"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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."
"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."
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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?
"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?
"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.
"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!
"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!"
"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?
"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 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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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?
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"House for God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 132,verses 1 through 5. t was his dream. In honor and worship of God, who had so blessed him all of the days of his life, David desired to build a magnificent house for God: "An habitation for the mighty God of Jacob." It was not a wrong desire, but it would not be accomplished in his days, for God set the task upon David's son, Solomon.
"Simple Trust" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 131, verses 1 through 3. Though one of the shortest of the Psalms, Psalm 131 is certainly not short in meaning, but is rather profound in character. It conveys simple trust in the Lord--a trust learned through grievous trials. This Psalm is thought to have been a song the Israelites sang when returning from captivity in Babylon. Weaned from the idol worship and other wicked practices which had brought upon them their devastation ordered by God at the hands of the Babylonians, the Israelites had been humbled before the Lord and now conveyed a simple trust in Him.