O guard my life, and deliver me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13
Despite their faithfulness, despite their efforts at defense, Judah was invaded by the Assyrians. Yet, the Lord sent an angel to strike down those enemies invaders. The next king, Manassah, returned to the practice of worshipping Baal, even putting up altars in the temple of the Lord. This time, when Assyria threatened, the Lord allowed the king to be taken captive. Manasseh, being distressed by this, turned again to the Lord who responded by restoring him to his kingdom.
Paul has traveling through many countries taking up a collection to support the faithful in Jerusalem. He asks the Romans for help specifically for Phoebe, a deacon of the church in a community near Corinth and prayers for other church leaders.
This portion of the psalm gives us words to use for prayer when we are in despair.
Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger;
seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners.
Bread gained by deceit is sweet,
but afterward the mouth will be full of gravel.
Plans are established by taking advice;
wage war by following guidance.
Prayer for Today: If you are troubled today, pray these verses from Psalm 25; if you are having a good day, pray them for others.