You Lord are Mighty

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“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?

You Lord are mighty, and your faithfulness

surrounds you. You rule over

the surging sea; when its waves

mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89: 8, 9

Here is some of that wonderful praise language I mentioned yesterday. Did you know too, that God’s faithfulness surrounds Him? And of course, there is no one like Him!

Notice too that God rules over the surging sea. Have you ever been in rough waters, metaphorically? I have! Sometimes life tosses us around and we feel beaten up.

But He stills the surging sea! And He will bring calm into your life too.

Heavenly Father, thank you that we can focus on You, Your glory and majesty, and be encouraged. And we know that You are all powerful. We praise you. Please calm our storms in this life. Amen!

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

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The Victory of His Majesty

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In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth,

humility and justice; let your right hand

achieve awesome deeds.

Psalm 45: 4

Aren’t the Psalms amazing in how they praise God? The words chosen by the Psalmist lift up God so high, and so beautifully. And frequently we see prayers asking God for protection, and victory over His enemies.

When we read the Psalms, we are drawn into the praise and rejoicing. And we focus on how majestic God is, how amazing, how far above this messed up world He is.

And do we have enemies today? Yes, but not people. Our enemies are fear, hate, anger and so many other things that are destructive.

Lord God, thank you that when we focus on the Psalms, our hearts can be drawn into Your majesty, your victory! Continue to work in our hearts, and help us to praise you, even in difficult times. May there be victory in praising You!

     

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I Will Not Be Shaken

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“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night

my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always

on the Lord. With Him at my right hand

I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16: 7,8

When times are tough, is often the right time to praise the Lord, even when we don’t feel like it!

But notice also, the Psalmist is saying how he keeps his eyes on the Lord. In other words, he is not ruled by his circumstances, and he is trusting the One who made him.!

And notice the result – he has confidence now that God is with him, and he will not be shaken. Everything is going to work out for the best.

Lord God thank you for being there for us, each and every day. Help us to focus on you, and not our circumstances. We trust in you Lord, so strengthen our faith. Amen.

     

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Resting in the Shadow

 

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“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalm 91:1

    

What a wonderful beginning to a wonderful Psalm! Did you know that when we follow Him, love Him, and trust in Him, we are very much dwelling in His shelter??

And dwelling in God’s shelter, brings much needed rest to our spirits. Resting in His shadow is an expression here of the peace of God, His protection, and blessing. He watches over us, and we are under His wings.

And I love the expressions in this verse, that He is the “Most High”, and the “Almighty.” When we say things like that, our confidence in who God is, gets boosted! He really is the Most High, and there is no one mightier than Him!

Heavenly Father thank You for who You are, and that you watch over us, and that we can rest in You. And that we can have complete confidence in You, and in Your power and protection! Amen!

   

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The Eyes of the Lord

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“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are attentive

to their cry;

but the face of the Lord

is against those who do evil…”

Psalm 34: 15, 16a

Now the first thing about this verse that I want to mention is, the word “righteous” does not mean self-righteous! We should never be proud of how holy or great we are. That’s called the sin of pride.

Righteous in this sense, means those who are humbly following Him. We are the redeemed, and did you know that His eyes are on us, watching over us?

And because we humbly follow Him, He hears our prayers!

Ain’t that cool?!

Lord God, thank You for loving us, watching over us, and listening to our prayers. Help us to be humble followers of You. Amen!

      

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His Love Endures Forever

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:29

This very famous verse is so powerful, because it reminds us to give thanks to Him, and that He is good! In our crazy, mixed up world, this portion refocuses our minds on the goodness of God, and on the goodness of His love enduring forever, and ever, and ever!!!

Ain’t that so cool?!!

We praise You our God, help us to always dwell on Your goodness, especially in the tough times. Amen!!

 

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Your Word is a Lamp

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.”

Psalm 119: 105, 106

    

One of the reasons I love the Psalms is you can really sense the heart of the Psalmist. He frequently asks God to teach him His ways.

And here we see a guy sold out, so intent on following our Creator that he takes an oath to follow Him and His ways.

Heavenly Father help us to have the kind of faith that actively seeks You, and that seeks to know You better. We love You God, help us to live for You. Amen.

     

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He Showed Me the Wonders of His Love

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“Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders

of his love

when I was in a city under siege.”

Psalm 31: 21

   

Wow, have you ever felt like you were in a city being attacked on every side? Some days can be like that, and it may not be a matter of people attacking, but things can go so terribly wrong. For example, you’re late for work, and the car won’t start, and the dog just threw up and needs to be taken to the vet!

But look at how God responds to us. In these really tough moments, He showed the Psalmist the wonders of His love! Wow, is that cool or what??

Father God You know how we need you in those moments that things are falling apart around us. Thank you My God, that You are right there in the midst of these times. Please encourage us, and help us by giving us a calm spirit, and wisdom on how to deal with it. Amen and amen!

    

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Praise the Lord All You Nations

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“Praise the Lord all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness

of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 117

  

Is it really God’s will that all peoples praise Him? Yes!! And Amen. Now that doesn’t mean you have to believe the way I believe, or even sit in a church with wooden pews during worship.

I love the fact, that in many parts of the world worship is much different than my own. In many parts of Asia people sit on grass mats, and the music may be much different. I love the sounds I’ve heard on Asian musical instruments.

And at the end of all things – we will be there shoulder to shoulder, every tribe, language, and nation! Hallelujah!

Lord God, help us all to worship You, and to value the culture and traditions of other peoples. Amen.

     

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Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

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“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;

praise his holy name. For his anger

lasts only a moment, but his favor

lasts a lifetime; weeping

may stay for the night,

but rejoicing comes

in the morning.”

Psalm 30: 4, 5

    

One of the wonderful things about the Psalms is that they are so real, speaking to us many times as if they know what we are going through.

There are times of weeping but fortunately they are brief, and in the end…..there is rejoicing!

Heavenly Father, thank You that You see the big picture. Help us not to worry, but to trust You, and even sing songs in the midst of the storms of our lives. Amen.

   

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