GATHERING STRENGTH FOR THE NEW YEAR

God’s Mercy

A Time For Reflection…

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:  my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” Psalm 63:1-2 (KJV)

As we begin a new year this month, it would seem our first order of business should be to spend time with our Lord in prayer.  If you kept a prayer journal last year, now is a good time to go back and review the year, remembering all He has done.  You will be amazed at the answered prayers!  Let’s be reminded by the Psalmists of all that He has done for them, remembering that what He did for them, He is willing to do for us.

Thank Him for the blessings and the trials:

“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” Psalm 3:5

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:  for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” Psalm 5:8

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliver; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:2

“The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.” Psalm 18:20

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:  thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;” Psalm 30:11

“It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalm 32:7

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord:  he is their strength in time of trouble.” Psalm 37:39

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” Psalm 68:19

“Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.” Psalm 85:2

“For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Psalm 145:8

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3

A Time for Seeking Him…

We have no idea what lies ahead in the new year.  This is certainly a time when we need to seek His direction and will.  Let us be reminded that He is able to direct all our paths if we will listen and obey.  He knows our hearts and our struggles, and He desires us to come to Him for all our needs.

When you pray confess your sin first, for sin hinders your prayers.  Remember Solomon’s prayer for an extra dose of wisdom to discern between good and bad?  That should be the foundation of our prayers.  The following Psalms are good ones to pray, but be careful, He will answer!  Don’t be afraid of His convicting power.  Humble yourself before Him and allow Him to change you.

Seek His guidance for the year, trusting in His judgment and wisdom:    

“Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” Psalm 5:8

 “Preserve me, O God:  for in thee do I put my trust.” Psalm 16:1

“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” Psalms 17:8

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“But be thou not far from me, O Lord:  O my strength, haste thee to help me.” Psalm 22:19

“For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.” Psalm 25:11

“Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” Psalm 26:2

“Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.” Psalm 27:11

“Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me:  Lord, be thou my helper.” Psalm 30:10

“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.” Psalm 43:3

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51: 10

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

“Give us help from trouble:  for vain is the help of man.” Psalm 108:12

“Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Psalm 119:34

“Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” Psalm 119:35

“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.” Psalm 119:36

“Order my steps in thy word:  and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133

“Search me, O God, and know my heart:  try me, and know my thoughts:  and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

“Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity:  and let me not eat of their dainties.” Psalm 141:4

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God…” Psalm 143:10a

 

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Inspirational writer and photographer.

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