The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Psalm 9:17-18 NKJV
David praises God for His justice. He exhorts other people to praise the Lord.
There was wickedness in David’s heart when he lusted after Bathsheba. David sinned when he summoned Bathsheba to have sex with him.
Sending Bathsheba’s husband into battle and ordering his men to leave him alone to face Israel’s enemies was a great act of wickedness. Abusing the authority God gave him to feed his sinful nature was a great offense before the Lord, it was wickedness!
David is not counted among the wicked. He is described as the man with a heart after God’s own, why? David loved God. When David sinned he repented. His greatest desire was to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. He is there today!
Who are the wicked people so often mentioned in the bible?
The wicked lived as though God did not exist or actively opposed Him. Some of them were the enemies of God’s people. Others put their own interests before the commands of God without ever repenting!
There are people who live as though God does not exist today. They scoff and scorn at truth. They do not believe God legislates morality and the affairs of man. They lash out at anything that prevents them from living as they wish.
Wicked people refuse to accept that a God who rules over them loves them unconditionally.
God loves all people. He always has!
God must separate people who love Him from those who oppose Him and rebel against Him. People are easily influenced and led astray. God does not want anyone to suffer eternal separation from Him.
God will allow people and nations who choose wickedness over righteousness to make their own choices. He will also limit their influence and power over others!
The Lord will not forget people who recognize their need for Him. They will be clothed with righteousness. God will not forget people who are poor in spirit. They will be fed in plenty!
God gives us the freedom to live in wickedness or righteousness. He judges the wicked but remembers the needy and gives hope to the poor!
Remember the Lord. He will never forget you!
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2 NKJV
I love telling stories about my father. He was in the navy as a young man. He had a fascination with military history. My father named me after a relative who died fighting for our country. He loved watching war movies. I loved watching them with him.
I am reminded of a scene in a movie. A group of soldiers is ambushed. The troops panic. They stop fighting. A veteran sergeant remains on his feet. He encourages the troops to get up and fight. They fight back. The enemy flees. The battle was won.
When the fighting ended a soldier called the sergeant a hero. He stood up and rallied the troops to victory. The sergeant said; the only reason I didn’t get down and take cover is I have a trick knee. I knew I would never be able to get back up.
I love talking about the great and mighty things done by my Heavenly Father. God wants us to stand up and declare His glory to people who do not know Him. He wants us to take a stand of faith during the battles we face!
We were created to worship Jesus with our love. We find the greatest joy when we fulfill our true purpose in life. God is not asking us to be hero’s in the traditional sense. He is calling us to rely on Jesus to give us the strength to live for Him!
Jesus wants you to trust Him to make a way for you to stand up and be counted among His faithful disciples. Jesus wants you to trust Him to give you what you need when you need it to fulfill your calling to serve Him!
Our calling as Christians is to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to the world!
Jesus is looking for men and women who are willing to allow Him to live His life in them and through them. Jesus wants to use us to bring transformation and healing to a world in desperate need!
Tell other people about the great and mighty works Jesus accomplishes in your life. Tell other people about the marvelous works Jesus accomplishes with your life.
Rejoice and be glad. Sing praises to the name of Jesus. Love the Lord with all your heart. You were created to give glory and honor to Jesus by honoring your Heavenly Father in all you do today and every day!
Ask Jesus to open your eyes to the marvelous work He is doing in the world today. Share those stories with everyone everywhere you go!
O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of Him, And the son of man that You visit Him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen-even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8 NKJV
God created the heavens and the earth. He rules them in righteousness. The Lord defends people who love Him. Jesus even calls us by His holy name!
There is no name as marvelous and majestic as Jesus. His name speaks of absolute power and authority. It strikes fear in those who oppose Him. It warms the hearts of people who love Him.
The name of Jesus Christ is the name above all names. He is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. The perfect marvelous all powerful and loving God chose us to be identified with Him!
I saw a video of great white sharks. What amazing and mighty creatures they are. Look into the night sky. Count the numbers of the stars if you can. Our finite minds cannot comprehend the vastness of the cosmos.
There is a universe of life forms and objects so small we cannot see them without the aid of sophisticated microscopes.
In the unknown and unlimited reaches of creation only mankind was made in the image and likeness of God.
Almighty God chose to set His love and affection upon us!
Why is God so mindful of us? Why does He love us so much no price is too high to pay for us? Theologians past and present have made feeble attempts to answer that question. Jesus is the answer. He loves us as only a perfect God can, unconditionally!
