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   Who is Looking Out for Me?

In this day and time, it isn’t a far stretch to think at times things are out of control around the world. The seemingly unfairness of world situations, the oppression or persecution of people for their faith, family and relationships, or even work situations can leave one wondering who is really “looking out for me.”

Each of us, to some degree, will fit in one of the above categories at some point. The ones persecuted for their Christian faith, as well as other faiths, face circumstances we in this country can hardly imagine. To them it is all too real as they live it each day, if they survive that day. Where do the most persecuted go for comfort? If they believe in God and His Word, they hide under His wings of protection (Psalm 91) and cling to His word. Psalm 9:8-10 is a Psalm one can stand with because of persecution and oppression, troubled families and relationships, or whatever breaks one’s heart, because God’s Word is true and He is faithful. Whatever the ultimate outcome, rest assured “God is looking out for you.”

Psalm 9:8-10: 8) “He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. 9) The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10) And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” NKJV

Submitted by Rev. Kathryn S. Patterson M.Min., BCCC

   Good Morning, Abba  

   Psalm 143:8-9 (NKJV)

8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; in You I take shelter.

This Psalm is a wonderful way to begin your day. Listen for God’s lovingkindness and always keep your trust in Him. Ask God to help you walk in His ways, in other words, how you conduct your life. Acknowledge to God you are His, your heart and soul belong to Him and ask God to keep you safe from enemies, danger, and snares; and lastly, that in Him you take shelter.
Using the thoughts of these verses compose a prayer to begin your day. Record that prayer along with your other prayers in your prayer journal and then see how God is involved in your day as it unfolds. Recording how God is involved in your life is a wonderful faith builder.
Submitted by Rev. Kathryn S. Patterson M.Min. BCCC

When Morning Gilds the Skies 

  “From the rising of the sun to its going down, the LORD’S name is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3 

 A couple weeks ago, as I sat down at my desk to have my quiet time, I looked out my picture window that faces the Catalina Mountains just to see what God had on display for me that day. Needless to say, I was stunned by the scene that was slowly unfolding before me. I immediately ran for my camera and took several pictures of that beautiful morning sunrise. I wrote the following in my personal journal; “Words fail to describe the beautiful sunrise that I am at this moment privileged to see and a camera’s picture doesn’t do it justice. God just keeps painting beautiful colors across the sky, bathing the clouds in reddish orange and yellow hues. This has been incredible to watch and as I write this with tears of joy running down my cheeks and a heart full of praise, I am in awe of this special blessing my Creator has given me this morning.” This beautiful morning scene reminded me of the words to some stanzas of one of my favorite hymns, “When Morning Gilds the Skies my heart awakening cries: may Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised.” Another stanza says “When you begin the day, O never fail to say, may Jesus Christ be praised! And at your work rejoice, to sing with heart and voice, may Jesus Christ be praised! All in all this song has 28 stanzas that celebrate more than natural wonders. It calls us to praise God whether we are at work or at prayer – whether in the night or the day – even when faced with the powers of darkness, which lose their power when subjected to praise to God. It calls us to praise God “through all the ages long.” What more is there to say except, I must praise my Jesus all the day. No matter if I am experiencing the highs or lows, may Jesus Christ be praised! The last stanza of this wonderful hymn of praise is, “Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine. May Jesus Christ be praised! Sing this th’eternal song through all the ages long: May Jesus Christ Be Praised! 

Submitted by Ruthie Rehm