Reading: Isaiah 49-51; Psalm 119:65-96
Father, give me the sound judgment which comes from believing your commands. Help me see that my affliction is meant to draw me closer to you and bless me. That my affliction is for my sanctification from a loving God. All the world’s treasures pale in comparison to the riches of your Word, Lord. Your hands made me, so help me learn and understand your commands. Your words keep me firm in times of trouble, and your law and promises get me through them. Thank you for sending your Son to be a light to the nations so that your salvation can reach the ends of the earth. I know you love me because you have engraved me on the palm of your hand, and Jesus’ nail-pierced hands testify as well. Jesus gave himself up to torment on my behalf, yet it was not to his shame but to your glory. In his death came the beginning of your salvation. In his death came life for the nations! Your salvation will never end. The earth and everything in it will one day fade away, but your salvation continues for all time.