Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Psalms 56, 120, 140, 141, & 142. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
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Yesterday afternoon we were unfortunate witness to another attack on our fellow citizens at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Sadly these news cycles have become too familiar. In our world today it is not uncommon to see evil triumphing greatly. As I ponder these event, I am reminded that evil has always been around, and unfortunately it will always be around. Our reading for today reminds us where our strength must come from.
Read these words from David again … “O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?” (Psalm 56:1-3 NLT) or … “I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.” (Psalm 120:1 NLT) or … “O Lord, rescue me from evil people. Protect me from those who are violent, those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long. Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips.” (Psalm 140:1-3 NLT).
David knows where to turn when evil takes place. Let me encourage you to do the same in your hour of need. Let me encourage you to turn to prayer when evil streams across the screens of our televisions, computers, and electronic devices. And let us remember that our home is not this world, but eternity in the very presence of God himself.
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