Today’s Devotional – July 7, 2014- “Will You Trust Him?”
Psalm 63: 6-11
Today in History
1753 – The British parliament granted Jews the right to citizenship.
Events During the American Revolutionary War
1777 – American Revolutionary War: the battle at Hubbardton, VT was fought.
1846 – The United Stated annexed California.
Events During the War of Northern Aggression
1861 – The battle of Laurel Hill, VA was fought.
1863 – The first military draft by the United States was instituted do the unpopularity of the war. Exemptions were sold for $100.
1863 – Orders that had barred Jews from serving under US Grant were revoked.
1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii.
1905 – A state temperature record was set of 127°F in Parker AZ.
1928 – Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since the bread was wrapped.
Events During WWII
1941 – The Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono, Lithuania. 1941 – United States forces landed in Iceland to prevent Nazi invasion. 1941 – World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops. 1942 – Germany troop marched into the city of Voronezj, Russia.
1943 – The third day of battle at Kursk, Russia: Germans occupied the city Dubrova, Russia.
1943 – Liberator bombers sank the German submarine U-517, the German submarine U-951 was also sunk. 1944 – RAF Bomber Command dropped 2,572 tons of bombs on Caen, France site of German entrenchment. 1944 – A heavy Japanese counter offensive began on the island of Saipan.
1948 – Six female Navy reservists became the first women sworn into the regular US Navy.
1958 – President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood.
1972 – The first women FBI members were sworn in.
1980 – Institution of Sharia began in Iran.
1987 – Lt Col Oliver North began public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing
2002 – A scandal broke out in the United Kingdom when news reports accused MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
“Truly, I remember you on my bed and ponder you in the night watch. Because you are my aid, I will cry out for joy in the shadow of your wings. My soul pursues behind you and you uphold me with your strong right hand. Those that seek my life will go to the lower parts of the earth. They will fall by the sword and be a portion for the jackals. But the king will rejoice in God; everyone that vows by Him will rejoice: but the words of those that lie will be shut up.” (Psalm 63:6-11)
David continues his praise for the God who is at all times delivering him although he must run from the very throne that is his. We can never under estimate the saving and keeping power of our God by the circumstances that we face through the day.
Peter stated this keeping power of God correctly when he wrote, “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who distributes His abundant mercy and has begotten us to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead, to an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled and perpetually kept in heaven for you, who are guarded by the power of God through faith, and ready to be uncovered in the last time. In which you jump for joy, though now for a short time, if it is needed, you are in sorrow through many adversities: that the testing of your faith, which is of more value than gold which will not last, though it comes to be tried by fire, would be found to be worthy of praise, honor and glory at the coming of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:3-7) Peter inserts a phrase about the believer as he talks about our faith, “ who are guarded by the power of God through faith”. How powerful are those ten little words in the description of the believer.
I can think of no words more powerful than the Scripture itself. Look at a few of the reminders that God has given to his saints concerning His saving and keeping power.
1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he is delighted in his way. Though he fall, he will not be utterly cast down: for the Lord is upholding him with his hand.
Psalm 37:28 For the Lord loves judgment, and does not forsake his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 103:17-18 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on them that fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children; to those that keep his covenant, and to those that remember to do his commandments.
Psalm 125:1-2 They that trust in the Lord will be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever. As the mountains that are round Jerusalem, so is the Lord around His people from henceforth even forever.
Proverbs 2:8 He is keeping the paths of judgment, and is preserving the way of his saints.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that will rise against you in judgment you will judge. This is the inheritance of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me”, says the Lord.
Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they will not depart from me.
John 4:14 But whosoever is drinking of the water that I will give him will never thirst; but the water that I will give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, “He that is hearing my word, and believing him that has sent me, has everlasting life, and will not come to condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 10:28-30 And I give to them eternal life; and they will never perish, neither will any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.
John 17:11-12 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through your own name those who you have given me that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept, and none of them are lost, except the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:15 I pray not that you would take them out of the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one.
Romans 8:31-39 What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can stand against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who will lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that is justifying. Who is he that is bringing condemnation? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is raised again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also is making intercession for us. Who is able to separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For thy sake we are killed all the daylong; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has began a good work in you will carry it out until the day of Jesus Christ:
Jude 24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
The example of many others could be added to this selection but to what avail? There is no question concerning God’s ability. The question remains, “Will you trust Him?”