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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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 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.

Remember that we are the people you chose long ago,     the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!     And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth.

O God, why have you rejected us so long?
    Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?
Remember that we are the people you chose long ago,
    the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!
    And remember Jerusalem,[b] your home here on earth.
Walk through the awful ruins of the city;
    see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.

There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries;
    there they set up their battle standards.
They swung their axes
    like woodcutters in a forest.
With axes and picks,
    they smashed the carved paneling.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground.
    They defiled the place that bears your name.
Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!”
    So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.

We no longer see your miraculous signs.
    All the prophets are gone,
    and no one can tell us when it will end.
10 How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you?
    Will you let them dishonor your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your strong right hand?
    Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.

12 You, O God, are my king from ages past,
    bringing salvation to the earth.
13 You split the sea by your strength
    and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan[c]
    and let the desert animals eat him.
15 You caused the springs and streams to gush forth,
    and you dried up rivers that never run dry.
16 Both day and night belong to you;
    you made the starlight[d] and the sun.
17 You set the boundaries of the earth,
    and you made both summer and winter.

18 See how these enemies insult you, Lord.
    A foolish nation has dishonored your name.
19 Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves.
    Don’t forget your suffering people forever.

20 Remember your covenant promises,
    for the land is full of darkness and violence!
21 Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again.
    Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.

22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause.
    Remember how these fools insult you all day long.
23 Don’t overlook what your enemies have said
    or their growing uproar.  Psalm 74

The writer of Psalm 74 appeals to the Lord that He would move in their midst.  He reminds the Lord of the covenant that God established with Israel and is asking the Lord to move mightily in their midst.  To bring healing and restoration.  God has given us the opportunity to seek His face and we should never treat it lightly.  He not only hears the prayers of His people but He moves greatly when His people pray.

The writer speaks of the enemy’s battle cry and smashing the sanctuary of the Lord.  The writer is pointing to what the enemy has done is asking the Lord to move because of the wickedness of the enemy.  We today can still pray for the justice and righteousness of God.  But the enemy we face is not flesh and blood.  The enemy we face is a spiritual enemy who is already defeated.  We must remember to fix our eyes upon Jesus in all and every circumstance.

The writer speaks of God’s miraculous power being absent from Israel and the absence of the prophets.  He is asking the Lord to move mightily with His strong right hand.  Many times when we are waiting upon the Lord it can be very difficult.  But God will move in His perfect time and in the waiting He is doing a deep work in our hearts.

The writer many of the great things God has done and God has accomplished.  Because of this he knows that his request of the Lord to move mightily on behalf of Israel is not only possible but something the Lord can easily accomplish.  Where he is struggling is why the Lord is not moving right away.  Why does it seem that God is distant and absent?  He is not distant and absent, He is merely preparing the way for His will.  That work begins in our hearts.

The writer continually reminds the Lord of His covenant with Israel.  He asks that the Lord would not forget the poor and the down trodden.  There are times when it seems that the wicked prosper and that the Lord is absent.  But God’s will and His timing are sovereign.  Many times they are outside our understanding and therefore we must simply trust the Lord by faith.  He will move and He has simply called us to seek Him.  His will will be accomplished.

Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.  Psalm 130:5

Waiting on the Lord can be difficult, uncomfortable, and hard.  There is a deep work that takes place in our hearts as we wait upon the Lord.  Our faith and trust continues to grow deeper as we wait upon the Lord for His timing and His promise.  God is always faithful and His timing is always perfect.  But this is very difficult because He often doesn’t tell us when something will happen.  What I have found as I have waited on the Lord and continue to wait upon Him is that He simply continues to lead me to His word.

He leads me to examples in His word of people who have had to wait upon Him.  He leads me to promises in His word that He is faithful and will complete what He has begun in us by His grace and His power.  But this journey is all about growing in Him and becoming more and more like Him.  This only happens as patience is developed in our lives and patience is also known as long suffering. Often times for patience to be developed in a life of a person they must be willing to suffer for a long period of time.

Suffering is never enjoyable while we are going through it, but there is a purpose behind it.  Those our Father loves He prunes and that pruning process can be very painful and uncomfortable.  But we must be willing to yield and surrender our hearts to the Lord and His will.  One of the most difficult things in our Christian journey is surrendering our hearts and lives to the will of God.  God is faithful and fulfill every promise and plan.  But waiting upon Him for His timing and His way can be hard but is always designed with a purpose.

And all His work is done in faithfulness

For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord.

Psalm 33:4-5 NASB

The Lord is faithful.  He is faithful to fulfill every plan and purpose according to His sovereign will.  There are times during our journey with the Lord that we can feel as if we have been forgotten or abandoned.  But it is in the most difficult moments that God is doing His greatest work.

God’s greatest desire is to produce within us His nature and His character.  When we are born into this world we are born into sin and bondage.  We are enslaved to sin and we are driven to fulfill the selfish and wicked desires that exist within us.  But when we come to Jesus our hearts and lives are set free from the curse of sin and death.

As we walk with Christ each day and seek His face through prayer and the study of His word, our lives are transformed from the inside out.  The deepest works of God in the life of a person when the work is taking place is not noticed by those on the outside, but for the person being transformed the process at times is painful and challenging.

For Jesus compared the Christian journey to carrying one’s cross.  This journey can not be accomplished in our own strength.  It is in the place of process that we learn to die to ourselves and learn to rely fully upon the Lord.  The maturation process in Christ is one in which we simply learn to live each day fully relying upon God.

In every moment, no matter how big or small we learn to fully trust the Lord.  The greatest thing we can do is simply abide in Him each day.  As we draw near and seek Him our hunger for Him will continue to grow and overtake our heart.  We will become obsessed with Him and the pursuit of His kingdom.  May we focus our hearts each day upon the Lord and meditate daily upon His word.