Friday, August 31, 2012

Not unto Us

 1Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
 2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 
(Psalm 115:1-2, King James Version)

Not unto Us

In Psalm 115, the Psalmist asks the question, "Wherefore should the heathen say, 'Where is now their God?'"

As I pondered that question, I wondered if our testimony before the Lord is such that the unsaved around us would even ask such a question. Do they even know the importance God holds in our lives? Are we even concerned that God's name be glorified in our lives?

Unfortunately, we seem to lead such busy lives that it is hard to devote the time to even attend church regularly much less spend time each day in Bible reading and prayer. Yet, in truth, the busier we are, the more important it is that we seek God's help and leading in all of the events of each day.

Are we as concerned as the Psalmist that God's name is glorified above our own names? Or, are we so used to God's name being abused in our culture that we do not even flinch when we hear people use the name of God or Jesus as a curse word? How precious is the name of the Lord Jesus to us?

In the United States, we supposedly live in a Christian nation, and yet the name of Christ is promptly being removed from public offices and schools across our land. Our children can pray to any god except the one true God. How has this happened?

As a person growing up in the 50's and 60's, I never thought our country would so quickly remove itself from God, and yet it has. In looking back over our lives, how important has God been to us? Have we been so involved in amassing wealth or making a name for ourselves that we have just tossed God in a corner? Does He exist just for those times we are in dire need?

By the grace of God, it is time that we shake off our apathy toward God and give Him the place and honor He deserves. It is time we stand up for the name of Christ. Truly, nothing else will matter to us on the day we stand before Christ our King and give an account of the way in which we lived.

Let us join the Psalmist and proclaim, "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake."

God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tremble!

 7Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
 8Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
(Psalm 114:7-8, King James Version)

Tremble!

In reading verses 7 and 8 of Psalm 114, it seems as though we have lost that perspective of trembling before Almighty God. Perhaps that is due to the over emphasis of God being a only loving God, or perhaps it is due to the fact that God is just not important enough in our daily lives to even consider how we may or may not be pleasing Him.

The Psalmist, in these verses is reminding us of God's living and working among the Israelites in their wilderness wanderings. When no water was to be found, God caused a fountain of waters to spring forth from the rock that Moses struck.

What has happened in our culture? How have we become so far removed from God? Unless we are in troubling times, it seems that we would just prefer that God would leave us alone. We are perfectly content ordering our lives in whatever manner is pleasing to us. This is perfectly understandable in the lives of unbelievers, but unfortunately, it also describes the attitudes of most believers as well.

How are we to view God? How did the Psalmists view God? Here are just a few examples:


 1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
 2O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
 3But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. (Psalm 16:1-3, KJV)


 5Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
 6I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
 7Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. (Psalm 17:5-7, KJV)


 1I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
 2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
 3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (Psalm 18:1-3, KJV)

We do not need to read very many psalms to see the intricate relationship each had with God. They understood that God was intimately involved with every aspect of their lives. Nothing happened apart from His knowledge.

As Christians living in a very Godless society, it is time we shake off the apathy that shrouds us and seek God, understanding that He is involved in even the tiniest details of our lives. May we again tremble before God Almighty, giving Him the honor due to His holy name.

For it is God who has saved us, and it is God who will keep us until that day we step into His arms forever. Nothing in our lives is more important!

God Bless You,
Linda



Friday, August 24, 2012

The Fleeing Sea

 3The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
 4The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
 5What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
 6Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? 
(Psalm 114:3-6, King James Version)

The Fleeing Sea

The fleeing sea was but a trifle in the hands of the Almighty Creator. The entire universe was created by just the spoken word, yet all of Creation knows its Master; it is only man who refuses to believe the obvious truth displayed before him.

Such was also the case in the time Christ Jesus walked upon this earth. The disciples, to whom the story of the mighty Exodus was commonly known, stared in amazement when Christ Jesus, simply by His words stilled the Galilean Sea.
 38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (Mark 4:38-40, King James Version)
No wonder Jesus pointedly asked, "How is it that ye have no faith?" As God miraculously led His people away from the land of Egypt, there were no barriers to their progress. No mountain was too high, nor no body of water too big for God Almighty. Like sheep, He patiently led His people toward the land of promise.

