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January 24, 2022

Psalms 14:7 And Christ’s Return

Some foreshadowing happening in our Psalms today as it relates the Christ’s Second Advent:

Psa 14:7  Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad. 

As Revelation spells out, Christ will return to rescue Israel.  Some dark days are ahead through the coming tribulation and there will be some evil nations that seem to flourish, but just as Revelation tells us (and today’s Psalms as well)The Lord will restore His captive people.  

A good verse to remember when we are facing challenges in the present age too, the wicked ways seem to triumph, but God will shepherd His people through.  In other words, while we may be going through dark times, God is sovereign and will guide us through the darkness, just as He will rescue His Children when Hreturns,  e returns, because He is our safe haven.  

 

January 21, 2022

Psalms 14 – God Protects His Own!

Our Psalms today tells us that wicked folks will try and bring others down, but those who are in the Lord will be spared:

Psa 14:6  The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the LORD will protect his people.

This is an important truism that we as Christians should hold on to.  There will be always be mockers who sneer at Christians, it seems like there are plenty of them now days who openly mock God and insult those who trust in the Lord, but the Biblical reality of today’s Psalm is that God will protect His people.  The Christian has nothing to fear despite what the world says and does, their “stick and stones” amount to nothing compared to God’s divine plan.  

January 20, 2022

Thursday Psalms for January 20th

Today’s Psalms discusses the comeuppance that the wicked get for oppressing God’s people

Psa 14:4  Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD.

Psa 14:5  Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him.

A beautiful truth awaits those who trust and obey God, God is with them.  This is a great  reassurance for those who face persecution from the world.  

The wicked foolheartedly go about oppressing others, and taking advantage of them, which is a historical truth, ever since the beginning of time, man has found different ways to oppress others, but God will ultimately oppress the oppressors and deliver those who who are taken advantage of, and that is the real deal; all the wicked rulers over time have come and gone, but God reigns forever and our eternal assurance is that we will be a part of His eternal kingdom when we trust Jesus.  

January 19, 2022

Wednesday Devotional for January 19th

A big truth bomb in our Psalms today: 

Psa 14:2  The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

Psa 14:3  They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Unpacking that, the Word is telling us The Lord looks at the entire human race, checking to see if there are anyone who are wise, anyone who obeys God.  But the answer is no, we have all gone astray, collectively becoming disobedient, there is none of us who is without sin.  

That is a powerful truth that flies in the face of the activist culture where we are constantly, and usually falsely, lifting one another up or patting ourselves on the back for the “good things” that we do.  

We have all at one point or another posted a status on Facebook showing us doing some kind of charitable act or fighting for some “righteous” cause so we can try and impress others by how good we think we are.  

More often than not though, we find ourselves doing that to amass clout with our peers though, getting likes and shares so as to give us sense of self importance, which is rooted in, you guessed it, pride or self worship, which is worshiping someone that’s not God, and you guessed it…ultimately; idolatry!  

God’s Word doesn’t lie!  As punishing a reality as this seems, and as much as we don’t like hearing it, it’s the truth, none of us are without sin.  

All of this points to Christ, He is the only One who was truly without sin.  The spotless lamb, and our sins are taken away when we put our trust in Him and live our lives to be pleasing to Him, not our peers on social media.  

In other words, we need to live to please God, and not man.  

January 18, 2022

Psalms 14 – Atheism is a Foolish Pursuit

Opening up Chapter 14 of the Psalms and God’s Word points out and trait of the fool:

Psa 14:1  For the choir director: A psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

Whoa!  So that is what goes through the mind of a fool, the fool doesn’t believe in God and unfortunately that is a lot of the world right now.  Surveys have shown that Millenials and Zoomers (Generation Z) have an all time low view of God, the overwhelming majority of the demographics fall into the category of Atheists.  

Sadly, a large component of this mindset is that a lot of folks just don’t want to have to confront their sin.  They enjoy sinning so much, that they don’t want to have to stop, they don’t even want to hear about why what they are doing is bad and brings dishonor to our creator.  

All kinds of academics and theorists have emerged in the Post Modern world to explain away sinful behavior all the while turning their back on God, which is not a good place to be!  

The beauty of the Gospel is that it reveals our sin to us, our fallen nature and our intrinsic desire to get into trouble.  It is a hopeless state, but the Good News is Christ takes away that sin, and gives us an entire new outlook on life when we declare Him as King, learn about Him, and most importantly follow Him! 

January 14, 2022

Psalms 13 and Facing Mockers

Some lows and then highs today in our Psalms as David is dealing with his ruthless enemies who are bullying him and then mocking him.  

