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Love, Mary

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It stuck out to me that David began Psalm 40 by saying that he waited patiently. A lot of times during trials we don't immediately get the answer we desire, but it is vital to keep waiting and praying. And quite often this takes a huge effort to take our eyes off of what is around us and shift them upward!

Man is blessed when he makes the Lord his trust. Not people, not circumstance, not programs, but the Lord. I can't count the number of times I have to remind myself to first go to the Lord and not someone or something else. David delighted to do God's will, and had the confidence to call on the Lord as his Helper and Deliverer. He gave praise to the Lord for Who He is and what He had done. Both passages today pointed to praising the Lord...for His lovingkindness is everlasting!

So...from what I can see from these chapters of God's direction to us, in order to STAND during difficult times means looking to, trusting, waiting on, and seeking the Lord. It all goes back to Him! - MarySusan

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