With such an heritage, surely the children of Israel must have exhibited great faith. Yet, that was not the case. No sooner did one miraculous event pass on by than we saw the people again complaining against God. How many times they complained, "Oh that we had just remained in Egypt!"

Do we do the same thing to God today? Though we profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are we quick to grumble and complain about God's providential leading in our own lives? Are our mountains of opposition too high for God, or are the depths of the seas of our disappointments too deep or too long for God to safely maneuver us through?

Too long has the church of God floundered in the face of the worldliness of our day. Too long have we allowed unbelievers to dictate ungodly laws that are then forced upon us. Too long has our weak faith caused us to compromise the great standards of faith which have been set by God Himself.

Is our God's arm too shortened to save us? Is the Lord Jesus Christ too weak to stand before our enemies? No! This same God spoken of in Psalm 114 is our God. Before Him is the fleeing sea; before Him are the skipping mountains.

As we are chided in Hebrews 12, let us lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees. For our God is able to save His children from all of the storms of this life. There is nothing too strong or too hard for God to accomplish on our behalf.

When your faith ebbs low, remember the fleeing sea. This same God is our God, and oh how He loves you and me!

God Bless You,
Linda


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sanctuary and Dominion!

 1When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
 2Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. 
(Psalm 114:1-2, King James Version)

Sanctuary and Dominion!

For the nation of Israel, their time of trouble was ended. Dominated for 400 years by the Egyptians, freedom was to be given to them at last. God, Himself, would walk with them and live among them. Judah was to become His sanctuary--the place where His holiness and righteousness would be made known to all the earth. His dominion would cover the nation of Israel. He was to be their King, their Help, and their Fortress forever!

No such thing had happened since the beginning of time when God walked with Adam and Eve. Sin had so removed the presence of God from the earth, that God only appeared to a small group of people. Beginning with Abraham, a new nation was born which had a distinct relationship with God as their Caretaker.

Then, hundreds of years after God appeared to Abraham, the nation of Israel was born. It was not a quiet birth, however. Instead, God revealed Himself magnificently before the Egyptians, so that not one person doubted His ability to care for His people. God, who was unlimited in power and might, overcame the mighty nation of Egypt, and freed His people in a vast show of His authority over even the forces of nature.

The writer of Psalm 114 leaves no doubt that Israel was God's masterpiece; to them, alone, He revealed His holiness, His righteousness, His goodness, and His truth. As we read through these first 2 verses of Psalm 114, we must ask the question, to whom do we go as our sanctuary? Who has dominion over our lives?

All men are ruled by God or by Satan--there is no other! Whether we acknowledge this or not, the truth is stated as an obvious fact in God's Word. When man was created, he was under the care and protection of God. Casting aside God's rule, however, Adam and Eve cast the entire creation under the forces of evil by their sinning against God. In one decisive moment, Satan gained a world!

Yet, under the shadow of that hopeless event, God brought hope to all of mankind.
 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15, King James Version)
Genesis 3:15 admits that Satan would bruise the heel of Christ, yet Christ would bruise Satan's head. In other words, sin came into the world, with Satan seeking to destroy God's beautiful creation, but in the end, he failed. Through Christ, man has a sanctuary; through Christ, man can be put under the dominion of God rather than the dominion of Satan.

Apart from God, there is no hope, but in Christ, all of the riches of heaven are made available to the children of God. What God began through the nation of Israel, He completes at the end of time when all of His own children are brought under His eternal care.

Let us then, in the strength and power of God, turn to Him. For He, alone, is able to save us. He, alone, can grant to us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. In Him, alone, can we find sanctuary and dominion!

God Bless You,
Linda







Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nothing is Impossible!

 7He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
 8That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
 9He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 113:7-9, King James Version)

Nothing is Impossible!

As the Psalmist concludes Psalm 113, he reminds us that nothing is impossible for God. What is impossible for man is possible--even probable for God! He who spoke the world into existence by His mere words is not bound by the laws of space and time as we are.

It is nothing for God to raise up the poor out of the dust and place him in palaces with the princes of His people. Even the barren woman can be made to bear children. Why, then, are we, as Christians, so prone to doubt God? We know that God is a God of miracles, but we cannot quite believe that He will actually perform a miracle for us.

