, another law, and/or a politician, we need you and only you. I pray for my families, those who read these posts, the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA. 

IHS

MK

Psalm of the Day 8/14/2021

May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
May the LORD rejoice and be glad in His works—
He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being (Psalm 104:31-33).

For the glory of the Lord to endure all of the days of our life is in our hands. When we chose the path of unrighteousness, we tell G_d “I have no need for you until the next tragedy occurs; this kind of lifestyle is like a rollercoaster, we praise when we feel good and curse when are not feeling good or the situations that surround us are less favorable. Walking the path of righteousness is not without hiccups or “flops” but, from these events, it sinks into our mind  “A Sword for the Lord and Gideon”. 

father,

thank you for your unending love for us. No one in times present, in times past, or in the times to come can live and not have problems. From the times of trouble help me to never lose sight of you. I pray for my families, the military, Law Enforcement, EMT communities. I pray for your blessings over our ministers and teachers. I pray especially for those enduring health issues and problems that seem insurmountable. Help me to be an encouragement to all I meet.

IHS
MK

Daily Psalm

Behold, bless and praise the LORD, all servants of the LORD (priests, Levites),
Who stand and serve by night in the house of the LORD.
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary
And bless the LORD.
May the LORD bless you from Zion,
He who made heaven and earth (Psalm 134).

This prayer was for the Priests who ministered before the Lord in the evening when the people slept. In the same way, as parents, we pray for our children that they would be blessed and watched over. When spend the midnight hours pouring our hearts out to the Lord, we might be tempted to think “does anybody care, or am I spinning my wheels”; the answer is, “Yes you just don’t see it”. As we uplift others, the Lord uplifts us.

Father,

I pray for those who are struggling with loads that appear to be “dead weight”. When we spend time praying over the families, it is not wasted time, it is time that is invested. Please help us as we face our struggles to always see your footprint and your hands upon our lives. I pray for my families, law enforcement, EMT, and military communities. I pray over my city of Stacy, the state of MN, and the USA.

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 8/8/2021

Bless our God, O peoples,
And make the sound of His praise be heard abroad,
Who keeps us among the living,
And does not allow our feet to slip or stumble.
For You have tested us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the net;
You laid a heavy burden [of servitude] on us (Psalms 66:8-11).

The people of the world hear about the G_d we serve from His servants. When our words and actions line up with the follow-through of our words. If what we do and say we do line up, the world knows that there is a G_d who loves them. Equally, when we say one thing but believe another, we tell the world “we’re faking it”. When the church speaks about the value of loving others but the love we show is through “backbiting”, the world will get the wrong impression and will believe a lie. IT is for this reason that as the church of the Lord Jesus we must walk in His word and grow in it because lives are dependent on it.

Father,

I pray for the church that they will arise from their doldrums and see the mess that we have made. The world does not know what it wants and will reach out for any morsel of truth it can find and often find itself no further out of the pit than when they started. The travesty is that lives are destroyed every day and it is you they blame. Help me today to live for you that my light may so shine that the world will give glory to you. I pray for the military, Law Enforcement, and EMT communities, for my families, the city of Stacy, the State of MN, and the USA. I pray especially for those impacted by the COVID-19 and its wicked sister. I pray for healing over my land that you may return rain to this land.

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 8/5/2021

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Set me securely on an inaccessibly high place away from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from those who practice wrongdoing,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.
Look! They lie in wait for my life;
Fierce and powerful men [are uniting together to] launch an attack against me,
Not for my wrongdoing nor for any sin of mine, O LORD (Psalms 59:1-3).

The one most difficult concepts to come to grips with is that move of G_d’s hand is not immediate at least not in our sense of timing. So, when we go through trials and tribulations, we wonder “where is this G_d I pray daily to”? This is where faith comes into place because when we see the world surviving insurmountable odds and yet declare “there is no G_d and there is no Devil”;. This indomitable spirit of mankind compels people to forge their own god/idol. When the wicked person wins, the Devil is quick to point out how helpless our G_d is and maybe, “you could be mistaken”. When we stand upon the Word and do not surrender our post, eventually the fruit that comes from our actions will be of greater quality than what the wicked produce. 

