Don’t know what challenges you’re facing living “boldly” for Christ… I’ve got a Psalm for you… Psalm 123!

My heart and prayers today go out to the following people…

An elementary aged child from a devoutly Christian family who is going to public school in a pretty rough neighborhood, has shared some of the things their family stands for, and has been bullied or ridiculed because of it.

A committed Christian high school student involved in sports or other activities who is experiencing continual pressure to compromise their convictions morally in order to be one of the “in-crowd.”

A college or university student attending a secular university that has a professor that openly ridicules Christian values and beliefs and has made it very clear… “Agree with me in public discourse or when turning in assignments or I’ll publicly embarrass you and your grades will suffer!”

An employee striving hard to succeed who has been notified, “I expect you to do whatever is necessary to turn a profit or make a sale – and that includes the willingness to compromise your Christian ethics and values!”

A wife who lives in a neighborhood where it appears that to enjoy any friendship or close friends she has to participate in activities and conversations she does not feel comfortable with and must “leave her religion out of it!”

A Christian businessman in a highly competitive enterprise whose ethics in his business practices are challenged every day… including facing daily moral temptations from those who “want an inside track to advancement.”

To those kind of people in those kinds of situations… I’VE GOT A PSALM FOR YOU!!! (I read it during “coffee with the Lord” this morning and thought of YOU!)

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master and as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till He has mercy upon us. Have MERCY upon us, O LORD, have MERCY upon us, for we have had more than enough of CONTEMPT! Our soul has had more than enough of the SCORN of those who are at ease, of the CONTEMPT of the proud!” (Psalm 123 ESV)

So my prayer today in the face of the contempt and scorn you might be facing? MERCY! God’s steadfast, reliable, faithful, covenant love! Nothing can separate you from that! (check out Romans 8:31-38!)

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