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January 7, 2022

Psalms 12 Verses 4 and 5 on God’s wrath against the proud

Checking in with our Psalms as we close out Chapter 5, a short Chapter but full of wonderful truth!  

Psalms is again talking about the proud and arrogant minds of the wicked, who hurt others as if they are untouchable: 

Psa 12:4  They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content. Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

So that’s what the wicked woefully think, “I can just say whatever I want, and then what?” 

God is What’s What!!!  here’s His reply: 

Psa 12:5  The LORD replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”

Some rich text there!  God hears the prayers of His children, and God will deliver them.  While the wicked oppress others arrogantly, God will come to humble the proud, and there is nothing scarier in this universe than being on the wrong end of God’s wrath.  So our takeaways today are that God hears the prayers of the poor, and God’s wrath is going to be on those who oppress the poor.  

January 6, 2022

Psalms 12 & Keeping Our Mouths In Check

In espousing more behavior of the wicked, which seems like Psalms does a lot of, as Psalms should because there is no shortage of wicked in the world, we learn another trait of the wicked, one that can be quite convicting to our own dispositions:   

Psa 12:1  For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument. Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!

Psa 12:2  Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

Psa 12:3  May the LORD cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues.

Flattering lips that lie to one another sounds awfully familiar!  How often have we found ourselves guilty of this, where we may say or think something hurtful or bad about someone, only to be nice to their face.  The keyboard warrior comes to mind, where they can’t stop saying nasty things on social media, but they are nice as pie in person.  

Sure, we can all think of someone guilty of this, but also, how often have we not done the same thing?  When our pride gets checked by someone else, our intrinsic defenses make us quick to hate someone.  Maybe that someone got a brand new car, or a pay raise or promotion or something that just arouses our insecurities and the next thing we thing we know, we are killing them behind closed doors with our thoughts and our words, all the while being nice to their faces.  

Well, today’s Psalms tells us that is wicked behavior; deceitful hearts yet flattering lips.  Another great reality check in God’s Word, or God’s revelation of Himself to us, in what God doesn’t like and behaviors that we should strive to avoid.  

January 5, 2022

Psalms Chapter 11 Verses 5 thru 7

Our Psalms today point out that those who trust God will face trials in life, but they will be rewarded in the end, meanwhile the wicked are in for a rude awakening: 

Psa 11:5  The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.

Psa 11:6  Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

Whoa!  So picture what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah, the heavens opened up and it rained fire upon them, and incidentally Revelation shows us that there is still fire from the sky to come, or that has yet to, but is going to happen.  

So while the wicked are gonna get their comeuppance, let’s see what is in store for the righteous: 

Psa 11:7  For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

The righteous will see His face, or be able to stand before God rather than being swatted down like the wicked.  We are left with two choices: live in sin and be disobedient and wicked, or trust in Jesus, follow Him, obey Him and be righteous.  

January 4, 2022

Psalms 11 — Trust In God, Not man

Here is an interesting conversation between DAvid and someone who is always worried about the bad things that are out in there in the world.  A cursory glance at the TV, and we can find all sorts of stuff to worry about; pandemics, the China threat, terrorism, it seems like media companies have become merchants of fear, that use threats to keep us glued to the TV, now that’s a whole other story, but today we are reminded that when we are challenged by the wicked things in the world that give us cause to worry, we are to do what the righteous do and keep our trust in God:  

Psa 11:1  For the choir director: A psalm of David. I trust in the LORD for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!

Psa 11:2  The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right.

Psa 11:3  The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”

So the nervous Nellie is saying to David, the sky is falling!  What can a Christian do with all this evil in the world?  

Here is David’s response: 

Psa 11:4  But the LORD is in his holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.

God misses nothing, we leave the wicked things and stuff that weighs us down to the Lord, God will see these things through, He reigns over all of these evils of the world, and the David also reminds us, trust in God.  Trust the fact that God looks after His children.  

Another Psalm before we go that reminds us not to worry in Chapter 55 verse 22: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

So we should not be like the worry wart in today’s Psalms that runs around with their head cut off, but rather do like David does, and Trust in the Lord for Protection. 

January 3, 2022

Psalms 10: 17 — LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless.

Good word in today’s Psalms that reminds us that when we can’t get help from the world and people turn their backs on us, God is our shelter.  This is written against the backdrop of evil oppressors, robbers and theirs who prey upon the defenseless.  God Is a refuge to the forgotten: 

Psa 10:17  LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.

Psa 10:18  You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.

God hears the prayers of the afflicted and gives them peace, and today’s verse also says that God will give justice to those who are oppressed.  The courts and the world may forget about the forgotten, but God remembers and those who take advantage or the weak are going to have to answer for it.  

HEre’s an important Proverb from the Bible, Proverbs 19 verse 17 that reminds us to watch out for those less fortunate:

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

So rather than joining the masses in oppressing the poor, we should do what God tells us and help them.  