Father,

Thank you for your unswerving faithfulness to us even when we don’t deserve it. Unfortunately, in this world, the wicked hold sway but you have overcome the world (John 16:33). Help me to never surrender my faith in you and to always keep my eyes on You. I pray for the city of Stacy, the State of MN, the USA, our elected leadership, the military communities, EMT staff, and Law Enforcement communities. May your grace be upon our nation today and always. Be with those who read these posts and may that be blessed fully and completely. Pray especially for those affected by COVID 19 and COV2. 

IHS
MK

Daily Psalm 7/25/2021

Sing aloud to God our strength;
Shout for joy to the God of Jacob (Israel).
Raise a song, sound the timbrel,
The sweet-sounding lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the New Moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel,
An ordinance of the God of Jacob (Psalms 81:1-4).

Years ago, I was driving in an extremely thick fog and I could not see more than a foot from my windshield. While it was still a little while before daylight, the fog lights were able to shine a little bit through the fog. When daylight came, no amount of light was going to penetrate the fog. During times like this, it is common to become afraid that I will miss an exit or, at worst, cause an accident. When I turned my fears into praise, the fog eventually lifted and I could see where I was and that I had not missed my exit.

Father,

Thank you for the pathways you lead us on. It is very hard to see through the fog and maybe that’s on purpose so that we learn to trust you. Help me daily to turn my complaints into outlets of praise and that you will lift the fog in your time. I pray for my families, law enforcement, EMT, military communities, the city of Stacy, the state of MN, my USA, teachers, pastors, and those who are struggling with immense illness and pains. 

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 7/20/2021

When I see and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have established,
What is a man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor (Psalms 8:3-5).

When you look at the breadth and depth of G_d’s world, one cannot help but be amazed. I thought about the miracle of the human body how it is so intricate but even the most brilliant medical minds can not replicate it. When we were made, the purpose was for fellowship and all that come to him must believe he exists and is the rewarded of them who pursue righteousness.

father,

I pray for my family and families today.  I pray for the military, law enforcement, EMT communities. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and my USA. The nation is quaking but I know that you are holding the foundation firm.

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 7/19/2021

Judge and vindicate me, O God; plead my cause against an ungodly nation.
O rescue me from the deceitful and unjust man!
For You are the God of my strength [my stronghold—in whom I take refuge]; why have You rejected me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God, my exceeding joy;
With the lyre, I will praise You, O God, my God (Psalms 43)!

One of the most difficult tasks that we are assigned by our King is, live to honor the work on the cross. Jesus did the hard work over 2000 years ago on the cross of Calvary; His blood was poured out on the altar signifying his death. When we are baptized in his death, all of the mess that we brought to Calvary was washed away and the physical stuff that held us back from living a full life in Jesus was put to death. Once something is put to death, we no longer need to carry it around. 

Father,

May the plan you have for my life and that of my readers be put into action. i know how easy it is to carry around dead weight. You desire for your children to be free from bondage. May your best desires for my life and that of my readers be put into action. I pray for my family and families, the military, law enforcement officer, and EMT communities. I pray for the city of Stacy, State of MN, and my USA.

 

Daily Psalm 7/16/2021

For He is our God
And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts and become spiritually dull as at Meribah [the place of strife],
And as at Massah [the place of testing] in the wilderness,
“When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, even though they had seen My work [of miracles] (Psalms 95:7-9).

When G_d speaks to our heart, we often mistake it because it isn’t accompanied by the sound of angels singing. Sometimes G_d’s voice is the sound we hear in our heart but we tune it off because it is not what we want to hear and we tend to quarrel with the Lord like Israel did when what they wanted was not mysteriously dropped into their lap (Exodus 17:1-7). Consider the case of the young man who wrote from college asking for additional funding only to be told: “read the Bible” which occurred several times during the boy’s time at college. When the young man got home, he criticized his dad for not meeting his “financial needs”. His dad asked him, “did you read your Bible”? The child replied, “of course I did”! Only to be told, “No you haven’t because if you had, you would have seen a $100 in each page of the Bible”.

