Issue #645 ~ January 4, 2021

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Be Exalted, O God!
"I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts - men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords."
Psalm 57:4
"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth."
Psalm 57:5

Verse 4: "I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts - men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords."

David almost sounds like Daniel after his night in the lion's den.

Daniel 6:21, 22: "Daniel answered, 'O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king'" (NIV).

Psalm 3:1, 2: "O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him.' Selah" (NIV).

1 Peter 5:8: "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (NASB).

David is a picture of the soldier walking through the mine fields, the sailor in a sea full of torpedoes, the airman in the sky full of enemy planes, and the marine landing on the beach in a spray of bullets.

But where do we find him? We find him in peace and at rest because of the sovereign God's control of all the circumstances that surround him.

Psalm 3:5, 6: "I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the ten of thousands drawn up against me on every side" (NIV).

Isaiah 26:3: "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you" (NIV).

Verse 5: "Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth."

Here we have an outburst of praise in verse 5. Then the Psalm is concluded with an outburst of praise in verse 11.

Delitzsch titles this verse: "Cheerful Submission."

Proverbs 3:5, 6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (NIV).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: The righteous cry and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17. 18 (NASB)
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2.  Pray: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah Psalm 46:1 - 3 (NIV)

3.  Praise: ...seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 1:3, 4 (NASB)
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4.  Pray: Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2 (NASB)
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5.  Praise: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
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Can you think of a more appropriate hymn for us to conclude our meditation this morning than "Hiding In Thee"?
O safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine would I be;
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee.

In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow's lone hour,
In times when temptation casts o'er me its pow'r;
In the tempest of life, on its wide, heaving sea,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee.

How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often, when trials like sea billows roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.
Refrain
Hiding in Thee, Hiding in Thee,
Thou blest Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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