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Psalm 33:18-22 (The Message)
18-19 Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him,
the ones who are looking for his love.
He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
in lean times he keeps body and soul together.
20-22 We’re depending on God;
he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
that’s what we’re depending on.
Psalm 34: 17-20 (The Message)
17 Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.
18 If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
19 Disciples so often get into trouble;
still, God is there every time.
20 He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
I seek the Lord’s face, His beloved presence this morning, in the dry and thirsty land of my spirit. More than life itself, my soul thirsts for the life of the Spirit… to be satisfied with the healing balm of Gilead, to be filled with joy and power for a new day. Lord, satisfy my soul, my spirit, this day. As His disciple, I recognize that I so often “get in trouble,” but yes, God is there every time, to lift me up, to protect and shield me, to set me on the right path.
I will bless you while I live… I will lift up my hands in your name, Lord.