"Delivered, Answered, Proved" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 81, verses 6 and 7. Rescued from the famine and brought safely to Egypt, under the care of Joseph, the nation of Israel thrived, so much so, that they became a threat to the rulers of Egypt who had long forgotten Joseph or the good that he had done for their country. God raised up Moses from among them who eventually brought them out of the land of Egypt, and delivered them from the cruel hand of Pharaoh.
"New Moon Festival" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 81, verses 3 through 5. To what is the writer of Psalm 81 referring when he said, "Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day"? When you picture in your mind the number of Israelites, you begin to realize the practicality of using trumpets for communication. When the trumpets sounded the alarm, the men immediately prepared for battle. When the trumpets sounded without the alarm, the people knew they were being called to come before God.
"Music or Noise" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 81, verses 1 and 2. There is nothing that seems to define a culture or an age more than music. Indeed, music is a rather loose term at times; some would ask whether certain forms of music are music or noise! No matter who we are, whether great or small, we are God's creation, and are thus to give all praise and glory to Him. Even the creatures, who are but dumb brute beasts, give glory to God, their Creator. So whether you produce beautiful music or noise, may it be done for the honor and glory of God, who alone is worthy of our praise.
"Broken Hedges" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 80, verses 8 through 19. They were, indeed, a chosen people. Transplanted to Egypt during years of famine, they grew into a strong vine. From Egypt God moved them to their new home where they took root and filled the land. As long as they remained faithful, God put a hedge of protection around them. God continually warned them, and yet, when He removed His arm of protection, they seemed to be surprised by the broken hedges. Was there no help for them apart from God? No!
"It Will Be Worth It All" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 80, verses 4 through 7. Is it worth it? When all of life seems to be sorrows and tears for us, but seems to be sunshine and blessings for others, is it worth it? If we spend our entire life poor and needy while others seem to skate through on beds of ease, is it worth it? No matter what this life brings, let us remember, it will be worth it all, when we see Jesus!
"We Shall Be Saved" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 80, verses 1 through 3. Psalm 80, which is actually a continuation of Psalm 79, is divided into three sections, all of which end with, "we shall be saved." The writer correctly understands that the only salvation which will come to his people will be from the hand of God, the Shepherd of Israel. Asaph's God is the same God we worship today; just as He worked wondrously on behalf of His people then, so does He work among His people today.
"We Thy People" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 79, verses 11 through 13. As Christians, we are the sheep of Christ's pasture. Though we may be overcome with troubles on all sides, it is not our duty to unravel our difficulties, but rather it is God, our Chief Shepherd who will bring us through the dark valleys and into His eternal habitation where we will live forever! How are we to respond to God's wondrous care? We Thy people will give thanks forever; to Him we will show forth praise, not only now, but in the generations to come.
"You Raise Me Up" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 79, verses 8 through 10. Who of us has not had a time when were brought very low? That was how Asaph found himself when he wrote Psalm 79. Asaph had seen the glory days of Israel during the times of David and Solomon. How he longed for them to return. What do we do when we are brought low? How do we respond to God? Do we blame God for our desperate circumstances, or do we call out to Him to help, realizing that He allows our trials to come so that we might grow in our faith and understanding of Him.
"The Unthinkable" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 79, verses 1 through 7. The Unthinkable had happened. God removed His hand of protection from Israel and allowed the surrounding heathen nations to defile Jerusalem. Their blood that was shed like water spilled round about Jerusalem giving food to the fowls of the heavens, but there was none left to bury them. The nation which once stood as a glorious testimony of God's help and protection, became a reproach to their neighbors.
"Is God Impressed" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 67 through 72. When He looks down from heaven upon us, is God impressed? It does not take a great knowledge of the Bible to come to the realization that the things which please us are not necessarily the things which please God. Even from the few verses shown above, we see that God does not "run His train on our tracks."
"God Awoke" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 65 and 66. Does God sleep? Is there a time when God is not available to us because He is sleeping? No! Often, in the Bible, the writers will use a figure of speech to explain God's actions. By saying, "God Awoke," the Psalmist is illustrating the suddenness of God's response to His people. From a human perspective, it seemed to the nation of Israel that God was sleeping. However, we know that God never sleeps, and even the chastisement He sends in the form of persecution, plagues, or natural catastrophes is measured. In other words, nothing is truly removed from God's control. Though He may allow a time of persecution or testing, He never truly leaves or forsakes His children.
"Abhorred by God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 56 through 64. Israel provoked God to anger by their religious practices of worshiping in the high places and bowing to graven images. It hardly seems possible that a nation which had experienced such marvelous miracles by the hand of God could so quickly turn away from Him. It is dangerous to presume upon God. We have a tendency to think that God owes us because, even though we sin, we are so much more righteous than those who worship other gods.
"He" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 40 through 55. As Asaph wrote these verses, note that the word, "He" (referring to God) is found in most of them. What a contrast we see comparing what God did to His enemies and what He did for His children. It is easy for us to become so involved in the daily affairs of life that we literally cannot see the forest for the trees. Let us never forget that a spiritual world coexists right along with the world we see, and God and His angels do love, guide, and protect the children of God.
"A Wind That Passes" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 32 through 39. There are few passages of Scripture that so pointedly illustrate our sin and weaknesses, and our Great God of love and compassion--for He remembers that we are but a wind that passes!
