In verse 1 it begins in NKJ “Woe is me!” in NLT “What misery is mine”
He feels like a fruit picker after the harvest who can find nothing to eat. Not a cluster of grapes or a single fig can be found to satisfy his hunger.
He then goes on to say in verse 2 “The faithful or godly people have all disappeared; not one fair-minded person is left on the earth.”
David had a similar cry in Psalm 12:1 “Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth.”
Micah 7:2 Lord we ask You to please preserve and strengthen the godly people around us. Let fair-minded people flourish in our church and community we pray.
Micah 7:7 Lord I thank you in the midst of all the corruption where people find it hard to trust each other at all levels. We thank You that we can look to You for help. “My God will hear me” We know this means God will answer us. It is a confession of our trust in You. We wait for You to save us as we trust You hear us.
Micah 7:14 Lord I thank You today that when I read this plea for you to come and shepherd Your people with Your staff (Shivt in Hebrew) it has a dual meaning in this context. That of a shepherds staff and that of a King’s scepter. O Lord, rule Your people today. Lead Your flock to a life of peace and safety. Cause them to enjoy the blessings of the past and prepare them for a glorious future with You.
Micah 7:18-20 Lord we see Your compassion on Israel and as we read in verse 18 “Who is a God like You” we see this is a pun on Micah’s name which means “Who is like Yahweh?” Lord truly there is no other God like You. You delight in showing mercy. You have had compassion on me, trampling my sins under Your feet and throwing them into the depths of the ocean! Thank You for Your faithfulness and unfailing love.
Proverbs 15:1 Father, prompt me more often to give a gentle answer when someone speaks angrily or accusingly to me. I know through this verse that a soft answer defuses anger so I will not respond with harsh words and escalate a situation. Lord I know such a response doesn’t always come easily or naturally to me. So I ask for Your help by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 15:4 Lord sanctify my tongue and make it gentle because I desire it to be like a tree of life, bringing healing, deliverance and renewal to those I speak to.
Proverbs 15:14 “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.” NLT
Lord make me hungry for truth. Convict me when I’m feeding on trash.
Matthew 12:1-14 We see the controversy about the Sabbath in these verses. Ask the Master of the Sabbath to show you what it means to keep a day of rest and worship in the Spirit rather than in the letter of the law, so that the rest He gives you glorifies Him.
Matthew 12:18-21 “Behold my Servant” “look at my Servant” Today these words echo through my soul as verse twenty emphasises His kindness to the downtrodden and weak. “A bruised reed He will not break”.
Servant of God, I praise and adore You, for You have come to proclaim justice to the nations, Your name Jesus is the only hope for the nations.