Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Preparations


1. Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove[a] to spy secretly, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. 2. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country."
Joshua 2:1-2, NKJV

Preparations!

As we read through the Old Testament, we see that though God is leading and guiding his people, he often uses ordinary means to accomplish His plans. In Joshua 2, the children of Israel are ready to advance into the Promised Land. First on their agenda is the city of Jericho.

Why did Joshua send spies into the land—particularly into the city of Jericho? Was not it enough for the Israelites, and particularly Joshua, to realize that God, who had brought them safely out of Egypt and through 40 years of wandering in the desert, would deliver them to the land that He had promised to them?

Even more surprising, why did the two spies find refuge with the harlot, Rahab? Again we are reminded that God does not view people with the same eyes or standards that we use. To us, Rahab was a "lesser" citizen. We would have chosen a more worthy person to receive honor and attention from God. God, who sees into the very hearts of people, chose Rahab and her family to find refuge in Him.

In the end, though Joshua spent the spies on a fact-finding mission, God had something else in mind. By His providence, Rahab, and her family would not suffer from the fate that awaited all of the others who lived in Jericho.

Are we aware of God doing the same thing in our lives? Do we ponder those people who come into our lives as being there by the sovereign purpose of God? Are we ready and willing to speak to them of Christ and His great sacrifice? Has God brought them to us so that they, like Rahab, may be grafted into His family?

God, in His great providence, is just as actively involved in all of the details of our lives as He was in Old Testament times. As God's children, we each have a God-ordained purpose for the years we live on this earth.

It is so easy for us to become sidetracked by the alluring temptations of this world. Rather than focusing on our service for God, we are often too busy focusing on obtaining all we can for ourselves. With all of the potential money, power, and success laid out before us, who has time to focus on a ministry for God?

Let us, this day, pray that God would turn our hearts and our lives back to Him. Let us spend the remaining days we have on this earth pointing people to Christ, for He, alone, is our strength, our hope and our joy!

God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Obedience to God

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 "Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.'"

16 So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage."


Joshua 1:10-11 and 16-18, NKJV

Obedience to God
 
The time has come! Within three days, the people must be ready to cross the Jordan River. Moses is gone; Joshua is their new leader, and it is time to advance. Don't you love the response of the people to Joshua's command?  "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go."


Oh, that we had such a zealous response to the commandments of God. It is tempting to say that we would gladly respond in such a manner if God's commands were as explicit to us as they were to the children of Israel. Is that a valid point?


No! We have the completed Word of God. Most Christians throughout our world today can get a Bible written in their language. And, for those who are not able to read, organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators now produces audio tapes of the Bible or portions of the Bible. Why, then, do we see such apathy in the church of God?


As we continue in our study of Joshua, we will find that, though the people appeared zealous at the commandments of God, their obedience faltered continually. Even in their very first campaign against Jericho, sin overcame the call to obedience in the life of one Israelite, and the entire nation suffered.


In this, the 21st Century, perfect obedience to the Word of God is continually challenged. Oh how we love the idea of a God of love, but we are must less comfortable with a God of justice. We desire His loving understanding, but take issue when His actions appear unkind or unjustified to us.


In the Old Testament, and particularly in the book of Joshua, we are continually confronted with a just and holy God. The commandment, "Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16) applies to believers today just as much as it applied to God's people when commanded in the book of Leviticus. Let us not redefine God, for in doing so we will find ourselves worshiping a false god of our making and not the God of the Bible.


Let us this day, say to God, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we sill go." Perfect obedience is not possible on this side of heaven, but by the grace of God, may we find ourselves continually seeking God's help to live faithfully for Him.


God Bless You,
Linda


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Transition


1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying: 2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:1-5 and 9, NKJV


Transition


It was a time of transition. For 40 years, Moses had led the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land. Through much difficulty, by the grace of God, Moses faithfully led a sometimes faithful, and sometimes rebellious people. Now, Moses was gone. Though God allowed him to view the land from Mount Pisgah, He did not allow Moses to touch even his feet upon the land. Instead, God chose Joshua to continue as the leader of this people, now more than a million in number.


In nine succinct verses, we are privy to the very words of God spoken to this new leader. After verifying to Joshua that He, the great Creator of all earth, was giving this very land to the children of Israel, He encouraged him with the promise of His help and presence. 


"No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. . . Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD you God is with you wherever you go."


Are these just good moral Biblical stories for us to tell our children, or is there more for us to glean from the book of Joshua? Were these promises of God for Joshua's ears alone? 


In this 21st century, we have so much more than Joshua had, for we have the completed Word of God. Though God may not speak personally to each of us, yet, through His Spirit, He leads and guides us today just as He did Joshua so many centuries before. These words, spoken so long ago to Joshua, are just as applicable to us today. While it is true that we have not been appointed to lead God's people into the Promised Land, yet we have each been appointed to serve Him faithfully.  Using the gifts, abilities, and circumstances, He has given to each of us, we have a job to do.


Even as it was true for Joshua, we can be assured that no man can stay the hand of God. By His grace let us continue to be strong and of good courage, and not allow fear to overcome us. The Lord, our God, is with us wherever we go. He guides, He keeps, He encourages, and He protects us every single day of our lives.


Where are we going? Like the children of Israel, we, too, are headed to the Promised Land, but our Promised Land is an eternal land. The Lord Jesus Christ, even now, is preparing a place for us, When we leave this earth, we will be with the Lord forever!


Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!


