Psalms

Blessed

Earlier this week, I began working my way through the Psalms. Psalm 1 is one of my favorites. Want to be blessed? This Psalm has some wisdom to share toward that end.

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalms 1:1-6)

Take a few minutes to ponder what the Psalmist wrote:

  • How is one blessed?
  • What is the outcome of the one who is blessed?
  • What is the outcome of the wicked?
  • What one big idea stands out to you from this Psalm?
  • How might the Lord want you to apply this Psalm in your life?

Maranatha (Come Lord!)

Close to Stumbling

Have you ever been envious of someone who seems to always be on top no matter who they run over, or who are arrogant or wealthy? The Psalmist was and, as a result, he almost stumbled.

“But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Ps 73:2-3)

The Psalmist pondered this incongruity compared to some of his own experience. His perspective was of this world. (Ps. 73:4-16). He almost stumbled. This persisted until he looked at the Lord, Almighty. The ​Psalmist says, “Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.” (Ps. 73:17)

This gave him an eternal perspective. He writes, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Ps. 73:25-26)

The Apostle Paul says it this way, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

So are you tempted to stumble? Take a moment to reflect on Who is the ultimate authority and what He has done for you.

Maranatha

Strength in Difficult Times

David had years of great difficulty. He was pursued by King Saul as an outlaw though he had done no wrong. He protected the weak and did not take advantage of others while he was on the run. How did he cope? What was his secret?

Psalm 28 gives us a glimpse (other Psalms do as well). He writes, “To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.” (Ps. 28:1-2) Simply put, David prayed and told the Lord his plight.

David affirmed and declared his trust in the Lord. He writes, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” (Ps. 28:7)

In these days of a new reality, there are many fears, dangers, and pitfalls all around us. We can hardly go out of our homes without something to be concerned about. Let us do as David did, call to our Rock and trust in His protection.

Take a minute to share as many concerns as you have. Then affirm your trust in our Rock and thank Him that He hears.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)

How Long Lord?

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“How long Lord? How long Lord? How long Lord? How long Lord? (Psalm 13:1-2)

Four times the Psalmist writes of his complaint, loneliness, sorrow and humiliation.

There are times in my life when I feel the Lord is a thousand miles away and He has forgotten about me or my situation. In some of these times, my  only consolation is to go to the Word, usually the Psalms, and find a Psalm that reflects my situation and follow the Psalmist’s lead to a conclusion.

In this Psalm, David chose to trust the Lord anyway. He writes, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:5-6).

How does this Psalm speak to you? Thank the Lord that He is faithful and always there to listen.

Maranatha,
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