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December 23, 2021

Psalms 10: 7 – Watching What We Say

Good Word today that focuses in on another attribute of the wicked, the things that come out of their mouths

Psa 10:7  His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

So this tells us wicked folks tend to lie and basically talk a lot of trash.

Conversely, this again gives us some key do-nots.  Do not lie, or scheme against other people and we should also not oppress others, or say bad things about people, that includes gossiping about people behind their backs, or to their faces.  As the adage says, if there’s nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.  Some good advice here as we get ready to spend time with family and friends, which is great and all, but when we are among friends, we also tend to say bad things about someone who’s not there, today’s verse warns against cursing others and oppressing them, even if it is only with what we say.  

December 22, 2021

Psalms Chapter 10 Verse 5

Some more sound observations about the wicked today and how they turn their backs on God

Psa 10:5  His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

While the wicked always seems to do well, God’s judgements are far removed from the wicked person’s mind.  They can’t be bothered to worry about what happens in the life that comes after this, and the wicked also act arrogantly.  

Some key subjects here that are synonymous with the wicked, and as Christians, that we should strive to avoid, for example, the wicked don’t think about or fear God, which is a big mistake.  

The wicked also sneer at their enemies, which means they are proud, and boastful.  

A good reality check here in how we have in our own lives, do we have a high view of ourselves and a low view of God?  — because that’s how the wicked act.  

Do we talk smack about other people like the wicked who sneer at their adversaries?  

Some key behaviors to avoid, or not do,  as we learn more about the mind of God and what He detests and casts as wicked; like today’s verse which talks about being cocky and not fearing God who is supreme. 

December 21, 2021

Tuesday Devotional for 12/21 – Psalms 10:6

Continuing on with the Psalmists observations on the wicked and we gain some relevant truths here as it relates to the no care ways of wicked people:

Psa 10:6  They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us! We will be free of trouble forever!”

Since God is the furthest thing from the mind of a wicked person, they act with reckless abandon, like they have nothing to lose.  

While, it may sound like we are talking about a certain group of people, chances are, you and I have both acted like this before as well.  Especially easy to do this when we get drunk,  angry or both –  that’s when the devil seems to operates the most effectively.  

So while others (and our own selves included) behave wickedly – we are all in for a rude awakening when our lives comes to an end, because  everyone one of us will be held accountable for the bad things that we did …the good news is the only saving hope we have to be pardoned of these wicked things that we did in this life by following Jesus.  That goes beyond just saying, He is Lord, but actually living like He is Lord, making Him the center of our affections, humbling ourselves, forgiving others, following Him, and putting aside our sins and living a life that honors Him.  

 

December 17, 2021

Bad Habits We Ought To Avoid

We get some hallmarks of the wicked today that sounds disturbingly familiar to the world we are living in now:

Psa 10:3  For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the LORD. 

Picking that over, the Word tells us what the wicked do, which is basically sin; now we might be prone to say, yeah – i know someone who does all that, but it should also make look within too, because we likely do 1, 2 or all 3 of these things; bragging, putting up the rich and famous and curse the Lord.  

Sadly, American culture seems to curse God by banning God from school, boast about their evil desires on social media platforms like facebook and instagram, one sign on, and those are basically just giant brag-feasts, and praising the greedy; well America has made all kinds of shows and industries built on worshipping celebrities.  

However, before we throw stones, we should remember that we might be living in glass houses too, and just get a somber reminder that God doesn’t like it when we curse God, brag or  the celebrate rich and famous.  Some great insights that give us an idea of what God doesn’t like and what we shouldn’t do.  

December 16, 2021

Psalms Devotional for 12/16

Kicking off Pslams 10 the chapter opens with a lamentation and then pronounces bad days for the wicked:

Psa 10:1  O LORD, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

Psa 10:2  The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

Wicked people tend to prey on those who can’t defend themselves, almost animalistic type instincts like the gang of lions that ambush the grazing gazelle, or a group of gangbangers who jump the one unknowing victim.  

The Psalmist expresses frustration with God’s seeming absence and then asks God to deliver justice for the victims.  

Many times, we see the wrong things happen in the world and can have our faith challenged by these things like child death or tsunamis, but we don’t see the forest through the trees, or the big picture either.  Sometimes, these stumbling blocks are put in our path for God’s larger purpose.  We look at Job who lost everything in a whirlwind, but ended up becoming far more blessed after all his calamities than he was before, Job even spoke with God!  Even in our own lives, we run into some massive tragedy, but looking back on it, often times the tragedy opens other doors, all of this is for God’s greater purpose, that is beyond our fickle understanding.  

December 14, 2021

God Remembers The Poor

In our Psalms today, we find that while the poor and downtrodden might be forgotten by everyone else, God looks out of those who are less fortunate:

Psa 9:18  For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.

No one has any problem remembering the rich and famous people of the world.  Those who have amassed earthly achievements are what we called a  “household names” the world celebrates people who have money and fame, their are books written about them, photographers who follow them, and buildings named after them.  

However, no one knows the name of the poor person who is trying to make ends meet, the lower classes are seemingly forgotten, because humanity doesn’t really care about them.  