God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Introduction to Joshua


This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8, NKJV

So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had said to Moses; and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Then the land rested from war.
Joshua 11:23, NKJV

Introduction to Joshua

For the next several weeks and months, I am hoping to do an in-depth study on the book of Joshua. As we see how God worked miraculously for the nation of Israel, so we will see that this same God moves and works on behalf of His people today as well.

The name, Joshua, literally means, "salvation." It is the same name translated "Jesus" is the New Testament. So we see that Joshua is a type of Christ. His name symbolizes the fact that, though he may be the leader of the Israelites, it is the Lord God who is the Conqueror.

Joshua 1:8 is a call to Christians of all ages. Let us faithfully meditate upon the Word of God day and night so that we may understand what is required of us by God. By His grace, may we find ourselves being obedient to His Word in a time when that obedience is ignored by the culture in which we live. Truly that obedience will give us prosperity and success, not necessarily financially, but spiritually.

Though the way was traversed with many difficulties, yet Joshua obeyed God and led the children of Israel into a conquest of the Holy Land. As promised God gave that land as an inheritance to His children, for it truly was a success granted to them by God, and not due to their greatness or military strength.

And so it is in our lives today. To God, alone, goes all the glory for the prosperity and success that we experience in this life. And, if that prosperity and success seem to evade us on this earth, we know that we will certainly obtain it when we reach the courts of Heaven. Then, we will truly have an eternal rest from all war.

As we study this book together, may we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and may His name be glorified above all.

God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Praise God" Video Devotion

"Praise God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 150, verses 1 through 6. Today we complete an in-depth series of devotions on the Psalms called, "First Love." It is fitting that the Psalms end with this glorious Psalm of praise, calling us to praise God in everything we do and say. We are to praise God when we are in His house of worship, praise Him as we behold His power in all of creation, praise Him for the mighty acts He has done on our behalf, and praise Him for His greatness. We are called to praise Him with musical instruments, with the timbrel and dance, and even on the loud cymbals. Then, not only mankind, but everything that has breath is called to praise the Lord!




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, October 11, 2015

"Two-edged Sword" Video Devotion

"Two-edged Sword" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 149, verses 5 through 9. As we near the end of our series of devotions, First Love, we come upon a rather interesting section in Psalm 149. We are reminded by the psalmist that the Christian life is a two-fold life, or as the psalmist put it, a two-edged sword. On the one side we saints of the Lord are encouraged to be joyful--singing aloud upon our beds. And why not? Look at the abundant ways God has blessed us. Beginning with salvation itself, God has bought us, through the blood of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God keeps us by His continual watch care over us all of the days of our lives upon this earth. But our Christian life does not end there, for there is another side to the sword.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Beautify the Meek" Video Devotion

"Beautify the Meek" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 149, verses 2 through 4. n Psalm 149, the psalmist said that the Lord takes pleasure in His people, and that He will beautify the meek with salvation. What an awesome phrase: beautify the meek with salvation. When you think of it, that is more that we can possibly comprehend. God of all gods, who is higher than the heavens, looks down upon this sinful and lowly generation and points to this person and that person--and beautifies them with salvation. None of us deserves God's hand of grace which plucks us from the fiery brands of sin and plants our feet upon His solid ground of righteousness. There is nothing in us which would make us worthy of God's love and grace, and yet He bestows such blessing upon His children.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, October 09, 2015

"New Song" Video Devotion

"New Song" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 149, verse 1. The Psalmist entreats us to praise the LORD and sing a new song. It is interesting to note that music often seems to be the lifeblood of a society. This is so much the case, that each new generation seems to come up with a new sound in music that they claim to be distinctly their own sound. The Psalmist, understanding the value of music even to the depths of our souls, commands us to sing a new song. After all, coming to Christ and living for the Lord demands that old things pass away--everything we do, think, and say, especially as new believers is new! Why not, then, encourage believers to sing a new song as well?




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 08, 2015

"Out of this World" Video Devotion

"Out of this World" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 148, verses 7 through 14. As we finish Psalm 148, we note that the Psalmist continues his great Psalm of praise to the Lord God. Calling the sea creatures, fire, hail, snow, rain, and wind, as well as mountains, hills, trees, beasts, creeping things, and flying fowls, and ending with kings of the earth and all people to praise God, he says, "Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven." Being creatures of this earth, we do not often think in God's realm, but His realm is literally out of this world!




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

"Creation's Praise" Video Devotion

"Creation's Praise" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 148, verses 1 through 6. It is fitting, as we near the end of this series of devotions called, "First Love," that the Psalmist calls all of creation to praise God. We do not often think about creation's praise to God, but we are reminded that not only do the angels praise God, but so do the sun, moon, stars, heaven of heavens, and even the waters above the heavens. We think of praise as belonging to man, or maybe even men and angels, but we do not think of inanimate things, such as the trees, flowers, and mountains, praising God. Yet they do! Just by their very existence they bring praise to our great Creator who has given us such lavish and extraordinary beauty and abundance.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

"Showed His Word" Video Devotion

"Showed His Word" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verses 19 and 20. Tucked in these last few verses of Psalm 147 are some rather profound thoughts! The Psalmist tells us that God showed His Word unto Jacob, His statutes and judgments unto Israel. He then continued to state that God has not done so with any other nation. As a matter of fact, no other nation has known God's judgments. What of those of us who are not of Jewish descent? Since the time of the apostles, God has opened the door of salvation to all nations, for truly there is salvation in none other than in Christ the Lord. As God opens the hearts of people, and they see their need of salvation in Christ, He opens His arms to them. Just as God showed His Word to the ancient Israelites, so does He show His Word to those who become His children today.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, October 05, 2015

