Through the Midst

Today is FRIDAY, May 12, 2017.


Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Psalm 96:1
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
Psalm 119:145
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you, beholding the depths;
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

(Te Deum)
Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.
Psalm 85:13
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! 
In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. 
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.

Psalm 31:19-21

(From The President’s Devotional)

And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.

When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away.
Luke 4:24, 28-30 (ESV)

How many close calls have you had in your life? How many times have you been on “the brink of major disaster or really poor decisions,” yet found your way “to the other side?” We might attribute some of the outcomes to our own hard work and/or wisdom, but if we are honest, and consider all of the instances, we must admit that we have seen the hand of God at work.

“Just as Jesus, when backed up against a cliff, simply disappeared through the midst of the crowd, so does he help us press through the toughest of times in an almost miraculous fashion, with so much ease that we scarcely recall the crisis when the moment has passed.” The result of this, for Christ-followers, is confidence that, when the night is falling, morning will be close behind.

“Dear God, thank you for being a miracle worker. On so many occasions I’ve made it to the other side, too many for me to remember or recount. I rest in the knowledge that you will do it again and again, for your greater glory. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, I echo Mr. DuBois’s prayer, as I think back upon my life. There have been many times that I/we have been on the brink of disaster, and you have pulled us through, walked us through the midst of the crowd of challenges, into the bright morning that waited on the other side. I praise you for your providence in our lives. Help me to live in the confidence that you “have my back” all the time. But also help me to not get into situations that would take me down that troublesome path.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.


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