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What do we need now? 112211

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Psalm 28

Zechariah 11:4-17

Revelation 19:1-9

 

What do we need now? 112211

 

Psalm 28 is maybe the best model of a prayer of supplication or prayer of intercession. We pray, selfishly, for all we need, and Psalm 28 reflects this all too human trait. Even Jesus at times tells us to tell the father of all of which we have need, and it will be given.

 

But loving God and loving Jesus isn’t supposed to be like shopping like a child with a Christmas wish book in hand (like old Sears & Roebuck Wishbook), is it? Do we just pray as if it were a catalog order and wait for God to supply what we’ve requested?

 

I do hope that you and I will be in the habit of opening our hearts to God, and letting him know honestly by our prayers what we needing, or even what we’re wanting. God, of course knows both what we want and what we need. The important thing is that we learn to be in touch with our God on a heartfelt level; that we daily or more often tell God what’s going on with us. It is not a fruitless exercise. As time goes on we can feel this closeness with God becoming part of our life, and if we forget to pray, we feel the lack almost at once.

 

Living our life with God is what prayer is about, it seems to me, and living our life with Jesus is all I really need. Everything else seems somehow to work out well, for those who love God with their daily prayers.

 

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

Psalm 28

1To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me, for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.

2Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

3Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who are workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors, while mischief is in their hearts.

4Repay them according to their work, and according to the evil of their deeds; repay them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.

5Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, or the work of his hands, he will break them down and build them up no more.

6Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.

7The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

8The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

9O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

Zechariah 11:4-17

4Thus said the Lord my God: Be a shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. 5Those who buy them kill them and go unpunished; and those who sell them say, “Blessed be the Lord, for I have become rich”; and their own shepherds have no pity on them. 6For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the earth, says the Lord. I will cause them, every one, to fall each into the hand of a neighbor, and each into the hand of the king; and they shall devastate the earth, and I will deliver no one from their hand. 7So, on behalf of the sheep merchants, I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. I took two staffs; one I named Favor, the other I named Unity, and I tended the sheep. 8In one month I disposed of the three shepherds, for I had become impatient with them, and they also detested me. 9So I said, “I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die; what is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and let those that are left devour the flesh of one another!” 10I took my staff Favor and broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples. 11So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep merchants, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord. 12I then said to them, “If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” So they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of silver. 13Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it into the treasury” —this lordly price at which I was valued by them. So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them into the treasury in the house of the Lord. 14Then I broke my second staff Unity, annulling the family ties between Judah and Israel.

15Then the Lord said to me: Take once more the implements of a worthless shepherd. 16For I am now raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for the perishing, or seek the wandering, or heal the maimed, or nourish the healthy, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs. 17Oh, my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be completely withered, his right eye utterly blinded!

Revelation 19:1-9

19After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God, 2for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” 3Once more they said, “Hallelujah! The smoke goes up from her forever and ever.” 4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

5And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, and all who fear him, small and great.” 6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; 8to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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