Do you know where to turn?


Going through hard times? Going through tough times? Going through challenging times? Going through rough times?

Do you know where to turn? Do you know how to find hope?

Turn to God! Trust in God!

David’s Songs of Valor and Last Words

1David spoke to Adonai the words of this song in the day that Adonai delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2He said: “Adonai is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. 3My God is my rock, in Him I take refuge, my shield, my horn of salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Savior—You save me from violence. 4I called upon Adonai, worthy of praise, and I was rescued from my enemies. 5For waves of death encompassed me. Torrents of Belial overwhelmed me. 6Cords of death entangled me. Snares of death came before me. 7In my distress I called upon Adonai, yes, I called to my God. From His Temple He heard my voice, my cry came into His ears. 8Then the earth rocked and quaked, the foundation of heaven trembled. They reeled because He was angry. 9Smoke rose from His nostrils and consuming fire from His mouth. Coals blazed from Him. 10He parted the heavens and came down, with thick darkness under His feet. 11He rode upon a cheruv and flew. He was seen on the wings of the wind. 12He made darkness as a sukkah around Him— a mass of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 13Out of the brilliance before Him coals of fire flamed out. 14Adonai also thundered from heaven and Elyon gave forth His voice. 15He shot arrows and scattered them, lightning bolts, and routed them. 16Then the ravines of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were exposed by the rebuke of Adonai, at a blast of the breath of His nostrils. 17He reached down from on high and He took hold of me. He drew me out of mighty waters. 18He delivered me from my powerful enemy, from those who hated me— for they were much stronger than me. 19They came against me in the day of my calamity, but Adonai was my support. 20He brought me out to a wide-open place. He rescued me since He delighted in me. 21Adonai rewarded me for my righteousness. For the cleanness of my hands He repaid me. 22For I kept the ways of Adonai, and did not turn wickedly from my God. 23For all His judgments are before me. As for His rulings, I do not turn away from them. 24I also had integrity with Him, and kept myself from my sin. 25So Adonai rewarded me for my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His eyes. 26With the loyal You deal loyally. With the blameless You are blameless. 27With the pure You show Yourself pure, but with the crooked You show Yourself shrewd. 28You save lowly people. But Your eyes are on the haughty— You will humble them. 29For You are my lamp, Adonai. Adonai shines in my darkness. 30For with You I rush on a troop, with my God I can leap over a wall. 31As for God, His way is perfect. The word of Adonai is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 32For who is God, besides Adonai? and who is a Rock, besides our God? 33God is my strong fortress and He keeps my way blameless. 34He makes my legs like a deer and sets me on my heights. 35Who trains my hands for battle, so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 36You gave me Your shield of salvation. and Your answering has made me great. 37You broaden my steps beneath me, so my feet have not slipped. 38I pursue my enemies and destroy them. I will not return till they are consumed. 39I consumed them and crushed them till they cannot rise; yes, they fall beneath my feet. 40You girded me with strength for battle. You made those rising up against me bow down before me. 41You also made my enemies turn their backs to me. I cut off those who hate me. 42They looked, but there was none to save —to Adonai, but He did not answer them. 43Then I beat them as the dust of the earth, I stamped and crushed them like mud of the streets. 44You free me from strifes of my people. You kept me as head of the nations— people I did not know are serving me. 45Children of foreigners cringe before me. As soon as they hear, they obey me. 46Children of foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their hideouts. 47Adonai lives! And blessed be my Rock! Exalted be God— the Rock of my salvation! 48God—He gives me vengeance and brings down peoples under me. 49He brings me out from my enemies. Indeed You lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man. 50Therefore I praise You among the nations, Adonai, and will sing praises to Your name. 51He is a tower of salvation to His king, He shows loyal love to His anointed— to David and to his seed, forever.

–from 2 Samuel 22

Need somewhere to stand that is solid and firm? Need somewhere to go and find safety and protection? Need to be rescued? Need a savior?