We prefer to believe that God helps those who help themselves, and yet that is the very attitude which keeps us far removed from God. Our very salvation is dependent upon God--we cannot save ourselves. As a matter of fact, left to ourselves, we would run away from God. Yet, when He, in His great and mighty sovereignty reaches down and plucks us from among the fire-brands destined to destruction, and breathes into us the breath of life, we are changed forever. We are forever His child; the things of this world that were once so important, now pass before us in insignificance.

Are we, however, guilty of trying to lean upon ourselves to live this Christian life? Do we honestly believe that we, who could not save ourselves, can keep ourselves faithful to God? Do we think we have the power and might to walk faithfully with our God? Truthfully, just as we could not save ourselves, so it is true that we cannot live faithfully for God in our own power.

Could it be that one of the very reasons our lives are so entangled with the frustrations of this life is so that we might turn to God for help? Is He trying to show us that we need to depend upon Him for all of our help and needs? Again and again the Psalmists remind us that God is always faithful to His own. He is ever ready to comfort and help us when we are overcome by the griefs and sorrows of this life.

As we contemplate all that the Bible reveals to us about God, let us remember that He is not just God--He is our God. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have access to all of the strength, power, and might of God Himself! Let us turn our hearts and our lives to Him, seeking His help and power for every step we take, and remember that nothing is impossible with our God!

Go to Him; His love and resources are without number! What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, August 18, 2012

High Above All Nations

 4The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
 5Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
 6Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! 
(Psalm 113:4-6, King James Version)

High Above All Nations

Who is this God we serve? As we continue this series of devotions called First Love, the Psalmist reminds us that the Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. What place do we personally give to God? In our innermost thoughts is He truly above all nations? Is He above the heavens?

Our first response is, "Yes." However, in practical terms is that really where we place God? Who reserves the highest place in our thoughts and being? Who is the final authority? Is it our government? Are the laws they make just and true? In our understanding of life, is our government to be subject to God?

On the surface these seem to be easy questions to answer. Of course, everyone is subject to God; He, alone, is the ultimate authority. However, for most, our actions do not really support such an understanding. Though we may strongly disagree with laws and policies of our government, we do not actually require our lawmakers to align themselves with the laws and commandments of God.

In reality, what the Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 113 is the truth when he asks the question, Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high? He rightly, then, asks, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth?

That is our calling, is it not? We are called to humble ourselves before God as we behold Him who is above all that is in the earth. He created this earth and He governs this earth with His strength and power. In the end, all will be required to give an account of their own personal actions in this regard during their life on this earth.

As we stand alone before God, no man will stand beside us as our advocate. No man will chide God to go easy on our sentence of death. But, there is One, is there not, who will speak for us? The Lord Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, places Himself between us and God. When God looks upon us, He does not see our sin, but rather sees the righteousness of Christ, for the blood of Christ is a covering for our sins.

How amazing is that? No greater love exists than the love of Christ for His children. As we contemplate this undeserved love, let us humble ourselves before God. Let us fall down and worship and magnify His holy name. Through Christ, all of His righteousness is imputed to us, and we have a glorious future to look forward to when we will live and reign with the Lord Jesus Christ forever!

God, alone, is high above all nations. No man on earth can set aside the righteous rule of our perfect and glorious God. He is our God above all gods, our King above all kings, and our eternal Ruler who deserves all of our honor, all of our glory, and all of our praise!

God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, August 17, 2012

Praise the Lord!

 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
 2Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
 3From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised. 
(Psalm 113:1-3, King James Version)

Praise the Lord!

How often do we praise the Lord? From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised. In other words, all of our waking hours should be filled with praise to the Lord.

In practical terms, how is that possible? What changes would we need to make in our lives to insure that we spend all of our waking hours in praise to the Lord? What impact would it make upon our personal lives if we conscientiously determined to praise the Lord from the time we awoke in the morning until we went to sleep at night.

If you are like me, I find myself talking to God throughout the day, but usually I am asking for help in one thing or another. However, God is more than just a convenient cafeteria of helpful entrees. Though we do not know the author of Psalm 113, we do know that all of the Psalmists were constantly praising and glorifying God, even when in the middle of a crisis.

