Today’s Tasting: 2 Kings 19; Psalms 46, 80, 135
In 2 Kings 19, the people of Judah heard from representatives of the King of Assyria all the terrible things he planned to do to them and their city. Hezekiah sent some of his representatives to Isaiah, who told them the Lord planned to save them. The King of Assyria continued to threaten Jerusalem, so Hezekiah took the letter from the king of Assyria to the Temple of the Lord and asked him to save the people, so that all the kingdoms of earth will know the only God. God, through Isaiah, told the King of Assyria that he knew of all the things the king would do before he did them. He said that he would defend his city. That night, many of the Assyrian soldiers died, and soon after, the king of Assyria was killed.
Psalm 46 tells about the amazing things God has done, and how his people should not be afraid because He is their defender.
Psalm 80 is a prayer asking God to save his people.
Psalm 135 praises the greatness of the Lord.
Today’s Nourishment: The passages selected for today may offer great comfort in trying times. When read together, they provide a powerful record of God’s love for his people and his protection of them.
“God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea, even if the oceans roar and foam, or the mountains shake at the raging sea” (Psalm 46: 1-3 NCV).
Despite the fact that the great Assyrian Empire threatened his small kingdom, Hezekiah continued to have faith in God.
I have written favorite passages on index cards as a way to have an easier time finding the ones that particularly resonate with me as I read them. Parts of these Psalms would be great to have written down, so that when you are experiencing hardship and stress in your life, you may read these to remind yourself that God will take care and protect you.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Isaiah 49-53