Focus Verse: How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? (4)
The person who wrote this Psalm laments the fact that God’s people are unable to sing the songs of the Lord because they have been taken captive in a foreign land. The freedom that they had in their own land has disappeared.
Focus Verse: Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (28)
When we see the glory of the Lord, we too will be left speechless. We will either bow down or fall down like Ezekiel. Mere words don’t do justice in describing the awesomeness of God and all that surrounds Him.
Focus Verse: And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. (6)
God calls Ezekiel to be a prophet. True prophets are often tasked with the difficult responsibility of delivering words of lament and mourning and woe. They are often hated for being bearers of bad news, but God encourages Ezekiel not to be afraid. Whatever God has called you to do, do not be afraid. He is with you and will help you.
1 Timothy 2
Focus Verse: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— (1)
We may not be able to help all the people in the world, but we can pray for them. It is one of the greatest things we can do. Do you know what Jesus does in Heaven? He makes intercession for us. Even when we do not know what to say, He is praying to the Father on our behalf. Prayer is powerful. It changes situations. It changes us. Prayer also changes others.