December 30, 2021

Christ is King Forever! Psalms 10:16

Good stuff as we start to finish out Psalms 10 that points out that while countries and rulers will come and go, God’s Kingdom has no term limits 

Psa 10:16  The LORD is king forever and ever! The godless nations will vanish from the land.

Dynasties that once seemed to rule the earth are no more, the Romanov’s, Kennedy’s, who seemed to run things are now but an afterthought, but God reigns forever.  He is the Alpha and Omega or the beginning and the end and our assurance is that we will be part of His kingdom when we declare Jesus as Lord and submit to Him.  

 

December 29, 2021

Our Great Defender; Psalms 10:12-15

If you’ve been following the last couple of verses in Psalms Chapter 10, we have been learning about the horrendous evil things that the wicked get up to, things like ambushing an unsuspecting victim.  Against those wicked attributes, the Psalmist calls on God to remember the victims of the wicked, because they aren’t getting help from anywhere else, asking God to defend the defenseless.  

Psa 10:12  Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

The Word then asks the wicked why they woefully ignore God…a foolish mistake, like committing a crime in front of a police officer, you don’t steal in front of a Cop, why would you sin in front of God? 

Psa 10:13  Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

And then, we get some beautiful reassurances from God today, God helps those who can’t get help from the world.  When we are down and out and everyone else has turned their back on us, God watches over us.  The verse here says, God is a helper to the fatherless.  

Psa 10:14  But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

And finally a call for our Divine Father who Discipline the evil doer for all of their actions, reminding us that while the wicked may have forgotten God, God doesn’t forget the wicked.  

Psa 10:15  Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

So summing things up, it is foolish to think that God isn’t going to see the bad things we get up to, and God looks out for the lowly and destitute, when the world turns their back on those on their backs, God picks them back up and God will specifically punish those (the wicked) who take advantage of the poor (fatherless).  It also reminds us how God is infinitely more righteous than we are because God doesn’t forget about the lowly people.  Meanwhile, we likely hardly know any, but have no problems remembering the names of rich celebrities.  God doesn’t forget the forgotten.  

December 28, 2021

Tuesday Psalms on The wicked for 12/28

Psalms today continues likening the wicked to a predatory animal that feasts on those who are weaker than they are:
Psa 10:10  He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.
Psa 10:11  He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”
The wicked lay in wait, and then overwhelms the helpless all the while thinking to themselves that “ God has forgotten about these folks”, the wicked also makes the foolish mistake thinking that God doesn’t see what is happening…kind of describing someone who is a sociopath or who has no remorse whatsoever for doing something terrible to someone else.
This is a foolish mistake, because God sees everything and as Revelation tells us, God will repay everyone according to their deeds, so while the wicked maybe living the good and carefree life, preying on others in their despair, they are going to be in for a rude awakening!
Blessed day
December 27, 2021

Monday Devotional for 12/27

Today the Psalmist presses on about the different things wicked people do, today is how they sneak up on others

Psa 10:8  They lurk in ambush in the villages, waiting to murder innocent people. They are always searching for helpless victims.

Psa 10:9  Like lions crouched in hiding, they wait to pounce on the helpless. Like hunters they capture the helpless and drag them away in nets.

Have you ever heard that phrase “cheap shot”or being blind sided?  That is what the wicked do, they wait for an unlevel playing field and then make their move, today’s verse says they ambush them or sneak up on their unknowing victims.  

This kind of behavior is couched in dishonesty, because wicked people don’t care about being fair or honest, they just want to get ahead, with no care about their victims.  

Basically being shady or sneaky.  We may not be wicked to the point where we are going to sneak up and rob someone, but we like say or even think wicked hings about other people…just when they aren’t around.  The same type of behavior rooted in the same type of evil nature that we inherited from Adam.  The only cure for that is The Gospel which shows us our wicked ways and gives us a path forward by turning and confessing Christ as Lord and following Him.  

 

December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve Devotional

Veering off from today’s Psalms since it is Christmas Eve and heading into Luke where we learn the real reason for the season.  While Christmas and the Holidays in general seems to be focused on Santa Claus and Christmas sales and layaways, let us look at what should be at the forefront of our minds when think Holidays or Holy Day. 

Luk 2:11  The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Luk 2:12  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Luk 2:13  Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

Luk 2:14  “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

The angels in heaven looked down on this tiny baby born in the most meager of circumstances, a manger, a trough that animals eat out of, and declare that this birth glorifies God in heaven, God who is merciful and has offered us a path toward redemption via His Son, out of our sin.  That is the peace that the Bible is speaking of, the sin and the bad stuff that we do causes enmity with God, because we are breaking His laws, but the redemption through Jesus takes those sins away, and also takes away God’s wrath towards us, our sin makes us dirty, but trusting in Jesus and following Him and repenting of our sins makes us clean and that is only possible because of Jesus, nothing that we bring to the table, it is all Jesus’s doing, not Santa or Mrs Claus or some elf or a 40 percent holiday sale.  So let’s remember that Jesus, is the real reason for the season, and He is our great mediator that takes away God’s anger and give us peace with God, but only through Jesus.  

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