New International Version (NIV)
15 Those who walk righteously
and speak what is right,
who reject gain from extortion
and keep their hands from accepting bribes,
who stop their ears against plots of murder
and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
Their bread will be supplied,
and water will not fail them.
17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
and view a land that stretches afar.
The Maestro’s Plan
When the world seems hopeless
And God’s way you fail to understand
Do you sit and grumble
And question the wisdom of His plan
When hurricanes are swirling
And flood waters rise 8 feet tall
Do you praise Him for past blessings
Or just blame Him for it all
God’s put in place a master blueprint
Only He knows its reason or its rhyme
It’s unfolding right before our face
But just a little bit at the time
Like a mighty symphony it’s scored
With vast melodies of grace
A crescendo of love and mercy
That carries us through time and space
And we are lifted to a heavenly home
Where the music never ends
Rescued from a fate worse than death
By a Savior who calls us friends
©2017 by William Pierce
How easy it is for our tongues to rise up in judgment, even against You. To speak as though we know what is good and evil, what is right and wrong. We are then just a slippery step away from pride, lust, coveting, envy, and every other sin. Keep us Lord from judging. From placing ourselves above You. You know what is best and You are making it unfold.
We ask Your forgiveness and mercy for judging and praise You for this amazing gift of life. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!