"Creation's Power" Video Devotion

"Creation's Power" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verses 15 through 18. Who is a God like unto our God, where creation's power is manifest again and again. What is man in the face of God, for man has no power over God's creation. Yet God just speaks and creation obeys His will! The Psalmist, in these verses from Psalm 147, marvels at God's amazing hand upon this world He has created. God sends forth His commandment upon the earth, and His the entire earth quickly responds. God sends the show, scatters the hoarfrost, and sends blasts of ice that none can withstand. Just as quickly, at His word the snow and ice melt, the wind blows, and the waters flow.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, October 04, 2015

"Finest of Wheat" Video Devotion

"Finest of Wheat" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verses 12 through 14. As we draw near to the end of this series of devotions called "First Love," we are reminded again by the Psalmist that all of our blessings, all of the good things of this earth, even the finest of wheat are all blessings given to us by the Lord. As believers, we know that is true, but often we become so used to the good things of this earth, the peace within our borders, and the best this world has to offer that we tend to take them for granted. Even worse, we think we deserve the good things we have because of our own efforts, diligence, or goodness.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, October 03, 2015

"He Delights" Video Devotion

"He Delights" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verses 10 and 11. It is obvious that we do not love or delight in the same things that God loves or delights in. We, as the Psalmist states, would delight in the strength of the horse (or in our day, the horsepower of our cars or trucks), as well as a handsome man or a beautiful woman. As a matter of fact, outward beauty almost takes precedence over all other things, with riches coming in as a very close second, when trying to determine the worth of a fellow human being. Obviously we have our priorities in the wrong place! Yet God is not like man. He delights or takes pleasure in those that fear Him--in those that hope in His mercy. Just take a moment and ponder that thought. If you are a believer, then God delights in you!




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, October 02, 2015

"Sing unto the Lord" Video Devotion

"Sing unto the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verses 7 through 9. Have you ever thought about what a great blessing it is to be able to sing? What an awesome way to express our emotions. Not only do we get to enjoy music, but we can add a whole new depth of meaning with the lyrics. The birds can sing, and many have truly stunningly beautiful songs, yet each is limited by its own God-given song. We, however, are not limited. As we lift our voices in praise, whether alone or in a large congregation, the result is truly awe inspiriting. Can you imagine the joy we will experience when we hear the angels sing? The heavenly chorus we will hear will be unlike anything ever heard or even imagined on this earth.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, October 01, 2015

"The Lord" Video Devotion

"The Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verses 2 through 6. Who is this glorious and wondrous God we serve? The Psalmist pours out his praise reminding us of who God is and what He does for His people. Indeed, who is like unto our God? There is none other like Him; in Him we have perfect peace and trust for His strength and wisdom are infinite. We have every confidence that we may go to Him, for He never leaves nor forsakes His children.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Praise Is Beautiful" Video Devotion

"Praise Is Beautiful" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 147, verse 1. Praise is beautiful! As believers, we love the Lord and we love to sing praises to His name, right? However, when you really stop and think about it, other than when you are in church, how much time do you actually spend praising God? Sadly, we as 21st century Christians often miss out on one of the greatest joys of being a Christian because we have forgotten how to take the time to simply praise the Lord.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Reign Forever" Video Devotion

"Reign Forever" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 146, verse 10. As creatures of this world we have a hard time grasping the concept of forever! Psalm 146 tells us that the LORD shall reign forever. Should we not then be more concerned about our relationship to this reigning Lord than to anyone or anything else? Yet, that is usually not the case; we are so intent upon this life in which we live that we seldom give any great thought to how well we are serving our reigning king. That really is the issue, is it not? It is not true that someday the Lord will return and reign forever, but rather, even now, Christ is reigning. Yes, He will return and set up His kingdom on this earth, but even now He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father. Right now, He is reigning from His heavenly throne.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, September 28, 2015

"The Lord" Video Devotion

"The Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 146, verses 8 and 9. Psalm 146 continues with some glorious statements about the Lord. Who is this God we serve and what does He do: the Lord openeth the eyes of the blind, the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down, the Lord loveth the righteous, the Lord preserveth the strangers. Let us, then, turn to God, our First Love, for in Him we find all that we need. He has opened our eyes, lifted us up, loved us, and will preserve us all of our days upon this earth, and then He will safely bring us home to be with Him forever!




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"God Our Hope" Video Devotion

"God Our Hope" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 146, verses 5 through 7. What is the relationship between happiness and hope? The Psalmist equates the two when he encourages us to trust in God our hope. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Could it be true that the secret to true happiness in the 21st century is so easy? Why, then are not Christians the happiest people in the world? Perhaps our very difficulty in finding real happiness lies in our proximity to the things of this world! Perhaps, though we hold the dearest of treasures in the palms of our hands, we do not realize or value what we have!




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Trust" Video Devotion

"Trust" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 146, verses 1 through 4. In what or in whom do you trust? It is a simple question, but the life of your soul depends upon your answer. The Psalmist said, "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." It is a hard thing to ponder, is it not? We do trust in others; as a matter of fact we often spend our entire lives seeking those who are worthy of our trust. Yet, according to this very Psalm, it is foolish to put one's trust in any person, for, in the end, they will die and return to the earth, and on that same day, their thoughts die with them.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, September 25, 2015

"Bless His Holy Name" Video devotion

"Bless His Holy Name" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 145, verses 17 through 21. Seven times David recounted the blessings of God in these verses from Psalm 145, reminding us to bless His Holy name. What an amazing God we serve! Notice, however, that there is a qualification in these blessings of God. The Lord is righteous to all, holy regarding His dealings with everyone, but is only near to them that call upon Him in truth. He only fills the desires of those that fear Him, and He only hears the cry and saves them that fear Him.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, September 24, 2015

