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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today
Faith in the LORD’s Righteousness
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. 
    1      In the LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul,            “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?      2      For look! The wicked bend their bow,            They make ready their arrow on the string,            That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.      3      If the foundations are destroyed,            What can the righteous do? 
    4      The LORD is in His holy temple,            The LORD’s throne is in heaven;  His eyes behold,  His eyelids test the sons of men.      5      The LORD tests the righteous,            But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.      6      Upon the wicked He will rain coals;            Fire and brimstone and a burning wind            Shall be the portion of their cup. 
    7      For the LORD is righteous,  He loves righteousness;  His countenance beholds the upright. 

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 7      Go To Evening Reading

     “Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.” 
         — Matthew 12:15

What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready for every new shape of the monster evil, and was victor over it in every form. Let the arrow fly from what quarter it might, he quenched its fiery power. The heat of fever, or the cold of dropsy; the lethargy of palsy, or the rage of madness; the filth of leprosy, or the darkness of ophthalmia—all knew the power of his word, and fled at his command. In every corner of the field he was triumphant over evil, and received the homage of delivered captives. He came, he saw, he conquered everywhere. It is even so this morning. Whatever my own case may be, the beloved Physician can heal me; and…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 7: Making Good out of Bad
Judges 11:1–12:15

God is renowned for working through unlikely means with the most unlikely people. During the period of the judges, there were few candidates less likely for God’s work than Jephthah himself: “Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior; he was the son of a prostitute, and Gilead was his father” (Judg 11:1). The man is the son of a prostitute and an adulterer who had other sons with his wife (compareJudg 11:2). It can seem odd that details like this are included in the Bible. This one is there because God is about to do something unexpected.
When Jephthah is told that he won’t inherit anything from his father, he flees and assembles a motley crew of other outlaws (Judg 11:3). If you’ve seen The Magnificent Seven, you might be tracking with this Wild West story: “After a time the Ammonites [a threatening nation of strong warriors], made war with Israel [a small nation with a reserve army at best]. When the Ammonites made war with Israel, the…