The Tolling Bell of Salvation

Wednesday, December 18
Psalm 3

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In the middle of this week that is itself the middle of Advent, there comes a cry in the midst of enemy territory. John the Baptist could have groaned this psalm from his prison cell. Christians and Jews persecuted today around the world can do the same. Strengthen their prayer by binding yourself to them with these words of salvation.

May your inner conviction of this psalm ring out with the same deep resounding toll of a great bell. The emptier and darker the night, the more the clarion-call of God’s salvation can silence those taunting, tempting voices that may be keeping you fretfully, frightfully awake. Be assured of God’s salvation upon your life as you sleep in peace and rise in confidence.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
You, Lord, a shield around me. v. 3
You lift up my head, O Lord. v. 3
Resting, for the Lord sustains v. 5
Deliv’rance belongs to You. v. 8

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This is the third of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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2 thoughts on “The Tolling Bell of Salvation

  1. I’ve spent many a sleepless night, waking up with anxious worries and
    concerns. It took discipline to remember to seek God during those
    times… I would try to handle things myself, forgetting he was there
    with me. Now I pray. 🙂

    It is comforting going to sleep at night knowing God is with me and
    will protect me..and is there with me as i awaken in the morning.

    The gift of Emmanuel, God with us.


  2. The psalmist goes before us, sharing the power of what is coming against him which yet drives him deeper into the One who has power over all.

    John, along with his brother apostles, knew persecution and death by martyrdom that was their ending in glory. He knew this verse from inner, first hand experience: “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.

    May your connection here, Marilyn, deepen the very convictions that you share with us.


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