Give ear, O My people, to my law: Incline your ears to the words of My mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. Psalm 78 NKJV
This Psalm speaks of God’s wrath against the unbelieving and disobedient. It also speaks of God’s kindness to the rebellious people of Israel.
The Lord is not only a God of love but a God of judgment and wrath. He is a holy God who cannot tolerate sin. But there is more to the story. Sin has no hold on God. He cannot tolerate sin because He chooses not to tolerate it!
Every decision God makes is based on perfect unending love. He punishes the wicked because they breed destruction. He judges sin because it leads to death. He thwarts the ungodly because they lead other people away from eternal life!
The Lord corrects the people He loves. I have always believed the worst judgment of God is to leave us to ourselves!
God’s love and mercy triumph over judgment!
God forgives sinners through faith in Jesus. He is merciful and longsuffering. The Lord uses judgment and punishment to bring us back into His loving care.
God’s Word is an open book. The Lord speaks to us through the bible. Jesus spoke in parables so people who did not want to understand couldn’t. Jesus reveals truth to people who seek Him today. Jesus gives wisdom to those who call out to Him for it today!
Some parts of the bible are shrouded in mystery. God wants us trust Him completely. He does not want us to lean on our own understanding. If we obey God He will make our paths straight through life in crooked world.
We live in an unbelieving world. It has spread to every community and institution like a deadly cancer. The world calls our children to abandon the faith. The devil wants us to fellowship with the disobedient. What is God calling us to do?
God is calling us to share the mighty works He has done in our lives with our children and the next generation of believers!
Have you made mistakes with your children? I have made many with mine. We cannot go back and correct them. We can trust God with them. We can ask the Lord to use them for His glory. We can ask Jesus to bring healing and restoration into our lives!
Listen for God’s voice today. Obey the instruction of His word everyday!
Will the Lord cast us off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah Psalm 77 NKVJ
The psalmist is asking tough questions.
People ask tough questions all the time. Some seek answers. Some do it to attack a God they claim does not exist. The Word of God provides answers to our questions. We should be familiar with them.
If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world? God is not the source of evil. Satan is the source of evil in the world. Jesus does not commit acts of evil. People do. If we obeyed God there would be no evil in our world!
Why is there so much suffering in the world? The first man and woman disobeyed God. They listened to the devil. Blessing and prosperity were replaced by sin and death. Intimacy with God was severed irreparably.
God gave mankind dominion over the earth. Adam and Eve gave it to Satan.
Why does God want to control us? God does not want to control us. He wants the best for us. He created us. He knows how to protect us. He knows how to bless us.
The Psalmist wondered if God had gone away and left him alone. Have you ever wondered if God has gone away and left you alone? Have you ever wondered if God has turned His back on you?
I know God will never leave me or forsake me. There are times when my feelings and emotions contradict what I know is true. Do your feelings and emotions ever contradict what you know is true?
The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, They were afraid; The depths also trembled. Vs 16
God has not ceded authority over creation. He will end bring an end to the evil and suffering in the world. People who choose relationship with Jesus today will be blessed throughout eternity. Will you choose to live in relationship with Jesus today?
You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Vs 20
Sin and death have entered the world. The devil has been given a measure of authority over the earth. God has not abandoned us. The Lord is with us today. Jesus is leading, guiding, protecting and blessing people who love and follow Him today!
Discovery the answers to the difficult questions that plague your soul. Share them with people who need to Jesus is the way the truth and the life we all seek!
I cried out to God with my voice-To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah Psalm 77:1-3 NKJV
The Psalmist shares his struggle to trust God. He does not pretend to be a man of mighty faith. He exposes himself as a man of such little faith he must grasp a lifeline to pull himself out of desperation.
The Psalmist does not find salvation in strength wisdom or even faith. His salvation is found in the mighty God of his little faith!
My insecurities led me into drug addiction alcoholism and immorality at a very young age. I was lost before I could figure out who I was.
In 1977 my grandfather asked me to attend a charismatic encounter. I left feeling like God spoke to me. A spark of faith was ignited within my heart.
I went home and resumed my sinful living. And yet I was never quite the same. I felt like I was caught up in a battle between good and evil. Only I could choose the victor!
In 1993 I gave my life to the Lord. God spoke to me again. He said; “My hand has always been upon you.” He was with me during the years of struggle for my heart and soul. The Battle was His. He was victorious!
