Psalm 19: God’s Ways Are Simply Amazing! Part 1

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The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.”  Psalm 19: 7-9

Wow! This passage says a lot. It speaks to the heart of one who truly believes the gospel and brings them an extra level of comfort. It tells them that the way they chose to live their life is absolutely right, and good, and wise. You are on the right road if you are being lead by the Lord. This is a good passage to meditate on for when you are entering a time where you are sensing doubt creeping in. Doubt is destroyed by…

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A Psalm A Day Keeps Anxiety Away

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Have you ever read through the psalms? It can seem like quite the emotional roller coaster!

Nowadays, with all the issues that are going on in life globally, locally, personally and professionally, it would really help to find a way to keep our emotions in check. That’s exactly what I find in the book of Psalms.

Sure, you might see it as a bunch of depressed, scared, psychotic at times, over-joyed individuals who are letting their emotions out to the Lord. But aside from all that, there is a calming, soothing and even stabilizing effect that the psalms have.

Many people have written poems, songs, essays, etc., but what sets these specific psalms apart from all other poetic literature, is the fact that those who put the word of God together, felt that these chapters belonged as well! These poems of great praise and adoration, of anger and humiliation, of…

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Psalm 19: God’s Ways Are Simply Amazing! Part 1

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The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.”  Psalm 19: 7-9

Wow! This passage says a lot. It speaks to the heart of one who truly believes the gospel and brings them an extra level of comfort. It tells them that the way they chose to live their life is absolutely right, and good, and wise. You are on the right road if you are being lead by the Lord. This is a good passage to meditate on for when you are entering a time where you are sensing doubt creeping in. Doubt is destroyed by this passage.

Notice, the law of the Lord is perfect! The word perfect can also be understood as whole or complete. In other words, If you live your life straight from God’s words you will be complete. How many people nowadays go through times where they feel empty? Its as if their soul feels dry, like they need something more to complete their life? Well, those people are not walking in the ways of God. He has not called us to be people who are in need of anything outside of Him, so if we are walking in His ways we are never empty. If I ever hear someone say they feel empty, its a perfect evangelistic moment for me. I know exactly how to respond.

Notice next, restoring the soul. That word restoring can also be understood as, converting.  You see, we are created in God’s image. God is the one who started our life when He put our spirit in our mothers womb, but when we chose to live our life in sin, we gave ourselves  to God’s enemy, the devil. Most of us do this without even realizing it. But, once we are confronted about it, then shown God’s ways we have an opportunity to convert, or come back to Him, or we can remain as we are. As you witness with your own eyes the goodness of God, you realize conversion is the wise decision.

The testimony of the Lord is sure. A testimony is a witness. The Bible is God’s witness to all generations of His law in action. There are many writers of all the different books in the Bible and they stand as true witnesses to what God had said and done so all may have a way of knowing God. These testimonies are sure or, absolutely true. You can put your life upon the validity of all these words.

Making wise the simple. The words of God, according to Hebrews 4: 12, are said to be living and active. This means the words of God are always at work doing something. For those who are converted back to God, there is a power at work inside of them that causes them to feel more comfortable in dealing wisely in all areas of life. This is something that is simply hard to do without God’s word leading the way. Do you remember the days you were easily lead to do the wrong thing? The word simple here in this verse can also be understood as silly as in seducible. Remember the days you were doing wrong and having fun doing it? There was no power at work in you to help you do the right thing. There were times I’m sure where you did wrong and didn’t feel good about doing it but you did it because its what you knew to do. Maybe part of the wrong crowd, maybe bored, but you were without power to change your ways.

God’s words, His ways are the game changer! His ways are just simply amazing! If you who are reading this post want to experience the power to change your ways, you want to stop being easily lead to do the wrong thing, act upon this post. Believe the gospel of Jesus Christ which says we are all sinners since we live a life of sin before God, and we need a helper to bring us back to the right path. Jesus became that right path by dying on the cross and becoming a sacrifice for us all. But after He died He was raised up to heaven and defeated death. All who believe this good news and turn from your ungodly ways and live in God’s ways will experience salvation. You will be given power in the form of the Holy Spirit which will help you live in God’s ways.

Experience God’s amazing ways today and be blessed!

