The heavens declare the glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. – Psalm 19:1-2 NIV

God has revealed His glory in His creation. When we stop and simply observe all that God has created it is incredible. He has spoken all things into existence. The Lord will continually teach us about His kingdom through His creation.

There are some who would look at the beauty of creation and reject the existence of God. But people are without excuse. His beauty and glory surrounds us on a daily basis. The more we draw near and seek Him, the more we simply become consumed by Him. May our whole hearts be given to the Lord. May we desire to simply glorify and honor His name.

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Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His loving kindness

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18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His loving kindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:18-19

To fear the Lord means to reverently worship and live for Him each day. It doesn’t mean that we live in terror of the Lord because those who fear Him are those who truly have come to know His love and His grace.

Everything God does in our lives is because He loves us and wants what is best for us. There are times when He closes doors and allows difficult circumstances because He knows and understands what He is accomplishing is our lives.

He protects and watches over those who serve Him with their whole heart. It is impossible to experience all that the Lord has for us if we fail to walk in obedience to the Lord and seek Him. Those who simply treat God like some genie that they only cry out to when they want something fail to understand Him and fail to truly know Him.

The Lord has promised to meet our every need. Even in the midst of a famine the Lord would still provide our every need. He is our good Father and Shepherd. He holds all things in His hands and nothing is too difficult for Him. May we seek and cry out to Him daily. May we commit our whole heart unto Him. He is returning soon and is calling us to remove anything from our lives that would hinder our relationship with Him.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you

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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?  Psalm 56:3-4

The Lord is our light and our salvation.  He is our rock and our fortress.  He is our sword and our shield.  We have nothing to fear. Often times in life as we walk with Christ we can face circumstances and situations which will test us and stretch us.  If we simply focus on the situation without seeing it through the eyes of the Lord, we can become filled with fear.

But when we view all things from God’s perspective we see He is simply in control.  He can work in any situation and circumstance and use it for our good and our glory.  He chose us before the foundation of the world and He has designed and ordered our every step.  Nothing is a surprise to Him and nothing with Him happens by accident or chance.  Everything is on purpose for an eternal purpose.  He has simply put us on this earth to bring glory and honor to His name.  May we fix our eyes upon the Lord Jesus Christ and prepare our hearts for His soon coming.

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him

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17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.  Psalm 103:17-18

The Lord’s love is everlasting and eternal.  His love and mercy is lavish upon those who love Him and walk in obedience to His word.  Our relationship with God is one that is based upon a covenant that was established through the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ.  To be able to be brought under this covenant requires a person to place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

The door of salvation is open to all people.  When a person is confronted with the truth of Jesus Christ it requires them to make a decision.  For those who receive and accept Jesus their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life because their sins have been forgiven.  But for those who reject Jesus and reject Him throughout their life time, they will spend an eternity separated from God because they have no answer to their sin.

God’s love is far greater than we will ever understand.  He simply desires to pour His love out upon us.  We have been created in His image and He has created us with plan and purpose.  He has created us with destiny.  As we come to know Him and walk closely with Him, we come to discover who we are and why we are here.  May we draw near and abide daily in Him.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.  Psalm 51:1-2

It is to the grace and mercy of God that we appeal.  Because of His grace and mercy He has chosen to forgive us and send His Son to die in our place.  Jesus came to take the punishment and wrath that we deserve.  Because of sin in our lives it is only the precious blood of Jesus that can cleanse us from our sin.

In Christ our sins are washed away forever.  When we come into relationship with Jesus His righteousness is placed upon us and when we draw near to the Father the only thing that remains is the righteousness of Jesus.  This is why we are able to draw near to the Lord with confidence.  In Christ fear no longer fills our heart because we come to know the unconditional and eternal love of God.

 

For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety

In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.  Psalms 4:8

The peace of God is tangible.  It is not something that is understood by the world.  When our faith and trust is placed in Jesus Christ we know that the Lord walks with us where ever we go and He prepares every step.  No matter what we face in this life the Lord will work all things together for our good.  He uses all things to shape and mold our lives.  He uses all things to grow and deepen our faith.  But the key is abiding in Christ each day.  As we spend the beginning of our day in the study of God’s word and prayer our hearts and minds are fixed upon the Lord.

 

 

Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.  Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is our Shepherd.  He leads and guides us each day one step at a time.  He provides for everything that we need.  As we abide in Him and we seek Him each day He fills us with His peace and His presence.  He prepares every step.

In Him we have nothing to fear.  There are so many in the world today who simply live in fear and uncertainty.  They spend their lives pursuing the lust of the flesh and in the end their lives are left with darkness and emptiness.

David was a man after God’s own heart.  He was a man of worship who spent his life drawing near to the Lord.  He was not perfect, but through everything his heart was committed to the Lord.  If we desire to walk in obedience and holiness it only happens as we abide in the Lord each day and seek Him with our whole heart.

Psalm 139:23-24

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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

As the Psalmist is writing these words he is asking the Lord to search his inner most workings.  When we are walking in right relationship with the Lord we will desire for God to search our hearts.  If we are truly walking in obedience there is nothing that we will hide from the Lord.

Our desire will be for the Lord and His kingdom.  We will desire to use our lives and our decisions on a daily basis to glorify and honor the Lord.  But if we do have areas in our lives that need to be corrected the Holy Spirit will convict our hearts and we must heed and respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

In our lives we will naturally have anxious thoughts because from time to time our eyes may get focused on circumstances and any time our eyes are taken off the Lord anxiety, worry, and fear will naturally creep in.  But when our minds and hearts are stayed upon the Lord we will experience the peace of God in all that we do.

May we this day desire to be vulnerable before the Lord and walk in deep intimacy with Him.  May we desire to know Him in greater ways and simply use our lives for His glory.  Our time on this earth is but a breath compared to eternity.  May we be obedient as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 73:25-26

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 NKJV

As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ our hearts desire becomes the Lord.  Jesus becomes our obsession and our passion.  This is why those who stand outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ can’t understand.  Those who follow after the world and its desires see those who follow Jesus Christ as simply fools.

But as we seek the Lord each day our lives are transformed.  Our eyes and our hearts are open to the deep things of who God is and His kingdom.  This relationship with Jesus Christ is all about coming to know Him intimately.  He desires to share the depths of His heart with us and as we draw near each day our understanding of who He is and His kingdom continues to increase.  The Lord simply takes us from glory to glory.

Commit your way to the Lord

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.  Psalm 37:5-6

There is great blessing in committing our way to the Lord.  Committing our way to the Lord means that we willingly surrender our lives to the will of Almighty God.  There is great peace in simply trusting the Lord.  Too many times we try to control everything, but God is simply calling us to let go and trust Him in all things.

The Lord will always have His way in our lives.  Many times when we have been wronged in life we sometimes think that God has forgotten us and abandoned us.  But He has an exact time when He will move.  But trusting the Lord can be hard because it requires that we live by faith and not by sight.

As we trust the Lord we develop deep intimacy with Him.  We come to know Him in a much deeper way and He begins to transform our lives from the inside out.  He has given us His word and He has given us the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  May we fix our hearts and minds upon Jesus this day and be obedient to all that the Lord leads us to do.