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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Every Sunday A Psalms: The Affliction Of America

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 102:1-28 KJV
(1) A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
(2) Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
(3) For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
(4) My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
(5) By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
(6) I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
(7) I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
(8) Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
(9) For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
(10) Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
(11) My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
(12) But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
(13) Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
(14) For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
(15) So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
(16) When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
(17) He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
(18) This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
(19) For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
(20) To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
(21) To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
(22) When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
(23) He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
(24) I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
(25) Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
(26) They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
(27) But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
(28) The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

The cry of America was heard around the world on 9/11, only for some to mock in distain and others to cry with America. Over five thousand were killed when the towers fell, the pentagon was attacked and an another plane went down in the north due to terrorist attack. People mourned for lives lost and not for buildings. Buildings of nobility of business and money. A towers effected not just Americans but the world. All nationalities represented and the world was attacked. The world went to war against middle east. Some did not join the fight because they were afraid we would loose. Afraid to ruin their allies with the middle east. A country divided by what to do and a country divided by heartbreak of terror is not one to lay down and do nothing. The worse thing is silence and to ignore, for it only gets worse.

The despair of man over hurt, loss, war, and so forth is probably the hardest pain to endure because of the amount of loss of life. We all hurt when we loose family. We all hurt when masses die. Yet it matters not whose side one is on, pain of killing the pain of death knowing it would have been us if it had not been them. The nightmarish feeling of knowing one did what was right despite the outcome of war, is only half the grief. Victory should be sweet but it only like withering grass.

The truth of the matter is God never changes and is consistent through out all generations. Despite the wars of man, the horrors that afflict man and the terror man goes through, God does not change. Despite the weakness of the human flesh as it ages God does not change. His ways are consistent beyond our human understanding. His mercy is great to all generation that believe and carry on His word. His word lasting from each generation that carries it on. Most people think in finite terms and not infinity. Man can only see their generation and not think about eternity which is to come in a infinity way. From life to death to life, or life to death and nothing more to gain. Our idea of life and death not fully realized until our death bed, the our death is only a moment to resurrection to be with Christ. The affliction of the body, mind and spirit, is only a moment of time, and not infinity as a believer. Affliction of this world is only a moment of hope of eternal salvation through Christ Jesus. God never changing his rules or his plan for mankind, but giving hope that after we face death we live through eternity with God. We know the destruction of our flesh and yet we live for eternity if we believe.

May the horrors of post 911 not remain but the victory of being overcomer of war in our land remain in our hearts that we know we must stand always together and take the war to where it comes from and not to where it is.

Dear Heavenly Father may our afflictions in life be realized as being momentarily that heaven is onward over the horizon of life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Malachi 3:6 KJV
(6) For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

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