The Lord Protects

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“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them

in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them – they are

counted as blessed in the land – he does not give them over to the desire

of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them

from their bed of illness. I said, ‘Have mercy on me Lord; heal me

for I have sinned against you.’ My enemies say of me in malice, ‘When

will he die and his name perish?’ When one of them comes to see me

he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out

and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me;

they imagine the worst for me…….

I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy

does not triumph over me.”

Psalm 41:1-7, 11

      

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The Lord is Great

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“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who long for your saving help

always say, ‘The Lord is great!’

Psalm 40:16

Here the psalmist is praising God, in a beautiful way, with a heart of trusting Him! Ain’t that so cool?

And in a very real sense he is also praying for other people, which is called intercession. He wants everyone that seeks God’s help to have an answer to their prayers that brings joy and rejoicing! Hallelujah!

And when we all give God credit for the great and wonderful things that happen in our lives, what does that do? People notice that don’t they? And suddenly, within our praise, our faith catches on to others. We can inspire people by simply declaring what God has done!

Lord God, thank you for the great things that take place in our lives. And as we pray for other people, may great things happen in their lives as well! Help us to be filled with faith as we praise you so we can be good witnesses for You. Hallelujah! And amen!

     

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I Desire to Do Your Will

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“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire – but my ears you have opened

burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come – it is written

about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will,

My God; your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 40:6-8

Here we see the psalmist do something very different, at least for his place and time. Remember it was God that set up the sacrificial system, involving animals. Yes, everything is very different now, but the sacrifice of animals in the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament) was never a man made invention.

Yet the psalmist says in this particular case, God was not interested in that! Instead his ears were opened, meaning he heard God or at least gained an understanding, that what God really wanted was the psalmist, and in particular his heart!

He turned his life, his heart to God. And these last two lines are also amazing. Having heard from God he now wants to turn his life into a life that does God’s will. It’s no longer something external. He even has God’s law in his heart!

Heavenly Father, thank for these verses that show us what Your desire is for us, that You want us to have a heart that seeks to do Your will. Strengthen our faith Lord God, and help us to walk day by day – closely with You! Amen.

      

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Songs of Joy

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“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades

you call forth songs of joy.”

Psalm 65:8

One of the most amazing things about being a faith based person, is that God gives us such wonderful joy!

When we are at peace, and grateful to the Lord, there is a fountain or the beauty of the mountains within us.

Think for a moment. What wonderful things has God done in your life?

Lord God, help us to remember Your goodness, and the joy You give us regardless of our circumstances!

Help us to praise You this weekend. Hallelujah!!

You are mighty and awesome Lord God!

    

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Deep Waters

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“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,

but one who has insight draws them out.”

Proverbs 20:5

What we ponder, and contemplate about our lives often goes very deep within us. Our self-image is part of this, but it goes beyond just what we think about ourselves. I think our purposes mentioned in this verse, also includes our motivations, our deep desires to be loved and accepted.

I have a photo here of the ocean, but a better illustration would be a well, especially considering the geography, and water sources for drinking at the time. Wells brought life to both livestock and people.

So, when we understand more about ourselves, of who we are now, and what our motivations should be, that is God at work giving us insight. And with insight we can draw out a Godly perspective and wisdom.

This reminds me of a verse in the Gospel of John, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

Isn’t God amazing?

Lord God thank you for so many verses like this that encourage us to look deeper. Help us to understand who we are and who we should be. Give us wisdom, lead us and guide us, and shape us more into the people You want us to be. Amen!!

     

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He Walked Faithfully

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“This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man,

blameless among the people

of his time, and he walked faithfully

with God.”

Genesis 6: 9

The reason Noah was chosen to build the ark, was because he was righteous, and he walked faithfully with God!

Noah and the ark is one of my favorite accounts of Bible history.

Now the word blameless does not mean he was without sin. It does mean though, that his relationship with God was right on target!

I can see him getting angry with his sons, as they were making the ark, (No not there! It goes over here!) but in his relationship with God he did what was right.

And walking faithfully is what God expects of us. We may not be perfect, but our hearts should continue to focus on Him!!

Are we walking faithfully?

Heavenly Father, help us to have our minds focused, and faithful to You! We trust in You Lord God. Amen.

     

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When You Seek Me

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“You will seek me and find me when you seek me

with all your heart. I will be found by you….”

Jeremiah 29:13, 14a

Jeremiah has often been called the “weeping prophet”. He prayed for his people, the people of Israel during a horrible time, when they had been taken captive and carried away to Babylon.

And yet God spoke to Jeremiah that the captivity would end! And he assured the prophet He can be found when we seek Him!

For us today, this should be tremendously encouraging. He had good things in store for the people at that time, and He has good things in store for us!

We can seek God and He will be found by us! Hallelujah!!

Heavenly Father thank you for this encouragement, that we can find You, and that You do hear our prayers. Help us through our struggles, and help us to have confidence, that we can trust in You, Our God! Amen.

     

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At Night His Song is With Me

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“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song

is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:8

Have you ever prayed and had the prayer shape itself into a song? Or maybe you’ve been singing, and a prayer or two escapes from your heart.

Praise and prayer often go together. Both seem to start within our being and are launched through our minds and spirits.

One thing to keep in mind about this psalm is that the psalmist is trying to cheer himself up! “Why so downcast o my soul?” He knows exactly how we often feel!

Ever had a tough year? Prayer can often lift us, and praising Him is often the answer for being down in the dumps. I know! I know this isn’t easy, but look at what took place in this verse. The psalmist dwells on God directing His love!

And he remembers that God is the God of His life, in spite of everything. That’s the beauty of surrender.

Lord God Almighty, encourage us when the tough times hit us hard. Help us to stay encouraged, and remind us how You love us. You are truly the God of our lives! Amen.

    

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Love and Justice

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“I will sing of your love and justice; to you Lord,

I will sing praise.”

Psalm 101:1

We often sing of God’s love, but did you know we can praise Him for His justice? Does this sound odd to you? Why would the Psalmist say such a thing?

Well for one thing, it is comforting to know that no bad people get away with anything! God, the Lord Almighty, is not some sweet Grandfather in heaven winking at all that goes wrong down here. Everyone is accountable.

And you know what? This confirms to us that God is completely trustworthy!

Lord God, we know that You see everything. Thank you for Your love and justice. Keep us walking with You, and help us to trust in You each day! Amen.

   

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He Delivered Me

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“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered

in shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him…..”

Psalm 34: 4-6a

Have you ever sought the Lord, and received an answer to your prayers? There is something amazing, and special, about God working in our hearts and lives.

Ok, now my face has not been radiant lately, how about yours? Is this just symbolic or a way of speaking? I’m not sure, but faith does give us a boost doesn’t it?

And when we have faith, there is a steady walking with him, and a distinct lack of shame, why is that? Because when we are faith walking or walking in faith, we ask forgiveness, and we keep moving forward!

There is absolutely no reason to be afraid. Hallelujah!

And I love how this portion ends. I called out to him – and He heard me. Awesome!

Heavenly Father thank you that you hear us when we call out to you! Thank you for answering our prayers. Keep us walking in faith, and focused. Hallelujah!

     

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