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Free & Fit - Summer with the Psalms - Psalm 28 Friday 28th June

Summer with the Psalms

Psalm 28 Friday 28th June



“I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary. Do not drag me away with the wicked— with those who do evil— those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt! Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.”


‭‭Psalms‬ ‭28‬:‭1‬-‭9‬ ‭NLT‬‬



Pastor Tim’s Reflection


We have been sold some pretty interesting items by the media; toothpaste, socks and various different forms of chocolate, but do we trust them enough to ask them for advice? Do we place our future in their hands? Perhaps we permit too much time to the media, to the narrative of the press and certainly chocolate can sometimes be a welcome distraction! Yet, what can we do differently to grant ourselves more peace? How can we change the narrative and our well being?


The Psalmist is pretty clear. He offers us hope in God. “The Lord is my strength and shield!” The recent political debates in the UK and US have changed the narrative of a summer which is normally focused on sports with the Olympics, Euros and Copa Americas. It’s almost as if the Politicians didn’t want to take a back seat, to take control and interrupt the status quo. The problem is not the politicians, it’s our perspective and where we place our power.


This summer we have a choice, we too, like the Psalmist have a daily decision to make. Will we follow the social media feeds, the political agendas, our countries sports performance or THE WILL OF GOD? Yes! That’s right! Will we place our TRUST IN GOD and BELIEVE IN HIM! Today we are invited by the Psalmist to “trust him with all our heart!” The Psalmist reminds us “He helps us, and our hearts are filled with joy! . We can burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength!” So let’s today renew our strength in the Lord!


Prayer


Father help us the helpless, defend us the defenseless and cleanse us the unclean in Jesus name. Be our Rock, our Shield and our Strength so we can place our Trust in you again O Lord. Do not let us become distracted, disillusioned or discouraged by what is going on in our world and make us strong in you in Jesus name. Amen


“So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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