July 6

Today's Bible Reading
     Joshua 8
     Psalms 139
     Jeremiah 2
     Matthew 6
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall fall on me,' even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You." (Psalms 139:11-12)
 
OUR SONG IN THE NIGHT
            So often, David's songs are songs of triumph. How did he reach that point? He began to see that God was in the times of trouble (Psalms 138:7) and even in the darkest night. David said, ''We can find light in the midst of the darkness." Our faith isn't in the luxury intended for periods of smooth sailing - neither is our fellowship. When trouble comes along, that is when it is wonderful to be a part of a faithful body of believers who support you with their resources, and encourage you in your times of trouble.
            In this Psalm, David reviewed the fact that it was God who fearfully and wonderfully made him, it was God who understood him, and it was God who fought his battles and destroyed his enemies. How often David must have, in his quieter moments, thought back to that tumultuous day in the field - that day when he tried on the King's armor and couldn't fit into it. He must have recalled the intimidating size and fearsome demeanor of that giant whom he faced with only his sling and five smooth stones. God had dealt bountifully with him then, and that was an understatement. David must have reviewed it often.
            David took out that 9 foot, 6 inch giant with a single shot and, in doing so, preserved Israel. There was no way to experience such a thing and not realize it was God's work. He may have thought back to a time when God gave him incredible superhuman strength and adrenaline to challenge wild animals that were threatening his flock of sheep. A boy of his age could not have prevailed against a bear and a lion without God's presence. God clearly had a special purpose for him. So, as David looked back, it gave him courage for the present and the future.
            What will you do, then, when darkness settles in on your life? The choices that faced the Psalmist face you today. You can demand all the answers neatly gift-wrapped. You can insist that God quickly resolve every trial and injustice in your life. You can hold out for the world and your life within it to become suddenly fair and rational though it had never been so in the first place. Or you can choose to lift up your eyes to the Heavens, pour out your tears, grief, and anger, and say in the very midst of them, ''God, I have no clue what this turmoil is all about, or where it is leading, but this is my resolution: I will put my trust in You, and I will praise you with all my heart unconditionally."
            The same God who has always been there for you in the past is the God who is going to be there for you in the future. You will have a resolution in His own time, according to His own purposes. We become preoccupied with our circumstances. God is preoccupied with our character. He will allow the tough times for the higher good of our character until He is finished with the great work that is invisible to earthly eyes. You will still be able to sing your song in the darkest   night.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
The Republic of Seychelles in Africa has population of approximately 80,000. The main group in the population is Cleo, which is predominantly African, European, and some Asian origin.  It claims to be 97% Christian. The main prayer focus should be on the need for morality and commitment among these Christians. Too many believers lack a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and have been caught up in some black magic and superstition. Pray that the Holy Spirit may bring new life evidenced by repentance and sustained fruit.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
The spectacle of a nation praying is more awe-inspiring than the explosion of an atomic bomb. The force of prayer is greater than any possible combination of man-controlled powers, because prayer is man's greatest means of trapping the infinite resources of God."
J. EdgarHoover