Psalm 2:4-5

August 20, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 2:4-5 “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, ‘I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.’”

The nations conspire, the peoples plot, the kings take their stand, and rulers gather together, all because we live under the misguided idea that we have ultimate power. We have this idea that we are in charge. We are not. Rulers, monarchs can sit on their thrones here on the earth. God rules from heaven. He sits on THE throne.

God rebukes in His anger and terrifies in His wrath because He has installed HIS KING and we have ignored, mocked, plotted against, and taken our stand against Him.

A good question to ask is why does He even allow us to exist?

The answer can only be His great grace.

Lord, thank You that in my foolish wanderings, my feeble attempts to gain status and power and prestige, You show me grace and patience. I don’t want to see the side that rebukes in anger or terrifies in wrath.

Psalm 2:2-3

August 17, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 2:2-3 “The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their chains, and throw off their shackles.’”

Isn’t that exactly the world we live in today?

We hear things like:

“Religion has no place in politics.”

“Separation of church and state…”

“I’m not a religious person.”

“You can’t pray in school.”

The world cries out to be left alone, separated from any kind of relationship with the Lord.

Every person has a choice. But if we choose to be left alone, hell is very far from the presence of God.

Father, please wake up kings, rulers, the people of our world to the absolute undeniable truth of Your Wordand the beauty of a relationship with You. 

 

Psalm 2:1-2

August 16, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 2:1-2 “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying…”

I heard a TV talk show personality announce her lack of belief. “I’m not a woman of faith.”

I had to ask myself why?

Why would someone not believe something that to me seems so evident?

I get that she doesn’t have eyes to see the evidence. I understand the bias that says we came from nothing, are nothing, and leave the world with nothing.

I’m just so glad I don’t live there.

I believe because archaeology confirms the Bible.

I believe because the Bible itself is a miraculous life changing book. Forty plus authors over 1500 years, all different backgrounds, all different locations and yet one message. God would and did send His Son to redeem the earth.

I believe because creation cries out that there is a Creator. The design, the intricacy, the irreducible complexity, the life that is everywhere screams of a Creator.

I believe because of entropy. The second law of thermodynamics says everything moves from order to chaos. Evolution says the world defied that law and moved from chaos to order. If it did where is that evidence?

I believe because the order and pattern in the world is exquisite. The Fibonacci pattern itself shows up over and over and over again. From the bones in our hands, to the petals on a flower, to the shape of the chambered nautilus, to the spiraling of the stars, we see it is not random, but repeated.

I believe because of the genealogies in the Bible. At first glance, they appear as just a list of names. Not so. When we look at the meanings in the names a message appears.

I believe the Bible is the Word of God because it is.

And yet the Psalm says whole nations stand together against God and His anointed, Jesus.

God, thank You, that when I ask, You give me eyes to see.

Psalm 1:6

August 15, 2018 — Leave a comment

And now, drum roll please, verse 6 of this beautiful Psalm: “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”

God is watching over the way of the righteous. God is directing the lives of those who follow Him.

Every step I take, every breath I breathe, every moment of every day is watched over by the Lord. He sees. He knows. He cares.

Isn’t that amazing, comforting, restful, and an incredible blessing?

The way of the wicked? They’re on their own trajectory. They have their own path and it is leading to destruction.

Two choices. To me it seems obvious which path I want to be on.

“Lord, thank You that I can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You are watching, hovering over every step I take. You’re like the parent right behind the little toddler waiting to catch me if I start to fall. That is blessing beyond my ability to grasp. I will walk in that today. Thank You for the blessing of Psalm 1.”

 

Psalm 1:5

August 14, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 1:5 “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.”

Has there ever been a time in your life when you heard about an event that everyone was invited to, but your name wasn’t included on the guest list? You weren’t invited to the party. It stings. The hurt is pretty profound. You try to figure out what you did to get disqualified from the guest list.

Well, here God tells us what keeps us from the assembly of the righteous. The answer is that we disqualify ourselves. We all fall into the wicked, sinner category. If we stay there, if we don’t move into the redeemed, saved, born again category, then we totally miss the best celebration ever given in the most amazing place ever created. We will miss dwelling in the presence of Almighty God.”

It boils down to this: we are all invited, but it’s my choice to say, “Yes.”

“Lord, I want You. I choose You. You died in my place. You conquered my death. I choose you. I want Your righteousness to cover me.”

 

Psalm 1:4 continued

August 13, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 1: 4 “Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.”

Chaff is fluff, the papery shells off wheat or other grain. The breeze catches it and blows it away. It is used as fodder for animals, or burned in a trash heap.

