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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.  

November 18, 2021

Psalms 8:1  O LORD, your majestic name fills the earth

Checking in our Psalms again, and we open up Psalms 8 which is a hymn of praise; 

Psa 8:1  O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.

If we can take enough time to put down our phones and look around us, we see God’s handiwork evidenced in every aspect of creation.  The earth’s perfect rotation around the sun that gives us different seasons for different things to grow in; the beauty of human anatomy and ability to reproduce and sustain existence for thousands of years…man hasn’t come anywhere close to that, despite how sophisticated we may think our modern sciences might be.  

As the Verse says, God’s majesty fills the earth and His glory is higher than anything man can aspire to be.  

This should give us a humbling view of ourselves, and more importantly a high and awe inspiring view of God and His handiwork.  

November 17, 2021

Psalms 7:17  I will thank the LORD because he is just

After God delivers David from his enemies, David declares God’s holiness:

Psa 7:17  I will thank the LORD because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Again we are reminded that the courts don’t always deliver fair verdicts and the governments taxes and policies aren’t always just.  

The only true and flawless judgements come from God.  

As God smashes down David’s enemies, David reminds us that The Most High God is the only judge who gets it right.  

 

November 16, 2021

Psalms 7:16  His mischief will return upon his own head

Cause and affect in our Psalms today as it relates to people who get up to no good, or who are in essence; wicked! 

Psa 7:14  Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.

Psa 7:15  He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.

Psa 7:16  His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.

This tells us that a wicked person is basically setting themselves up for failure.  The evil that they project on to others, and more importantly offends God, is going to come back on them.

If we look at some of the wicked leaders across history, Hitler ended up cowardly hiding in a bunker and had to take his own life, Stalin’s brain basically exploded through what’s called a cerebral hemorrhage. 

As the Word tells us, the evil-doers mischief will return upon their own heads.  

So important stuff to remember here when find ourselves getting into trouble, we often foolishly try and justify our sin in our own minds, but sin is still sin, and it will come back on us just as today’s verse spells out.  

November 15, 2021

Psalms 7:12  If a man does not repent, God will sharpen His sword;

As we kick off a new week here in the Psalms, God’s Word delivers a dangerous warning for those who do not repent:

Psa 7:12  If a man does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; God has bent His bow and made it ready.

Psa 7:13  God has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.

Before we go into this we should establish what it means to repent.  According to Merriam Webster, repent means “to feel or show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you did and that you want to do what is right”

In other words, not openly or habitually do get up to bad stuff!  The one who habitually sins and celebrates it, is in for a rude awakening, as the text points out, God has sharpened His Sword for those who don’t feel remorse when they sin. 

Speaking of feeling remorse when we sin, that’s that feeling of guilty when we have done something wrong that offends God.  Christ says, blessed are those who are poor in spirit, meaning that those who feel that regret for dishonoring God and who put their trust in Christ’s work on the cross —  that takes away our bad deeds and gives us a path forward, will be blessed…but before we can receive His love we have to humble our hearts, knowing that we can’t get it right on our own, we are always gonna want to get into bad stuff, that’s just our nature, but Christ shows us the way, He reveals our fallen ways to us and conforms us into His image, when we go to Him.  As Peter says, cast your cares upon Jesus, for His burden is light.  Put our cares upon His shoulders and accept the fact that all of these things we are going through is according to His divine plan.  

November 12, 2021

Psalms Chapter 7 Verse 11

Today’s Psalms remind us that while we may see the wicked prosper in this life be it through corrupt governments, often unfair court verdicts or one sided stories…at the end, it is God, who will ultimately have the last say: 

Psa 7:11  God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day. 

Again, while we can often times be disappointed by other people’s false accusations and their opinions that are based on false or biased testimony, God is the ultimate judge.  With God, There are no alternative facts, biases, or one sided stories.  

He sees it all and will judge each of us according to our deeds.  (Romans 2:6) 

Evil people may seemingly do well in this life, but one way or another, they will have to answer to God.  

November 10, 2021

God Is Our Refuge

We have all fallen on bad times in one form or another, where our mental health is challenged, and there are all sorts of habits and addictions that are out there to give us some kind of escape from whatever we are going through.  Drugs, alcohol, medicines, prostitution, internet porn etc…all forms of “escapism” that we think will protect us and offer us relief from whatever problem we are currently facing, and scratch that itch that we seem to have.  

Today’s Word tells us that the only true protection we get is from God: 

Psa 7:10  My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.

Those other quick fixes out there like drugs and alcohol and all the other vices might offer instant gratification, but they all come with some kind of a price tag that leaves us worse off that we were before…God’s Love on the other hand is a free gift through His Son Jesus and is eternal.

As the Word says “My Shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart”.  

The upright in heart being those who come to Christ with repentant hearts or who are humbled by the weight of their sin and know that the only answer for that sin is Christ’s work on the cross.  

November 9, 2021

Man Can’t Fool God

While David’s enemies are falsely accusing him, David begs God to bring their evil to an end: 

Psa 7:9  End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God.

Many times, even today, evil people try and hide their bad motives and purporting to do good.  While these types think they are fooling others, and often times are, that last bit should give us some pause.  

David says “you look deep within the mind and heart” These evil folks maybe able to fool the masses, but because God looks deep within the human mind and heart, there is no fooling God.  In other words, we may be able to hide our bad deeds from others, but there is no hiding them from God.  

November 8, 2021

Monday Psalms Devotional

Back into our Psalms, and just to set the stage, David is being unjustly accused by his enemies and goes to God, the ultimate just Judge for reprieve, David’s not getting any fairness with the government then at the time, so he is making his appeal to the Highest Power, God:

Psa 7:6  Arise, O LORD, in anger! Stand up against the fury of my enemies! Wake up, my God, and bring justice!

Psa 7:7  Gather the nations before you. Rule over them from on high.

Psa 7:8  The LORD judges the nations. Declare me righteous, O LORD, for I am innocent, O Most High!

Giving attention that last verse, David knows that he did nothing wrong, he stands out righteous amongst the wicked and he confidently goes to God whom reigns over the nations and their rulers.  Even heads of state, no matter how high fallutin’ they (and we) might think they are, God is the supreme Judge and it is God who will have the final say.  

A great reality check here for us, the courts here on earth may deliver unjust verdicts, but God who is perfect and whose laws are perfect, will also render perfect judgments, so we need to not put our trust in man, who is imperfect, but rather put our trust in God, who is perfect.  

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