Wednesday–May 24, 2023

Reading God’s Word:  Judges 15-16; Psalm 144

Memorizing God’s Word: 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Meditating on God’s Word: Judges 15:18 Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, “You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” | Judges 16:28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”

Praying God’s Word: “Lord these 2 prayers of Samson show much of the state of his heart.  In the first, he is in control, victor, full of power but tapped out due to thirst – it urged him to cry out to You in that moment, but not as a way of life.  You provided and he moved on.  By the time he utters the second prayer he is utterly humiliated and has much more than a simple thirst problem – he is exposed, the curtain is pulled and the great and mighty Oz is revealed as a joke, a nothing, a loser.  That’s when he, and we, are finally ready to cry out to you in humility and complete dependence for you to powerfully move.  May we learn from Samson’s example, Lord! Amen.”