"The Eyes of All" Video Devotion

"The Eyes of All" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 145, verses 14 through 16. How can we not, as children of God, sing honor and praise to God, our First Love, when we read such glorious words of Scripture as these? Truly, we must cry to the Lord, "The eyes of all wait upon thee." For even the creatures look to their Creator for food and sustenance, for, unlike man, they know their Creator! Man in his foolish pride thinks that he attains unto greatness by his own efforts. Little does he realize that the greatness to which he attains is at the hand of God Almighty. Even those who are not believers achieve greatness or lack of it due to the hand of God's providence upon them. For we are reminded in Proverbs, 21:1: "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Everlasting Kingdom" Video Devotion

"Everlasting Kingdom" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 145, verses 10 through 13. David, in Psalm 145, said, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations." As believers, do we really believe that? Yes, I think we do, at least we certainly should, but the true question is, do we live as though we believe that? In other words, do our lives manifest our belief in Christ's eternal kingdom, or are we so busy living this life that thoughts of our eternal life are shoved into the corner, waiting to be considered another day?




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"The Lord Is Gracious" Video Devotion

"The Lord Is Gracious" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 145, verses 8 and 9. When we say that the Lord is gracious, what exactly do we mean? The answer to that question has to do with the recipient (us), and not the giver. In other words, The Lord is gracious in what He gives to us because we do not deserve His gifts. There is nothing in us that makes us worthy recipients of any of the gifts He bestows upon any people, whether they are believers or not! Grace is often defined as "unmerited favor." The difficulty is that we tend to think in the opposite direction. For example, we do not find ourselves saying, "Look at God's grace in the kindness He bestowed upon us; we certainly did not deserve His help." Instead, we are more apt to think that God owes us the benefits He gives. Even more, not only does God owe us, but He is not doing a very good job.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Memory of God" Video Devotion

"Memory of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 145, verses 4 through 7. How do we know of the greatness of God? How do we understand His wondrous works as they are daily manifested to us? We understand our great and mighty God by the testimony of His Word, but we also understand His glorious deeds done on our behalf as told to us by our parents and our grandparents. Their own personal memory of God as He has worked on their behalf is a powerful testimony to us.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"Unsearchable Greatness" Video Devotion

"Unsearchable Greatness" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 145, verses 1 through 3. Psalm 145 is an incredible Psalm of praise by David; no wonder David was known as a man after God's own heart. From verse 1, he launched into glorious expressions of praise to God, leaving no doubt as to the reason for his success both as a person and as the king. Never did he bring glory to himself, but, instead, gave all honor and praise to God. God's greatness did not end at our salvation, did it? Amazingly, God not only saves His people, but He watches over them, leading, guiding, comforting, shepherding, and protecting them all of the days of their lives on this earth. Then, when their days on earth are done, He guides them safely into His kingdom.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, September 19, 2015

"Happy People" Video Devotion

"Happy People" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 144, verses 11 through 15. What is the key to happiness? What does it take to make happy people? Surprisingly, very few people actually know the answer to that question, yet it appears that the writer of Psalm 144 did! Happiness is not bundled in the abundance of possessions, but rather, true happiness is a gift from the Lord. The Psalmist is correct in asserting, "Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord."




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, September 18, 2015

"Sing Praises" Video Devotion

"Sing Praises" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 144, verses 9 and 10. Have you ever wondered what kind of songs we will sing in heaven? How will we even know the words or the tunes? I am sure those are rather unimportant questions in broad scheme of things, but it is true that music has always been a rather important part of worshiping God. Even in the time of David, temple musicians held what we would consider to be full-time positions, for music has always been considered a critical part of the worship service.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Bow Thy Heavens" Video Devotion

"Bow Thy Heavens" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 144, verses 5 through 8. Have we ever thought about what a condescension it is that God actually comes down to us and works and moves on our behalf? How well the Psalmist expressed it: "Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down." No wonder the mountains smoke and lightning flashes at the appearance of God. Think about it; this God is our God! As children of God we have every right and opportunity to cry out to Him in times of trouble. Our God is not an idol made out of wood, stone, or metal. Our God lives and moves on behalf of His children--and how dear His children are to Him. They have been bought by the precious blood of His own dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"What Is Man?" Video Devotion

"What Is Man?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 144, verses 3 and 4. When the ugly sin of pride lifts its self in our hearts and lives, we would do well to read Psalm 144, verse 3: LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! The same sentiment is also expressed in Psalm 8, verse 4, as the Psalmist, David, bares his heart to the Lord. Oh, how quickly pride can rule over our beings, and oh, what devastation it leaves in its wake! Let us, then, join David in giving all praise and honor to this great and wondrous God we serve. Go, today, in His strength and power, and live for His honor and glory.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Blessed Be God" Video Devotion

"Blessed Be God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 144, verses 1 and 2. David was king, yet he knew that his strength did not come from his own hands. In a glorious Psalm of praise he cries out: "Blessed be God!" Do we understand the source of our strength? As believers do we understand that our life is not about us, but rather it is a glorious testimony of God's working through us to accomplish His almighty purposes? All of this is encompassed in David's voice of praise: "My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."