While the world seemingly doesn’t pay attention to those who aren’t “Big ballers”. God remembers them, today’s Word tells us that while the poor get ripped off by the world, God looks favorably on the poor.  God also looks favorable on those who help others who aren’t so well off as Proverbs 19:17 points out — Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

God also sent His Son Jesus into the world, and Jesus was basically a poor man by human standards, He was born in a feeding trough that animals ate out of, that’s what a manger was called back then.  There was no pomp and circumstance or big parades for the Creator of the Universe when He entered time in the form of a human.  Surely God could have made Jesus bigger than Herod, but the entire testimony of Jesus should give us an idea of what the Triune God thinks about worldly wealth and fame, none of that matters in the grand scheme of things because in the end God will elevate the humble and bring down the proud and as today’s Psalms points out, those who are poor won’t find justice or compassion in the world, but they most certainly will through the Lord.  

December 13, 2021

Monday Psalms Devotional for December 13th

Stern warnings in today’s Psalms that give us a cause and affect as it relates to us and the governments that rule us:

Psa 9:17  The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.

Yikes!  Hell is what awaits those who turn their back on God…in other words God will in turn, turn his back on countries that mock God.  The Word tells us that God will not be mocked.  

Our country is in a sad state right now now that God has been removed from government, people celebrate the separation between church and state, but at what cost?  

If we look at the last 50 years, Western Culture has become increasingly violent and morally bankrupt.  School shootings and suicides are at all time high.  One can only assume that these harrowing realities are due to the fact that as the Word says, the fate of the nations who turn their back on God. 

While our governments may openly mock God, we as individuals don’t have to follow their lead, it is never too late to confess Christ to and trust and obey Him.  

December 10, 2021

Psalms 9:16 –  The LORD has made Himself known

Checking in now on our Friday Devotional in Psalms which condemns evil and let’s us know that it is God who driving the bus: 

Psa 9:16  The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. 

That’s telling us that God has made his presence known, He has penalized those who have sinned against him.  

The verse goes on to say that wicked people dig their own graves….  

Focusing in on that last bit, whenever we get into bad stuff or sin, we usually pay some kind of price if not the ultimate price, which is death, but looking at the toll sin wreaks on our own lives, it can get us thrown into jail, wipe out our finances, ruin our families, there is a litany of bad things that come  our way when we break God’s laws.  So the best way to avoid all of that is to not sin, or repent which means turn away from sin, and the only way to do that is through Christ.  

Through Jesus, we are given new lives, basically a “do-over” while we are in this life, and when we set our sights on Christ and the life He lived and the gift He gave us, it helps us recognize those bad things that we used to want to do, and we are suddenly repulsed and embarrassed by it.  

But that gift of life is only possible by putting our trust in Christ and obeying Him and living a new life that hates sin, but loves and lives to please God.  

December 9, 2021

Devotional For Thursday December 9th

The wicked nations get a rude awakening in today’s verse that shows how their bad intentions will boomerang back on them

Psa 9:15  The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.

The evil that these ungodly nations cast out comes back against them, a metaphor here that shouldn’t be lost on us either.  When we push evil out on to others, it always seems to find it’s way back to us.  

Paul has some good sentiments on this as well in his letter to the Colossians:

Col 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

God doesn’t look favorably on evil nations or evil people.  We are better off living Christlike, or meek and humble lives that are dedicated to serving others rather than serving ourselves.  

December 8, 2021

Psalms 9 Study

Today’s Psalms talk about praising God and praising God publicly:

Psa 9:14  Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates, so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.

Have you ever had someone bail you out of trouble?  Maybe a co-worker remembered something you forgot, or a classmate stuck up for you when you were getting bullied..or just some generally bad time we may have been going through and someone shows up to save the day.  When that happens, we are quick to thank that person.  

This Psalms echoes that same appeal, David is saying Lord please help me out here, and once You do, I’ll never let anyone forget it.  

That is actually what we should be doing as Christians, publicly praising Jesus for bailing us out of eternal punishment.  

We know that the penalty for sin is death, a sentence to hell…and none of us are without sin, so that means that we are all headed down below…who can rescue us from that?  Who intercedes on our behalf?  Christ does.  IF Christ didn’t come and bear the brunt of all our sins on the cross, we would be in a way worse off situation that David is going through here. 

David is being chased by his enemies, but the worst thing that can happen to David is a death in an earthly sense.  Once David dies, he isn’t really dealing with his enemies. Once we die, we have two places we can go, heaven or hell and because of our sins, we would otherwise be destined to go to hell but Jesus came into the world and became that sin, died and then rose on the 3rd day so that our sins would be taken away, we are in essence given a “get out of jail free card” through Christ’s work on the cross, and that calls for some serious public praise for Jesus just like the Psalms is saying, so I can praise you publicly and rejoice that Jesus has rescued us.  

We should always keep that in mind in our daily lives, sure folks will mock us and call Christians cults who believe in fairy tales, the secular world loves to bag on Christianity – but the secular world is fading away, those folks who mock don’t matter – they are gonna die like the rest of us, but those of us who declare Christ as King and live by that, will live forever and be spared that eternal punishment because He intervenes on our behalf.  

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