Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/21/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Chester UMC
Hebron: First UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Columbus, NE First UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Columbus, NE First UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Doniphan UMC
Rosedale UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 124

If the LORD had not been on our side— let Israel say— if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away. Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Today's Devotional

Often, we do not realize how close we are to danger, harmful situations, serious illness or even death. The Lord protects us in various ways. His grace is abundant. His love is sustaining. He even sent His Son, Jesus Christ to the earth to live with the people, show and teach them the ways of God then the ultimate sacrifice of death on the cross was made. Yet, the resurrection of Jesus to defeat death has given us the opportunity for eternal life. 

As David gave credit to the Lord for saving him and his people as stated in Psalm 124, we should give God acknowledgement for saving us. David is known for seeking the Lord and God made Himself known to him. God is always open to us. Why should we wait until we are at harm’s way or even in a near-death situation? By giving God the credit for guiding and directing us in all that we do, where we go and the words that we use, opens the door to the blessings of the Lord. 

This is our life that God has given us. Let us look to Him for all things. Not depending on ourselves, but His grace. Yes, we should continue to strive for the very best through our prayers, our family and our work. Never forgetting that God is our protector, our defender and His Son is our savior. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are so blessed. 
Prayer for Reflection

--Brad Zimmerman
Pastor, Bucklin UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Lord, let us always remember that you have saved us from death and have given us eternal life through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


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