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. Psalm 9:1

I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies
Psalm 18:3

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name
Psalm 18:49

Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, ye the seed of Israel.  Psalm 22:23

We must admit that we Christians of the 21st century are a rather wimpy lot. We come to God asking Him tto supply our wants, but often fail to be in awe of our glorious and holy God an King! Let us, by the grace of God, make a concerted effort to praise and glorify God throughout this day and every succeeding day.

God Bless You,
Linda





Thursday, August 16, 2012

All Done!

 9He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
 10The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. 
(Psalm 112:9-10, King James Version)

All Done!

We very seldom view life from the perspective given by the writer of Psalm 112. As the Psalmist ponders his station in life and the conflict he has with the ungodly, he comes to the conclusion, that though he still has the rest of his life to live, God views his life as being all done. The future is cast in stone: The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

We rarely view life from that perspective, do we? However, we should! It does not outwardly appear that the ungodly of this world are already defeated; rather, it seems as though the Christian is the one to be pitied. It seems as though the whole world is set against the children of God.

That is the key, is it not? The whole world is set against the children of God. As Satan rules the hearts and lives of the wicked, he paints a rather depressing outcome for the Christian. Yet, who is Satan? He is the father of all lies!

Let us then pick up our feet, dust off our shattered and broken self-esteem, and go forth in the strength and power of God. Do not be fooled by the attitudes of this world, for the end has already been determined. Christ, Himself, shall return to this world and, in one quick, decisive moment, shall destroy the forces of Satan forever!

Take a moment and read the glorious picture painted by John in Revelation 22.

 1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
 3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
 4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
 5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5, King James Version)


As children of God, what is our destiny?

 12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
 14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:12-14, King James Version)


Though the writer of Psalm 112 lived thousands of years ago, God revealed to him the things to come. Go forth this day and do His commandments, for, as a child of God, you have right to the tree of life. You will enter in through the gates into the city of God, and live with Him forever!

That is the true picture; the story has already been written--it is all done!

God Bless You,
Linda



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Good Man!

 5A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
 6Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
 8His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 
(Psalm 112:5-8, King James Version)

A Good Man!

Psalm 112 is not the first Psalm which described a good man; earlier, in Psalm 37, we read,



 22For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
 24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:22-24, King James Version)

As we read the verses shown above from Psalm 112, we must ask the question, does this describe me? Can I honestly say, before the Lord, that I am a good man or a good woman? I am sure we must all feel a certain amount of discomfort, for we know our own inconsistencies. 

However, as we view the "good man" we must note that his secret to being "good" centers, not on himself, but on the Lord. When left to our own power, or our own devices, we will always fall short of God's requirement of perfection, but as believers in Christ, we are not left to live this life in our own power. We have access to all the power of Christ, Himself. Our hearts are not established by our own strength, but rather, are established in the Lord our God and King.

Psalm 37 adds, The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD. It is hard to grasp the significance of that little statement. God, the Ruler and Creator of this amazing world in which we live, orders each step we take. His mighty power and strength are made available to us, His children, so that not one step needs to be taken by our own power. Though we fall, we will not be utterly cast down, for the Lord holds our hand!


That is why the Psalmist can say, He shall not be afraid of evil tidings . . . His heart is established, he shall not be afraid. Let us then pick up our feet and move forward, for we have the power of God on our sides. We may fall, but He will pick us up and give us strength to continue on our journey.

We even know how our own personal "story of life" will end, do we not? When all is said and done, the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, will gather us in His arms and carry us to the home He has prepared for us. He will stretch out His arms to us and say, "Welcome home!" 

And that makes all the difference!

God Bless You,
Linda







Friday, August 10, 2012

Righteous

 1Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
 2His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
 3Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
 4Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 

Righteous

The Psalmist lays everything on the line when he says, Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. In one succinct statement he has outlined the entire life's goal of the true believer! Not only is the believer blessed by God, but so are his descendants blessed by God. Even his seed shall be mighty on the earth!

While Psalm 112 speaks in generalities, it is often true that the positive impact of righteousness upon a culture can affect an entire generation. Just as one bad apple can ruin the entire barrel of apples, so one righteous person can have a positive affect on his or her peers.

The Psalmist continues, Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Have we uncovered the secret of wealth and happiness? We have uncovered the secret of peace, joy, and contentment in the Lord, however the Psalmist is not providing a get-rich quick scheme. Rather, the Psalmist is demonstrating that our contentment does not lie in the things we possess; it lies in God. God gives to His children all things necessary for their few days upon this earth, with the promise of mansions in heaven for all His saints.

