I will not die, but live, and I will proclaim what the Lord has done.
– Ps 118:17 NET
A fair assurance this! It was no doubt based upon a promise, inwardly whispered in the psalmist’s heart, which he seized upon and enjoyed. Is my case like that of David? Am I depressed because the enemy affronts me? Are there multitudes against me and few on my side? Does unbelief bid me lie down and die in despair-a defeated, dishonored man? Do my enemies begin to dig my grave?
What then? Shall I yield to the whisper of fear, and give up the battle, and with it give up all hope? Far from it. There is life in me yet: “I shall not die.” Vigor will return and remove my weakness: “I shall live.” The Lord lives, and I shall live also. My mouth shall again be opened: “I shall declare the works of Jehovah.” Yes, and I shall speak of the present trouble as another instance of the wonder-working faithfulness and love of the Lord my God. Those who would gladly measure me for my coffin had better wait a bit, for “the Lord hath chastened me sore, but he hath not given me over unto death.” Glory be to His name forever! I am immortal till my work is done. Till the Lord wills it, no vault can close upon me.
“’Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” – Zech 4:6 NET
Who comprehends the mind of the Lord, or gives him instruction as his counselor?—God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in his presence.
“The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”—Not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.
“Do not fear,… my spirit even now testifies to you.”—“The battle is not yours, but God’s.”—“It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves! For the battle is the Lord’s.”
Isa 40:13, 1 Cor 1:27-29, John 3:8, John 1:13, Hag 2:5, 2 Chr 20:15, 1 Sam 17:47
SEEK GOD'S COUNSEL
1 Kings 22:5; Psalm 10:4; Isaiah 11:2-3; 30:1
In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today
I pray that in all that God leads you to undertake, you will seek first the counsel of the Lord. May you never execute your plans without His guidance. Remember that only the proud do not seek Him or make room for Him in their plans. I pray that you will know that those who hide their plans from the Lord heap sin and despair. As you seek the Lord, may His Spirit rest upon you. May the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power be always with you. Then, as you make your plans in accordance with God's will, I declare that He will bless you and prosper you beyond your expectations.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
My Father, may I not be given to unkindly speech. Deliver me from a critical spirit; and may I not encourage mistrust, but cultivate the kindly considerations in which life abounds. Amen.