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Psalm 6:8-9

September 21, 2018 — Leave a comment

“Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.” Psalm 6:8-9

David makes it clear that the Lord has heard. He knows that God has listened and is taking care of it all.

There is such comfort in those words if we really embrace them.

I only have the ability to see what is around me. I have a very narrow view of my circumstances because I only see part. My Father sees it all, every piece from the past, present, and future. He sees how everything comes together and turns it around for my good. He takes it all and makes it work.

That is amazing when we stop to think about it. It’s the reason I can stop worrying and start praising.

He looks at me and whispers, “I’ve got this.”

God, I am so thankful that You have my life under control. I am grateful that You take it all and make it work. You are amazing. Thank You.

Psalm 6:4-7

September 20, 2018 — Leave a comment

“Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave? I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.” Psalm 6:4-7

There are times when the battle seems so big and the day to day struggles threaten to overwhelm us. They can come from the outside or they can come from within, but they do come.

David confessed to nights of weeping and exhaustion because of his groaning. Sometimes the pain of life threatened to take him to the doors of death. But he knew that praises don’t come from the grave. They come because of the One who brings salvation.

Praises aren’t always because everything is great. Often praise must be spoken in faith. We don’t rejoice because of what we see. We rejoice because of Who is standing with us as we look.

I am going to trust You, Lord, no matter what I have to face. Please give me a heart that praises You no matter what.

Psalm 6:1-3

September 19, 2018 — Leave a comment

“LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?” Psalm 6:1-3

David, a man known as one after God’s own heart, asked the same question regarding his prayers that we ask. “How long, Lord, how long?”

So often we pray and when we don’t receive the answer right away or the answer we want, we think God has not answered. He always hears. He always answers. He always has our best interest close to His heart so His answer is what we need.

Our task is to admit our sin and then trust that He has heard and is answering.

David speaks of deep anguish. There are times that is what we feel, but it is a time to trust and walk by faith.

He always hears. He always answers.

Lord, help me to have eyes to see what You are doing and trust that You have answered.

 

Psalm 5:11-12

September 18, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:11-12 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

My refuge, my hiding place is in the Lord. And there I can sing for joy. God’s protection is available for all of us who love His name. He blesses us with His righteousness and then blesses us as He calls us righteous.

His favor surrounds us. It is like a shield.

It’s no wonder we can sing.

God, Your favor covers me like a shield. Thank you that I can live under Your protection and blessing.

Psalm 5:8-10

September 17, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:8-10 “Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me. Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.”

There are enemies that lie to me. Not a word can be trusted because their native tongue is falsehood, discouragement, malice, hurt. They can speak that I have nothing, am nothing, have no future. Or they can speak that I am everything, the best, the most, the top of the heap and what I deserve is never to be hurt or lack any great thing. They can say that I am worse than everyone else and deserve nothing or I am better than everyone else and deserve worship.

They speak lies.

My enemies are led by the father of lies. His name is satan. He wants to put me in the deepest pit or make me fall from the highest height.

I must not listen to those words.

God’s Word is where I find my identity, my future, the truth about myself and the world. I can trust God’s Word because it is the truth.

You are my safe place, Lord. I will trust Your Word and what You say about my life and my future.

Psalm 5:8

September 14, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:8 “Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you simply did not know where to go or what the answer was? I have and what I needed was for someone to help me see through the fog and lead me step by step.

That is David’s plea here. He is asking the Lord to guide him onto a path that is straight. It will be the right path because he recognizes that God only leads in righteousness. He puts us on the right way. It is a path we can trust.

But how do we recognize it?

For us, the very best way is to open His Word and study. His Word is the path. It lays out for us the direction we should go in relationships, families, business, finance, healthy lifestyle. Does it take a little effort to understand? Absolutely, but it is like a treasure hunt. There are all of these beautiful gems waiting in the Scripture if we will sift through to find them. Every word is there on purpose because it is His Word.

