“My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” Psalm 25:15
“Happy is the man who is always reverent [fears always].” Proverbs 28:14
Our spiritual enemies are powerful and crafty; they lie in wait everywhere, so that in all places and at all times we are surrounded with many cruel murderers. Blessed is he that keeps clear from self-confidence; and fearing always, says within himself, as soon as he awakes in the morning, “Who knows what temptations I may meet with today? Perhaps when I arise, at the very first step, my feet may be entangled in dangerous snares and nets.”
Grant, O Lord, I beseech You, that distrusting myself, I may put my whole confidence in You, watching evermore in all things, and looking cautiously in all places about me, where there is any fear of danger. Whatever I am about to do or to speak, let me first commune with You by prayer; that keeping always close to You, I may be preserved against the power and craft of my enemies, as in a stronghold; and confidently say, according to Your own pattern given (Psalm 16:8): “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”
God is my Portion and my joy;
His counsels are my light!
He gives me sweet advice by day,
And guards me through the night.
My soul would all her thoughts approve
To His all-seeing eye;
Nor death nor hell my hopes shall move,
While such a Friend is near.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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