Psa 13:3-6  Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.  Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.  

That’s definitely something that the wicked like to do, they like to gloat.  Again we look at Proverbs that actually instructs us not to gloat when our enemies stumble, or else the Lord may turn his wrath from them, on to us.  

Regardless of whether or not it is evil to have someone celebrate when we stumble, it still doesn’t feel good, as if defeat isn’t bad enough, defeat with someone doing a touchdown dance in front of you just makes it worse, and that is what David fears at his lowest of low points here.

Given that backdrop, David does what we should do when we are surrounded by the mockers; trust in God:

Psalms 13:4-6 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.

At the end of the day, when the world is mocking us, and they most certainly will, we look to the Lord to deliver us, and God will see after His children, just like He did with David.  

January 13, 2022

Psalms 13 Verse 2 – Dealing With Agony

As David is dealing with his enemies, it would seem that they have the advantage and David is quite discouraged as we read in our Psalms today: 

Psa 13:2  How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Just like us, when we are dealing with conflicts, it can be very disheartening.  If we have ever had a conflict with someone at work, or a spouse, or in David’s case; an enemy, the entire episode hijacks all of our emotions.  It seems like it is the one thing that is always in the back of our minds, and we feel like David did…having a soul full of anguish and sorrow.  Some conflicts are so severe that it invades our dreams.  

These turmoils that David is going through and the one’s that we likely go through as well, demonstrate how much we need God.  David is crying out to God right now, and we should do the same when we are struggling.  Instead of always trying to fix things or gain the advantage when we are fighting with someone else, we should first pray for God’s wisdom to guide us through the darkness.  

As Proverbs says, the beginning of wisdom is fear of The Lord, when use that mandate to guide all our actions, knowing that God is always watching, we’ll be much happier with the results, and get a sense of peace that is found exclusively through God.  

January 12, 2022

Psalms 13:1  How long, O LORD?

Psalms today shows us how dependent we are on God, when we are in dark seasons of our lives, we truly cry out for Him.  It is when we are at our lowest, we suddenly find that time to pray, in the face of all the good times we had in life, when we didn’t pray to God.  

David here is going through some bad times again, and his words today demonstrate his total reliance on God: 

Psa 13:1  For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

David is saying, I am going through some really dark days, please don’t forget about me, I am helpless, I cannot do this on my own, Lord please remember me.  

In the creature comforts of our every day lives, it is easy to forget how dependent we are on God.  High speed internet, food in kitchen, money in our wallets, and we think we have got it made.  We woefully forget how much we need God.  Only when bad times strike do we suddenly find our prayer life being what it ought to be. 

Today’s Psalms should be a reminder to not just cry out to God when we need Him during bad times, but to remember that both the good days and the bad days come from God, and to always be in communion with Him through prayer, not just when someone is sick, or bad things start happening, but in the good seasons of our lives too.  

January 11, 2022

Devotional for Tuesday January 11th, 2022

Wonderful Word today that reminds us that God is our great protector as we close out Chapter 12 of the Psalms

Psa 12:7  Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation,

Psa 12:8  even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.

The world is an evil place, evil is so commonplace that it is celebrated everywhere.  Sounds quite familiar…what was once down is now up, and what was left is now right.  Without getting into too much detail, we know that the things that the Bible speaks out against are openly embraced in the world nowadays.  As the scripture says, evil is praised throughout the land.  

However, the great confidence that we have in God is pointed out in today’s word too, God will protect those whom the evil oppress, and preserve them forever!  

There is no expiration date to God’s protection, man may change his mind and double back, but God’s covenant promise is forever!  

A great truth to meditate on when we our discouraged with the ways or the world around us, while evil may seem to be overflowing these days, God sees it all,  and He will save the righteous, forever!  

January 10, 2022

Psalms 12 Verse 6 – God’s Word is Pure

In Psalms today we get a quick verse that points out the unfailing Word of God, God does not lie.  What God said back when the Bible was written holds true today all of these thousands of years later:

Psa 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 

Back then metals were refined by the fire to remove their impurities, and if we tie that in to today’s verse, it means that God’s words and his promises are free from any impurities or falsehoods.  

In this case, God’s covenant with us through Jesus where when we declare Christ as Lord is a pure promise, there are no takebacks. 

That’s important to remember, because we as humans are constantly changing, our views and opinioins.  our laws are forever being altered, because we are flakey and fickle creatures.  God, on the other hand is unchanging, HIs promise that He made to us then when Christ was resurrected on the 3rd day is as true to us now as it was then.  

 

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