"All about Trust" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 115, verses 9 through 11. Three times, the writer of Psalm 115 repeats the admonition to those who fear the Lord: trust in the Lord. First the nation Israel, then the house of Aaron, and finally, the individual is called to trust in the Lord, for He is their help and their shield. It is not enough to fear the Lord; for, it is all about trust. True fear of God without trust in God is a frightening, if impossible, state. Fear of God, in other words, is not a state of terror, but rather a state of complete honor and submission to God, who is not only righteous and holy, but who is completely capable of doing all things.
"Our God Is" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 115, verses 3 through 8. At the time of the writing of this Psalm, each nation had their own god or gods, made of silver or gold--the work of men's hands. If their city or ruler was victorious in battle, their god or gods were said to be stronger. The Psalmist, in addressing the gods of the nations, compared them to the one true and living God, maker of the heavens and the earth. Their gods had mouths that did not speak, eyes that did not see, and ears that did not hear. They had hands that did not handle, and feet that did not walk. In contrast, the psalmist said, "Our God is!" He is in the heavens, and does whatsoever He is pleased to do.
"Not unto Us" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 115, verses 1 and 2. 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.
"Tremble" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 114, verses 7 and 8. 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. 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.
"The Fleeing Sea" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 114, verses 3 through 6. 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.
"Sanctuary and Dominion" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 114, verses 1 and 2. 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!
"Nothing Is Impossible" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 113, verses 7 through 9. 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.
"High above All Nations" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 113, verses 4 through 6. 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? 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!
"Praise the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 113, verses 1 through 3. 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.
"All Done" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 112, verses 9 and 10. 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."
"A Good Man" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 112, verses 5 through 8. 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. Though we fall, we will not be utterly cast down, for the Lord holds our hand! We may fall, but He will pick us up and give us strength to continue on our journey.
"Righteous" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 112, verses 1 through 4. 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! 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!
"Beginning of Wisdom" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 111, verse 10. 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.
"Awesome God" is the title of this KJV video devotions from Psalm 111, verses 7 through 9. 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!
"Power of His Works" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 111, verses 2 through 6. How easy it is, as Christians, to take God for granted. Because we expect righteousness and holiness from Him, we tend to overlook His goodness manifest to us in our own personal lives. God is not just a God who dwells on high, looking down upon His children from afar, rather, He is a God who is personally and intimately involved with every single child of His. What an amazing God we serve. He not only saves and keeps us, but He continues to chip away at our sins and mold us so that we become more and more like Him.
"My Whole Heart" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 111, verse 1. Can you not picture the magnificent scene painted by the writer of Psalm 111? We are all standing, as a part of a huge assembly before Almighty God singing and praising His glorious and holy name. The writer of this psalm spends the next nine verses praising and extolling our great and glorious God. If you were to make a list of all of the benefits you have received from the hand of God, how long would your list be? What would be number 1 on your list?
"Christ Our King" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 110, verses 5 through 7. Who is this Christ that David portrays in Psalm 110? What happened to the sweet, loving, and gentle Savior? We love to hear about our Savior who shelters His own and gently cares for the sheep of His flock, but we are not as content to hear of Him as the Conqueror, leading the charge of battle, completely decimating His foes! Why is that? To accept Christ as one without the other is to not accept Christ at all!
"Beauty of Holiness" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 110, verses 3 and 4. What David is describing in verses 3 and 4 of Psalm 110, is a time in the future when all sin will be erased and the earth re-created with only those who truly, in their heart of hearts, love the Lord. They will all, of one accord, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Millions upon millions, who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb, will live and work on this new Earth. Plants will be disease-free, and all animals will co-exist in peace.
"Christ Reigns" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 110, verses 1 and 2. David, in his beautifully written Psalm 110, is writing of things which had not yet been fulfilled in His day, but are partially fulfilled in ours. When did God say to the Lord Jesus Christ, "Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?" Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David is speaking of the coming of Christ as the Messiah of Israel. It does not matter what any other person thinks about us. In reality, only Christ matters, and His judgment will be without error.
"The Hand of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 109, verses 26 through 31. Have we forgotten? What is the chief thing that David desired for his enemies? David desired that they would know that the hand of God was responsible for the cursed events of their lives. Have we forgotten the hand of God? Our hope stands on nothing less than Jesus Christ, our Righteousness. He is the solid Rock who gives meaning and purpose to our lives on this earth, and He is the Rock who will bring us safely home to Him at the end of our days.
"A Wounded Heart" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 109, verses 21 through 25. The focus changes as David pour out his heart to the Lord in these verses from Psalm 109. It seems as one gets older, days such as this, experienced by King David, become more and more frequent. Gone is the eagerness of youth when all of life seems to stretch before you. Grief, sadness, and disappointments in life cause us to turn our hearts to the Lord. For in Him, alone, we find joy, peace, and comfort. That is exactly what David had discovered when he acclaimed, "because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. In the Lord do we not only find mercy, but we find help."
"Adversaries" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 109, verses 14 through 20. Adversaries! Everyone has them, but the question is, how is the Christian to view his adversaries? David rightly understood that it is God to Whom we must turn. We cannot enact vengeance upon them ourselves, neither should we speak against them to others. Let us commit them to God, and trust that He will deal with them righteously.
"Judgment" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 109, verses 8 through 13. Psalm 109 is a difficult Psalm to understand for it seems to be so contrary to the characteristics that are to exemplify believers. Yet here is David, a believer, hurling a whole list of curses against his enemies. However, before we become too outraged, we must remember that David was led by the Holy Spirit to write these words. Though the wicked may seem to live in great acceptance and prosperity, their days are numbered. The life they have to look forward to will be an eternity filled with torment and regret. Though they may be unpunished in this world, they will not be unpunished in the next!
"God, Our Help" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 109, verses 1 through 5. David had taken all he could take; he was tired and weary as he pondered the ways of the wicked. Was there no longer any justice on earth? Would the wicked rule forever? As David was overcome by the wicked who continually lied about him, filling the hearts of others with hatred against him, he went the only place he knew where mercy and love reigned: his Lord God.
"Who?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 108, verses 10 through 13. To whom do you turn when all hope seems to be lost? David asked that very question: Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me into Edom? The real question asked by David was, "To whom do I turn when God hast cast me off?" He rightly understood that the help of man was vain, for no man could stand before the power of Almighty God. With God victory was assured, but without God all hope was lost.
"God Hath Spoken" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 108, verses 7 through 9. How much easier might out lives be if we just grasped the first three words of Psalm 108, verse 7: God hath spoken. How has He spoken? In His holiness. What do we know of the word or words of God? What do we know of the power of His speech? We do not have to go any farther than Genesis 1 to answer that question. As you go about the duties of this day, I challenge you to remind yourself, God hath spoken, and it is so!
"Be Exalted" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 108, verses 5 and 6. Does God answer prayer? Perhaps the question each of us should ask is, "Does God answer my prayers?" James 4 says, "Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." Is God exalted in our lives, not only as we pray, but also in all we do and say? In a day when the world is quickly rushing away from God, let us draw near to Him, exalt His holy name, and seek to live our lives in accordance with His Word.
"A Steadfast Heart" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 108, verses 1 through 4. The secret to the life of King David is found in verse 1 of Psalm 108. "O God, my heart is fixed." The New King James translates that phrase as, "O God, my heart is steadfast." When one considers all of the inconsistencies of life, the ups and downs, the good times and the bad, what one thing gives us stability? The answer is, a steadfast heart. A heart fixed upon God will not easily go astray.