Reading: Proverbs 16-18; Psalm 3
Father, so many around us say there is no salvation in you. They mock your people and their genuine faith until our heads are held low. But you lift them up. When we cry aloud to you, you answer. They cannot say that about their gods. When we lay down and wake up, it is because you sustained us through he night. O Lord, bless your people today! I make plans, but what happens is up to you. I can plan my life, but you establish my steps. Nothing is outside your plans or control. Lead me to discover good things when I think over your Word. Fill me with gracious words that bring sweetness to the souls of my friends and family. Give me self-control that I might be slow to anger. Test and refine my heart that it might look more like yours. Change my heart not to take pleasure in expressing my own opinion, but in gaining understanding of your ways. My tongue can bring life or death into this world. May mine bring life today.