The Lord Be With You Today!
All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
(This is a command to the nations and peoples to assemble.
The Lord, first, gives us the opportunity to stand before Him,
an amazing privilege and blessing given even when we are in rebellion.
He then opens the floor for us to present our case before Him,
giving us a voice, even in our rebellion,
to speak before Him, another amazing privilege.
There He invites us to look together with Him
at the places where we put our trust,
to weigh them, to measure their power and ability.
His answer to our pronouncements is to challenge us
to look hard at all that which we worship
and even to provide evidence of the effectiveness of our worship.
For example, when we persist in worshipping at the altars of our own control,
or of so-called spiritual ideologies devised by man, or of getting and spending,
or even, perhaps, of anger and bitterness, or of self-condemnation,
He challenges us to prove this worship is effective
and that these idols product results, and we cannot.
Instead, He helps us see that such worship is only destructive and crippling,
and He help us to see that our worship belongs to Him and Him only,
that He alone is worthy of praise, that He alone holds our future,
that He alone guides us through the former things
into a place today of victory and strength in Him.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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