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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today
PSALM 43
Prayer to God in Time of Trouble
    1      Vindicate me, O God,            And plead my cause against an ungodly nation;            Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!      2      For You are the God of my strength;            Why do You cast me off?            Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?      3      Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!            Let them lead me;            Let them bring me to Your holy hill            And to Your tabernacle.      4      Then I will go to the altar of God,            To God my exceeding joy;            And on the harp I will praise You,  O God, my God. 
    5      Why are you cast down, O my soul?            And why are you disquieted within me?            Hope in God;            For I shall yet praise Him,            The help of my countenance and my God. 


The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 43.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013 | EASTER
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
YEAR C

             First Reading       Acts 16:9–15
 Psalm Psalm 67
 New Testament  Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5
GospelJohn 14:23–29 or John 5:1–9


Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 4      Go To Evening Reading

 “Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods.” 
         — Jeremiah 16:20

One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan’s star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken. Self in various forms struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion, and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. [Favorite] children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when he sees us doting upon them above measure; they will live to be as great a curse to us as Absalom was to David, or they will be taken from us to leave our homes desolate. If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleepless pillows, let them dote on their dear ones.

It is truly said that “they are no gods,” for the objects of our foolish …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 4: More Than I Can Handle
Psalm 66:1–20; Philippians 2:1–11

“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.”
This Christian maxim is a well-meaning attempt at putting our difficult times into perspective. It holds the view that God knows our weaknesses and knows when we can’t measure up to a challenge. But if we’re going through trials, this same saying can be debilitating when we feel that we can’t possibly handle a situation.
The psalms often describe circumstances that leave the nation of Israel hopelessly struggling and helplessly in need of God:
“For you have tested us, O God; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you placed a heavy burden on our backs. You let men ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you have brought us out to the place of abundance” (Psa 66:10–12).
Israel doesn’t often “handle” situations very well. Throughout its history, the nation chosen by God repeatedly rebelled against Him. Only when God gave them ov…