For the music director, on stringed instruments, a contemplative song of David. Give ear, O God, to my prayer and do not ignore my plea for help. Listen to me and answer me. I am restless in my complaint and moan— because of the voice of the enemy, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they thrust trouble on me, and in anger bear a grudge against me. My heart shudders within me and the terrors of death sweep over me. Fear and trembling come upon me and horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. Surely I would flee far away. I would stay in the wilderness. Selah I would hurry to my shelter from the rushing wind of the storm.” Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they make the rounds on her walls. Iniquity and mischief are within her. Ruins are in her midst. Oppression and deceit never leave her square. For if it were an enemy taunting me, I could endure it. If my foe was exalting himself over me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like me— my companion and my close friend! Together we enjoyed great fellowship. We used to walk with the throng in the House of God. Let desolation come upon them, let them go down alive into Sheol — for evil is in their dwelling, among them. As for me, I will call on God, and Adonai will save me. Evening, morning and noon, I complain and moan, then He hears my voice. He will redeem my soul in shalom from the battle against me. For many are striving with me. God will hear and humble them —yes, the One enthroned of old. Selah Nothing changes—they do not fear God. My companion put forth his hands against those at peace with him, as he violates his covenant. Smoother than butter was his speech, yet war was in his heart. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. Cast your burden on Adonai, and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken. But You, O God, will bring them down to the Pit of destruction. Bloodthirsty, deceitful men will not live out half their days. But I—I will trust in You. Psalm 55:1-24 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2055:1-24&version=TLV
Blessings and Shalom – Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
For the music director: “A Silent Dove Far Away,” a Michtam of David, when the Philistines had seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God! For man has crushed me, fighting all day he oppresses me. My foes trample me all day. For many are fighting me arrogantly. In a day when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God—I keep praising His word— in God I trust, I will not fear. What can mere flesh do to me? All day they twist my words. All their thoughts are against me for evil. They stir up strife; they lie hidden. They mark my steps, eager to take my soul. In spite of such sin, will they escape? In fierce anger, O God, cast down such people! You have recorded my wanderings. You put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day I call. This I know—that God is for me. In God—I keep praising His word— in Adonai —I keep praising His word— in God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to You, O God. I will present thank offerings to You. For You have delivered my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. Psalm 56:1-14 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2056:1-14&version=TLV
Blessings and Shalom – Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork. Day to day they speak, night to night they reveal knowledge. There is no speech, no words, where their voice goes unheard. Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens He pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his bridal chamber. It is like a strong man rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other end. Nothing is hidden from its heat. The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of Adonai is trustworthy, making the simple wise. The precepts of Adonai are right, giving joy to the heart. The mitzvot of Adonai are pure, giving light to the eyes. The fear of Adonai is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of Adonai are true and altogether righteous. They are more desirable than gold, yes, more than much pure gold! They are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned. In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Cleanse me of hidden faults. Also keep Your servant from willful sins. May they not have dominion over me. Then I will be blameless, free from great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:2-15 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2019:2-15&version=TLV
Blessings and Shalom – Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:17-19 (NIV)
Have you ever felt like you are facing enemies or fearful situations too difficult to overcome? Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of intimidating circumstances, feeling like there is nowhere to turn and no one to help. These scriptures remind us that even when we are confronted with fearful and overpowering impossibilities, underneath our shaking knees, we have the unshakable strength and support of the all powerful, Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords. Because our Heavenly Father delights in you and me, He rescues us from any of life’s traps and snares. He bring us out into the freedom of open spaces with new opportunities. Whatever we face today or tomorrow we must not forget to rejoice in the truth that the Lord delights in us and will always be our strength, our deliverer, and Savior. All glory, honor and praise to our God! Yes, amen!
