“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking head according to Your word…. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law…. Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me…. Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.” Psalm 119: 9, 18, 29-30, 33
Neither the old nor the young can walk uprightly, without taking heed to the Word of God. If they depart from that, they soon fall into error and vicious courses. But if they would make the Word their rule, they must read it carefully and pray diligently for the aid of the Holy Spirit.
If David considered his eyes as shut, how much more should we consider ours so, and pray, “Open my eyes.” He who does not fervently pray thus is still blind, even though he should think himself a profound divine and be so esteemed by others.
Lord, give me to see the wonders both of Your law and gospel and turn my feet from every crooked path. Let Your commandments be always before me as my guide and enable me to choose the narrow path of truth and steadfastly walk in it to the end. This was David’s request throughout this long Psalm. Make it mine, O Lord, and imbue me with the spirit of David, and of David’s Lord. Be my teacher. Keep me at Your feet as a learner and make me wise, useful, and exemplary.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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