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Friday, October 31, 2014

Psalm 46 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Helping Us to Pursue Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 46: This psalm is an expression of confidence and trust in God. In the midst of cosmic or natural upheaval, God’s protection and presence is assured.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 46:1

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Today's Reading

1 God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2 So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; 3 even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence. 4 There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, to the sacred house of the Most High. 5 God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed; at early dawn he will come to its aid. 6 Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken; God thunders, and the earth dissolves. 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 8 Come and see what the LORD has done. See what amazing things he has done on earth. 9 He stops wars all over the world; he breaks bows, destroys spears, and sets shields on fire. 10 “Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world.” 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Reflect

How is God depicted in this psalm? Do you find this psalm a source of comfort? Why or why not? Have you experienced a time when you needed to turn to God for protection and strength?

Pray

God, you are my shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. You are supreme among the nations and supreme over the world. I trust in your love, knowing that you are always with me. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those seeking refuge from war and natural disasters

Tomorrow's Reading

Genesis 1:1—2:4a: The first book in the Bible begins with the story of Creation.

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Readings

Yesterday's Reading

Habakkuk 3:1-19

Tomorrow's Reading

Genesis 1:1-2:4a