Adonai lives! Blessed Be My Rock

1For the music director: a psalm of David the servant of Adonai. He chanted the words of this song to Adonai on the day Adonai delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2He said, I love You, Adonai my strength! 3Adonai is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in Him I take refuge, my shield, my horn of salvation, my stronghold. 4I called upon Adonai, worthy of praise, and I was rescued from my enemies. 5Cords of death entangled me. Torrents of Belial overwhelmed me. 6Cords of Sheol coiled around me. Snares of death came before me. 7In my distress I called on Adonai, and cried to my God for help. From His Temple He heard my voice, my cry before Him came into His ears. 8Then the earth rocked and quaked. The foundations of mountains trembled. They reeled because He was angry. 9Smoke rose from His nostrils and consuming fire from His mouth. Coals blazed from Him. 10He parted the heavens and came down, with thick darkness under His feet. 11He rode upon a cheruv and flew. He soared on the wings of the wind. 12He made darkness His cover, His sukkah all around Him— dark waters, thick clouds. 13Out of the brilliance before Him passed His thick clouds, hail and fiery coals. 14Adonai also thundered in the heavens, and Elyon gave forth His voice, hail and fiery coals. 15He shot His arrows and scattered them, hurled lightning bolts and routed them. 16Then ravines of water appeared. The foundations of earth were exposed, at Your rebuke, Adonai, at a blast of breath from Your nostrils. 17He reached down from on high and took hold of me. He drew me out of mighty waters. 18He saved me from my powerful enemy, from those who hated me— for they were much stronger than me. 19They came against me in my day of calamity, but Adonai was my support. 20He brought me out to a wide-open place. He rescued me since He delighted in me. 21Adonai rewarded me for my righteousness. For the cleanness of my hands He repaid me. 22For I kept the ways of Adonai, and did not turn wickedly from my God. 23For all His judgments are before me. I do not put His rulings away from me. 24I also had integrity with Him, and kept myself from my sin. 25So Adonai rewarded me for my righteousness, for the cleanness of my hands in His eyes. 26With the loyal You deal loyally. With the blameless You are blameless. 27With the pure You are pure, and with the crooked You are shrewd. 28For You save lowly people, but haughty eyes You humble. 29For You light up my lamp. Adonai my God shines in my darkness. 30For with You I rush on a troop, with my God I scale a wall. 31As for God, His way is perfect. The word of Adonai is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 32For who is God, except Adonai? And who is a Rock, except our God? 33God girds me with strength and makes my way straight. 34He makes my feet like those of deer and makes me stand on my heights. 35He trains my hands for battle, so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 36You gave me the shield of Your salvation. Your right hand upholds me, Your gentleness makes me great. 37You broaden my steps beneath me, so my ankles have not slipped. 38I pursue my enemies and overtake them, and will not return till they are wiped out. 39I will crush them till they cannot rise, till they fall beneath my feet. 40For You girded me with strength for battle. You made those who rose up against me bow down before me. 41You also made my enemies turn their backs to me. I cut off those who hate me. 42They cry out, but there is none to save —even to Adonai, but He did not answer them. 43Then I beat them as fine as dust before the wind. I pour them out like mud in the streets. 44You free me from strifes of the people. You set me as head of the nations— people I did not know are serving me. 45As soon as they hear, they obey me. Children of foreigners cringe before me. 46Children of foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their hideouts. 47Adonai lives! And blessed be my Rock! Exalted be God my salvation! 48God—He gives me vengeance and subdues peoples under me. 49He delivers me from my enemies. Indeed You lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man. 50Therefore I praise You among the nations, Adonai, and sing praises to Your Name. 51Great victories He gives to His king. He shows loyal love to His anointed— to David and his seed, forever.

–from Psalms 18

So turn to God! Be ready to do the good work that God is preparing in advance for you to do! Let’s be living in obedience to God’s will and God’s way! Let’s be aligned to His plans and His purposes! Let’s be ambassadors of peace! Let’s pray to God that He will hear our prayers and heal our land! It’s only by the grace of God that we can be saved! We are saved by grace through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Not by works so that nobody can boast! Let’s turn to God and do the good work He is calling us to complete.

Be Ready for Good Deeds

1Remind the people to be submitted to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2to slander no one, without fighting, gentle, showing every courtesy to all people. 3For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deluded, enslaved to various desires and pleasures, spending our lives in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared— 5not by deeds of righteousness which we had done ourselves, but because of His mercy— He saved us through the mikveh of rebirth and renewing of the Ruach ha-Kodesh, 6whom He abundantly poured out on us through Messiah Yeshua our Savior, 7so that being set right by His grace, we might become heirs with the confident hope of eternal life! 8Trustworthy is the saying, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have put their trust in God may be careful to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are good and beneficial for people. 9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about Torah, for they are unprofitable and useless. 10Dismiss a quarrelsome person after a first and second warning, 11knowing that such a person is twisted and is sinning—he is self- condemned.

Final Words

12When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, hurry to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to winter there. 13Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with great care, so that nothing is lacking for them. 14And let our people learn to devote themselves to doing mitzvot to meet urgent needs, so they will not be unfruitful. 15All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

–from Titus 3

Good works aren’t an end to a mean, it is the fruit of our relationship with Jesus!

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