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This psalm opens with a reminder to place trust in God “in the day of trouble.” Days or seasons of trouble certainly come in this earthly life. Those who trust in the Lord boldly call out to God during difficult times.
The psalmist petitions God’s help on the king’s behalf,...

Gracious God, in whom we place our trust, may we look to you alone in our day of trouble as our only source of salvation, strength, and victory. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
June 11–17, 2018
Scripture Overview

From a human perspective, we tend to judge people by appearances: how attractive they are, how wealthy they seem to be. God’s standard, however, is not outward appearance but the attitude of the heart. David was the youngest brother in his family, yet God knew his mighty heart and chose him as the next king of Israel. The psalmist declares that God gives victory to those who put their trust in God, not in the outward appearance of might. Jesus reinforces this truth with the parable of the mustard seed. Though the seed appears small, it grows into a robust plant. Paul tells the Corinthians that we should no longer judge people by what we see on the outside, for God changes what really matters—what is on the inside.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13. What clear guidance has the Lord given you regarding an area of obedience in your life?
• Read Psalm 20. How has the Lord answered you when you called out during a critical moment in time?
• Read Mark 4:26-34. What prevents you from trusting God to use your testimony to lead others to Jesus Christ?
• Read 2 Corinthians 5:6-17. How does your trust in and obedience to God affect your personal conduct and your attitude toward others?

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Rev. dr. richard h. gentzler  jr

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