I’m continuing my Psalms for the Nation series with some of the Scriptures I’ve been meditating upon and praying through in this critical election season. Will you join me?
Last week, I shared Psalms for the Nation: A Call to Prayer. This week . . .
I’m filling my mind and heart with the Psalms of the Lord. These powerful words stir my spirit with hope and strength to make a full court press in prayer for the deliverance of our nation from the machinations of evil that have enveloped us.
It didn’t happen overnight. The watchmen warned of these dark clouds filling with corruption, spreading throughout the halls of our government in high places. As citizen stewards of liberty and justice for all, I fear we grew comfortable and complacent–and captive. The bottom of the slippery slope seemed far removed from us over the past 50 years, but is now come upon us as a thief.
Presently, we are waking, many dazed and confused. A shaking of all things knocks us from our slumber, by the hand of a God who does not slumber or sleep. There is a greater purpose to our national conundrum than might be supposed. Light is exposing darkness. Things done in secret are being exposed. Surely, the Lord–who is our Help–is at work in the affairs of men.
PRAYER & JOURNAL PROMPT
Read the following Scriptures out loud.
Read them again, slowly and prayerfully. As you read them, add your own specific prayers as the Spirit prompts you.
Think about the questions sprinkled intermittently through the texts. How will you pray through them?
Journal your prayers and what you hear from the Lord as you pray. As we seek help from the Lord in these perilous times, He is mighty to save. Put your hope in God and walk out boldly in the world as an American citizen in a nation founded on the wisdom of God’s Word. Contend for the faith that was once delivered to us as citizens of Heaven–and the truths bound up in the Constitutional Republic in which we must now stand as never before–as sojourner “salt and light” citizens in this world .
I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Psalm 121: 1-2
Take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.
What is the birthright that we, as a nation, have traded away? Are we, as some have claimed, “irredeemable?”
Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
Hebrews 12:12-17; 25-27
Joyful are those you discipline, Lord,
those you teach with your instructions.
How has the Lord been disciplining you through these captivating current events? How has your thinking been challenged? What is your response?
You give them relief from troubled times
until a pit is dug to capture the wicked.
The Lord will not reject his people;
he will not abandon his special possession.
Judgment will again be founded on justice,
and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.
Who will protect me from the wicked?
Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Unless the Lord had helped me,
I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.
I cried out, “I am slipping!”
but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side—
leaders whose decrees permit injustice?
They gang up against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord is my fortress;
my God is the mighty rock where I hide.
God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.
He will destroy them for their sins.
The Lord our God will destroy them.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?”
But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth.
The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.
He hates those who love violence.
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,
punishing them with scorching winds.
For the righteous Lord loves justice.
The virtuous will see his face.
God IS at work. But are we to sit on the bench, like cynical Pharisees surveying the playing field, or disregarding it altogether, blind to the times and seasons? Is that the example of biblical truth–the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us? (Hebrews 11) Or, are we to engage on the fronts of influence, like Queen Esther, for such a time as this?
All Scripture is from the New Living Translation
Sharing Psalm for the Nation: ACry for Help this week with: