Tag: answered prayer
Scripture reading for June 16th: Psalms 60-66
King David was honest with his feelings and heart thoughts as he prayed to the Lord. This series of psalms has a great emphasis on David’s prayer and praise life. David had many fears and many enemies who sought his life, and he shared his thoughts with the Lord. As ruler of God’s people he had the burden of many responsibilities. He asked God to hear his petitions. Sometimes he was confident that God did hear, and at other times seemed to wonder if God would hear him. (Psalm 60:1; Psalm 61:1; Psalm 63:1; Psalm 64:1) He was a lot like me and you in this respect!
The last two psalms in this set are praise songs to the God who is the “hope of the ends of the the earth”! (Psalm 65:5) It is amazing that David was so in tune with the revealed heart of God! God’s heart has always been for all men to know and love Him. He desires close fellowship for every individual and will eventually have all nations worshiping Him! (Psalm 66:4) God is the creator, founder of the mountains and roaring seas. He has shown his wonders to all mankind through the daily provisions of man’s needs. He waters the land and brings forth grain in abundance for all peoples, just or unjust! God decorates the hills and valleys and brings joy to His people! (Psalm 65:13-14) He is the God who makes His enemies cringe before Him and all the earth will bow down to Him in praise and adoration! (Psalm 66:2-4)
Psalm 66 ends with a declaration of praise to the Lord for answered prayer! David’s doubts and petitions have ended with God bringing an answer! God’s faithfulness and love have produced new praise and thanksgiving from David and from God’s people! He truly answers prayer and is worthy of praise! He is our personal God of Hope and the hope of the ends of the earth!
“”You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, . .” Psalm 65:5
Scripture reading for February 18th: Numbers 26-30
Moses came to the end of his life strong and healthy but he had sinned against the Lord. He would not be able to enter the promised land, only look at it from a distance. (Numbers 27:12-14) God was going to gather him to his people who had already left this world. Moses had been a man of faith but had dishonored God before the people when he struck the rock a second time instead of speaking to it as God instructed.
When he knew his time was over, Moses uttered a final request to the Lord concerning leadership of His people. This prayer is instructive for us today. “Moses said to the Lord, ” May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”” (Numbers 27:15-17)
Moses had a shepherd’s heart. He had cared for the people for forty years after caring for Jethro’s sheep in the desert for the previous forty years. He knew that these people needed a shepherd who could lead them and care for them. He knew that people wander away like sheep and get lost. He knew that wild animals devoured wandering sheep and they needed protection. He also knew that only God could appoint the shepherd that could truly care for these human sheep!
The immediate answer of God was to appoint Joshua, the son of Nun, a man who had the Spirit in him. Joshua was a noted man of faith who had stuck close to Moses the past forty years. Moses was to lay his hands on him and impart the mantle of leadership. (Numbers 27:18-20) He would lead the Israelites with the guidance of God’s wisdom through Eleazar the high priest.
God answered then with Joshua and now has provided something better for us! Jesus Christ is the true shepherd who truly cares for all of God’s sheep! (John 10:11) He demonstrated his love for the sheep by giving His life for them! He has given us His Spirit to live in us and guide us daily. (John 16:13-15) Listen to your Shepherd Jesus today and follow Him out of sin and into your eternal destiny.