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March 2, 2022

Psalms 18:28-29 – God Lights Our Path

Good word in our Psalms today that shows that in hopeless times, God is there for us: 

Psa 18:28  For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

The Psalmist there finds himself in the rough seas of life, the language mentioned is darkness, as that is when danger seems to lurk.  But the verse says that God lightens the way, the dark isn’t so scary when the lights are turned on.  

The next verse points out that by God, one man can beat an army:  

Psa 18:29  For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.

Militaristically, a troop is an army of soldiers, who could overwhelm just one person, but with God, escape is possible!  Today’s Word tells us God lights up our path guiding us to safety, and through God we can beat what seem like insurmountable odds!  

God is our great refuge, when it feels like the walls are closing in, God will guide us through!  

March 1, 2022

Psalms 18 Verses 25-27 – God Blesses The Obedient; But Humbles The Proud

A compare and contrast in our Psalms today against who receives God’s blessings and who does not;

Psa 18:25  To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity.

Psa 18:26  To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

Psa 18:27  You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.

Those who are humble and have a low opinion of themselves and high view of God are rescued, but God humiliates the proud.  A big reality check here that God does not like the proud — what is pride – pride is love of one’s self; conversely being humble is to hold a low view of our self importance, or not having a big ego.  

Through a biblical framework – to be humble is to realize that God is greater than we are, but also pointing out that God turns his back on this who disobey Him and woefully worship themselves.  

Foolishly thinking  “look how great I am” – that’s the kind of thinking and behavior to avoid, biblically that is what God hates.  Instead of worshipping our own egos, we should realize that we carry the burden of sin, are imperfect creatures who are in need of a Savior, and the only One who is without Sin is the One who became Sin so that we could be made right in the eyes of God.  

February 28, 2022

Psalms 18:18-24 – God’s Blessings Through Obedience

Some wild times that we are living in right now, it seems like we are moving from one crisis to the next, first COVID and now a potential world war with Ukraine and Russia.  We watch the news or follow these events on social media, and they can certainly make us feel helpless.  But are we really?  

David was in a similar situation in the Bible, when he was being chased by Saul.  Saul and his goons were hunting David down, wanting to kill him, so David felt the same way we likely do when we are watching the news, so let’s see how things unfolded with David when he was going through some stressful times:  

Psa 18:18  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.

Psa 18:19  He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

The takeaway there is that God saved David, God rescued David, He took David to a safe place away from danger because God loved David.  But why?  Let’s read on:

Psa 18:20  The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

Psa 18:21  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psa 18:22  For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.

Psa 18:23  I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psa 18:24  Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

Some cause and effect at work there; God saves David but why ? We read that David was obedient!  The text there tells us that David followed God’s Commandments and didn’t deviate from them. 

So how do we do what David back in 1000 BC here in 2022?   Paul tells us in Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  END QUOTE

“And you will be saved”. What sweet, sweet words those are!  

So for us to get the same protection that David did, we declare Christ as King, but not just through words, but through actions.  That means living a new life that is pleasing to Christ, and setting aside our own sinful ways.  If that is a problem, and you struggle with sin, like we all do, pray and ask for help with your sins, confess them and repent of them.  He is always listening, He is always with us!  As James 4:8 says “draw near to Him and HE will draw near to you”. 

February 25, 2022

Psalms 18:8-17 — God’s Earth Shattering Presence

 

Today our Psalms paints a very remarkable picture of God’s presence, which is interesting against the backdrop of what is happening in the world right now between Russia and Ukraine, Russia boasts of a mighty military, big tanks, and nuclear weapons, but all of that pails in comparison to God when God makes His presence known:

Psa 18:8  Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

Psa 18:9  He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.

Psa 18:10  He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

Psa 18:11  He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Psa 18:12  From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psa 18:13  The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psa 18:14  He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.

Psa 18:15  Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Summing that up, the natural order bends and breaks at God’s presence, it is no wonder why man falls on his face whenever God enters the picture.  At any rate, when we compare the Almighty to Vlamdir Putin, those Russian tanks don’t seem so bad after all.  

Today’s reading then concludes that while God’s awe inspiring appearance is earth shattering, God still saves His children, in this case David: 

Psa 18:16  He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

Psa 18:17  He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

So while our enemies may seem strong and mighty, God is infinitely superior, if we look at the 2nd Coming, Christ wipes them out with a breath of His mouth, see 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2.  Another sobering reminder that God runs the show, man and his armies come and go, but God reigns eternal! 

February 24, 2022

Keeping A Strong Prayer Life

David uses some very colorful phrasing to explain to us how David avoided a near death experience when he was being hunted down by Saul: 

Psa 18:4  The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me.

Psa 18:5  The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

Psa 18:6  In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

That last verse shows us how God heard how David was in serious trouble, and answered David’s prayers, God rescued David and David lived to tell about it.

A very teachable moment here that when we are scared, we should always go to the Lord in prayer, God answers prayers, as today’s Psalms reveals to us for David, God heard David’s voice and David’s cries came to God’s ears.  In other words, God heard David’s prayer, God also hears our prayers, so remember to pray!  

We are in some strange times right now with COVID, lots of things that we think we have control over, but ultimately do not, it is in God’s hands, and a great opportunity for us to commune with Him regularly through prayer, because He is listening, so let’s not forget to pray!  

 

February 23, 2022

Wednesday Devotional For February 23, 2022

David finds great relief in the Psalms today after God answers David’s prayers and saved David from his enemies, specifically Saul here, if we remember in the Bible, Saul really had it in for David, and Saul was literally chasing David all over Israel with the intend to kill David, David has been praying to God for deliverance from Saul, and God rescues David:  

Psa 18:1  For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the LORD. He sang this song to the LORD on the day the LORD rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang: I love you, LORD; you are my strength.

