Today’s text from Psalm 34 reminds us again of God’s desire to see God’s people set free—to liberate them from belittling situations, systems, spiritual forces, and thoughts—to enable them to live meaningful and purposeful lives. When we think of this psalm written by David, who experienced miraculous deliverance at God’s hands, these words invite us as Christians to seek to remain planted by the streams of living water that are found in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
—Psalm 34:17-18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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