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PSALM 91:  A Psalm for soldiers and all who seek God’s protection and strength

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I will declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.

Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name.

When they call on me , I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.  I will rescue and honor them.

I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

(verses 1-16 NLT)

 

FOR MORE:  To read this Psalm in other translations, learn more, or read other Psalms, go to http://www.BibleGateway.com  .

 

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1,300,000 teens nationwide were surveyed.  Following are the results from the CDC:

  • 18% carried a weapon to school at lease once in past 30 days (gun, knife or club)
  • 41% text or email while driving (in past 30 days)
  • 10% drink and drive
  • 22% rode with driver who had been drinking
  • 34% are sexually active (down from 38% in 1991)
  • 59% use condoms (down from 63% in recent years)
  • 15.7% smoke (lowest on record)
  • 39% drink (down from 50% in 1999)
  • 8% had been in a school fight (down by half in past 20 years)
  • 17% have considered suicide
  • 15% have been electronically bullied
  • 1 in 5 teens admit taking a Rx drug not prescribed for them

Statistics released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as reported on NBC’s Today Show on 6-13-14.

Matt Lauer concluded the segment by saying he was taking notes for conversations he needs to have with his kids this weekend. Yes,we need to keep talking to our young people!  It appears parental and educational talks are working since numbers are down for drinking, smoking, sexual activity and school fights. We also need to model proper behavior, too.  Often our actions do speak louder than words!  As adults, we need to stay on top of what’s trending with teens so we can continue to communicate, instruct, counsel and guide effectively.

Teaching young people is Biblical.  God instructs us to do so three times in Deuteronomy! (4:9-10, 6:4-9, 11:18-19) The Bible instructs us to teach our children when they are in our house, coming and going, when they lie down, and when they rise.  God, Himself, initiates this when He gathers the adults of Israel together so He can teach them, instructing the adults to pass on His teachings to their children and future generations. (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)  God is teaching them how to be Holy, and setting the example for us, as adults, as to how we should influence younger generations to be Holy, too.  FYI, being Holy isn’t just about following rules and being obedient to God.  It’s also about respect and preserving life.  Respect for God, others and self.

Today’s teens and tweens are full of promise for the future, but they need our leadership, guidance and help.  Let’s learn from these statistics and do what we can to teach and model Godly, safe behavior.

Deuteronomy 4:9-10 Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.  Make them known to your children and your children’s children – how…the LORD said to me, Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on earth, and that they may teach their children so.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul nad with all your might.  And thee words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.   (I think God would have like Post-It notes, don’t you?)

Deuteronomy 11:18-19  “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eye.  You shall teach to your children, talking of them when you are sitting your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when your lie down, and when your rise.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied…”

Psalm 34:11 Com, O children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 78:5-7 He established ad testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God…

For more, read Deuteronomy.  You can do so online at http://www.BibleGateway.com  .

Choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  (Joshua 24:15)

That was God’s response to me after sharing with Him my concerns for current events in the news.  I questioned the loyalties of our nation’s leaders, worried about deals that seem to be made with our enemies, and wondered how we’ve become such a violent nation.  I remembered the fate of the Israelites in the Old Testament.  When they were loyal to God, He was with them, provided for them, protected them from their enemies, and led them through times of peace.  However, when they turned away from God, worshiped idols and followed ungodly leaders, God allowed them to suffer consequences and eventually handed them over to their enemies.  Is that what’s about to happen to us, God?  Please don’t let that happen.  Surely you see there are many of us who are devoted to You.  What can we do?

God responded by drawing my attention to the words of Joshua 24:15.  Choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

I might not be able to take on the world’s matters, but I/we can do what matters most in this world, claim allegiance to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Victory is ours in Christ alone.

If you want to know more:  After Moses was taken by the Lord, it was Joshua who was called to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.  Joshua was a brave warrior who found victory by being faithful to God.  He saved the Israelites by making sure they were devoted to the LORD, too.  Learn more about Joshua and experience mighty acts of God by reading the Book of Joshua in the Bible (6th book in the Old Testament).  The verse above is from the 24th (final) chapter.  To read online, go to http://www.BibleGateway.com.

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