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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Dee Elliott

Dee Elliott

"Gooood morning, Vietnam!!" But wait, this is JTJ 2017.

Along with praying almost daily since 2001 with Roddy, my devoted bride of 47 years, I have attempted to serve the maturing body of Watermark, primarily through ReEngage, the marriage ministry, and Summit, the men's Bible study. Blessed to contribute to JTJ these past 10 years, this is likely my final input to this amazing disciple-building tool. With a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease called ALS, I write, not in a morbid sense, but of answered prayer, enduring love, and assured eternity with Jesus. "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever." (Isaiah 40:8)

 

June 23, 2017

PRAYER OFFERED AND ANSWERED, ENDURING LOVE, ASSURED SALVATION


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Psalms 116-117

I Love the Lord

116:1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.

10 I believed, even when [1] I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my alarm,
“All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever

117:1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore

MEMORY VERSES

Psalm 8:9

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!