We read it, study it, listen to it, and hide it in our hearts and it is the answer.

Choose a chapter today and spend some time studying it. Ask the Lord the same way that David did to lead you. Don’t worry about what you don’t understand. Listen to what you do. He will make your path straight.

Jesus, as I open Your Word today, please lead me the same way You did David. Open my mind so I can understand what You are speaking to me.

 

Psalm 5:7

September 13, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:7 “But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.”

“But I, by your great love, can come into your house…”

If the truth be told, all of us fall into the category of sinners. The Bible is clear in the book of Jeremiah that we don’t just sin, we are sinners. He records our heart condition: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” Jeremiah 17:9

He wrote the prognosis and declared it a death sentence. The heart is beyond cure. It is too far gone, too damaged by sin to be healed or repaired. We can do nothing to make ourselves well or right again.

And if that were the end of the story it would be the most tragic news in all of human history. But it isn’t the end.

David tells us that by God’s great love we have access to the house of God.

That love was evidenced on the cross when Jesus breathing His last and pronounced, “It is finished.” What Jesus meant by that was that our sin had been paid for and we became eligible for a “heart transplant.” When we accept Him, we receive His heart of love.

Ezekiel 36:26 is speaking of Israel and the change God will make when they return to Him but it is a promise we can also claim when we come to Him:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

The cure to our heart problem? Jesus!

Lord Jesus, I want a heart like Your heart. Please remove my heart of stone and replace it with a heart like Yours.

 

Psalm 5:4-6

September 12, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:4-6 “For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.”

The word “hate” has become a very nasty word. It has come to be linked with bullying, slandering, wickedness. But hate is a term for very legitimate feelings that we have.

It would surprise some people to know that they are also feelings that God has. Yes, God is a God of love but there are things God hates.

So, what is it that He hates?

These verses identify some of those things. God hates:

Arrogance

Evil

The bloodthirsty

Wrongdoing

Lies

Deceit

The sad news is that our world is filled with those things, but the good news is that what God hates is swallowed up by what He loves.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

His love for us is so big that all of us can come to Him and what He hates is defeated at the cross. Love grows where hate once lived.

 

Lord, please give me eyes to see the world the way You do. Help me to love what You love, especially the people around me.

 

Psalm 5:3

September 11, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

David’s routine was to begin his day with prayer. In this verse, he proclaims his confidence that when he lifted his voice each morning, God was listening.

David would come with praises and requests but when he was finished praying, he stood on the assurance that God had it.

The NIV phrases it that he waited expectantly.

Expectation means he looked for the hand of God. He stood back and knew that something was going to take place. He was able to trust that the situation was under control.

David knew that God was his Father and he trusted that relationship. He knew that fathers handle problems for their kids. He knew that they provide and protect.

David didn’t just know about God, he knew God.

Father, I want to thank you that I can begin and end my day with You. You hear me. I can leave my day in Your hands.

Psalm 5:1-2

September 10, 2018 — Leave a comment

Psalm 5:1-2 “Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.”

David wrote. He wrote about the majestic and the miraculous. He wrote about the mundane and the murky. He wrote from the highest peaks when he saw nothing but beauty and grandeur and he wrote from the deepest pit when he saw nothing but despair and hopelessness.

David wrote.

Why? Because he poured out his heart to the One who matters the most. He poured it out in prayer and praise.

This psalm begins with a lament. He is imploring God to hear him. David is crying out for help. He isn’t pleading because he has doubts. He is praying because he has faith. He is asking because he knows that God hears.

Sometimes we find ourselves in the same place with a lament, a cry for help.

David recognizes that this One is the King over everything. He is the only One who deserves our worship and the only One capable of handling everything that crosses our paths.

David asks his King to hear because he knows He does.

Lord, sometimes my only words are those of sadness and pain. Thank you for understanding and caring. You lift the hurt and put joy in its place.