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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Give It To God

Psa 34:17  The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psa 34:18  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psa 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psa 34:20  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Psa 34:21  Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Psa 34:22  The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

There is a central theme in this entire chapter.  Do you know what it is? God’s protection for the righteous and non-protection for the wicked.  Many things are stated in this chapter concerning God’s divine protection, many of which seem to be separate from God’s divine protection.  If you allow God, He will teach you how inter-connected they really are.  For instance, in verses 13-16 God admonishes us to not participate in the evil actions of the unrighteous.  Why, because He punishes evil doings.  If you are a part of evil doings in a retaliation manner, He will have to punish you instead of caring for you.

We should instead go straight to God and cry to Him.  That is what He wants.  Our children know this principle and use it well with us.  I remember growing up in a house of 5 kids.  I am the youngest.  That means that I had 1 nice sibling and 3 evil siblings (or that is how I felt a lot of times).  My only defense against my 2 older brother’s meanness was screaming out to mom or dad.  While this was not very masculine to do, I was more concerned with my survival at that moment than my present state of masculinity.  All we have to do to have the evil taken care of is cry out to God.  You know, as I look back on those years growing up, the only ones tried to get me not to cry to mom and dad, were the ones that were trying to hurt me.  Satan is the same way, he wants you to think that you can handle this hardship or evil doings on your own.  God says, “Let Me handle this and it will be handled right!”  God will come riding in like your hero if you let Him, but YOU have to let Him.

January 11, 2012 - Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , ,

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