Archive | April 2015

Psalm 19

The heavens, the skies, the sun, moon and stars tell about God’s perfection. Perfect construction, perfect placement, perfect timing. They speak 24 hours a day, every day, in a language everyone can understand – the language of beauty and inspiration.

God’s law is as perfect as His sky. God’s law perks me up and gives me refreshment. God’s statutes are trustworthy – they don’t change and can be believed completely. By following them, even the most simple-minded person becomes wise. By following God’s precepts, we know we are right and that brings us joy – deep down joy. God’s commands shine like the sun and are reflected in us and through us when we obey. Obeying Him makes us pure. His love and life last forever.

The Bible is more precious than gold, sweeter than honey – better than the best. The more time we spend in the Word, the better we are at discerning our errors and finding our hidden faults. The more time we spend in the Word, the closer in fellowship we are to God, and the better we hear Him when He speaks. The more time we spend in the Word, the more God’s will becomes our will and the less we sin. The more time we spend in the Word, the more God’s words become our words. The more God’s thoughts become our thoughts. The more God’s love becomes our love.

Psalm 18

Help me to love You. Help me to let go and give You my all. To You and to everyone I meet.

God is my strength. Yesterday I ran and worked from 6 am until 9:30 pm. The only difference between yesterday and any other day was my attitude. I relied on Your energy and kept out the negative thoughts.

God is my rock. My solid base that will not crumble. God is my fortress, my shelter that no one can penetrate. God is my deliverer. He delivers me from bad attitudes, low energy and laziness. God is my refuge. When life gets too harried, I can go and rest and hide in Him. Better to hide in God than the TV.

God is my shield. He protects me from Satan’s arrows of temptation and discouragement. He protects me from negative thoughts and attitudes. He protects me. Unlike a human shield though, God is not heavy to carry. All I have to do is keep His word in my heart.

God is the horn of my salvation. God is the strength of my salvation. He is like the strong horn of a mighty, fighting bull. Not only is God my shield, He fights for me as well. And no one messes with a bull! My strength and energy come from Him. Thank You Abba! Thank You!

God is my stronghold. When I trust in Him, no one can harm me. I have plenty of supplies to outlast the enemy. As long as I stay within God’s stronghold, His will, no real harm can come to me. Help me, Abba, to call on You more often and don’t let me wait until I’m practically overrun by the enemy.

Reach down from on high, Abba. Take hold of me. Draw me out of the deep waters of depression. Draw me out of the deep waters of negative thinking. Draw me out of the deep waters of indecision. Draw me out of the deep waters of fear. Draw me out of the deep waters of laziness. Draw me out of the shallow waters of my faith.

The Lord is my support. Just as a towel supports my back when I exercise, the Lord is my support when I exercise my faith.

God brought me out into a spacious place – country living. Spacious places. Lots of room to exercise faith. God rescues me because He delights in me. God delights in me. He created me unique and He is proud of and pleased with His creation. It is time to fulfil His purpose.

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness and rewarded me according to the cleanness of my hands. But this is Old Testament, B.C. Before Christ. Salvation depends on trust in Jesus. But heavenly rewards? Heavenly rewards depend upon my righteousness and cleanness – on how close I live in God’s will. Earthly rewards come to bring glory to His name. Earthly trials come not to punish, but to strengthen and bring glory to His name.

Keep my lamp burning, Lord. And help me to bring it out from under my bushel of selfishness.

With God’s help, I can advance against a whole troop of negative attitudes. With my God, I can scale all the walls I’ve put up around me. I can also scale the walls others put up. With God, I can overcome all my enemies.

Insights from Psalm 16

Psalm 16:2 “I said to Yahweh, ‘You are my Adonai. Without You, I have nothing good.’”

How true, that without You, I have nothing good. You are the only one who can bring good out of life. You are the only one who can bring good out of bad. You bring good just by being available to bring us through. You bring joy and peace to us no matter what the situation is.

It is also true that with You, I have everything good. With You, I am well-equipped and have everything I need. Everything in my life is according to Your plan. “No good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11) – in other words, those who walk with You. Just as in creation You said everything was good, everything in my life is working out according to Your plan and therefore, is good.

