We Wait in Hope

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“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

even as we put our hope in you.”

Psalm 33: 20-22

We often think of God helping us, but have you ever thought of the Lord, as your shield? Kind of cool huh?

When we look at the next line, we see that God wants us to have our hearts rejoicing. The two lines are very much connected. When we are we rejoicing in God, He becomes our shield! Yay! He is our protector.

And here, our waiting in hope is that active trusting, and having faith in Him, that we’ve mentioned before.

And I love the prayer at the end, asking that His unfailing love be with us! Amen!

Lord God, these lines say it all. Help us to trust in you, with our hearts rejoicing. Be a shield for us Lord God, and may You be with us always. Amen!

     

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He Set My Feet on a Rock

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“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place

to stand.”

Psalm 40: 1, 2

In these beautiful verses God is showing us something of what it means to wait for Him. It’s not easy is it?

We are to wait patiently though. And waiting here does not mean a passive waiting, like waiting for a bus.

Waiting in these verses is more of an active waiting. It implies trusting in Him, and seeking Him!

And look at what happens when we do. We suddenly have a strong foundation.

And by the way, the slime and mire is not always a reference to our sins (although it sure can be).

This also speaks to circumstances that pull us down, causing injury to our spiritual life.

Lord God help us to daily trust in You! Help us to seek You and wait with our hearts filled with faith!! Amen.

 

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There is a River

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“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Psalms 46:4

So what is this river? Actually the river is not a what, but a Who! Water often symbolizes the Holy Spirit of God, and we sometimes forget the Holy Spirit is God Himself.

Ok, so the Holy Spirit makes the city of God glad, but where is this city? Which city? Well if we look further ahead in this verse we will discover the answer.

The city is where God Himself dwells. So where does God dwell now? Within each of our lives!! Wow, ain’t that so cool??

So the river is God flowing in us and through us, working in us, and yes making us glad!

Hallelujah!

Lord God, thank you for being in our hearts and lives. We praise you! And thank You for Your presence, Your Holy Spirit. Amen, and we say amen!!

     

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Give Thanks to Him

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise

his name. For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever…” Psalm 100: 4, 5a

Psalm 100 is one of those wonderful psalms that combines giving thanks to God and praising Him.

And if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. I love how being thankful to God fills our hearts with praise for Him!

Now many will be thankful, without acknowledging our Creator. Let’s not be too critical of them though.

Many of us were in the same place not too long ago, and maybe God is working in their lives more than we know or realize.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge You, and thank You from the bottom of our hearts. And we praise You Lord God! Hallelujah, and amen!!

    

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In the Secret Place

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“Whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High,

will rest

in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 

Isn’t it great to know that God is the all mighty? But what does it mean to dwell in in His secret place? 

There could be a few possibilities, but I think this is talking about prayer.

When we pray, only the Lord knows, what we pray for. This is especially true when we pour out our hearts.

And when we do, He stretches out His wings as a way of protecting, and blessing us within His shadow!

And He gives us beautiful rest! Praise the Lord God!

Heavenly Father, thank you for the secret place of prayer, where You protect us! Guide us and lead us in our daily lives. We trust in You! Amen.

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Teach Me Lord

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“Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it

to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep

your law and obey it with all my heart.”

Psalm 119: 33, 34

For those of us following the New Testament, we don’t talk much about decrees or law do we? In fact, we can often have a negative feeling about these types of terms.

And we often, in a good way, replace these terms in our minds with “God’s word”. We want to follow His directions, He is after all our Creator, and knows each one of us so well!

But remember the context here, there was at this time the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, also known as the books of Moses. The psalmist wanted to follow the laws of God.

Laws can be beneficial to us, to all of us. For instance, we have traffic laws and without them there would be complete chaos! So many people would get hurt.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow you and your ways, because You only want the best for us! Help us to do like the psalmist did, having a heart that says, “give me understanding, so that I can follow You!” Teach us Lord God. Amen.

    

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Give Thanks to the Lord

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

His love endures forever.”

Psalm 118: 29

Now we all know and can rejoice that God loves us. But we can also rejoice in the fact that He is good! Yes, and for sure.

Even more astounding is that His love endures forever! If there is anything stable and true in this world, it is that His love endures forever, and ever, and ever……times infinity! Yay!

Lord God You are good! Forgive us for doubting this sometimes. Help us to trust in You more, and to walk in Your ways filled with faith. Amen!

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Let the Earth Be Glad

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“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.”

Psalm 96: 11

Did you know the creation praises God? For sure it does, time and again the psalmist speaks of things like the trees clapping their hands, the fields being jubilant, the ocean rejoicing, and why?

Because God is in charge of everything, and He is good to us. I think the creation is also a symbol of our hearts, fruitful, thriving, and praising the One who made us all.

Praise the Lord of all! Heavenly Father, thank you that we can have joyful hearts, as we look to all that You are doing in our hearts and lives! Thank you for the beauty of creation. Help us to rejoice, even when times are tough. May all creation praise You. Amen!

    

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I Will Sing of Your Love and Justice

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

I will be careful to lead a blameless life……”

Psalm 101: 1, 2a

Sometimes we have the wrong impression about God don’t we? We can often think of Him only as a loving God, where is like a doting Grandfather, winking kindly if we do wrong. Nope, that ain’t it!

But sometimes well-meaning people can be too harsh! They can almost sound glad that God will judge those wicked sinners! That ain’t it either.

We are each accountable for the things we do in this life. God is both love and justice, in fact, the perfect balance of the two.

Here’s an example: What parent would be a good parent if we allowed our children to play in a busy street, where there are cars going back and forth? We keep them safe by giving them parameters to live by.

And notice the response of the psalmist here. He praises God and wants to live a blameless life. He is very much connected in his relationship to the Lord God.

Heavenly Father, help us to live for You, remembering You want the best for us! Amen, and amen!

    

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Even in Darkness, Light Dawns

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“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

for those who are gracious

and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who

are generous and lend freely,

who conduct their affairs with justice.”

Psalm 112: 4, 5

Wow, ain’t this so cool? One of the reasons I love the Psalms (in addition to the praise and magnifying of the Lord God) is the way they often focus on doing good.

In particular there is a focus on having compassion for others!

There is nothing here of saying a quick prayer, and now you’re ok with God.

A prayer to start with is good, but then we are to be filled with compassion and justice! Yes!!

So does your faith teach you to lend freely and conduct your affairs with justice?

Heavenly Father help us to have a strong faith, caring for others and having compassion! May our lives reflect more of who You are!! Amen, and let it be so.

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