The Psalmist describes a season of feeling alone and abandoned by God. Have you ever felt alone and abandoned by God?
When he is overcome with desperation and hopelessness the Psalmist looks back to God’s revelation of love blessing and protection. What will it take for you to overcome feelings of desperation and hopelessness when they come upon you?
I do not pretend to be a man of great faith. I am a man of faith in a great God. How about you? Is your faith great and mighty or is it the object of your faith that is great and mighty?
Selah means stop or rest. God wants us to learn how to rest our minds and bodies when we are suffering. It is when we are the most vulnerable.
The Psalmist is not describing a struggle that came before salvation. He was already a believer. Your trials and struggles do not mean you are not saved. They mean you are human!
You will not find deliverance in strength wisdom or resources. Cry out to God in the day of your trouble. Remember His revelation of love blessing and protection. The Lord offers comfort at all hours of the day and night. Let Jesus comfort your troubled heart!
In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is His tabernacle, And His dwelling in Zion. There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah Psalm 76 NKJV
This thanksgiving Psalm is a declaration of God’s majesty in Israel.
From one man who believed God the Lord created Israel. He chose them to reveal His majesty and love to the world!
God sent Israel into Egypt so they could survive a drought that covered the world. At first they were welcomed. Over time the Egyptians become fearful of them. They enslaved Israel. Egypt abused Israel to support their lavish lifestyle and dreams of glory.
Israel cried out to the Lord. God heard their cries. He sent one man to deliver them. Moses went in faith. The king of Egypt refused to let the people go.
God destroyed the mighty Egyptian army. The Lord delivered His people declaring; “I raised Pharaoh up for just such a purpose as this, that I may make My name known among the earth.”
You, Yourself, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry? You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still, When God arose to judgment, To deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah Vs 7-9
God delivered His people from the mightiest nation on earth. They defeated people described as “giants in the land” to receive God’s promise. They were surrounded by enemies who sought their destruction. God protected them from the nations that opposed them.
The Lord protected His people in biblical times. He used them to make His name known upon the earth. Jesus promises to protect His people today. He wants to use us to make His name known today!
He shall cut off the spirit of princess; He is awesome to the kings of the earth. Vs 12
Jesus does not oppose powerful people. He does when they oppress the poor. Jesus opposes people when they deny the gospel. Jesus opposes people who deny His existence. Jesus opposes powerful people when they seek the glory reserved for God.
Jesus can use people who trust Him to accomplish great works today, regardless of who opposes it!
Jesus wants to work in you and through you to make His great name known upon the earth today. Jesus wants you to trust Him to protect you from evil.
Jesus wants you to rest in His love regardless of who opposes or oppresses you!
O God, why have you cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture? Psalm 74 NKJV
The sanctuary was destroyed. God’s people cried out for deliverance from an evil nation!
The Lord delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt. They did not leave like escaping slaves. They marched off in victory. They took all the treasure they could carry. Egypt was devastated. Israel was jubilant. God was with them!
The Chaldeans swarmed down on Judah. They destroyed Jerusalem. They carried away the apple of God’s eye. The fierce anger of God was poured out on them. He removed His hand of protection. It must have seemed like the end of the world.
The destruction of Jerusalem and captivity of the people was prophesied before it happened. So was their return to the land God promised to them.
God judged His people. He punished them. He did not stop loving them.
Israel did not understand. Nothing in their theology could explain how a God who loved them so dearly could chasten them so severely. They did not understand how God could be with them in a time of such great devastation suffering and despair.
God kept His Word. Israel returned to the Land of Promise.
A beloved child walked off into a pit of evil. Chains of bondage secured him in the darkness. It was the death of innocence that broke his parents hearts the most. He saw things no one should ever see. He did things no one should ever do.
His parents saw what was happening. They knew where sin would lead the young man. They could not stop it!
Through the debilitating pain and paralyzing heart ache they held onto the promise that their child belonged to God. The battle for their son was the Lord’s. He would fight it. They positioned themselves in faith. They prayed and waited!
Years later that young man gave his heart back to Jesus!
Only God knows exactly why He sent Israel into captivity. Only God knows exactly why that family had to suffer such a heartbreaking season of suffering. I do know we cannot be confused by our personal theology. Jesus is God. We are not!
God is good. That does not mean bad things will not happen to us. We may feel like God has abandoned us at times. He will never leave us. Jesus will judge us when necessary. He will chastise us when He must. He will never stop loving us!