God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, September 14, 2015

"Thy Servant" Video Devotion

"Thy Servant" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 143, verses 11 and 12. As David concluded Psalm 143 with more pleas for help from his trouble, he answered a question we often ask. Why should God help me? Why should God even care for all of these endless details of my life? Why? "For I am thy servant." There it is! Just think of the many privileges we have in the Lord because we are His servants. After all, Christ certainly has an eternal investment in us. It is for us He humbled Himself, came to this earth, suffered on the cross, died and was buried, and was resurrected on the third day. It is for us that He now sits at the right hand of God making intercession.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Lead Me" Video Devotion

"Lead Me" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 143, verses 9 and 10. David, the Psalmist, made four pleas to God in the verses shown above from Psalm 143: deliver me, hide me, teach me, and lead me. We would do well to follow that same progression in our prayers to God today. How does God have such patience with us? One day, we will all be released from the troubles that we face daily. One day, we will no longer struggle in our walk with the Lord, for we will be with Him--forever! Yes, may we all constantly pray to God: "Lead me! Lead me in a plain path, and keep me from the sin which so easily entangles me!"




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, September 12, 2015

"Face of God" Video Devotion

"Face of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 143, verses 7 and 8. It occurred to me upon reading these verses that we certainly take the face of God for granted. David understood that if God's face was hidden from him, he would be no better than those who die apart from the Lord. For, upon their deaths, the face of God is hidden from them. The most grievous aspect of hell will not be the torment! The most grievous aspect of hell will be the fact that God's face will be hidden from its occupants forever!




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, September 11, 2015

"Stop and Think" Video Devotion

"Stop and Think" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 143, verses 5 and 6. Do you remember those childhood days when your parents would chide you to stop and think? The advice they gave is certainly still pertinent to us in this fast-paced, busy time in which we live. As a matter of fact, our harried lifestyles truly offer us very little time to stop and think. Yet, here was David, pursued by his enemies, taking the time to think and meditate upon the works of God, which begs the question, just how much time do we take to stop, think, and meditate upon the works of the Lord, especially those works He has offered on our own personal behalf?




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"The Enemy" Video Devotion

"The Enemy" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 143, verses 3 and 4. Who is the enemy? That was not a hard question for David; the enemy sought his life. Often wearied by the continual attacks upon his life, David felt the grief of these attacks even to the very depths of his soul, to the point that he was simply overwhelmed. Perhaps one of the greatest difficulties of being a Christian in the 21st century is that we do not really understand who our enemies really are! Living from day to day we have become so accustomed to our environment that we do not see the inherent dangers we face in every day life. Oh, we may not face a physical attack upon our lives, but we certainly do face a very real attack upon our souls.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

"In Thy Faithfulness"

"In Thy Faithfulness" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 143, verses 1 and 2. In his distress, David cried out to the Lord, "In Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy righteousness." It is important to note that David was not resting in his own power, but rather in the power of God Almighty. The help we receive when in dire straits is totally dependent upon the one or ones in whom we trust. If they are trustworthy or faithful to us, we will receive help, but if they are not trustworthy, we soon find that our desire for help has been sadly misplaced.



God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

"Bounty of God" Video Devotion

"Bounty of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 142, verses 5 through 7. Why is it that we tend to fail to appreciate the true bounty of God except after difficulties arise, often resulting in miserable defeats or failures on our part? It is true that when life seems to be sailing along smoothy, we do not sense a great necessity for God's intervention, but when things begin to fall apart, as believers, we do know where to turn. Such was the case with David. When surrounded by his persecutors, who were much stronger, he understood that his only help would come from the Lord.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, September 07, 2015

"No Man" Video Devotion

"No Man" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 142, verses 1 through 4. Who really cares about the innermost troubles of our hearts? David, in Psalm 141, cried out in his anguish, "No man cared for my soul." He is right, is he not? When all is said and done, who is there who cares so much for us that he cares for our soul? Now we may have friends or family who love us so much that they actually care about our souls, but who among men can actually do anything about our souls? Only Christ! Only Christ came to this earth as the God Man, suffered the indignation of this life, and then died as a guilty sinner in our place, taking on all of the punishment for our sins, so that we might have life.



God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, September 06, 2015

"Keep Me" Video Devotion

"Keep Me" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 141, verses 8 through 10. As David gazed upon God, His Father, admitting that he trusted in none other, he plead, "Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins [traps] of the workers of iniquity." It is a desperate plea for desperate times. Yet, it was a confident plea, knowing that he could, indeed, trust God to guide and protect him even in the most difficult of circumstances. Do we have this confidence in God? Do we understand that, no matter what our circumstances, He is always right beside us guiding and keeping us from evil? Even when our circumstances are simply overwhelming, do we have that sweet peace and confidence that God will guide us through to safety on the other side of this trial?




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, September 05, 2015

"Perspective" Video Devotion

"Perspective" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 141, verses 5 through 7. Our view on life is really all a matter of our perspective, which, as believers, is shaped by God Himself through the wisdom of His Word. Such is the case in David's words from Psalm 141. "Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head." As believers, we understand the wisdom of his words, but we also know that they are very hard to apply to everyday life. After all, we all like to be liked, do we not? None of us enjoy hearing words of criticism or reproof. Yet, truthfully, it is a greater kindness, as believers, to graciously receive the reproof of our dear friends and family rather than to take offense.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, September 04, 2015

"Dainties of the Wicked" Video Devotion

"Dainties of the Wicked" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 141, verses 1 through 4. As David cried out to God for help in Psalm 141, it is interesting to note that he specifically asked God to help him to not eat of the dainties of the wicked. Centuries later we, as believers, must implore God for the same thing! How tempting it is to eat of the bread of this age, entangling ourselves in the gods of this age. Even as Christians, we find we must fight against the sins of pride, arrogance, and the desire to taste of the riches of this age at the neglect of the far weightier things of God.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, September 03, 2015

