The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
4 His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
7 All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!
8 Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown[dawns] for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
Prayer. The invitation to prayer is not from an angry Judge one must plead to. We had thirty Churches gather for the first time in 2011 and seven hundred people prayed for our county in January. Later in the summer there were tri-county fires so bad the relief shelter had to keep moving. People wanted to donate chapstick and t-shirts to the fire fighters and were told to not drive into the area. That might sound silly to Californians with fire history, but our County had not seen fires like this in two hundred years. And we had firefighters from Alaska arrive in Texas and from all over.
When you look at the photos later - the fires licked the buildings and left many, many structures intact.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes; 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
The Lord loves big prayers. We live in the subtropics. Lately the dry subtropics. Why don't we remember to pray for weather in our areas. Not just in picnic weather. We all say we'd like to see the return of everyday slight showers to our area. Why not pray each day for the Country, the hope in our future, for our children, grandchildren and for the return of more normal weather patterns.
Practical prayer with a group effort.
Father God, our nation has some unrest. Give us direction and blessing. Let our news be more hopeful. Let our skies be fair and filled with forgiveness. Help us to build a strong Nation before You. And we shall give You the glory. Fathers return to sons. More meaningful events each day to fill a heart. And more brave courage You delight in. We ask in the name of Jesus. Always in hope adding Your will be done. Amen.