Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 11-03-23

As I watch the news about the ground operations in Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces—the military of the State of Israel comprised of Jews, Christians, and Muslims—there is a progressive plan of action being taken to accomplish its objective: “To preserve the State of Israel, to protect its independence, and to foil attempts by its enemies to disrupt the normal life within it.” Israel has faced years of evil attacks from oppressors sent by the freedom thief—Satan. I pray for the peace of Israel, Palestine, and the world; however, I know peace will only come through a divine act of God. Every war has to do with sin against God and others. Therefore, every attempt at securing lasting peace apart from the eternal Christ—the Prince of Peace—is temporary.

In our passage today, the psalmist sings a prayer of lament; he desires for God to liberate His people from their evil oppressors. Israel needs hope during a time of discouragement and light for the path they must follow. So, the psalmist seeks to turn the people’s attention away from their troubles and onto God who is the only true Rescuer who can bring restoration and vindication.

Psalm 43 NLT

Declare me innocent, O God!
    Defend me against these ungodly people.
    Rescue me from these unjust liars.

For you are God, my only safe haven.
    Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?

Send out your light and your truth;
    let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you live.

There I will go to the altar of God,
    to God—the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp,
    O God, my God!

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending divine help to rescue us from evil. Be the support and strength Israel needs; please provide protection for all your people called by your name. Forgive us and save us from sin and self-destruction. We pray for all hearts to turn toward you and recognize humanity’s desperate need for redemption. May your love and mercy bring light in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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