"I Know" Video Devotion

"I Know" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 140, verses 12 and 13. What things do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt? David concluded Psalm 140 with the words, "I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted." When one considers the society in which we live, one has to be amazed, for few, if any, will maintain the cause of the afflicted, the poor, the outcast, the disabled, etc. Indeed, when Christ, the Son of God, came to this earth, He did not come with pomp and ceremony, neither did He reside in a King's palace. Yet, He certainly had the right to do so. Instead, Jesus was born in a lowly cattle manger, with only his parents in attendance. When beginning His public ministry, around the age of 30, Jesus did not suddenly claim the throne as His own. One of the very reasons He was rejected by the Jewish religious leaders of His day was due to His refusal to set up His kingdom on this earth.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

"Surrounded" Video Devotion

"Surrounded" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 140, verses 9 through 11. Surrounded by his evil pursuers, David was filled with bitterness against those who ruled their kingdoms with evil intent. It certainly was not God's way; how he longed to see God's power displayed against those who refused to obey His Word. Yet, though he prayed for his demise, David never lifted his hand against Saul, God's anointed ruler. He understood that it was God who would finally overcome Saul's disobedience and wickedness.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

"Thou Art My God" Video Devotion

"Thou Art My God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 140, verses 6 through 8. More beautiful words have not been spoken! Thou art my God! The Psalmist seemed to be speaking this declaration at a time when he was almost overcome with trials and difficulties at the hands of his enemies. Rightly he exclaimed, "O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle." Only in our wondrous Lord God Almighty can we have such complete confidence. I pray that is the burning cry of each and every person reading this devotional, for if we have placed our confidence in any other than God, Himself, then that confidence is, indeed, misplaced!




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, August 31, 2015

"Keep and Preserve" Video Devotion

"Keep and Preserve" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 140, verses 4 and 5. In a day when we are told we can do anything if we just try hard enough, the Psalmist's pleas may seem a little out of place. Nowhere does he mention his own ability to get himself out of his own troubles. Rather, he pleads with the Lord, "Keep and preserve me!" Truly he understands the real world in which we live. It is not about us, is it? It, as always, is Christ who keeps us going the way we should go. It is to Him we need to continually pray. We have the assurance that God will, indeed, keep our feet upon His paths.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Evil" Video Devotion

"Evil" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 140, verses 1 through 3. In Psalm 140, the Psalmist cried, "Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man." The difficulty in our 21st century world is, how does one define evil? Who is the counterpart of the evil man as described in Psalm 140? Clearly, he is not speaking of his next door neighbor, but rather he is speaking of the enemies of Israel. At least, that is our first thought, but he may actually be speaking of his own leaders!




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"Search Me, O God" Video Devotion

"Search Me, O God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 139, verses 23 and 24. Our Bible passage today is one of those timeless passages that we find ourselves repeating again and again. It is a prayer we would do well to pray every single day of our lives. For our hearts are deceitful, and we constantly find ourselves in the position of searching our very hearts, and crying out for God's grace to keep us faithful to Him. As believers in Christ, we have been transformed. Our desires have changed; when once we only sought to glorify ourselves, now we desire to bring glory to God, alone. However, that does not mean that we are without sin; neither does it mean that we are not constantly bombarded with temptations to sin against this very God we love so much.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, August 28, 2015

"Death to the Wicked" Video Devotion

"Death to the Wicked" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 139, verses 19 through 22. In our 21st century culture, we often struggle with the sentiments expressed by the Psalmist in these verses from Psalm 139. "Death to the wicked," seems to the Psalmist's cry. However, when one thinks about the life in which we live, we must admit that sometimes we get really tired of everything seeming to go the way of the wicked. As a matter of fact, the culture in which we live, even in America, seems to be almost as far removed from a Christian culture as one can imagine. God, prayer, and the ten commandments have almost been totally expunged from our modern day, "advanced" society. Left in its place seems to be a free hand for the wicked to participate in any number of "legal" activities.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Thoughts of God" Video Devotion

"Thoughts of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 139, verses 17 through 18. God thinks about each and every one of His children far more than they think of Him! At least, that is certainly what the Psalmist is implying in verses 17 and 18, of Psalm 139. "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee."
Have you ever had a wonderful dream and then were disappointed when you awoke to find it was only a dream? That seems to be the inference of the Psalmist in these verses, with one exception. When the Psalmist awoke, he was still with God. In other words, it was not a dream--it was the truth!




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Pro Life" Video Devotion

"Pro Life" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 139, verses 13 through 16. The Psalmist, in Psalm 139, was not afraid to admit what people of our day seem to think is optional. The Psalmist was pro life! Verses 13 through 16 are a representation of us, while still in our mother's womb, and God's perspective of our existence. As if there were any doubt, he begins by stating in verse 13, "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb."




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Where?" Video Devotion

"Where?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm  139, verses 7 through 12. The Psalmist asked the question, "Where can I go from your Spirit?" (NKJV) While in this life, no man can run from God; there is no place on the earth, above the earth, in the depths of the earth, or even in the seas where God's Spirit does not go. Neither is there any darkness that can blot out God's light, for the Psalmist said, "Even the night shall be light about me."