Consider the work of God’s hand if you can. Consider His great love for you if you have the faith to understand the height and width and depth of God’s great love. Only the mind of an infinite God can understand His great desire to be loved by us!
Lift-up the Name of Jesus with all the strength you can muster. Love the Lord with all your heart and soul. Bask in the Son light of Jesus’ eternal favor and blessing. When Jesus looks at you He sees Himself in you and He is blessed!
O Lord my God, in You I will put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me, lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. Psalm 7:1-2 NKJV
David declares His trust in God. He asks God to save him from enemies before they tear him to pieces. He also asks God to give his enemies victory over him if he sins.
It is one thing to ask for God’s protection and blessing. We all do that. It is quite another thing to ask God to judge our sin. It takes an extreme amount of faith to petition the Lord for His correction and judgment!
My favorite biblical characters are David the second king of Israel and Abigail, a woman who became one of his wives.
I admire David for the great battles of faith he fought. When the first king of Israel wanted to kill David he refused to raise his hand against the Lord’s anointed.
David knew he would eventually replace Saul as king. He refused to take matters into his own hands. He waited for the Lord to lift him up into God’s will for his life.
David refused to take vengeance against a man who publicly humiliated him. He trusted the Hand of God’s correction. When God judged David he did not take a victim’s stance or charge the Lord with wrongdoing. He submitted to God’s just judgment.
David’s trust in God was so strong and complete he could endure anything, why? David knew God’s love for him was unconditional. He knew God’s gifts and calling are irrevocable!
Abigail was married to a man whose name means fool. His parents chose the perfect name for him. Abigail had a heart as beautiful as her outward appearance. Her humility and charm saved the lives of her entire household.
Abigail refused to dishonor herself or God. She stayed faithful to her husband and the Lord despite his foolish ways. God rewarded her with a good and Godly husband when Nabal (Fool) died.
Do you have the faith in Jesus to fight against your emotions and desires? Do you trust Jesus enough to stay faithful in your heart while you wait for the Lord to lift you up into His will for your life?
If you are a woman of quality and inner beauty married to a man who lacks wisdom and prudence will you honor your commitment to Jesus? Will you wait in faith as God transforms him degree by degree into a man of Godly character?
Don’t take matters into your own hands. Wait for Jesus to lift you up into His will for your life. Stay faithful to the Lord in your heart. Honor your commitment to live by faith in Jesus. Your gifts and calling are irrevocable. God’s love for you is unconditional!
O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am week; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord-how long?
Return, O Lord, deliver Me! O, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give you thanks?
I am weary with my groaning; All night long I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.
Depart from me all you workers of iniquity; For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer. Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly. Psalm 6 NKJV
David offers up a prayer of faith during a time of illness and distress.
My wife went to bed early. She has a serious illness. She is in severe pain. We have lived with one illness after another for many years. She has the health problems. My heart is broken. I am in distress.
When someone we love suffers we experience a roller coaster ride of emotions. Our hearts break. Fear can lead to depression. We may lose patience, become resentful and grow angry. We may feel guilty when we recognize those feelings.
Sometimes I cry out how long O Lord must we suffer? We should never try to stuff or hide our feelings and emotions. We should confess them, understand them and give them to Jesus!
Illness is a form of opposition. Death is the final enemy. They are defeated foes. Jesus conquered them. We may suffer illness. We will die. We will not be defeated!
Jesus Christ is a man acquainted with sorrows just as you and I are. He knows what a broken heart feels like. He knows anger. He also knows how much the Father loves us!
God hears our cries when we groan in pain. He will not give us more suffering and hardship than our faith can endure. Jesus is with us when our resting places become drenched in sorrows and tears.
God will not allow the voices of His witnesses to be silenced. All of us who love Jesus will raise our voices in thanksgiving and praise. We will outlive this fallen world!
I wrote those words four years ago. The trials and hardship of illness have come and gone. Today we are rejoicing in prosperity of spirit. We do not know what tomorrow may bring. God does. We do know He will not give us anything our faith cannot endure!
Raise your voice in thanksgiving and praise. God hears your weeping. God hears your prayer. He will answer. Jesus conquered sin and death. You are more than a conqueror through faith in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV
These verses conclude David’s prayer. He asked God to hear his prayer. He prayed against wickedness. He asked God to lead him into victory.
