Lord, I ask that you will bless and guide those Christians who find themselves involved in conflict. Help them to remain calm and to refrain from bad-mouthing those with whom they disagree. Help them not to question the truth of the Christian faith nor to give way to despair. Help them to look beyond the unhappiness. I ask in Christ – AMEN.
Help me, Lord, to withstand the pressure in the situation in which I find myself. Remind me that it is a normal human situation to have to face problems and to carry a heavy workload. Give me resources over and above my own. Help me not to wilt or run from whatever crisis may arise. Give me plenty of courage. I ask in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
Thank you, Jesus for another Sunday on which to celebrate your resurrection with Christian hymns, bible readings, teachings and prayers. Recall worshipping believers to the central truths of the faith – the sovereignty of God, creation, Jesus as the Son of God, the cross and resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Christ I ask it – AMEN.
“He is my fortress, I shall never be shaken”.
Psalm 62:2 NIV
The newspaper headline read: “ENGLAND SHAKEN BY ICELAND”. People waking up after a peaceful night’s sleep were puzzled as there had been no bumps in the night that they had been aware of. In fact, all that had happened was that the Iceland footballers had scored more goals than their English counterparts. There are many kinds of shaking. Directors of a company get a shake (in the sense of a shock) when the profits suddenly drop. A political party is shaken when some prominent leader suddenly resigns. A family is shaken when a relationship that has stood for years suddenly breaks up.
Ancient Israel had been the scene of many military actions, both by its own armies and by those of foreign powers as they passed through. It had led to the building of many fortresses in strategic positions. David, the soldier-king, had used many of them and had probably erected some of them. Most were defensive positions and were fairly impregnable to attackers. He had good reason to have a positive attitude about these fortresses. Some are still visible today. They didn’t shake or tremble and they gave the soldiers inside them a sense of solid security. When he considered God and the sense of spiritual security God gave him, David noted the fortress-like nature of his Lord.
We too can be shaken. An unexpected death rocks us. An accident, a “fall from grace” by some prominent person, a loss of employment – all these and many more – can shake us, as can doubts and fears. Recognize in Jesus your fortress. Make yourself secure in him. Draw from him a sense of solidity, depth, hope and peace. And don’t be shaken.
Lord, I need you as my fortress – help me not to get shaken.
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