PSALM 18: Our God is INVINCIBLE

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Have you ever had a moment in your life where you had to praise God OUT LOUD because He came through for you in such a mighty way and you could not contain it? Readers, God is just that amazing! He does the impossible with a simple snap of a finger and a little bit of faith on our part! He will make it known well to you that He is your Father, your Physician, your Provider, your Everything, just to let you know who it is that is running things in your life! And He doesn’t stop there. He runs all affairs throughout the globe, and at times He will get the attention of everyone to let them know as well.

King David was a man who saw God perform miracles in his lifetime, and he gave all the glory to God. I am sure Psalm 18 was either written or sung out after one of David’s great victories. It is worth reading in its entirety if you have your own bible but I will just take out a few verses for this blogpost to show you just how mighty our God is:

For by You I can run upon a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the Lord is tried. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds feet and sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me, and Your gentleness makes me great. You enlarge my steps under me and my feet have not slipped.       Psalm 18: 29-36

Many things are understood about God when He makes Himself known in your life. Especially for those who acknowledge that He is at work behind the scenes. For those who have believed the gospel of Jesus Christ, as they live they will know God as their Shield and Refuge because God will show Himself to be their Shield and Refuge. He will show them He is their Rock, their Strength, their Savior in such moments that He finds it necessary.

Its one thing to have a theological belief system in place, but its nice when you can add to that the experiences God wants to have with you. Victorious living in Christ strengthens your faith and that is how David became such a strong worshipper of God. I believe it is God’s ultimate desire for all people to have the same kind of victorious life that many of the great men of the bible experienced. If that was the case, I’m quite sure the praises of God would be ringing throughout the streets, just as He would prefer.

My final word on this post is: Next time God blesses you, bless His heart by telling others all about it! And you shall be blessed!

OUR MEDIA IS SO PATHETIC!

Really media??? Really??? Must you bother our President, who is overseas expressing his condolences to the people of Malaysia for their latest tragedy, by asking him to comment on comments allegedly made by an owner of an NBA team that is currently undergoing an investigation? Must you intercept the goodwill he is extending amidst all the confusion that is still happening in that nation, to ask him to air out our dirty laundry? Do you not understand the process of an investigation? Do you not realize that the racist comments made by that person is affecting American culture? Why do you have to allow Malaysia to have to sit through this stuff? Both national leaders looked uncomfortable as this issue was being addressed! I am far from a racist. I don’t condone racism. I married out of my own race therefore I have a biracial child of my own, but I just think it was so irresponsible of our media to go running so fast to the President, as they did, just to hear him address this situation on someone else’s time. Let the investigation be finished and let him come home to deal with it. There is a time and a place for everything. Just sayin…

DESPISE THE SHAME!

Isaiah 50: 7 says, “For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced. Therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

 

This was Jesus speaking through the prophet Isaiah before He became human. It is one of the ways Christians can endure until the end as an effective Christian in these troubling days. The principle is to set your heart and mind on living out God’s will for your life no matter what kinds of adversity comes your way. As a matter of fact, its the kind of attitude that speaks directly at your adversity, whether it be physical affliction, persecution, mental or emotional issues, whatever the case, that you stand in the midst of it and triumphantly declare to that hardship that it will not stop you from doing the Lord’s work!

As Jesus made that assertion known, He made known another point, that He will not be ashamed! He knew He would not be ashamed. Here’s another way of saying it:

 

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…

 

That is found in Hebrews 12. Look at the principles found here. He set before Him the joy of the victory He would win (which is the redemption of many souls from hell into heaven) as long as He endured to the end. So who exactly was seeing Him as shameful? It was those who could benefit from His suffering, namely, you and I! Who exactly was seeing Him as shameful? It was the people who had no idea what He was doing. The people who could not see the outcome from where He was. They just saw Him as a humble man who healed many people, spoke strong words, had a different view of the ways of the world, and a very strict way of living. They could not see Him as saving them because their eyes were not in the right place. But He knew what was going on.

The same should be said of us, shouldn’t it? We know Jesus as the author and perfecter of our faith, right? We know His general will for our life, or we should anyways. If not, get into your bible, it is written there. And when we find out God’s will for our life we need to be like Him in every way possible. We need to set the joy before us of winning souls for Christ. Set the joy of populating heaven and depopulating hell before us. Set the joy of seeing people in the streets become healed in Jesus name before us. Set the joy of seeing blind eyes opened up before us! Set the joy of hearing Jesus say to us, “Well done My good and faithful servant”, before us!