If I don’t know the Lord, then my life is really worthless, no purpose or direction.

This first Psalm in the entire book begins with two paths, two roads. One is like a tree planted by streams of water. The roots grow deep. It blossoms and then yields fruit. This tree has staying power. It leads to prosperity and blessing.

The other path leads to emptiness, worthlessness, and destruction.

There really are only two paths in life. I stand at the fork in the road and the choice is mine.

The person who is planted firmly has staying power. That person leaves a legacy.

The person who doesn’t know the Lord, floats away.

“Lord I want my life to count, not to be blown away like chaff, but to have the next generations be changed because of how I lived today, walking with You.”

 

Psalm 1:4

August 10, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 1:4 “Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.”

Who are the wicked?

In reality aren’t we all wicked? Doesn’t every one of us have stuff in our lives we know we did wrong and wish with every fiber of our being that we could erase? One sinful act, even one sinful thought puts us in the category of sinner, wicked, separated from God and under the curse of death.

But it doesn’t need to stay that way. There is an answer to our sin dilemma.

The only cure for death is life. Nothing else can bring death to its knees and lift its awful curse.

Jesus is LIFE. He’s the cure. He’s the Answer to my being in the wicked category. When I know Him, He removes the sting of death and the stigma of sin and wickedness. I am no longer wicked, but saved, free, cleansed, washed, redeemed, and a whole lot more adjectives that tell of all that He has done for me.

Okay, I am pretty sure that is the biggest blessing and the greatest of all prosperity.

Lord, today I choose You. Put Your life in me. Remove the sting of death, the name of sinner and the curse of wickedness.

Psalm 1:3 continued

August 9, 2018 — Leave a comment

Now this next part is very profound. The last sentence of Psalm 1:3 says: “…whatever they do prospers.”

Wait. What?

Whatever someone does prospers?

Those are big words; it is an incredible statement. Those words have huge implications for my life, but that is what this passage says. Whatever he does prospers and don’t we all want to prosper? So, a key to prosperity in my life is delighting in and meditating on the Word of God.

That is amazing. Now let’s examine the implications.

Does that mean I will move up in my job, have lots of money, and big houses, and a really nice car? I think it could possibly mean that, but we need a word of caution: God is God. He knows what ultimately will prosper me. We don’t always see prosperity through the same eyes as God does. Money, cars, houses may not be prospering in the long run. They are very temporal and do pass away.

And I am pretty sure that my idea of prosperity might change as I immerse myself in the Scripture. The more I study, the more I see that God changes my heart to align with His. My original priorities take a back seat to His. His goal is for the world to know, love, and follow Him. When I fill up on His Word, I start to feel that passion and urgency too. The prosperity becomes the lives of those I can reach. That is very eternal and will never pass away.

Lord, I am believing You for prospering whatever I do as I study, learn, grow deep, and immerse my heart, soul, and mind in Your Word.

Psalm 1:3

August 8, 2018 — Leave a comment

The result of delighting and meditating on God’s Word is Psalm 1:3. “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season…”

When we feast on, delight in, and meditate on the Word of God, we become like a tree planted by the streams of water. The roots go deep. The tree grows strong and bears fruit. It is in the nature of a tree to bear fruit as long as it is healthy and has plenty of water, because the strong roots provide the nutrients possible for fruit.

The person who delights in and meditates on God’s law becomes that healthy tree. A strong healthy tree can’t help but bear fruit, and the leaves don’t wither up and die.

God, I want to be that tree, strong, healthy, and most importantly producing fruit.

Psalm 1:2

August 7, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 1:2 “…and who meditates on his law day and night.”

Meditate day and night.

Today I want to begin with cows. It’s an odd way to start a blog in the Psalms, but stay with me. My grandfather owned cows. They grazed in the fields filling their stomachs with the green grass, but then later they would re-chew what they had previously swallowed. Eating, swallowing, and then later chewing and chewing and chewing. They got the most benefit possible from every bite they took.

It’s a beautiful picture of meditation. Meditation is not about emptying our minds but rather filling them up. We read a passage from the Scripture and then throughout the day we chew on it, think about it, ponder it, mull it over, and let the beauty and wonder of it feed us as we go about our day.

We can close our eyes at night with those words of Scripture on our lips. Day and night, meditating means filling our hearts and minds with the Word.

I’ve never in my life wanted to be a cow, but I do want to model their behavior when it comes to chewing on and meditating on the Scripture.

Lord, today help me to take a portion of what I am studying with me into my heart, mind, work place, home, entertainment, and even when I lay my head down tonight. Let it permeate every part of my life.