How I wish the first part of the statement was as true as the second. I wish I could fully and wholeheartedly say, “You are my Adonai”. I must work on making You my owner, master, superior. I must work on being more respectful. I must do the first part, and believe the second.

Psalm 16: 5-6 “Yahweh is my inheritance and my cup. You are the one who determines my destiny. Your boundaries mark out pleasant places for me. Indeed, my inheritance is something beautiful.” (GWT)

God is my inheritance. I’ve inherited from deceased relatives. Earthly, temporal things. I inherited traits and character from my parents. Mamma’s hair, Daddy’s eyes. Mama’s never give up or get even attitude. Daddy’s negativism, isolation and distrust.

God has a different kind of inheritance for me. First of all, heaven, my future home. Second, a spiritual inheritance. The traits and character of Jesus imparted to me through the Holy Spirit: the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, generosity, faithfulness, meekness, gentleness, discipline and self-control. A rich, everlasting inheritance.

God is my cup. A cup hold liquid or a treasure (rings). A cup in David’s day held wine, the liquid need to sustain a healthy life. A cup holds blessings as well. The cup of the covenant, Christ’s blood and the cup of salvation.

God is the one who determines my destiny. Every event in my life, every circumstance pre-approved by God, arranged by God. God has an end result planned out for me. He knows where He wants me to be and how He’s going to get me there.

God has marked out boundary lines for me. I can only go so far. Others can only come so far. His boundary lines mark out my special place, and it’s a very special place designed just for me.

Indeed, my inheritance is something beautiful. What God has prepared for me and what He’s given me so far touches my heart and spirit deeply and tenderly. No one on earth has done for me what God has done. No one has cared for me as much as God has and does.

Good Friday/Resurrection Meditation

Jesus knew when He chose the disciples that Judas would betray him, Peter would deny Him, and all would desert Him. Yet, He still chose them, still invested in them, still served and loved them. Jesus knew and God knew that we would be miserable followers and disobedient children, but that didn’t stop Jesus from dying on the cross for us or God from creating us.

When people are disappointed in other people, they tend to distance themselves from those who have disappointed them. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit don’t though. We distance ourselves from Them when we think we’ve disappointed Them, but They do not move away from us.

We are disappointed when people fail to live up to our expectations. Our expectations for and about other people usually have a selfish motive at heart – something they do that will benefit us. The Trinity knows we are sinful creatures. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit do not expect us to be perfect because They know we can’t be. Knowing who and what we are, is it possible They are never disappointed in us?

I checked in Strong’s Concordance (Expanded and Exhaustive) and couldn’t find a verse about God or Jesus being disappointed in us – saddened by our actions and rejection, yes, but not disappointed. Saddened because They know the consequences of unrepented sins. Saddened by sin and failure, but still loving the sinner fully and completely. Love so great and so perfect, it can’t be disappointed because Their love for us doesn’t contain a single selfish motive. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit only desire what is best for us and what is best for us is to confess, repent, believe and follow. What’s best for us is to bask and joy in Their boundless love.

Psalm 22 – An Easter Meditation

God has forsaken David – at least that’s how David felt when he wrote this. God forsook Jesus on the cross. Sometimes it feels as if God has forsaken us. God feels far away. No help is seen. He doesn’t seem to hear our cries.

Yet God is still God. We need to still trust Him to deliver us even when He doesn’t seem to be around. We must remember that He is still working. We will not be disappointed if we wait.

The psalmist was mocked (verse 8). Jesus was mocked (Matthew 27:43). We will be mocked. Non-believers will not understand our trust. When hard times come, we will truly be alone. But God made us from conception and guides our every step.

In the original Hebrew, what is translated as cries, or groaning, is actually “roaring”. Jesus roared, but His roaring and His deliverance before the cross were as far apart as the east is from the west. This was so that God could remove our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The one and only time on earth there was no hope of deliverance for one of God’s children, it happened to God’s own Son and not one of us.