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December 3, 2021

When we draw closer to God, God will draw closer to us

Good stuff today that reminds us that God is there for us when we call upon Him.  

Psa 9:10  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.

The book of James in the New Testament tells us that when we draw closer to God, God will draw closer to us.   

In our Pslams, David’s narrative here focuses on God being the righteous deliverer who will help the oppressed.  The poor and oppressed aren’t often going to get a refuge from the human leaders. But they will get refuge from our Divine Leader.  

It is often said that the world isn’t a fair place, and it most certainly isn’t, but God is a fair judge – and He will shepherd those who need him when they appeal to Him through prayer.  

December 2, 2021

Psalms 9:9 The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

As David declares that governments don’t declare justice, especially for the oppressed – we find that God does give us a refuge that is not found in the world

Psa 9:9  The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

The second half of that verse, a refuge in times of trouble shows us that God is right there by our side when we are in dark times.  Sometimes it is our darkest times that draw us closest to God.  When we are living on easy street, chances are we aren’t really thinking of God – but when those bad times hit, suddenly we find ourselves clinging to God…why?  Because He is our refuge in times of trouble, just like the verse says.  

This should also call for some self examination here too though, do we always go to God in prayer, even in the good times, or just when we need Him?  

On that note, here’s a quick one from Ecclesiastes that we should keep in mind on both the good seasons and bad seasons of our lives — Ecc 7:14  Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.

December 1, 2021

Look To God For Righteousness, not the state

Today’s Psalms continue on the narrative that God is the only perfect arbiter of justice.  We often look to our governments to do things fairly but they don’t.  They may say they do, they may campaign on platforms of fairness, but just as man is flawed from the curse of the garden, so are our politicians.  The only One who is without sin is the triune Godhead.  

Our verse today reminds us that God’s holy judgements are universal – God misses nothing and no one gets a pass

Psa 9:8  And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.

We hear that term equity being used a lot, a means that governments practice to make an equal playing field for all, but as we pointed out earlier, man will never get it right, but God will.  The only fair and flawless judgements come from God.  We should not look to the government for fairness and righteousness, instead look to God, because God is perfect unlike our Governments.  

November 30, 2021

Tuesday Devotional for November 30th

Our Psalms today point out that God will judge even what seems like the most loftiest governments and civilizations, He already has in the past and He will in Christ’s Second Advent:

Psa 9:5  You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

Psa 9:6  The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished.

Psa 9:7  But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment,

If we look across history, ancient civilizations that were once powerful and seemingly unstoppable are no more.  The Egyptians, Romans which ruled the world are an afterthought, just like the superpowers today will one day be forgotten.  While most of us can’t name more than 2 Roman Emperors or any of the Bablyonian leaders, we all no the name of God.  He always was, and always will be.  

November 29, 2021

God Is The Only Perfect Judge

David reminds us that the only truly flawless judgements come from God: 

Psa 9:4  For you have judged in my favor; from your throne you have judged with fairness. 

David knew that despite his adversaries, which were full of lies and corruption; God was going to see David through the storm, and God certainly did.  David beat Saul, Goliath and multiple coups from within his own kingdom and this was all done by the hand of God. 

We revisit the point that governments, courts and judges today can be as flawed as the heads of state were back then, but God is the supreme judge and God weighs all things and looks favorably upon rulers, bosses and governments that give fair verdicts and conduct their business without corruption.

Proverbs 11:9 warns our leaders against such shadiness – The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Heading back to what David says, The Lord Judges with total fairness because nothing gets passed God!  This should be a reality check for us regular Joe’s too, we may be able to hide our sins from those close to us, but there is no hiding it from God, He sees it all.  

November 26, 2021

Psalms 9:3  My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when You appeared.

The Word today reminds us that God will always triumph over evil, in fact – it’s not even close!  

Psa 9:3  My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared.

This just underscores how awesome God is.  In the last 40 years or so, we have  watched movies that are full of CGI affects and epic battles, but David declares today that there was no Great War, God simply appeared and his enemies faltered.  

We read about this in Thessalonians too, when the coming AntiChrist appears— 2Th 2:8  Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. 

Just because we saw some grandiose battle in a Marvel movie, doesn’t mean that’s how the actual divine forces of good will triumph over evil.  There is no equal footing, God is supreme and the wicked as The Word say, stagger and die when God appears.  

