The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

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Psalm 30

1     I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,

And have not let my foes rejoice over me.

2     O Lord my God, I cried out to You,

And You healed me.

3     O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;

You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4     Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,

And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

5     For His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for life;

Weeping may endure for a night,

But joy comes in the morning.

6     Now in my prosperity I said,

“I shall never be moved.”

7     Lord, by Your favor (grace) You have made my mountain stand strong;

You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

8     I cried out to You, O Lord;

And to the Lord I made supplication:

9     “What profit is there in my blood,

When I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise You?

Will it declare Your truth?

10   Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;

Lord, be my helper!”

11   You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

12   To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

I was not able to choose one or two verses out of this Psalm, so I decided to post all of it.  David knew what it was to cry out to God in prayer and for God to answer his prayers.  We, as a church, are studying prayer.  There is no greater study right now for us than this for it is through prayer that God hears our hearts’ desires and gives His blessing, His favor, His guidance and His power.

Join in with David’s prayer today.  Reread this Psalm and long for the conclusions of verses 11-12 to be true in your life.

Tonight we will gather at 7:00 for prayer. I long for the day when all of our church would gather together for prayer. God desires this and we should long for it. Change your plans this evening and join us at 7:00. If you cannot stay for the Bible study, that is fine. Join us for prayer. When God answers we will then rejoice together.

Tomorrow morning we meet at church at 5:45 to leave at 6:00. I will not be posting devotionals the rest of the week. If you are still considering going with us we would be happy to have you. Meet us at the church and come along.

Sunday is our dinner day after church. Be sure to bring enough food for your family and a few others. If the weather is nice we will eat outside.

I will be speaking from Isaiah 42:5-9. God wants us to know that He is God. This is an important message for us, (all from His word are) as we are faced with calls to doubt God as creator and as sovereign over all. When we see God as God we are much more secure in life and in future planning.

I will be out of phone contact until Sunday. If you have a need call Tom Hymers or Bob Johanson. You can leave a message for me at 715-759-5976.

There will be men’s prayer breakfast Saturday morning at Denny’s at 7:30.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS


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