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Today we're discussing Psalm 144 and how it relates to our children.
"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;
My lovingkindness and my fortress, my sronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me.
O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that you think of him?
Man is like a mere breath; his days are like a passing shadow,
Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains that they may smoke.
Flash forth lightning and scatter them; send our Your arrows and confuse them.
Stretch forth Your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,out of the hand of aliens.
Whose mouth speak deceit, and who right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
Who gives salvation to kings, who rescues David His servant from the evil sword.
Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens, whose mouth speaks deceit and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;
Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, and our flocks bring fourth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
Let our cattle bear without mishap and without loss, Let there be no outcry in our streets!
How blessed are the people who are so situated; how blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!"
I am struck mostly by verses 2&3....God is my shield and He in whom I can take refuge. There are many times when I beat myself up over my past sins...my own poor life choices and how my children have been effected by them. I take refuge in knowing that God is sovereign over their lives as well as my own. He loves them and watches out for them. He plots their courses and will see them through as they traverse this life. Blessed be the Lord!
On another note, tomorrow is the kid's schools' academic awards night. Now when I was growing up, if the school held something on a Wednesday night I automatically knew that I wouldn't be able to attend because "church was more important than school." I remember being disappointed that I couldn't be in the Christmas program, etc... because of church, so I have never held to that (although church is more important than sports or other clubs). This morning I mentioned to my children about tomorrow's awards and their reactions were immediate and emphatic "You mean I won't get to go to youth group?" "I don't want to miss choir practice!" So I'm hoping that the school will mail their awards. How can I argue with teens that want to be at church?!
Grace and Peace,