This joy should help us to endure to the end any type of adversity that comes to us, shouldn’t it? Yes it should, and will! It worked for Jesus. He is our model and if we correctly follow Him we should end up with the same results. We may not have a bloody cross to endure. We may not have the beatings Jesus accepted to endure. But we all have a cross to bear and that statement is spoken by Christ Himself. We will have many types of adversity and afflictions to go through. It is how we relate to Jesus, through our hardships. So I believe if we want to get through them we really should copy the One who showed us how to get through them.

Setting the joy before us will help us endure, but also it will help us to eventually despise the shame. What a great attitude it would be if we could get up in the morning and say to it, “Whatever problems you bring to me today is nothing compared to the glory I will see in Christ, so bring it!” Imagine if we get to the point where we feel our day is incomplete unless we feel some type of discomfort for doing God’s work lol. That is called, DESPISING THE SHAME! Jesus made such a bold declaration that He set His face like a stone to do God’s will and He will NOT be ashamed! Imagine the confidence you would feel with such a perspective as this!

So, set the joy of doing God’s work before you, endure your cross, and despise the shame of your persecutors! And be blessed!!!

PSALM 17: JUSTICE GOD’S WAY

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It’s funny to me to see just how backwards we can be at times. Think about one of the hardest concepts man cannot fathom: God has always existed, man has not. Imagine that. God never has not existed. Because humanity has a starting point we seem to think all things, and beings have a starting point as well. We are right about everything…except God, of course! Since God has always existed, He sets the barometer for everything that He has created. He is pure love, our love is tainted. He is pure excellence, our excellence is tainted. He is pure justice, our justice is tainted. The overall blemish on our side can be generally summed up with one word: selfishness. We are selfish from birth, and at times we kind of have to be. God has never been selfish, and He never has to be.

If God has always existed, and every characteristic within His nature is pure, we should at the very least strive to attain His purity within us, shouldn’t we? Striving for His purity will never be attained fully while here on earth, but they say, aim for the stars and you will at least reach the moon. In other words, don’t just think, “well I’ll never be perfect, so why bother trying!” We need to, at the very least, live by a standard that shows we want to reflect our Father, our heavenly Father! I’m mainly speaking at the individual level, but also at a national level too. Let’s look at this from the justice perspective. The psalmist says:

 

1 Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry. Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. 2 Let my judgment come forth from Your presence. Let Your eyes look forth with equity. 3 You have tried my heart, You have visited me by night, You have tested me and You find nothing. I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.

 

Now, anyone who knows this psalmist (David), knows that David was a man after God’s own heart, but he had a few hiccups in his lifetime. Upon a quick reading of just these three verses you can point to at least three misleading statements here. In verse one David says his prayer, “is not from deceitful lips.” Verse three he says, “You have tested me and You find nothing” and “I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.” Wait just a minute here! Is this the same David who committed adultery, covered up his sin by murdering the rightful husband, and hid the truth from everyone? Is this the same man who allowed pride to rise up in him by counting how big his military was against God’s wishes? Is this the same man who, through countless psalms, is crying out to God for mercy for his sinful behavior?

Our problem is that we know how to judge people according to their actions, and at times we need to judge according to actions. But God’s system is different. He judges from the heart. He judges motives, as only He can. There are good people who do bad things and get the full punishment for it, and there are bad people who do good things and are treated like saints, but God knows who the good people really are! Because David was a man after God’s own heart, God’s mercy covered him. God is a protector of His people. His people are tied to His mission, so He keeps them until their mission is accomplished. There are times God will fight for your integrity, other times He will fight to keep you alive, other times He will fight to sustain you, but He fights for you!

Justice God’s way means if you believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and have turned from your sinful ways, and have chosen to take on God’s mission as your own, He will forgive your sins, and be with you through the presence of the Holy Spirit until the very end. Your life may be marked with trials and tribulations, but God will keep through it all. Man will try and wreck you but God, through Scripture, the Church, or through whatever means possible (even a blog, lol), will sustain you.

So even though David had a lot of sin problems at times in his life, he understood what God’s justice system was all about. Being a man after God’s own heart teaches you the finer things of the heart of God. So when David had a bold prayer he just took it up to God, and allowed God to take it from there. When you have a strong relationship with God, there is a confidence about your understanding of Him. And you proceed accordingly. This is a further word from David upon God’s heart:

 

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness towards those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. PSALM 103: 11-13

 

Are you awestruck by the Lord today? His lovingkindness and compassion are there for you right now! Believe His gospel, turn from your ungodly ways, and make His mission your own, and be blessed!