Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
Before David was a king, before he was a ruler over many, he was a shepherd of a few. Of lowly sheep. His psalms and songs have been sung for thousands of years on the hillsides of Israel. As a character in a Christmas play that I attended said, "Those songs have been sung for many years. You learn them because you hear them over and over again." What treasures they are, too. Full of reminders of God's provision and protection.
David killed predators who threatened the lives of his sheep. The lions and bears were no match for the shepherd boy who trusted in God.
In the same way, we can trust God for our own safety. In this new year, we may be fearful of governments and rulers, of laws and of lawless people, but there is One who hears us when we cry out to Him:
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow
me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out
of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
A personal note: Please check in from time to time at the prayer requests page, and lift up those needs in prayer. I want to personally thank all of you who prayed with us that our relationship with our son would be restored -- you'll find an update on the prayer page. I hope that this will encourage those who are dealing with some of life's burdens and feeling that it may be hopeless --- it's never, ever hopeless! Someone prayed that God would bless us, for the blessing they'd received from us . . . just days later, we received an email from our son. God is so good --- and He will reward holiness, obedience, and prayer. I know He will! He did for me!