Life is hard. The winds of adversity blow on the just and the unjust alike. Position yourself in faith. Jesus fights for His beloved!
O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture? Psalm 74:1 NKJV
The Babylonians destroyed the Jewish temple. They took Judah into captivity. The psalmist prayed for his people to be delivered from the oppression of their enemies.
The temple was the center of life in the Jewish nation. It was where they gathered to worship. It was God’s dwelling place. It symbolized their status as the apple of His eye.
God delivered Israel from Egypt. He gave them a land where they could dwell in safety. He gave them homes where they could raise their children without oppression. They were taken back into slavery. It must have seemed like the end of the world to them.
The average Israelite must have wondered, “Where is God when we need Him!” Why doesn’t He rescue us?”
God judged Israel for their sins. He did not turn His back on them. The Lord’s plan was to bring Israel back into His blessing and protection. God brought Israel back into the land He promised them.
Have you ever wondered, “Where is God when I need Him? Why doesn’t He rescue me?” I have!
Jesus said; “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” Jesus also promised to be with us during trials and hardship!
My family and I have suffered through seasons of tribulation. I did not understand it. I didn’t know why it was happening. The Lord delivered me from the heartache and pain that stole my joy. I found peace in Jesus Christ!
Are you suffering through a time of tribulation? Maybe you do not understand it. Maybe you don’t know why it is happening. God does not always answer those questions for us. He does give us promises we can hold on to.
Jesus promised to give us peace during the storms of life. He promised to walk us through seasons of heartache and suffering. Jesus promised to transform us with His love!
Jesus has not cast you off. He never will. You are the apple of His eye. The Great Shepherd will lead you through the hardships and suffering into an eternity of love peace and joy!
You do not have to live in bondage to the circumstances of life. Whom the Lord has made free is free indeed.
Trust God today for tomorrow!
Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73 NKJV
The Psalmist tells us he was tempted to abandon the faith because of the pride of life and the lust of his flesh.
Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. Vs 7
The Psalmist exaggerates the state of ungodly people. He does not see them as needy.
In his eyes they are the rich and famous. They live a life of leisure and extravagance.
He says; there are no pangs in their death, they are not in trouble as other men, nor are they plagued as other men. Could this be true? Of course not!
The problem is not that other people have it better than the psalmist. He is not content with what he does have. He has eternal life!
My season of temptation came when I was making more money than ever before. I had plenty but wanted more. I saw how other people were living. I wanted to be like them. Why? The pride of life and the lust of my flesh!
I never abandoned my faith. I did stop living like a Christian.
My Pastor calls it living in practical unbelief. It is believing in God but not trusting Him enough to obey Jesus. It can happen when we seek the fool’s gold of life rather than the eternal rewards of the life giver!
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works. Vs 28
The psalmist struggled but never surrendered. He was tempted but his faith prevailed. He drew near to God. He trusted the Lord more than his sinful desires and self doubt.
The psalmist declares the goodness and trustworthiness of God. He shares the work God did in his life with other people!
You may be struggling. Do not give up. Draw near to the Lord when you are tempted. Trust Him more than your sinful desires and self doubt. Declare the goodness and trustworthiness of God with other people. Tell them what Jesus has done for you!
Do not covet what others have. The pride of life is a favored lure of the devil. He has used it with great success to enslave God’s people. Do not be drawn into sin by casting your eyes upon sin. Feeding the flesh deprives the spirit!
You are an heir of eternal life. Keep your eyes on the prize. Jesus will return to take you out of this fallen world. Eternity with Jesus will be far greater than the sin of the world!
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works. Psalm 73:28 NKJV
God gave me a vision to share with other people the things He puts in my heart. Some mornings He has already given me a message. Other times I have no idea what God wants to share until I open up my bible.
Always in the forefront of my mind is that I must draw close to God before I have anything to say to anyone.
None of us has anything of eternal significance to say until we have spent time with Jesus. When we draw near God and allow Him to speak to us we can bless other people with His Word. God speaks to people through people!
I read a book suggesting the Church in America has become to civilized refined and cultured. The author said we should be more willing to take risks in our walk with Christ. His challenge is to be less fearful of making mistakes and more will to step out in faith.
We can become afraid to trust God because we are afraid of being disappointed. We can be so concerned with making mistakes we are less likely to step out in faith.
