Psalm 134

IDOK DEVOTION FOR Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I finished my last homework session of Stepping Up (by Beth Moore). It’s been so good.
Our last Psalm in this study of the Psalms of Ascent is 134.
1 Now praise the LORD,
All you servants of the LORD
Who stand in the LORD’s house at night!
2 Lift up your hands in the holy place,
And praise the LORD!
3 May the LORD,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Bless you from Zion.

Verse 1. The time to praise the Lord is NOW. Beth said: “Don’t wait! Praise God the second you don’t feel like it! The second you feel defeated! ‘Now!’ Your tempter tempts you to praise God the least when you need to praise the most.”
So now. Today, we will praise. Now. Today, we will Bless The Lord. And according to verse 3, HE will bless us! One more quote from Beth: “The more we learn about God, the more we understand that the primary reason He asks us to surrender everything to Him is to make room to receive what He wants to give. Try as we may, we will never bring anything to God and leave empty handed unless we forget to take His gifts home. God’s nature is to give.”
I don’t know what you need to GIVE UP today to Bless the LORD but whatever it is – DO IT!

Some weeks ago we prayed for Mr. Smith (age 85); he did well but health issues have reoccurred and doctors have told the family it is a matter of time. Join me in praying for him and the family.
Father, we come on behalf of Mr. Smith and we ask for a peaceful transition him and for the family. It is our desire that You be glorified at this time in this situation; You know the needs of each and we pray Thy Will be done. We are continuing to pray for Jeremy and we are grateful for the improvements made so far and we ask You for more; we ask that You lift up this young man and give him renewed life. We pray too for these others, some grieving; some searching for Your Answers, some not; others ill and needing rest and restoration; young folks needing direction and a helping hand and we pray You will supply these; families in crisis both spiritually and materially; so many situations and we need Your help in every one of them and we are asking for Your help for each. And we are asking for our IDOK Troops too; for safety and protection with every step they take today; keep them safe physically, emotionally and spiritually. Guard the families at home, supply their needs, especially their greatest need – depending on You. And we pray for the sale of two houses – Tonya’s and Sharron’s. We pray for the successful conclusion of this war; for the Peace of Israel; for the Election of Your Choice for President; for the repentance of America and the revival of Your Church. Thank You for loving us; Thank You for blessing us so richly; help each of us today to line up with Your Will and Your Word and it is for Jesus Sake we ask. Amen and Amen. Mr. Smith and family. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Jeremy H. Pastor’s Widow and four children. Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. A Caregiver for Baby Emily while her Mom works. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 48°F and scattered clouds in Balad, IQ & the time there is 7:54 AM AST – on February 27, 2008

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