In You, Adonai, have I taken refuge. Let me never be ashamed. Deliver me and rescue me in Your justice. Turn Your ear to me and save me. Be to me a sheltering rock where I may always go. Give the command to save me— for You are my rock and my fortress. My God, rescue me out of the hand of the wicked, out of the grasp of an evil, ruthless man. For You are my hope, Adonai my Lord— my trust from my youth. From my birth I have leaned on You. You took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise is always about You. I am like an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day. Do not cast me away in the time of old age. When my strength fails, do not forsake me. For my enemies speak against me. Those who watch for my soul conspire together, saying: “God has forsaken him— Pursue and take him, for no one will deliver.” O God, be not far from me! My God, come quickly to help me. Let the accusers of my soul be disgraced and destroyed. Let those who seek to harm me be covered with scorn and confusion. But I—I will hope continually and will praise You more and more. My mouth will recount Your justice and Your salvation all day, though I do not know the sum of them. I come because of the mighty deeds of Adonai my Lord. I will remember Your righteousness—Yours alone. God, You taught me from my youth, and I still keep declaring Your wonders. So even until I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, till I tell of Your strong arm to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come. For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to high heaven. You have done great things—O God, who is like You? You made me see many troubles and evils —You will revive me again— from the depths of the earth You will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness, and comfort me once again. So I will praise You with the harp for your truth, O my God. I will sing praises to You with the lyre O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy —when I sing praises to You— and my soul, which You have redeemed. Also my tongue will tell of Your righteousness all day. For those who seek my hurt have been put to shame and confusion. Psalm 71:1-24 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2071:1-24&version=TLV
Blessings and Shalom, Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
Not to us, Adonai, not to us, but to your name give glory, because of your grace and truth. Why should the nations ask, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Their idols are mere silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but they can’t speak; they have eyes, but they can’t see; they have ears, but they can’t hear; they have noses, but they can’t smell; they have hands, but they can’t feel; they have feet, but they can’t walk; with their throats they can’t make a sound. The people who make them will become like them, along with everyone who trusts in them. Isra’el, trust in Adonai! He is their help and shield. House of Aharon, trust in Adonai! He is their help and shield. You who fear Adonai, trust in Adonai ! He is their help and shield. Adonai has kept us in mind, and he will bless. He will bless the house of Isra’el; he will bless the house of Aharon; he will bless those who fear Adonai, great and small alike. May Adonai increase your numbers, both yours and those of your children. May you be blessed by Adonai, the maker of heaven and earth. Heaven belongs to Adonai, but the earth he has given to humankind. The dead can’t praise Adonai, not those who sink down into silence. But we will bless Adonai from now on and forever. Halleluyah! Psalm 115:1-18 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%20115:1-18&version=CJB
May Adonai answer you in times of distress, may the name of the God of Ya‘akov protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Tziyon. May he be reminded by all your grain offerings and accept the fat of your burnt offerings. (Selah) May he grant you your heart’s desire and bring all your plans to success. Then we will shout for joy at your victory and fly our flags in the name of our God. May Adonai fulfill all your requests. Now I know that Adonai gives victory to his anointed one — he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we praise the name of Adonai our God. They will crumple and fall, but we will arise and stand erect. Give victory, Adonai! Let the King answer us the day we call. Psalm 20:2-10 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2020:2-10&version=CJB
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
On the road of life in pursuit of your success, love and happiness, have you had some detours or crashes along the way? Friends betray us, jobs don’t last, wealth can be lost, and family can cause the deepest of wounds. This weeks scripture challenges us to ask, “How do I lay up my treasure in heaven where there is no corruption or loss?” Micah 6:8 tells us, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” We also read in John 16:33 “In this life you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” So place your heart and hope in Jesus, Who overcomes the troubles of this world. By His grace, live honorably with compassion, extending mercy to others in humble dependence upon the Lord. You will know the the blessings of God’s favor, experience His peace that passes understanding, and lay up treasures in heaven. Thank You, Lord!
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)
If God supposedly knows everything and has a plan, why should we bother with prayer and asking for His help? Do you have childhood memories of playing hide-and-seek and how much fun it is to surprise someone in their hiding place? Oh, how special it is to see the joyous expression on a loved one’s face when they walk into a surprise party in their honor! These verses reveal God’s heart in that He longs for us to seek Him and to find the overwhelming joy of how much He loves us. How awesome that God loves to reveal Himself to us and to surprise us with signs and wonders in answering our prayers. Be encouraged to keep on asking to receive, seeking to find and knocking for the open doors of God’s blessings and abundant provision for you today (Luke 11:10). Thank you, Lord!
For the leader. A psalm of David: Adonai, the king finds joy in your strength; what great joy he displays in your victory! You give him his heart’s desire; you don’t refuse the prayer from his lips. (Selah) For you come to meet him with the best blessings, you place a crown of fine gold on his head. He asks you for life; you give it to him, years and years forever and ever. Your victory brings him great glory; you confer on him splendor and honor. For you bestow on him everlasting blessings, you make him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king puts his trust in Adonai, in the grace of ‘Elyon ; he will not be moved. Your hand will find all your enemies; your right hand will overtake those who hate you. At your appearing, you will make them like a fiery furnace. Adonai will swallow them up in his anger; fire will consume them. You will destroy from the earth their descendants, rid humankind of their posterity; for they intended evil against you; but despite their scheme, they won’t succeed. For you will make them turn their back by aiming your bow at their faces. Arise, Adonai, in your strength; and we will sing and praise your power. Psalm 21:1-14 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2021:1-14&version=CJB