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Known Me" Video Devotion

"Known Me" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 139, verses 1 through 6. Today we begin one of the most amazing Psalms ever written. The Psalmist began with the words, "O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me." Think about the truth of that statement. How many people really know you? Maybe your spouse, your family, your closest friends, but wait, do they really know you? Do you even really know yourself? There is only One who really knows you, and that is God! He knows everything about you. He knows what you do, what you say, and even what you think, and beyond that, He even knows the innermost intentions of your heart.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, August 23, 2015

"Middle of Trouble" Video Devotion

"Middle of Trouble" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 138, verses 7 and 8. Sometimes it seems that no matter where we go, no matter what we do, we always end up right in the middle of trouble. That is exactly the point where we find the Psalmist in verse 7 of Psalm 138. Yet, he is undaunted, for he knows that God will stretch out his hand against the wrath of his enemies, and God's right hand will save him. Do we have that kind of confidence in the Lord? Is that confidence misplaced? These are two very important questions for us to ponder when we consider our relationship with the Lord. For God's mercy is not a talisman that we can count on to bail us out of any trouble in which we find ourselves.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"All the Kings" Video Devotion

"All the Kings" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 138, verses 4 through 6. It is easy to take a quick read through the Bible, and miss some of the subtle gems along the way by doing so. Such is definitely the case with Psalm 138, for example, with the word, "all." All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth." How can that possibly be true? In our 21st century, I cannot fathom that the leaders of Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea, just to name of a few, will actually praise the Lord. To what is the Psalmist referring? It is true, that at the end of time, when all truth is revealed, every single ruler that ever lived, as well as every man, woman, and child, will bow the knee before the Lord God Almighty and praise His name. When they hear the words of His mouth, they will, indeed, sing in the ways of the Lord, for only then will they understand how great is the glory of the LORD.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, August 21, 2015

"Thy" Video Devotion

"Thy" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 138, verses 1 through 3. The Psalmist understood that his worship of God was before all of the gods of the nations surrounding Israel. In other words, when we worship God, we worship Him in the presence of all of the gods of this world. In a sense, we are shaking our fists at the idols of this world and saying, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" (Joshua 24:15) The Psalmist also understood that, apart from God, we have nothing; everything that we have, first of all, belongs to God.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Vengeance of the Lord" Video Devotions

"Vengeance of the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 137, verses 7 through 9. As we read through the last three verses of Psalm 137, the Psalmist is rather harsh with his words as he calls for the vengeance of the Lord upon the Babylonians. At least, it seems harsh to us in our day of forgiveness and leniency for the criminal. Yet, is the Psalmist out of line? Should he have a more forgiving spirit? In a true system of justice and equity, there is a proper balance between tolerance and payment for one's transgressions. However, in truth, no sin is truly forgotten. All sins require a just payment by the transgressor. When one considers the holiness, purity, and righteousness of God our Father, one realizes that no sin can truly go unpunished.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Remember Jerusalem" Video Devotion

"Remember Jerusalem" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 137, verses 5 and 6. It was a bitter time for the children of Israel. Jerusalem had been ransacked and most of the people routed from their homes and carted off to Babylon. While standing on the shores of the Babylonian rivers, the Israelites lamented their fate. The writer of Psalm 137 implored the people to remember Jerusalem. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. What, exactly, was the Psalmist calling the Jews to remember? Were they to remember their lovely city, the happy occasions, their loving families surrounding them, and their magnificent temple, built by Solomon so many years before? Or, was the Psalmist imploring the people to remember God? The distinction between these questions is not to be missed!




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"How Shall We Sing?" Video Devotion

"How Shall We Sing" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 137, verses 1 through 4. It was the worst of times? Jerusalem, the city God's people never thought would be destroyed, lay in ruins. Carried away to Babylon, God's people, overcome with grief and fear, sat down by the rivers of Babylon and wept. Their captors, jeering at their misery said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion." Yet, how could they sing the Lord's song in a strange land? How could they sing the Lord's song when their capital city lay in ruins, and they had been thrust from their own homes and lands?




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, August 17, 2015

"To Him" Video Devotion

"To Him" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 136, verses 16 through 26. As the writer of Psalm 136 continued the history lesson he began earlier in this Psalm, he reminded his readers that it is to Him, to the Lord God Almighty, that all thanks, honor, and praise is owed. As he recounted the mighty kings which God removed from the land that He might give that same land to His people, he reminded the people that God always cared for their needs. He took them from the land of Egypt, provided for them during the years of wilderness wandering, and brought them safely into the land He had promised to them. What lessons are we to learn from this recounting of history?




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, August 16, 2015

"A Look into the Past" Video Devotion

"A Look into the Past" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 136, verses 10 through 15. The writer of Psalm 136 continued this Psalm with a look into the past, recounting God's working on behalf of His people when they were enslaved by the nation of Egypt. He recounts the beginning of the great Exodus after the firstborn in Egypt were slain by the angel of God. With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm God brought them forth, dividing the Red sea into parts so were able to cross on dry land through the middle of the sea, and then bringing the waters back upon Pharaoh and his army. It was a miraculous time, indeed. One would think the lessons learned during that time would have never been forgotten by the people of God, but oh how soon they forgot this God they served.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Creation Proclaims" Video Devotion

"Creation Proclaims" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 136, verses 4 through 9. Though mankind may have a great reluctance to proclaim the mighty works of God, creation proclaims the glory of God, loudly and clearly! The Psalmist reminds us that when we seek the face of God, we should not forget who He is and what He has done. We are not speaking to a god of wood and stone, but, rather, we are speaking of our mighty Creator God!




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, August 14, 2015

"He Is Good" Video Devotion

"He Is Good" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 136, verses 1 through 3. When we stop and think of the statement, "The Lord is good," we must remember that this statement is not true of any other gods or people! In our day we tend to use the term "good" rather loosely, but in truth no one is really good except God. The Psalmist adds the text, "For His mercy endureth for ever." Certainly no one but God can make such a claim. In a day when cynicism abounds, what a wonder that we can latch on to our Bibles and say, "I can trust everything in God's Word, for not only is it all true, but it is good, and it endures forever!"