David asks God’s blessing and protection upon the righteous. He declares God will bless people who love Him and put their faith in the Lord!
The warrior king takes his focus off the forces of evil. He stops cursing the darkness. David turns his attention to the God of his salvation. He lets the light of his faith illuminate the darkness!
Sometimes I think we spend too much time cursing the darkness and not enough time letting the light of our faith shine through it!
We are surrounded by people who have grown accustomed to the darkness of the world. Our government supports and encourages sin. Many Christians believe our country has changed so dramatically it will never be the same. I believe it will never be the same.
Jesus did not come to lead a rebellion against Rome. It was a godless evil nation. Would Jesus have us foment a rebellion against our government? No, he would not!
Jesus told His disciples; “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” That is not a suggestion. It is a command that we are to obey today!
Jesus is calling us to stand for righteousness today just as He did two thousand years ago. He is also calling us to love sinners just as He did two thousand years ago!
David asked God to let everyone who trusts Him rejoice and shout for joy because He defends us against all unrighteousness. He asked the Lord to let those of us who love Jesus be joyful in Him because He blesses the righteous and surrounds us as with a shield.
That is a prayer God is willing to answer! Will we let Him?
When God says He will defend us and with favor surround us as with a shield He is not just offering physical protection. Jesus will defend us from unrighteousness. If we trust Jesus we can have joy regardless of our circumstances or the environment we live in!
Do you trust the Lord? Do you love Him? If so you are righteous in God’s eyes!
Rejoice in the Lord. Jesus will bless you with favor. He will surround you as with a shield!
Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face. Psalm 5:8 NKJV
David’s prayer for guidance moves on from asking the Lord to hear his prayer. David asks God to lead him in righteousness before His enemies. David’s enemies are God’s enemies.
David was a warrior king tried and true. How about you?
David fought against the forces of evil who opposed God’s will. He fought against nations that opposed the people of God. Those battles continue today. We do not fight them in the flesh today. We fight them through faith in Jesus Christ!
Satan was David’s true enemy. He is the same enemy we face today. He is the ancient evil that opposes all God calls good. The devil and his followers wage spiritual warfare in the unseen realm. It affects us!
Why does Satan wage war against us? The devil unleashes his wrath against humans because he hates God. He cannot harm God so he attacks us. We are the weak link in the Lord’s family.
The devil attacks when he finds an undefended area. If you are a Christian man who fantasizes about other women that part of your life is undefended. If you are a Christian woman who fantasizes about other men that area of your life is undefended. You are in danger!
If our children become estranged and isolated from us they are vulnerable. If we do not teach them to choose their friends wisely they are undefended.
When we give in to the temptation of sin it brings division into our relationships with God and family. It leaves us isolated and vulnerable!
We must fight our battles against the forces of evil by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. We must wage spiritual war by not being conformed to the peer pressure system we call the world.
We must renew our minds minute by minute hour by hour and day by day, how? By purposely changing the way we think!
Our thoughts drive our emotions and set the course of our lives. Just as we can control the words that come from our mouths we can choose the thoughts that take root in our hearts and minds!
God has armed you with every spiritual weapon you need to overcome the devil!
Fight your battles through faith in God’s goodness and wisdom. Obey the Word of God and you will prevail against the forces of darkness waging war against your soul!
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NKJV
Another celebrity took his own life this week. Suicide among the rich and famous has become as common as terrorist attacks and gun violence. How could someone so beloved and admired fall into a pit of depression so deep he or she cannot climb out?
There is a God sized need for Jesus in every human heart. Most people are not even aware of it. It cannot be filled by riches, fame, friends, family, the truest of loves or any human endeavor.
America is full of jetsetters and trendsetters who seem to have it all. Nothing they possess will ever be enough if they do not have a relationship with Jesus. A house that is built on sand cannot stand. A house that is built on the solid rock of Jesus cannot fall!
I have been in the pit of depression. I could not eat or sleep for days on end. I had trouble concentrating. I could not complete simple tasks. I suffered hallucinations and became hyper vigilant. I lost so much weight friends thought I was seriously ill.
I was unable to climb out of the pit on my own. I did not have to. Jesus crawled into the pit with me. That is where I met Jesus!
Christians are not immune to depression. I have learned to recognize when I am slipping into the pit. When it happens, I do what I can and trust Jesus to do what I cannot. Jesus has never failed to reach down and pull me out of the pit!
