GPS: Grow, Pray & Study

GPS for the week of June 9th, 2024

“Though I Walk In The Midst Of Trouble”

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“So, blessed are we then who have been excluded, shunned, or

forgotten, for there is One who knows us and loves us and walks

among us. We know that we are not alone. Our God delights to

be with us and has moved heaven and earth just to be where we

are. Blessed are we who belong here, with God, and who make

space for others to sit with us, who practice radical belonging and

hospitality because we know what it is like to be locked out. Amen

(Kate Bowler).”

Dear Lord, thank you for the life you have given us to share.

Amen.

Monday 6.10 “A king to govern us, like other nations.”

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)

“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to

Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘You are old and your sons do

not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us,

like other nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they

said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord,

and the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in

all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they

have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have

done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this

day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing

to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only-you shall solemnly

warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign

over them.’ So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the

people who were asking him for a king… ‘And in that day you will

cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for

yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’ But the

people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel…” We also want

to be like others who spend their time and energy seeking worldly

power and esteem. Instead, we can rejoice in the gift of life in our

Lord Jesus.

Tuesday 6.11 “Though the Lord is high, he regards the

lowly.”

Psalm 138

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart… On the day I

called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. All

the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard

the words of your mouth. They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

for great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is high, he

regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the

wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right

hand delivers me. The Lord fulfills his purpose for me; your

steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work

of your hands.” God is near us when we are brought low by the

difficulties and sadness of life.

Wednesday 6.12 “The man and his wife hid themselves.”

Genesis 3:8-15

“But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are

you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was

afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told

you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which

I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom

you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’

Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have

done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The

Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures;

upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of

your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and

between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you

will strike his heel’.” The man and woman rejected the beauty and

openness God had given them and were suddenly afraid of their

nakedness.

Thursday 6.13 “With him is great power to redeem.”

Psalm 130

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let

your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O

Lord, should mark my iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there

is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the

Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the

Lord more than those who watch for the morning… O Israel, hope

in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him

is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all

its iniquities.” The powerful and gracious love of God will lift us

from our discouragement and despair.

Friday 6.14 “This slight momentary affliction.”

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

“Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to

more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of

God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is

wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For

this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal

weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what

can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is

temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that

if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from

God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Grace will increase thanksgiving as we allow our Lord Jesus to

renew us every day.

Saturday 6.15 “Whoever does the will of God is my brother

and sister and mother.”

Mark 3:20-.35

“And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even

eat… And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He

has Beelzebub, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out

demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in

parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided

against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan

has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but

his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house

and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then

indeed the house can be plundered’… A crowd was sitting around

him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and

sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my

mother and my brothers?’ and looking at those who sat around

him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever

does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother’.” Jesus

did not fear the crowds, criticism from his family, or these powerful

scribes from Jerusalem. He rejoiced in the new life growing

among so many people.