Psalm for Sarah Palin (by Rosemary Dupras)

Sarah Palin is a born-again, Spirit-filled Godly person who said “yes” when asked recently to serve her country. Since then, Gov. Palin asked my daughter Rosanne, who is part of her staff in Anchorage , for prayer, and so over the weekend Rosanne and I put together the attached “Psalm for Sarah for 66.” It’s intercessory prayer using Psalm 27 for the 66 days between the date of Sarah’s accepting McCain’s offer and election day, Nov. 4; it’s not about who wins the election or about politics or your voting choice.

We’ve sent it to a number of Christians across the county so would you also pray for Gov. Palin in this Esther-like time of her life? You might also pass it along or copy any one who might pray. If this request is offensive to you, I apologize. 

Rosemary Dupras  

A Psalm for Sarah for 66 Days

Sixty-six Days of Intercession for Gov. Sarah Palin according to Psalm 27

Pray for Sarah, husband Todd, sons Track, baby Trig, daughters Bristol , Willow , Piper, from August 29 through November 4. 

Pray for: 

·        Singleness of Vision, Moral Clarity Ps 27:1a – The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?

·        Fearlessness, Boldness  Ps 27:1b – The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? 

·        Protection from Libel, Slander, Hatred, Persecution  Ps 27:2 – When [not “if”] evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.

·        Confidence in Christ, a Guarded Heart  Ps 27:3 – Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. 

·        Priorities Devotions, Rest, Balance  Ps 27:4 – One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple. 

·        Deliverance, Favor  Ps 27:5 – For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

·        An Overcoming Spirit, a Higher Perspective   Ps 27:6 – And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me;  And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy. I will sing,  yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. 

·        Direction, Wisdom, Surefootedness  Ps 27:7, 11 – Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. .. . . Teach me Thy way, O Lord and lead me in a level path because of my foes.

·        A Release of Faith, an Expectancy of Good   Ps 27:13 – I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 

·        Strength, Courage, Endurance   Ps 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. And let Your kingdom come and let Your will be done.

Good, or Not So Good

2 Co 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.                KJV

Following up on the previous passage, this one speaks plainly to our own life as believers–not the work of ministers (see previous entry).

We will surely be judged for the deeds done in the body, therefore we should pay attention to what it is that we do. It is not enough to just go blythely or blindly through our days jwithout an awareness of what we are doing. Yet this is exactly the case with so many in our day. Conscious living, intentional living, is not on most people’s radar. Habit guides their almost every move. The routine of life can easily snuff out a constant awareness of contact and communion with the Father.

Pr 3:6
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.        KJV

Notice that this verse says all. ALL your ways. Everything you do. I don’t believe anything is excluded from “ALL.”

If you would like for your life to run a little smoother, try putting this into practice on a daily basis. First, tell the Lord that this is your desire, a place you want to change or improve in. Then, begin with your morning prayer and commit your day to the Lord. Then, each time you become aware of a shift in your daily activity, take a moment to acknowledge the Lord and ask for His guidance. (Then, send us the testimonies of how this is affecting yoru life.)

One of the first things you will notice as you begin this discipline is the number of times you are able to overcome a common temptation in your life. You will also notice how much more smoothly your days will go.

As this begins to take shape in your life, the idea of standing before the Lord for judgment of your deeds becomes exciting to contemplate. You will find that you are more and more walking closer with the Master, and ‘bad’ just doesn’t show up as often as it once did. You will then be able to distinguish between the good and the not so good, rather than just between god and bad.

Notice that this verse uses the word ‘bad’ instead of ‘evil’. The KJV makes this distinction, whereas some others do not. Bad is a much better choice for the word in this passage. Most of us have gone beyond deeds that would be considered evil. But, we may still be dealing with those that are bad. Bad for us, as too much sugar is bad for us; but sugar is not evil.

I believe this is the main reason that older Christians find themselves in a coasting position with the Lord. The blatantly evil things have been done away with in their lives, but they fail to see that the Lord wants it all. He will deal with every vestige of the flesh if we but give Him the opportunity.

It makes for an exciting life.