Psa 18:2  The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

David puts all the onus on God here, likening God to his rock, fortress, savior, protector, noting that David doesn’t take any credit for eluding Saul, David puts all that on God, and then a great verse here that reminds us that God answers prayers: 

Psa 18:3  I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.  

Lots of times when we have some great victory in life, we get foolish and want to pat ourselves on the back, David could have done that too thinking look how slick I was by getting one up on Saul, but David knows that the came at the divine hand of God, not his own faculties.  A great reminder here that God runs the show, everything that happens, both bad, and in this case; good, comes from God not man.  

February 22, 2022

Tuesday Devotional For February 22, 2022

Great stuff in our Psalms that contrasts those who trust in the things of this world, which temporary versus those who trust in God

We start out with a look at those who trust in the riches of this world:

Psa 17:14  from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their 

abundance to their infants.

The men of the world is referring to people who are living on easy street as the Psalm says, they have plenty of wealth, their kids are happy and their grandkids are going to have a big inheritance.  They love their portion in this life, but therein lies the problem, this life is going to end, and we can’t have our cake and eat it too, we have to love one thing or the other.  Jesus tells us those who will be saved are the one’s who deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Him, in sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us we cannot serve 2 masters, we can’t love God and love the world at the same time, it is one or the other, obedience or disobedience, sin versus righteousness, Christ or not Christ, but not all of the above.  

The second half of today’s reading talks about what the righteous person can look forward to after death;

Psa 17:15  As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

When I awake is referring to the life after this one, or what happens after we die, and then is when the Psalmist will be truly satisfied, when He is fellowshipping with Christ, because the writer tells us “when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness”. 

So 2 paths to take, a life of following Christ and denying ourselves the sinful desires of this life   and putting our faith in hope in Jesus to take us into the next life, — and that’s exactly what the Bible tells us; John 3:16 – very famously says “those who believe in Christ will not perish”. 

The other way is a  life of fulfilling all our pleasurable desires; living our best life now, miring in our sin, explaining it away and foolishly thinking the best is happening in there here and now.  

Jesus tells us this too; the narrow gate versus the wide gate.  The best life now philosophy is the wide gate Christ tells us about in Matthew 7 13 and 14 —  “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

So remember, the life that hates sin and love Christ and makes Him the center of our world, that is the life that does not perish, but the life that loves all the bad stuff out there in the world and mires and wallows in it, that is the road that leads to destruction.  The good news is, we all liked sin at one point, we all lived that bad life,  that bad life that takes down below, but we can do a U-turn and head the other way, the right way, Jesus’s way and we do that by trusting in the Gospel and declaring Christ as King, not just with words though, with actions too.  

February 18, 2022

Friday Devotional for February 18, 2022

Scary times for David in our Psalms today, keeping in mind here that David is being pursued by his enemies who are ready to devour him like a wild animal

Psa 17:11  They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground.

Psa 17:12  He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.

…so David is surrounded, has no where else to go, he is in the proverbial lion’s den or belly of the beast, there is no where to turn but up to God and that is when David asks God to save Him:

Psa 17:13  Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,

David is fully assured that God can and will humble David’s adversaries, another Bible story that gives us a similar narrative is Daniel in the lion’s den, God was with Daniel then and Daniel spent the whole night with ferocious lion’s, but God wouldn’t allow the lions to eat Daniel, after King Darius saw Daniel being spared by God, Darius sends Daniel’s accusers and their families into the lion’s den and they are devoured before they even land on the ground.  A great example of God delivering His children’s soul from the wicked with His mighty sword.  

February 17, 2022

Psalms 17 – Equating Boasting and Hard Heartedness With Wickedness

As David presses on in his prayer to God to protect David from his looming enemies David points out some of the wicked things that his enemies are up to and just generally wicked attributes of uncaring people

Psa 17:10  They have closed their unfeeling heart, With their mouth they speak proudly.

“They have closed their unfeeling heart” – this implies the wicked lack compassion or mercy.  So while the righteous have empathy, we see today that the wicked do not, they are hard hearted.  

Also the wicked like to boast, as outlined in today’s passage “with their mouth they speak proudly” in the wicked person’s own foolish minds they are their own gods, and boasting is basically self-worship, so rather than praise God, the wicked prefers to praise themselves.  

Social media can be a dangerous place for this type of stuff, the most viral posts and the hottest takes are usually full of self worship, “look at me, look at how great I am, look at what cool stuff I have”, all of that is based on boasting or self worship and as today’s Word tells us, it is the same thing that wicked people do.  In other words, sinful behavior that we as Christians are to avoid.  

February 16, 2022

Psalms 17:9 – Our Dependence On God For His Protection

A nice Psalm that we can arm ourselves with and lean upon when we are in dangerous territory:

Psa 17:9  Protect me from wicked people who attack me, from murderous enemies who surround me.

David likely wrote this Psalm when David was being hunted by his enemies, which happened multiple times in his life, Saul was chasing after him and then later David’s own son Absalom was trying to murder David.  

Chances are at one point in our lives we have been in a similar situation where we are attacked by wicked people, whether it is simply online, or in real life, wandering through the hood, or some crazy surly drunk wanders into our purview.  

But when it seems like the deck is stacked against us, and the odds are in the enemies, it also draws us closer to God.  When we are living largely unthreatened lives, we tend not to think about these things, but these circumstances that we can sometimes find ourselves in with nasty people remind us how dependent we actually are on God for His protection!  

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