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How can I live through attacks on my faith?

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,

      In those who hope in his steadfast love.

                                –Psalm 147:11

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Bible Meditation

torah_500The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.
Lamentations 3:22

A secular thinker who hears you testify to God’s love will ask if you can prove that God exists. This verse was written by someone who has experienced the presence and goodness of the Lord. Can you use your own experience with God to prove his existence?

How do you respond to people who reject your testimony that God is present with you?

Can you think of any person in the Bible who doubted the existence of God? What happened to the person or persons?

Can you think of any person in the Bible who doubted that God was speaking to him? What happened to the person or persons?

Why does the author of this verse cherish God’s steadfast love? What has God done in your life that is evidence of God’s steadfast love?

By Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love available for Kindle at Amazon.com.

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A Verse for Meditation

Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.                                                      Psalm 85:9

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

  •  Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that the Psalms were Jesus’ prayerbook. How might Jesus have prayed this verse? 
  • The angel told Joseph that the name of the son to be born to Mary would be Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.” How does this verse recall God’s promise to be with us? 
  • When the psalmist uses the term salvation what do you think he means? 
  • In verse 85:10 the psalmist writes, “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” How does this imagery shape your understanding of the term salvation in verse 9? 
  • Do you believe that God’s salvation is at hand? Why? Does this verse bolster your confidence and joy of living? In what way? 
  • There are numerous views of the meaning of glory in this verse. Do you think Revelation has anything informative to say about it?

See, the home of God is among mortals.

                                    Revelation 21:3 

  • This verse speaks of something that is anticipated, but not yet in evidence. How does a vision of something that isn’t happening yet encourage you?

 

A Verse for Meditation

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

English: Joseph made ruler in Egypt
English: Joseph made ruler in Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Questions for thought and prayer:

  • Genesis 39:21 says, “The Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love.”Why does remembering Joseph’s story build up your gratitude for God’s steadfast love?
  • What if this is a really bad day for you? Should you go ahead and give thanks to the Lord, anyway? Why, or why not?
  • When we say that God is good, what exactly do we mean?
  • What does forever have to do with today?

© 2012 Katherine Harms