There is a saying I heard years ago. When you come to an obstacle too high to get over and you cannot go around it throw your hat over it. Having thrown your hat over the obstacle you are committed. You must get to the other side.
What obstacles keep you from drawing near to Jesus? What obstacles keep you from trusting Jesus with your life? What keeps you from sharing with other people what God is doing in your life?
There is no risk trusting Jesus if we depend on Him to be our strength and wisdom. The Lord is not asking you to be a spiritual superhero. God is calling you to draw near to Him. He is calling you to put your faith in Him!
Jesus is doing a labor of love in the world. He wants everyone to know how much He loves us!
Nothing satisfies our souls more than intimate relationship with Jesus. Nothing gives us a greater sense of security and boldness than trusting Jesus. Nothing gives our lives more meaning than serving Jesus.
Jesus wants you to stand up and declare His Glory today!
Throw your hat over the obstacles that keep you from living for Almighty God. Ask Jesus to get you over them. Then go out and tell other people what Jesus has done for you!
It is good for you to draw near to Jesus every day!
Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice. Psalm 72 NKJV
Solomon prayed for his son. He asked God to help his son rule with wisdom and justice.
When David died Solomon became the king of Israel. One of the first things he did is pray for wisdom to rule over God’s people. It was an honorable request. The Lord answered his prayer. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived.
Solomon’s reign began with so much promise. Over time Solomon began to feed his flesh more than his spirit. He drifted off into a life of vanity. Solomon pursued knowledge riches and pleasure. He forgot the Lord.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. Vs 19
The first paragraph of this Psalm focuses on Rehoboam the son of Solomon. Then the psalmist turns his attention to the glory and universal reign of Jesus Christ, the true King of Israel.
Like many other kings Rehoboam did not rule in righteousness. He led his people into sin. Did God answer Solomon’s prayer?
God’s did not want Israel to be ruled by kings. The Lord wanted Israel to be different than other nations. Israel wanted to be ruled by a king the way surrounding nations were. God granted their request by giving them kings after their own hearts.
God promised David, “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” God kept His promises to David in Jesus Christ. He is the object of our trust and hope today!
God has always appointed leaders over His people. He does not want them to be the object of our trust and hope. None of them will ever rule in righteousness. They will either legislate with compromise or oppress through fear.
The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. Vs 20
David did not stop praying until he died. God wants us to pray all the days of our lives.
Pray for your children. Pray for your leaders. Pray fervently for God’s will to be carried out from one corner of creation to the other!
Make Jesus Christ the object of your trust and hope. Jesus will rule with perfect justice and wisdom. We will live in eternal peace when Jesus’ throne is established upon the earth!
I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16 NKJV
The consistent theme in my prayer life has been, “Lord please do not to leave me to myself.”
Through the trials and tribulations, the blessings, good times and bad Jesus has been with me. He is with me now as I type out the message He gives me.
I love Jesus! I am not afraid ashamed or embarrassed to say so!
God brought me to a place where sharing the Gospel is the priority of my life. Sharing the love of Jesus with His people is a blessing. Jesus has given me the grace to share with other people the things He puts in my heart.
Jesus said He would enable me to speak for Him. He told me I would share His message of salvation with the world. The Lord called me His servant. How do I know it was Him?
God tells us the Holy Spirit will enable us to speak for Jesus. We are a Royal Priesthood. We are ambassadors for Christ. We are called to be ministers of reconciliation. We are called to share the message of salvation with the lost the lonely and the brokenhearted.
Jesus is not calling us to serve Him in our own strength and wisdom. He is not calling us to employ the latest sales and marketing techniques to reach people. Jesus does not want us to do anything other than rely on Him as we share His righteousness with people.
The people serving Jesus around the world are not perfect. Jesus does not expect His servants to be perfect. Jesus expects His servants to rely on Him to share the love of God with people through them.
We cannot save anyone. We cannot live according to God’s will in our own strength. Jesus knows if He had to depend on us to reach the lost the lonely and the brokenhearted they would stay that way!
God’s love for us is so great we are compelled to share it with other people. The grace of God transforms us into lovers of God. It makes us want to share His love with other people.
When we allow God to work in us and through us He gives us His heart for His people. When we follow God with all of our hearts and strength He gives us the mind of Christ. Jesus opens doors no man can close. Jesus closes doors no man can open.
Declare righteousness of God with someone today. Share the love of Jesus for His people every day!
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