"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.
"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.
"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 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!
"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.
"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.
"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."
"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?
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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."
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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."
"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.
"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!"
"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!
"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?
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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?
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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!