My Father is rich in houses and lands,
He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.


CHORUS:
I'm a child of the King,
A child of the King:
With Jesus My Savior,
I'm a child of the King.

A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
They're building a palace for me over there;
Though exiled from home, yet still may I sing:
All glory to God, I'm a child of the King.

What promises do we have in Christ? God grants to His children light in the darkness: He is gracious and full of compassion and righteous. What more could we ask? In Christ we have everything necessary for peace, joy, and happiness as we patiently wait for that time when we will enter the gates of heaven and live with Christ forever!

God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, August 03, 2012

Beginning of Wisdom

 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. 

Beginning of Wisdom

Can it be so simple? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. What does this say, then, about those who do not even believe in God? The inference is that those who do not believe in God are not only not wise, but they are leading the lives of the fool!

When all of the fancy wrappings are removed and we are left with just the bare-bones of truth, we understand that, because God is the Creator, nothing can be understood apart from God. He, alone, has an intimate knowledge of all things.

In this day of scientific reasoning, that is not a popular view. We tend to equate wisdom with knowledge; a person who has tons of degrees, has tons of wisdom. But, according to God's Word, that is not so. Apart from an understanding of who God is, and apart from a reverent fear of His awesome name, there is no wisdom.

Consequently we live in a world of educated fools! Now, that is really not a popular sentiment, is it? As Christians, however, we must turn to God's Word for understanding. As Psalm 111 reminds us, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and then it continues, a good understanding have all they that do His commandments.

So, there is more to it. Not only must we fear God, but by His grace and help, we must do His commandments. That is a complex statement. At first, as we walk our way through the Ten Commandments, it seems as though it is pretty easy to be obedient to the Lord. However, when we begin to contemplate the depth of those commandments, we begin to realize that we break all of them every day!

What are we to do? We are to fear God, and while doing so, cry out to Him to give us the desire and the strength to live in obedience to His Word. As we think about this, we understand more clearly how the fear of the Lord is actually the beginning of wisdom. 

In a world where morality is considered optional, we see that the very foundation of our existence is crumbling. The world is ripe for the judgment of God, for there are consequences attached to the lifestyles being lived in open rebellion toward God's Word and commandments.

Let us, this day, fall before our dear Lord and Savior, asking for strength and help to turn away from the loose standards of our culture and live in a manner pleasing to God. That is the beginning of wisdom!

God Bless You,
Linda



Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Awesome God

 7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
 8They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
 9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. 

Awesome God

Upon reading verses 7, 8, and 9, of Psalm 111, I am duly chastised. I woke up today with seemingly the weight of the world upon my shoulders. I write devotionals, but there are so many who can and do, do a better job. My husband and I seem to struggle with money; I thought that our finances would be in much better shape than they are in our later years. And, it seems as though all of my friends' children walk faithfully with the Lord, while some of mine do and some do not.

I just spent 30 minutes pondering my deficiencies while walking my dog, and then sat down at my computer to write tomorrow's devotional. As I read through these verses I must hang my head in shame. To Whom am I really complaining? Who am I charging for not doing a better job of providing for me and my family? 

Psalm 111:7, in the New King James version, says, The works of His hands are verity [true] and justice. All His precepts are sure. Has God made a mistake! Of course not! His works are perfect and true, they stand fast forever.

While I am complaining about my lot in life, which is bountiful compared to many in this world, I am reminded that I was a poor, lost sheep, running as far away from God as I could. Yet, He reached down, picked me up, and said, "This one is mine!" He has made a covenant with me, as one of His children, which will last forever. Holy and reverend is His name!

We live in a world which hates God and all for which He stands, but He, alone, is righteous, lovely, and filled with all truth. Join me today in praise and adoration for this awesome God we serve. There is nothing in us that would cause Him to desire us above another, and yet He reached down, picked us up, and said, "Live!" And--we now live!

As Jacob said at the end of his life,  “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”
(Genesis 47:9, New King James Version)

Psalm 119:54 (King James Version) adds:

Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.

Go, then this day in the praise and honor of this truly awesome God!

God Bless You,
Linda