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Praise Ye the Lord" Video Devotion

"Praise Ye the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 135, verses 19 through 21. Psalm 135 ends with a glorious praise to God by calling all peoples, "Praise ye the Lord." Beginning with the nation, then the extended family, then the family, all who fear the Lord are called to bless Him. As God's people, let us rise to the occasion and praise Him for His great and mighty hand of blessing upon us. Without the Lord, where would we be?




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Idols" Video Devotion

"Idols" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 135, verses 15 through 18. The Psalmist tells us that the idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. After describing them in more detail, he ends with, "They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them." What of us in the 21st century? Yes, physical idols still do exist in many countries, and among many peoples, but what of those in countries which no longer worship at the feet of a physical idol? Has idolatry ceased to exist in those countries?




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"God Endures Forever" Video Devotion

"God Endures Forever" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 135, verses 13 and 14. How vibrant these words appear when one considers that it has been thousands of years since they were first written! "Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations." Indeed, God endures forever! Here we are in the 21st century AD, still praising His name and praising God for His Word, much of what was written thousands of years ago. Like the saints of God in the Old Testament, we can hardly praise God enough for the goodness He shows to His people.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, August 10, 2015

"Kept by God" Video Devotion

"Kept by God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 135, verses 8 through 12. As the Psalmist continued to extol the greatness of God, in Psalm 135,  he broke into a narrative of the history of God's working His righteous indignation against the enemies of God's people. Never was there a need for the people of God to live in fear, for they were a people who were kept by God. From the narrative it would sound as though it was one smooth and easy event, with the Israelites docilely following God. However, in reading the first five books of the Bible, we learn that it was not one, smooth and easy event. In a sense, the Israelites were led kicking and screaming all of the way. In spite of one miraculous event after another, every new difficulty brought more rebellion and complaining from the people.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, August 09, 2015

"The Lord Is Great" Video Devotion

"The Lord is Great" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 135, verses 5 through 7. With great assurance the Psalmist proclaimed, "For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods." As believers, that is our assurance as well, and what a great assurance that is. What do we know about God, and how does that affect our daily lives? From the words of Psalm 135, we know that God does what He pleases, not only in heaven, but also here on earth as well. Nothing on this earth is out of God's control, whether it be in the earth, in the seas, or even all of the deep places.




God Bless You,
Linda



Saturday, August 08, 2015

"The Lord Is Good" Video Devotion

"The Lord Is Good" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 135, verses 1 through 4. "Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant."  As we read Psalm 135, especially verses 3, we must shake our heads sadly, for this is not the common consensus of our day. How many people truly believe that the Lord is good? Most charge God foolishly for He does not act in a manner pleasing to them. "If He is truly God, why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?" they ask.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, August 07, 2015

"Sabbath Blessing" Video Devotion

"Sabbath Blessing" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 134, verses 1 through 3. We can see the picture the Psalmist is painting in Psalm 134. This is the last of a series of Psalms which were sung throughout the Sabbath day. It is nearing evening and the worshipers are leaving the temple for home. As they look back upon the temple walls they see the servants of the Lord standing guard on the temple walls. In response they offer words of blessing to them: "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD." The priests respond back with the words: "The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion." What can we take away from this short Psalm?




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, August 06, 2015

"Unity" Video Devotion

"Unity" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 133, verses 1 through 3. What a beautiful and yet, very sad, Psalm! Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! But, where is the unity among the people of God? In place of unity, in this world we see a fractured church, splintered into thousands and thousands of groups. Why has God allowed such a thing to come upon His church? Due to the sin of man, what we see today is a natural result of sin in the hearts of God's people. In their zealous attempt to be faithful to God's Word (which is good), they have argued and argued against the finest points of doctrine until it seems that no two groups can agree.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

"Zion Chosen" Video Devotion

"Zion Chosen" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 132, verses 13 through 18. Who is this Zion that the Lord has chosen? God chose the children of Israel as His own people, and promised to David that his descendants would rule forever. Why, then, is there no king descended from David ruling in Israel today? God looked beyond the human frailty of the nation of Israel and did give them an eternal king who was humanly descended from David: the Lord Jesus Christ. And, of the kingdom of Christ, there shall be no end!




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"David the King" Video Devotion

"David the King" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 132, verses 11 and 12. Psalm 132 contains a conditional promise to David, the king, that if his children would keep God's covenant, then they would sit upon the throne forever. Has that promise been fulfilled, and if so, how is it related to us today, especially if we are not descendants of the Israelites of David's time? After having more than 2000 years pass by, this is a very interesting promise of God. Has it been kept by God? Yes! None of God's promises have ever failed. Though the Jewish people were scattered, due to their lack of keeping God's commands, yet today the nation of Israel exists as a testimony of God's fulfillment of His promises to His people. Yet, that is not the only fulfillment of this promise.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, August 03, 2015

"Anointed of God" Video Devotion

"Anointed of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 132, verses 6 through 10. David was concerned that the Ark of the Covenant resided in a mere tent, while he lived in a house of cedar. Should not the house of God--the house where David fell down and worshiped God not be in a great cathedral? Yet, we must remember that it is not the cathedral, but it is God whom we worship. David understood that through God's Anointed one, the Lord Jesus Christ, all saints through the ages are likewise anointed of God, and as such are set apart for a holy work. Let us not think that the things we do each day are meaningless, even though they may be quite ordinary. It is through the ordinary things of life that God moves us to do great things for His glory.




God Bless You,
Linda