How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
Psalms 15-17: In The Shadow of Your Wings
In chapter 17 of Psalms, we find the first prayer of David. He asks the Lord to hide him in the shadow of His wings. David is looking for protection from wickedness and from his enemies. David’s enemies could have been, and most likely were, real men who were out to destroy his reputation or kill him. We probably don’t have people who want to kill us today, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have enemies.
When I read David’s prayer in Psalm 17, I think of the enemies I need to pray to God for protection from—mainly the enemy of sin, the enemy of my own sinful ways. Can we say that we have purposed that our mouths will not transgress and that our steps will hold fast to His paths?
As King David did, we need to ask God to wondrously show His steadfast love to those who seek refuge from their adversaries, especially when that adversary is our own sinful ways. Let’s pray this prayer today:
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me” (17:8-9).
Let’s ask God to hide us in the shadow of His wings.
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Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
52 Days in Psalms!
Hey, friend! I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!! How would you like to read through the book of Psalms with us and record the prayers of David in a journal? I love writing Scripture and praying Scripture, and I know this is going to be a real blessing as we spend 52 days in the book of Psalms!
“Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with Him, whether the heart is full or empty. No man can do that by himself. For that, he needs Jesus Christ.” ―Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible
5/3/2022 09:38:08 am
Thank you, Donna! Yes! I know I don't pray that enough!
5/3/2022 09:52:32 am
This also reminds me of the beautiful imagery from Psalm 91:4 "He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler." So grateful!
5/4/2022 02:43:27 pm
I love that verse, Lisa! Also so grateful! :)
5/3/2022 09:54:56 am
It's strikes me that we don't just pray for our mouths not to transgress, but we have to purpose that they won't. We won't have success without depending on His strength, but we also won't succeed without purpose.
5/4/2022 02:53:59 pm
We have to be intentional, Barbara, and I think intentionality begins with the heart. Before that thought gets to my mind and out of my mouth, the heart has decided "this is who I am." I've got to change the heart so the transgressions of the mouth never even reach my mind, because that is not who I want to be. I have to intentionally decide that "this is who I am" is rooted in Jesus Christ. I am His and I am created in His likeness—that should be reflected in everything that comes out of my mouth.
5/3/2022 10:38:23 am
What an awesome thought: I'm the apple of God's eye! I can't get over it!
5/4/2022 02:55:57 pm
That thought, Jerralea, blows my mind!! I am so unworthy of this great, great love and I am so thankful for it!
5/3/2022 11:01:13 am
It helps me to remember that the psalms were Israel's prayer book, and EVERYTHING is a topic for prayer.
5/4/2022 02:56:56 pm
I love that, Michele—"Israel's prayer book," and now it is ours! :)
5/3/2022 07:13:14 pm
My word for the year is rest and being in the shadow of His wings sounds like perfect rest to me!
5/4/2022 02:58:21 pm
That's a great word for the year, Lauren, and in the shadow of His wings is the perfect place for the kind of rest we need.
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