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Prayer Letter for November 2020

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - November 2020

 

“I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” (Psalm 34:1 NIV)

Dear prayer partners,

We have just come through an unusual ‘online’ celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, which lifted our spirits and reminded us of God’s goodness and miraculous provision for His people when they dwelt in booths in the desert on their way to the Promised Land. Now, as then, we rely on God in all things in this temporal life with its many uncertainties, challenges, and joys.

This festival of remembrance is so timely, as Israel is slowly re-opening after a second Corona lockdown that caused much economic distress. Unfortunately, many people are looking for practical assistance just when aid programs are being overwhelmed with requests or closing due to limited funding. This situation gives us a unique opportunity to stand with the people of Israel and lend a helping hand. Pray that the Lord will provide abundant resources so that we can be a source of help in their hour of need!

King David provides an example for us when he said: “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” (Psalm 34:1 NIV)

ALWAYS? What about when I am overwhelmed?
ALWAYS? What about when times are tough and political conflict tears my nation apart? ALWAYS? What about when I am afraid and stuck at home amid a pandemic or facing economic challenges?
ALWAYS…???

This was not just some theoretical proposal for King David. He wrote this psalm while on the run from Saul, whose jealousy was aroused due to David’s success in battle. Suddenly, he found himself a fugitive though he was a commander and prince among his people. Unfortunately, Gath, the foreign land he sought refuge in, was the home of Goliath! There, David’s fame preceded him, so he resorted to acting like a madman to save his life. Not the most ideal of circumstances! Yet, even in this trial David could sing, “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; Let the afflicted hear and rejoice.” (Psalm 34:1-2 NIV)

David understood something essential – that worship is life to us. The Apostle Paul wrote the same message to those who love the Lord, urging them to “continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15). Why is it called a sacrifice? I suggest it is because it represents an offering of ourselves despite the storm we are in or how we feel. It is a choice to recognise our place in the world and to offer honour to the Sovereign Lord. He is our refuge and strength, our help in time of trouble. In Him we have life and breath. He lifts us up when we fall.

Gratitude and thanksgiving are the proper response to who God is, for His many blessings and for the lovingkindness and gifts He has so graciously granted us – beginning with our breath, health, this beautiful creation and so much more. The Psalmist goes on to say with complete confidence: “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15 NLT) This is as true today as it has ever been!

May the Lord bless you from Zion!

Nicole Yoder  

Vice President – AID & Aliyah 

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem 

 

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