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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Psalm 37: Trust in the Lord

Edward F. Lundwall Jr.

Theme Verse:
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of your heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
(Ps. 37:35)

I come before you, LORD, with all my troubles and frailty. So often, I am tempted and pressured to sin in ways that would dishonor your Name. Forgive me, LORD. Why should I trade enjoyment that is passing for the joys that are eternal? Why should I lust for prosperity with guilt, when you provide my daily bread securely from your hand? Why should I not meditate upon all that is eternally good…You…other than that which is but a passing, selfish pleasure? Yet, LORD, I am a sinner in lean times.

Merciful Father, help me to honor you by faith during the lean times! Help me to delight, to meditate upon the infinite value of your person and the certainty of provision and blessing. By faith I accept your words testimony that your reward for the faithful is greater than humans have seen or heard or that has entered into the heart and imagination of unenlightened man! By faith, I dedicate myself to joy in your Word and your ways because they are inherently good coming from the Holy God of Heaven. Even though I may not understand all that you bring to pass in my life, I know this one thing, You love me and seek only my best. Father, grant that I may be privileged to bear fruit in this life by abiding in Jesus, fruit that shall give you honor (John 15:1– 8) both now and for all eternity. Grant that I may be one of your edifying instruments to the other members of Christ's body that they too may bear glorifying fruit to you for Jesus sake. Amen

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Praying Psalm 2: Kiss the Son
Praying Psalm 3: God is My Shield
Praying Psalm 4: Let Me be Approved of Thee, O God
Praying Psalm 5: Renew a Right Spirit Within Me
Praying Psalm 6: When Weeping Leads to Victory
Praying Psalm 7: The Basis of Boldness
Praying Psalm 8: Worship in Admiration and Humility
Praying Psalm 9: Hope for the Oppressed
Praying Psalm 10: Deliverance from the Wicked
Praying Psalm 11: The Foundation of Life
Praying Psalm 12: Lamenting the Lack of Godliness
Praying Psalm 13: Faith's Triumph
Praying Psalm 14: Remembering We Are Sinners
Praying Psalm 15: Fellowship With God
Praying Psalm 16: God-Pleasing Godliness
Praying Psalm 17: Progression Sanctification
Praying Psalm 18: God's Power to Deliver
Praying Psalm 19: Witness for Worship
Praying Psalm 20: Personal and National Revival
Praying Psalm 21: Worship and Thanksgiving
Praying Psalm 22: The Hope of Christ - The Prophetic Vision
Praying Psalm 23: Daily Living with the Good Shepherd
Praying Psalm 24: Inspired by Creation, we worship the Creator
Praying Psalm 25: Lifting up one’s soul while waiting upon God
Praying Psalm 26: God's affirmation of the Accused
Praying Psalm 27: Waiting on the Lord
Praying Psalm 28: Desperately Seeking the Lord
Praying Psalm 29: God's Glory and Power Seen in Nature
Praying Psalm 30: A Disciple's Heart Desire
Praying Psalm 31: Humbly Waiting on God
Praying Psalm 32: The Beatitude of the Redeemed
Praying Psalm 33: A National Prayer for Revival
Praying Psalm 34: God Redeems
Praying Psalm 35: Friends and Foes

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