Father,

Thank you for your unmerited grace and mercy. You give us your word that we may know you and may grow up in you. May my ears ever be attuned to what you are saying that through these words I may grow up in you and others may know the truth and walk in it. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities. I pray for my families that your good spirit may dwell richly in them. 

IHS
MK

Daily Psalm 7/15/2021

In You, O LORD, I have placed my trust and taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness rescue me.
Incline Your ear to me, deliver me quickly;
Be my rock of refuge,
And a strong fortress to save me.
Yes, You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake, You will lead me and guide me.
You will draw me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength and my stronghold (Psalms 31:1-4).

When we come to the Lord and recite the words above, we must understand the importance of “in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). G_d does not listen so much to the words from our mouth as He does the words from our heart. If the words of our mouth do not jive with the words of our heart, what we say will be meaningless (1 Corinthians 13:1). Of all the things G_d desires from us, the greatest, to me anyway, is a heart that is responsive to Him or, “The willing praise of His people” (Psalms 119:108). When the Lord G_d is our stronghold, there is nothing the world can do to us that will take us from the hand of the Lord (Isaiah 43:12-13).

Father,

Thank you for the day you have made. help me to honor you in all that I do. May the willing praise from lips be in line with the desires of my heart. I praise you not because of your manifold gifts but because I have seen with my eyes the salvation of the Lord and know that you are always faithful (Luke 2:28-32). I pray for my families today and especially those affected by the collapse of the condo in Miami and the fierce fires in the west. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities. I pray for the teachers, preachers, the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA. 

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 7/13/2021

Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself.
Then we shall not turn back from You;
Revive us and we will call on Your name.
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
Cause Your face to shine on us [in favor and approval], and we shall be saved (Psalms 80:17-19). 

The young man was told repeatedly “do not go out sailing without somebody with you”. The young man decided to not listen to the advice. The first two times he had no problems and became cocky. One day a storm blew up and he was caught in a storm and the boat capsized. The young man escaped on a raft and was on the water for many days. At first, he dreamed of luxurious meals and fine wine. For a little while, the young man thought he’d be missed so he hoped the time being left afloat would be prolonged. At the end of his rations, he cried out for help and when he was rescued, he was so glad to reach shore that nothing else mattered. In similar ways, many of you are afloat on a life raft wondering if anybody even cares about you. I want to tell you that Jesus cares about you and wants you to come home. 

Father,

Thank you for your awesome love for mankind. I pray for my families, for those who are shipwrecked and looking for a lifeline. I pray for these people that they will find a lifeline in my writings and seek you where they are. I pray for the law enforcement communities, military communities, teachers, preachers, City of Stacy, State of MN, and my USA. 

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 104:1-4

Bless and affectionately praise the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
[You are the One] who covers Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretches out the heavens like a tent curtain,
Who lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters [above the firmament],
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,
Who makes winds His messengers,
Flames of fire His ministers (Psalm 104:1-4).

As a child, I looked up to my dad and he was so tall, imposing, and I wanted to be like him. The problem is, as I grew my dad became smaller and I didn’t fear him as much. When I became an adult I thought I knew everything. The problem with holding the belief that “I knew everything”, my dad couldn’t teach me anything and we butted heads. In the same way, when we see how big our G_d is, we revere Him, worship Him, and trust Him. When we think we know better than G_d, His power becomes less in our life and we fall short of His Kingdom. As long as our eyes are on ourselves, our praise and prayers become hollow and meaningless. Today I pray that you get a fresh appreciation of the miracle of G_d’s kingdom and you catch a fresh fire.

Father,

Help me today to take my eyes off of myself and put them on you. You have made marvelous earth and you know what it will take to heal it just like you know what we need in our lives and what we do not. May your Spirit fall fresh upon the field of my life and that of my families, Law Enforcement community, military communities, EMT staff, city of Stacy, state of MN, and the USA. I pray specifically for those impacted by the destruction in  Miami FL, the wars going on in Haiti, and for those in need of your physical healing. i ask this in Jesus’ name

IHS
MK

Daily Psalm 7/10/2021

For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
You who love the LORD, hate evil;
He protects the souls of His godly ones (believers),
He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown [like seed] for the righteous and illuminates their path,
And [irrepressible] joy [is spread] for the upright in heart [who delight in His favor and protection].
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones [those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God],
And praise and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name (Psalm 97:9-12).

