I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Psalm 34:1-2 ESV
His Own Heart was set to wrap up its three-part series, The Difference Maker, this week, but when my phone signaled yet another update regarding the advance of Hurricane Florence toward the East Coast, I felt the nudge to delay that post until next week.
Regardless of the path that Florence takes, it’s going to be a nail-biter of a week for so many people weathering so many storms and disasters. But for those who know and reverence and fully trust the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, nail-biter days and weeks and months – even years – actually give us a great opportunity to demonstrate just what it means to make a difference in tandem with the Difference Maker.
One of the most obvious methods for such demonstration comes from pro-active prayer – and specifically through pro-active prayer that incorporates passages of Scripture into it. I believe, in fact, that when we pray God’s Word back to Him in humble and faithful anticipation of His actions, He smiles on us and on our situations.
This week, then, His Own Heart Ministries would love for you to stand with us this week in the following adaptation of Psalm 91 as we praise the Difference Maker expectantly for His all-encompassing protection and deliverance for mankind, creatures, critters and all other aspects of nature preparing to weather whatever storms they face.
We humbly bow before you today,
secure in the knowledge that – wherever we are today –
we are dwelling in the safe and secret place of You, Most High God,
that in every circumstance we abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Here and now, we worship You as LORD,
our mighty refuge and fortress:
Merciful, Gracious Jehovah God, we trust in You as our Protector in every situation,
in every part of life, through every tempestuous storm.
No matter its name or nature,
Your Name and Your Nature are greater.
We are Yours; You love and care for Your children.
You consistently deliver us from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence
From the storms of life.
We ask this week that as You have so often,
You cover us and the creatures of Your creation with Your feathers.
As long as we abide under Your wings,
We trust You for our safety.
The truth of Your Spirit is our constant shield and buckler,
So we need not fear terror by night;
nor arrows that fly by day;
nor pestilence that walks in darkness;
nor for destruction that lays waste at noonday…
When we set our love and faith upon You, You deliver us without fail:
You set us on high because we know and call upon Your Name –
the Name of the Living God.
We forever thank You for the assurance that when we call upon You:
Remain with us,
Deliver us from the storms of life,
and honor us
by unveiling the glory of Your precious and blood-bought salvation
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Oh how we love You, adore You and pray all of these things
in His Holy Name!
– Copyright 2018 Carole Anne Hallyburton. All rights reserved.