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Your Eight to Our Three

Welcome, Relentless Students, to day 27 of our 30-day Devo! Today, we will continue the practice of examen prayer and you can find a guide for today's prayer under the "30-Day Devo" tab above.

Our passage today is found in Psalm 91, I recommend reading the whole chapter, but our focus will be verses 14-16 which say,

"'Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.'”

This passage takes place at the end of Psalm 91, likely written by David. The first part of the chapter talks about dwelling in God and how in doing so we are provided protection. Then, in the end, we see God speaking to David, likely this is what David imagined Him saying based on past actions and commandments. The interesting part about what is being said by God is the fact that He only asks 3 things of us and in return provides 8 things for us. God asks that we hold on to Him in love, know His name, and call out for Him when we are in trouble. This list is honestly quite easy, love Him, know Him, and lean on Him and if we accomplish all three of these He offers us more then we would know to ask for. He offers to deliver, protect, answer, be present, rescue, honor, satisfy, and show salvation. Eight total pieces to what He is willing to offer when we love Him, know Him, and lean on Him.

There are a few things I feel we need to address though when looking at passages like these. A lot of us will read this and say "Well I've been praying since day 1 of quarantine and I still haven't been rescued" or "I don't feel satisfied with my current situation". We get caught up in what God has promised that we don't ask if we are actually following our side. Be real, are you holding to Him in love now? Are you spending time to truly know Him with all this free time? Are you leaning on Him during this trying time and calling out consistently? Even as I ask myself these questions I can think of times in the last week I have failed.

Past that, I think to say that all of these promises apply to us in our current standing is unfair to us and to God. We called out and He responded with Christ as our savior. Through Christ, we are delivered from hell, protected from the fire, rescued from damnation, given honor we don't deserve, satisfied for all of eternity, and shown salvation through the power of the Blood. God completed His part through the eyes of eternity and went a step further by offering everything listed in spite of our failures through grace.

When reading this passage we should be filled with hope. Hope, in the future secured for us through Christ. Hope, in the fact that God held up His promises, even though I fail at my side constantly. Hope, that even though He has fulfilled His promises for eternity He still provides for me while I'm here on earth. You see, God accomplished His promises ultimately through Christ, but that doesn't mean He doesn't step in now. He loves us and will help us even now, just not on our schedule.

Your challenge for today is to go to the "30-Day Devo" tab above and read the guided prayer for day 27. Journal about your engagement with God during that time, writing down questions and thoughts.

Our prayer for today,

God, thank you for being gracious. Thank you for sending Jesus as the ultimate way to You. We can never thank you enough for all that you've done for us. May we open ourselves up to be used by you as just a small way of saying thank you. We know we mess up, but God you saved us anyway. I pray you work on each of our hearts and lead us to be more like you. We pray all of this in Jesus' name, Amen.

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