There is an inherent problem with perception in that it can be skewed in one direction or another. The enemy of our soul, the Devil of old, will be quick to point out all of the problems on the earth with the intention of confusing mankind. It is for this reason that we read about the tragic mistakes made by Solomon, Elijah, and Jonah. When we are not battling a storm and the Lord is graciously blessing us, it is easy to praise the Lord but let the storms come in and the sky turns to bronze and the earth to iron then we become argumentative, angry, and we complain instead of blessing the Lord. 

Father,

I am no better than the great men and women of old who have gotten stuck in the troubles of the earth. I know that you love me and I love you but that doesn’t stop me from losing sight of all that you have done in and through my life. Help me to always keep my eyes on you and never lose hope. Help me to daily set the focus of my life on you no matter what is coming at me. I pray for my families, the military communities, Law Enforcement communities, teachers, preachers, the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA. 

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 7/8/2021

I will sing of [steadfast] lovingkindness and justice;
To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
I will behave wisely and follow the way of integrity.
When will You come to me?
I will walk in my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.
I will set no worthless or wicked thing before my eyes.
I hate the practice of those who fall away [from the right path];
It will not grasp hold of me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not tolerate evil.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will silence;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate.
My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me;
He who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me.
He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house;
He who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence.
Morning after morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land,
That I may cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do evil (Psalms 101).

This Psalm is a recipe for walking in the Spirit of the Lord. Honoring G_d is about living to please Him and doing what is pleasing to Him by personal choice. The enemy will always tell us, “it is only once” and “It’s harmless” but those are simply seeds that get in the way and are like chains that the Devil can pull us down. Consider the beloved “bribe” that once we accept it, the person offering will use it as a charm to consistently and persistently pull us further down the pathway to destruction (Proverbs 17:8). If we live according to G_d’s plan, as Peter put it, “if we make every effort to respond G_d’s promises, we will never be unproductive in our walk with the Lord” (2 Peter 1:5-8).

Father,

May all that I do in life be pleasing to you. I know that this world has chains that bring us down. The Devil’s presents always come at a price and the cost is our soul.  It is impossible for mankind to completely avoid hurting other people but the choice is in our hands how we handle it. I so desperately need you working in my life so may my temple be clean and open for you to be the King of my life. I pray your blessings on my families, the military communities, law enforcement officers, EMT staff, preachers, teachers, the City of Stacy, the State of MN, and my nation as a whole. I pray especially for the people of Miami in Dade county that you will be with them to help them and the families affected from the collapse of the condominium.

Daily Psalm 7/6/2021

His foundation is on the holy mountain.
The LORD loves the gates of Zion
More than all the dwellings of Jacob (Israel).
Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God [Jerusalem]. Selah.
“I will mention Rahab (Egypt) and Babylon among those who know Me—
Behold, Philistia, and Tyre with Ethiopia (Cush)—
‘This one was born there.'”
But of Zion, it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her,”
And the Most High Himself will establish her.
The LORD will count, when He registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah.
The singers, as well as the players of flutes, will say,
“All my springs and sources of joy are in you [Jerusalem, city of God] (Psalms 87). 

G_d’s greatest desire and plan for our life is that we live free from bondage to sin. Because it is G_d’s desire, He provided a pathway through His son Jesus the Messiah. Just because many have started the journey to the Kingdom but turned back around does not mean that G_d’s plan is ineffective. the problem is, many have built up their kingdoms and, like the 2.5 tribes that wanted to stay on the opposite side of G_d’s blessing, have become comfortable and believed “this is G_d’s very best” when it is simply a marginal existence.

Father,

Thank you for a new day in your presence.  Help me not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed into what you would have me to be (Romans 12:2). You did not give me the power to change the world nor to dictate morality, you gave me the power and authority to live for you so that the world would want to know the truth. I pray for my families, military communities, law enforcement officers, EMT staff, teachers, preachers, City of Stacy, State of MN, and my USA.

