Immanuel, God WITH us. God IS with us as evidenced by His daily faithfulness. David in Psalm 54 cries out to God in song. He is being pursued and under attack. His prayer is simple and profound.
Psalms 54:1 – Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.
Maybe you have felt like every attack of the enemy has been pointed at you lately, or at least a fair share! Attacks are real and can be really difficult to understand or endure. They may have a name and a face, but are more often the spiritual variety that attack the heart with hurt and heaviness. Whatever the case, remember the prayer of Psalms 54. With only 54 days until Christmas we can be assured that Jesus, (Immanuel) hears our prayers and will sustain us. v. 4 – Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”
Isaiah 55 must be one of the most amazing and poetic passages in the entire bible. Check it out and remember this is Immanuel, God with us…
1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.””
Find Ron Barnard’s complete 2012 Countdown to Christmas Devotional at http://www.thesamnetwork.com/?page_id=353