Focus on the Lord
Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD! You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. -Psalm 4: 6-8 (NASB)
Watching the news then fixing our eyes on world events can be oppressing and leave us with a feeling of hopelessness and anxiety. The evening prayer of David shows us that even a king must keep his eyes upon God.
The world and all of its ways will be around as long as we are in it, and the challenge is living in this world knowing that God has set us apart and He wants us to trust Him - But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him. -Psalm 4:3 (NASB). We are His, if we have accepted His Son Jesus.
King David showed us another habit he practiced by this prayer, “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my groaning. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” -Psalm 5:1-3 (NASB)
“Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, and trust in the LORD.” Psalm 4:4-5 (NASB). Going to bed at night after a full day and gaining a new perspective from the Lord is a sure way for peace and living out our faith in Him.
Working out our faith takes effort. What a better time to warm up before your day begins and wind down each day speaking to and trusting the One who hears when you call.
Heavenly Father help me to eagerly watch for You and take Your words to heart.
This devotion by author, Terrie Miles, is exclusively and solely shared with permission to New Beginnings Church. Any unauthorized printed reproduction, sharing or use of this material is prohibited.