Jesus does not “practice” medicine the way doctors do. Jesus is the Great Physician. He heals people who call out to Him for healing!
Fame does not put our hearts at peace. Jesus does. A rich man has many things to worry about. People who store the Word of God in their hearts like great treasure sleep soundly. The world is scary place. People who trust Jesus will dwell in safety forever!
There is nothing wrong with being famous if making Jesus famous is our true purpose. God blesses some people with worldly treasure, but He does not want us to set our hearts on it. Jesus wants us to set our hearts on the goodness and mercy of God!
Jesus has different priorities than most people. How about you? What do you treasure?
Do you worship at the altar of knowledge or seek the wisdom of the ages? Would you be weighed down by trinkets that make it difficult to enter the kingdom of God or cast aside everything that hinders your walk with Jesus? Do you trust Jesus and follow Him or harken to the voices of the unbelieving multitude and follow them?
Follow Jesus to the treasure that will put your heart and soul at perfect peace!
Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord. Psalm 4:4-5 NKJV
God created us in His image and likeness. God gets angry. His anger does not distort His perfect judgment. His anger does not detract from His loving nature. God calls us to be perfect just as He is perfect. He calls us to be Holy just as He is Holy!
God knows when we get angry we will be tempted to sin.
In my duties as a substance abuse counselor I spent a lot of time talking about anger. Anger is not a sin. It does lead to sin if we do not trust God with our emotions. Many of us have learned to express our anger in sinful ways.
How can we avoid acting out in sinful ways when we get angry? The Word of God gives us the answer. Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still.
God does not want us to sit in the lotus position and make funny noises when we are angry. He wants us to meditate on the truth. He wants us to turn to Him in prayer!
Meditating on truth is not a passive way of dealing with anger. It is spiritual warfare. It takes our focus off the lie that leads us into sin. It opens our hearts to the Lord. It opens our eyes to the sin that so easily besets us. Prayer brings God into the equation!
God tells us to be still. When we are angry it is better to wait until the emotion wanes before making a decision or doing something that can never be undone!
The bible tells us to offer the sacrifice of righteousness. God wants us to trust Him with our thoughts feelings and emotions. God does not want us to act out in sin even when our anger is justified. Righteousness is living by faith in a faithful God!
We can trust God with everything. He holds the universe in the palms of His mighty hands. He is the ultimate authority over Heaven and Earth. If we trust Jesus with everything we won’t get angry about anything.
God knows we will become angry. He knows there will be times when we will act in sinful ways. When we have done something shameful we should turn to Jesus. We should trust Jesus to forgive our sin.
Trust the Lord with your anger. Trust Him enough to receive His forgiveness.
Offer the sacrifice of righteousness through faith in Jesus. The Lord can replace your anger with thankfulness!
Hear me when I call, Oh God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1 NKJV
Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. Psalm 5:1-3 NKJV
The man with a heart after God’s is crying out to his Lord. He is praying. He is asking Almighty God to hear his prayer. David is asking God to answer his prayer!
David calls the Lord the God of his righteousness. He gives God the glory for the good that comes from his life and leadership of Israel.
David says to the Lord “You have relieved me in my distress.”
David acknowledges that God answered his prayers in the past. David is making a commitment to continue praying. He is making a commitment to make praying to God a priority in his life.
David says “I will look up!” He is saying “I will put my faith, my trust and my hope in You alone O Lord.” David knows where his help comes from. David acknowledges God is sovereign in his life. He declares God’s sovereignty in the world.
God loved David. David is in the presence of the Lord today!
Will you acknowledge God’s sovereignty in your life? Will you declare God is sovereign in your world?
Jesus loves you. You do not need to wait until you leave this world to spend time with Jesus. His wants you to live in His presence today. You can spend time with Jesus in prayer today. Cry out to the Lord in faith!
God wants to hear your prayer. He wants to spend time with you. God wants to show you how much He loves you!
Stop trying to struggle through life in your own strength and wisdom. Stop denying the truth people have known throughout time. There is a God in heaven. He created you in His image and likeness so He could love you!
If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior turn to Him today. Ask a Christian to explain how you can have a relationship with Jesus or reply to this e-mail.
Jesus is waiting to shower His great love upon you!
If you know the Lord call out to Him today. Jesus is the God of your righteousness. Only Jesus can relieve your distress. Jesus poured out His mercy on you. God hears your prayers. He loves to answer when you call out to Him. Jesus loves you!
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