Daily Psalm 7/4/2021

Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear [to my instruction]:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
Then the King will desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, bow down, and honor Him.
The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.
Glorious is the King’s daughter within [the palace];
Her robe is interwoven with gold (Psalms 45:10-13).

When we become part of G_d’s Kingdom, by faith in Christ Jesus we leave t things behind us such as the behaviors that caused us issues. The people that once considered us hopeless, will seek us out to know what made the difference in our life. When Jesus called the 12 disciples, they were men of little re-known or, were outcasts of society like the dregs. Once these men walked in the light of Jesus Christ, their lives were turned upside down and the group was sought out especially during the two missionary trips. In the same way, when we were called from darkness into His light, we became new creations in Christ Jesus.

Father,

Thank you for your unmerited grace and mercy. When you called me, I was an outcast among my peers. After that fateful day over 35 years ago, you changed my life in ways no adherence to the law, no promises, and/or Self-Help books could possibly do. I was not changed just because I picked up the Word of G_d, I was changed because Jesus’ blood covered my life and gave me a new foundation to stand on. May I ever seek to serve you all of the days of my life. I pray for my families, my Law Enforcement Officers, the US military families, the EMT staff, teachers, preachers, the city of Stacy, the State of MN, and my USA. I pray especially for those dealing with the destruction down in Miami and those that are in the eye of the storms.

IHS

MK

Daily Psalm 7/2/2021

But of Zion, it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her,”
And the Most High Himself will establish her.
The LORD will count, when He registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah.
The singers, as well as the players of flutes, will say,
“All my springs and sources of joy are in you [Jerusalem, city of God]” (Psalms 87:5-7).

In scripture, there are multiple references to “The son of ____” but,  that does not always mean, “a direct familial relationship”. What is often meant by the statement is that the individual exhibits personal character traits that were exhibited by the person referenced. Consider the case of Jesus, he was called “the Son of G_d” when no one had ever seen the face of G_d but they did know the Torah which spoke about the characteristics of Yahweh G_d through the eyes of David King of Israel and knew this man was authentic because he lived what he preached. In the same way, when we are called by the name of Christ not because of the name we affixed to our life but by the way we live our life.

Father,

Help me today to walk in obedience to you that the way I live my life does not betray my Lord but that he will call me faithful. May your good Spirit guide me and lead me today. Please be with my families, my Law Enforcement Officers, EMT staff, teachers, preachers, and the military members local and abroad while they are in the line of duty. I pray for my city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and my nation.

IHS
MK

Daily Psalm 7/1/2021

O LORD, You have [at last] shown favor to Your land [of Canaan];
You have restored [from Babylon] the captives of Jacob (Israel).
You have forgiven the wickedness of Your people;
You have covered all their sin. Selah.
You have withdrawn all Your wrath,
You have turned away from Your burning anger.
Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your indignation toward us to cease (Psalm 85:1-4).

During Israel’s tenure in Babylon beyond the Euphrates, the land enjoyed the first Sabbath rest in which the land was healed and restored (2 Chronicles 36:21) and this was the easiest part of the whole process. G_d’s plan was for Israel to return to her homeland but not everybody who went into exile returned from it and the land didn’t look like it had the day they left Jerusalem. In the same way, when we go astray what we took for granted is taken away from us and we are given time to consider what is important and what is not.  The people returning had to rebuild the broken walls of the city and rebuild the temple all of which took time. When we sin and are removed from our place, whether it be ministry or our home, what we return to will not resemble what we left. Part of rebuilding our lives requires repenting of the behaviors that caused us to be separated and taking active strides to do what is right.

Father,

When we sin, everything we possess can and will be taken away from us. Unfortunately, repenting from our sinful behaviors does not mean that “everything will return to the way it was” nor, will we necessarily receive back the things we lost or had given away. Repenting means, “I am sorry and  I will change course 180 degrees whatever else happens is in Your hands. I will wait on you.” Please be with my families, military, law enforcement officers, EMT staff, teachers, ministers, my city of Stacy, State of MN, and my nation.

IHS

MK