1. Answer me when I pray. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to empty space. Answer me and give me relief—I feel like I’m just making decisions and doing stuff about my problems, all on my own. Please help me. Have mercy. You are righteous, I am not. I need you God.”
2. And you ask me Lord, “Why are you turning glory into shame? I have given you my glory. I have poured into you holiness and righteousness and you run after lies and stage props and cardboard cutouts. 3. Know that I hear you, my child. I have chosen you and I listen when you pray.”
4. So when I pray, help me Lord to tremble at your holiness. Help me to meditate on you in my bed, snuggling into your heart as I fall asleep. Help me to make decisions based on the truth of your world, your love and (5.) your holiness. Help me to trust in you.
6. Many ask about economic issues, but you are the Lord of all prosperity. You hold money and jobs and resources, and you give us what is best and you give good gifts.
7. Help me to rejoice in your good gift and to see them clearly.
8. You will give me peace and rest. You are my hope and safety.
God, sometimes I feel so torn up by life. It just feels overwhelming.
I feel like people are telling me all sorts of solutions, but none of them are you, God.
But You are my shield, my wall, my defense. It is good and right that I trust in you and surrender to You.
You give me recognition and you give me blessings. You provide the finances, even when you don’t provide the job.
When I pray, You hear me. I cry and it reaches You. I will not fear even when things are scary,
Show me Your face. Come, Help, Deliver, Protect, Provide.
Break the hold that fear has on my heart. From You, Lord, comes my help.
Bless those who have been such a blessing to me.
Psalm 2- The Rule of God
By S. Jewell S. McGhee
Everything thinks it’s better than God these days. Science thinks she can outthink God. Economics thinks he can out pay God. Sports and Entertainment think they can out play God. All together they expect to throw off the chains of “outdated religion” and “superstitious beliefs.”
Sitting on his uncontested throne, God laughs in the halls of heaven. He rebukes the pride in his anger and his wrath will terrify them. He has established his Kingdom on earth.
He calls to the princes of the earth, he calls to his children and tells them to ask.
“Ask anything in my name and I will do it”
“Seek first My kingdom and My righteousness”
I have told you that you will have authority to drive out demons and that what you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.
So, listen up, “modern era,” listen up power of the earth. Wise up! Be warned. Serve the Lord, Your power is borrowed.
Fear God, don’t doubt that He can destroy you in a flash. Take refuge in God. Find your strength in Him not yourself.
Psalm 1 – Why do devotions?
By S. Jewell S. McGhee
Dear Jr. High Sunday School class,
What I want to teach you, more than anything, is to delight in the law of the LORD. God’s word brings happiness, joy, and -yay even- fun.
But you must not believe what “everyone” says, or do what “everyone” does, or laugh at all the jokes. Wicked counsel, a life of sin, and humor at everyone else’s expense will lead to sorrow and pain.
However, the one who loves God’s word and thinks about it and puts it in their heart, the one who fills their day with the aroma of scripture- this person- this student- this Jr. Higher will have strength and endurance, peace and happiness. They will succeed in their plans and hopes. They won’t be full of hopelessness, or withering depression. No matter how it appears. God will honor them.
Not so with the sarcastic, irreverent, scheming friends will not be honored or successful. No matter how it appears. God will not honor them. They will have no strength.
I pray that God will be your strength and on his rock you will stand firm.
S. Jewell S. McGhee
Jewell is an artist who has come to be known also as an author. She often writes a reflection to go with her art pieces and has been paraphrasing the psalms for many years.
About the Artist
S. Jewell S. McGhee likes to call her art “painting with pencils.” She first started using colored pencils to help her mother write names on lunch bags for school. “My mom would pick matching themes for the names on our bags; all balloons, or sunrises, or sometimes just geometric shapes. She always made them so beautiful; a plain brown bag lunch was, all at once, a love note, a story, a hug, and simple colors to enlighten us for the rest of the day.” These bags also became a constant reminder that art was simple, attainable, and a necessary part of every day.
“I always start with a story.” Every time you hear a story you have a physical (tears, a chuckle, or a smile) or mental (confusion, contentment) reaction which is unable to be explained in words alone. “I like to use abstract art as a medium to dive deeply into the complicated mess of a story and discover something more about it and about myself.” She follows the flow of a story and finds the shapes and colors that express its fundamental emotions and questions.
Jewell uses her art to interpret the stories of Shakespeare, the newspaper, the Bible, and her own life. “As I grapple with Hamlet, I see lines-sharp and violent-cutting through relationships and into love. There is red: obviously for blood, but also for love (a riddle itself). A golden crown, a golden son; a golden sun breaking through ghosts, clouds, and lives to reveal blackness and blood.” How black is the blackness of hate? What texture is grace? What shape is confusion, or desperation, or promise? These are the questions these pieces ask.