Devotion – June 17, 2015 – Protect Me, Lord!

psalm109_1-2O God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for wicked and deceitful men have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
—Psalm 109:1-2

The devil has many ways to attack us.  1 Peter 5:8 tells us our “adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” If he can’t keep you from Christ, he will try to keep you from living out your life of faith.  Sometimes he attacks with temptation, sometimes it’s with suffering, and sometimes it is by people spreading lies against us, which is what we see in Psalms 109.  What do we do when wicked and deceitful people spread lies about us?

We do just what the psalmist did, go to God for help.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)  That’s right!  The Lord your God is your stronghold.

We will face trials and difficulties in life, but God promises to be with you and to strengthen and protect you and give you peace.  Remember the promise Jesus made:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
—John 16:33

Dear Jesus,

Please be with me this day.  Watch over me and protect me.  When I face difficulties and suffering, help me to turn to you, my very present help in trouble.  Give me the peace that passes all understanding knowing that He who has overcome the world is with me.

Amen

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