"The Good and the Bad" is the title of this video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 21 through 31. As we read through this rather lengthy section from Psalm 78, we are struck by the good and the bad. First we see the good: God loved his people and blessed them with untold blessings; but then we see the bad: in His anger against their unbelief, God struck down the chosen men of Israel.
"Can God?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 17 through 20. Having just recounted the wondrous works of God on behalf of his people, Asaph turned to the sad reality of his people's lack of faith--a lack of faith which continued to plague his nation to his present day. After personally observing miracle after miracle on their behalf, the moment they ran into difficulties the people complained. When you reach those times of questioning God, go to Him asking for help to believe. He, alone, opens the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and the tongue of the dumb!
"Time to Remember" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 12 through 16. Let us then take some time to remember the great things God has done for us. Without Him, we would be but poor lost sheep wandering listlessly through our days. With Him we not only have the riches of heaven before us, but we have a life filled with joy and meaning. In times of fellowship with the Lord, our hearts are again awakened to the joy of His love upon us.
"They Forgot God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 9 through 11. The writer of Psalm 78 begins a rather lengthy section in which he recounts an historical summary of the nation of Israel. Again and again God showed Himself to be faithful among His people, and yet they continued to forget His wondrous works, and continually fell away from Him. Help us, Oh God to never forget you, but to remember your great and wondrous mercies, beginning with your great salvation.
"Appointed Law" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 5-8. God set apart a people for Himself, beginning with Abraham, and gave them some very specific laws to follow. God's expectations for His people was that they would not only obey His laws, but also teach those laws to their children, that they would be established from generation to generation as a Godly nation.
"A Parable" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 78, verses 1 through 4. wo of the most amazing words appear in Psalm 78: a parable. Now what is so amazing about that? Tucked away in the simple words of Psalm 78, written by Asaph sometime during the reigns of King David, King Solomon, or King Rehoboam, is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ. Did Asaph know, when he chose the words he did that he was actually writing a prophecy about the coming Messiah? Probably not.
"Afraid" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 77, verses 16 through 20. Reading through these verses today reminded me that we live on a living, breathing planet! Nature is alive! However, though God has given man dominion over all nature, nature, so to speak, is much "wiser" than man! The waters see God and they are afraid--even the depths are troubled. When God's voice of thunder and flashes of lightening shake the world; it trembles under His Almighty hand.
"In the Sanctuary" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 77, verses 12 through 15. What do we find in the sanctuary of God? The psalmist poses some thoughtful questions. Who does wonders like our God? Who has shown Himself strong among His people like our God? This God, our First Love, is beyond comprehension; His love is more than we can fathom.
"Wonders of Old" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 77, verses 4 through 11. Asaph, upon considering the circumstances of his life was deeply troubled. Just as we often are prone to ask, he wondered where God was in all of this. What an amazing God we serve. Just as He has been ever faithful to His children from the beginning of time, so will He be faithful to us all of the days of our lives.
"He Listened" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 77, verses 1 through 3. Asaph was, indeed, troubled--so troubled, in fact, that his very soul refused to be comforted. As he poured out his complaints to God, his spirit was overwhelmed. Yet, before he even began to pour out his heart to God, he boldly proclaimed, "I cried out to God and He listened!" What a great example of hope and faith.
"God Is Good" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 76, verses 10 through 12. Is there any doubt that when all is said and done, God is God? Even the wrath of man praises God, because he will restrain the remainder of man's wrath. Therefore, as we begin each day, let us begin it with God. Let us vow, and then pay unto the Lord what is His due, for it is He who we must fear. It is not man, but God who must dictate all of our actions.
"Judgment" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 76, verses 7 through 9. The word, "judgment," seems to have a negative connotation to it, but according the the psalmist, it is the judgment of God which saves the meek of the earth. We love to bask in His love, and indeed, His love is great and profound. However, His love must always be coupled with His righteousness and holiness which, of necessity, brings forth His judgment upon a sinful and wicked generation.
"Glorious and Excellent" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 76, verses 4 through 6. As the nations at the time of Asaph could not find their hands, but were cast into a dead sleep, so are the nations today in the same peril. This is the God we serve. He is undone by no man or nation, but reigns supreme among all the nations of the world. That may not be obvious at this time, but the day will come when it will be made abundantly clear to all of mankind.
"God Is Known" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 76, verses 1 through 3. This does not mean that everyone knows that there is a God; instead, it means that Judah and Israel knew the true God, and put their trust in Him. They understood that it was God who fought and won their battles; if they went to battle armed with their own strength they would fail. We live in a time where God is known by only a few; even those who once gave glory and honor to God for their success, have abandoned such archaic ideas in favor of giving honor to man.
"Horns of the Righteous" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 75, verses 9 and 10. It is fitting that Psalm 75 should end with two things. First, the psalmist declares forever his praises to the God of Jacob, and secondly the psalmist reminds us that the horns of man (his power or strength) are completely in the hands of God. Let us remember that the horns of the righteous are exalted by God, but He cuts off the horns of the wicked. All that is done for self-glory will vanish as wood, hay, and stubble. Only what is done for Christ will advance forth in His mighty kingdom.
"Cup of the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 75, verse 8. What is this cup of the Lord, and why is it filled with red wine? God's love does not stop at His blessings upon His children. Truly, there is no love if there is no justice. The cup of the Lord is filled with wine, the color of blood--blood that has been shed through the centuries by those who have opposed the God of heaven. From the time of Adam and Eve, Satan has been on a rampage against the children of God. No amount of the shed blood of the people of God will ever satisfy the bloodthirsty longings of Satan and his minions.