because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
– 1 John 2:14 (NIV)
Notice the generational differences in this passage: young men bring adventures to the community of faith while fathers are known for their relationship with God. The church should be a place filled with the strength (and sometimes, the mess) of youth while also honoring the perspectives that come with a lifetime of godliness. Each generation is in
desperate need of the other, and we would do well to make room for both in the house of God.
to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me… Isaiah 45:5 KJV
You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? Psalm 71:19 NKJV
We don’t need to help Him out for He is all-powerful;
We don’t need to give Him solutions for He is all-wise;
We don’t need to give Him explanations for He is all-knowing;
We don’t need to wake Him up for He never slumbers or sleeps;
We don’t need to hope that He will show up for He is always present;
We don’t need to try to figure Him out for His ways are past finding out;
We don’t need to make Him weapons of warfare for He knows no defeat;
We don’t need to try and get His attention for His ears are open to our cry;
We don’t need to be concerned about how He will take care of us for He is in control.
Psalm 91 is called the Soldiers’ Psalm. We are told that in World War I, the soldiers of the 91st Brigade recited the 91 Psalm daily. This brigade engaged in three of the war’s bloodiest battles. Other units suffered up to 90% casualties, but the 91st Brigade did not suffer a single combat-related death. God is willing and able to keep His words of covenant promise. Plead God’s Psalm 91shield daily. Confidently claim His rest, refuge, safety, covering, faithfulness, freedom from fear, angelic watchers, deliverance, and protection.
Prayer is the War. God’s Word is the Weapon.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Open The Eyes Of My Heart
worship leader and writer of Open the Eyes of My Heart, wrote it inspired by Ephesians 1:18: “it really is a simple song that reflects the sincere prayer of my heart.”
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You.
I want to see You.
To see You high and lifted up,Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love,
As we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.