All throughout the Bible when we read of those who have actually encountered God, it transcends anything that the human experience can produce.  When Isaiah saw God the first thing he said was “I am unclean”.  Or when the Glory of the Lord appeared before Israel, everyone fell on their faces, reason being God is so magnificent that man cannot even bring himself to look at God, which should give us a realistic view of ourselves and an overwhelming awesome view of God, who will smash down His enemies.  Also, it is pretty scary thing to be on the wrong side of God, a good reminder to trust and obey Him so he doesn’t consider us an enemy!  

November 24, 2021

Man Should Praise God, Not himself

Interesting stuff in today’s Psalms, we see a mix of prayer and praise from David the Psalmist who is writing today’s Word:

Psa 9:1 I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

Psa 9:2  I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

If we contrast this against our own thoughts, we love to praise ourselves, and rarely find time to praise God.  Maybe a couple of prayers in the evening and before bed, but sadly man, in his fallen state, tends to worship himself and his own ego rather than God.  One cursory glance on facebook, and we see a never ending abyss of folks patting themselves on the back for something they did, or maybe an accomplishment their sports team had, all of which is sadly rooted in pride.  

Today’s Psalms point all praise away from man, and towards God.  Next time we accomplish a big project, or are delivered from a major catastrophe, or overcome an obstacle, rather than rushing to praise ourselves, we should think like the Psalmsist is thinking here, and direct our prayer and praises to God, and as the verse says “with all our heart”  – As Christ says, the greatest commandment of all is ’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

A good chance for some self examination here and a poignant reminder that God should always be at the center of our affections.  

November 23, 2021

God gave man authority over animals

As David ponders God’s majestic creation, he is also awestruck by the fact that God gave man dominion over all the other creatures of the world:

Psa 8:5  Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

Psa 8:6  You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—

Psa 8:7  the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals,

Psa 8:8  the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.

Psa 8:9  O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Man rules over all of the animals; God gave us these different creations so that we can sustain our species by eating them to stay alive.  

This is something that we tend to take for granted because food is always available, but if God did not created cattle or chicken for us to eat, we likely would not be here today.  

God thinks of everything!   A as the Word says, His majestic name fills the earth through all of His creations from something as basic as rock…to the complexities of the human anatomy! 

November 22, 2021

Monday Psalms Devotional

Today’s Psalms gives us some important perspective of ourselves against the massive expanses of the universe.  

Psa 8:3  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

Psa 8:4  What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

David back then is looking at the universe, the moon and the stars that are in perfect synch with one another; for example the moon’s gravitational pull on the tides is so perfect across the different lunar phases, that it keeps the oceans in perfect harmony with the land, so one doesn’t dry up, nor does the other flood.  

Or take the fact of how the earth perfectly rotates around the sun so that each continent has perfect seasons, no one burns to death, nor does anyone freeze to death.  Only our divine Creator could calculate something so beautifully precise.

Against this awesome backdrop, David then says; wow, look at this amazing creation from our Creator, and while God made the sun, the moon and the stars, God also made us, and we weren’t just some nameless serial number off a factory assembly line either….God actually knew us before time began, as Christ tells us, God knows us so much better than we do our own-selves that the very hairs on our head are numbered by Him.  

In fact, not only did He create us, God also gave us a path forward through our redemption through the death of His Son, another fantastic truth that should put great joy in our hearts. 

November 19, 2021

Psalms Friday Devotional – Child Like Faith

In our Psalms today God’s Word sounds out how child like praises of God silence enemies of God: 

Psa 8:2  Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us that those who receive His truth are to be blessed:

Matthew 11: 25  At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 

Contrary to what we are often taught in the classroom and in modern media, we are not supposed to believe, instead we are instructed by the world to question Christ’s work through unproven theories like evolution and darwinism.  These academic types that oppose God, like to (as Jesus said) “think of themselves wise and clever” 

Meanwhile, children or even Christians with child like faith, who look at the Bible as God’s actual revelation of Himself to us, and not just some book with fairy tales—  these believers — actually silence God’s foes with unanswerable questions like how could God make us right through the death of His Son?  That transcends all of human understanding.  No where else in the universe would someone send their own offspring to die in order to save their enemies.  Yet before we were saved by Jesus, that’s exactly what we were, enemies of God.  That is a story no literary genius could ever come up with, and it is the greatest truth in all of human history.  

As today’s Word points out, holding on to this truth and living by it silences all of God’s enemies, who have no answer to God’s creation and His redemptive plan.  Scientists, academics and literary authors haven’t come anywhere close to answering how the universe came about, God’s perfect human design and God love for us.  

As Christ says; Blessed are those who receive these Biblical truths with child like faith for it silences the doubters who are ultimately enemies of God.  

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