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December 7, 2021

Tuesday Devotional for 12/7/21

Today’s Psalms reveals a total dependence on God, we’ve got David once again reaching out to God through prayer at a very low point between David and his adversaries.  

Psa 9:13  LORD, have mercy on me. See how my enemies torment me. Snatch me back from the jaws of death.

David is saying – Lord please help me.  Look at how my persecutors make me suffer mentally and physically.  They have brought me low.    I am about to die, please save me.  

Looking at that now through the prism of our own lives, when someone does something bad to us, when they torment us and make us suffer mentally and physically, we typically want revenge. “They hit me, now I’m gonna hit them back twice as hard” — But let’s look at how David approaches this…he is beyond any internal dialogue like that, dreaming of how he’ll make his enemies feel the same pain he is, instead David appeals straight to God.  David knows that God is stronger than his enemies, David also knows that God put him in the situation, the enemies chasing David is the will of God and so David goes to God.  

Going now to the New Testament and Paul’s letter to the romans, on the subject of revenge – here’s what The Word Tells us —

Rom 12:19  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.

So we leave these things between us and our enemies to be solved by God.  God will see everything through.  And then one final verse that reminds us to use kindness not violence 

Rom 12:20  “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”

So when we are facing off against an enemy and our human nature wants us to get even with them, let’s remember that God will sort it out, and to stay humble and instead of slaying our enemies, we should serve them.  

A tough pill to swallow when our pride starts to take over, but Romans reminds us to keep that in check and Psalms tells us to leave it to the Lord.  

December 6, 2021

Monday Devotional

Today’s Psalms commands for us to give God the Glory

Psa 9:11  Sing praises to the LORD who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.

This Psalms can be looked at in two ways, God who sent His Son into the world the first time, or Christ’s second coming – regardless wonderful deeds have been and will come to fruition just as foretold by the Bible..and then the following verse should give us great comfort. 

Psa 9:12  For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

This one fastforwards to the second coming of Christ – after the Tribulation, God will deliver His people from His enemies.  

It should also reassure us that God doesn’t forget about His Children no matter what era we are in.  So when we are going through bad times, remember what God’s Word says – He doesn’t forget the cry of the afflicted and when we are afflicted or going through some really tough stuff, that’s when we are actually the closest to God! 

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! 

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