Psalm 94–God’s Love and Discipline


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When I was a child; heck, I have said it as a parent…”I discipline you because I love you. If I didn’t care–I would let you roam free and destroy yourself.” So it is with God our father.  When we see the world running amok and they seem to be paying no price for their behavior–we as God’s chosen feel like it is not fair.  They get away with anything they want.  Well God’s response is simply–They are not mine to discipline.

Make no mistake, God does not prevent them from experiencing the effects of their decisions; but, he does not train those he does not love. In our lives, it seems that we are always being pointed back to the Lord. If we sin we are caught, if we fail to follow him, we lose control and are miserable. We try to do life on our own and we mess it up. That is God leading, guiding and directing us into a life that he directs and blesses us.  When we follow Him, we experience His blessing and comfort. We see things from an eternal perspective.  It is in that place that we really experience God’s love in our lives.  Thank you Lord, that you discipline those you love.

God Bless You

Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
    the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,
    till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;
    he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
    and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
    Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
    I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
    your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
    your consolation brought me joy.

Psalm 93–The Lord Reigns Supreme


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Today the message is simple, The Lord God reigns.  There is no purer, truer or more  fitting message in light of the madness happening across the globe–The Lord reigns. It is very likely that as the psalmist wrote this psalm; life seemed pretty out of control for his time, as well. In the midst of the storm and confusion, the author declares–God Reigns! The world knows it, creation knows it and we know it. Further, since we know it-we need to acknowledge his supremacy.

If then, we know God to be supreme–we should live lives that trust his leadership, reverences his authority and honors his supremacy.  We should not try to wrestle back control of our lives–that is a futile and silly course of action. Instead, we should humbly and gratefully submit to God’s lordship and trust that He cares for us, protects us and prepares us for each day’s circumstances.  As we allow The Lord to reign, (as if we could do otherwise) He then leads, blesses and completes His work in our lives and the lives of our families. In the end, we have a full and meaningful journey; and a legacy that lives well beyond us and our children.

He is supreme! He needs to be Lord of our lives, since he is Lord of all creation! Will you allow Him to reign in you?

God Bless You

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
    indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
Your throne was established long ago;
    you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, Lord,
    the seas have lifted up their voice;
    the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
    mightier than the breakers of the sea—
    the Lord on high is mighty.

Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
    holiness adorns your house
    for endless days.

Psalm 92–Giving Credit Where Credit is Due


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As the old saying goes, “Let’s give credit where credit is due!” The psalmist is making that the point of the day. It is good to praise the Lord.  He, after all, created all things. He has guided the lives of His people. While the godless seem to spring up and do well with no thought of God, they will pass away without a legacy.

God is God!!  He makes things work. He brings life out of nothing, and purpose out of a meaningless chaotic world. So, what does that mean to us? It means that in the midst of our prayer, we need to stop and not only thank Him for what he has done in our lives, but, also praise God for who He is.  We need to recognize His amazing efforts, and acknowledge his hand in our lives.  We simply need to give God the reverence, that he deserves.

When we do that, it blesses us. We see God for who he is, and it helps us to trust him with our lives, and our families. We also realize that we in no way measure up to him; and, therefore, should not try to take his job of leading us through life.  If we can recognize God for who he is, and trust him to make us into his image–then, we will experience the life of meaning and purpose that we have always dreamed of.

God Bless You 

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
Senseless people do not know,
    fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

Psalm 91–God IS the Ultimate Refuge


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The best place to be is in the shadow of God Almighty. Oh, sure, that might not be the recommendation of Forbes, Trip-adviser or Expedia travel; but at the end of any day being in the refuge of our Lord is the only place I want to stay.  The psalmist makes it clear–in his refuge we are safe from harm, we find peace, and, while the rest of the world might literally “be going to Hell in a hand basket”–we are safe.

He literally covers us, protects us and makes the world a place for us to live full, meaningful, peaceful lives. In exchange, we rest in him, hide in him, seek and follow him–but, we mostly simply trust him.  Make no mistake; life is difficult.  We encounter trials and temptation that are sometimes insurmountable and unbearable. in the midst of those times, He still provides protection, meaning and purpose! We need not fear the life before us–as desperate as it may seem. We simply need to hide in the refuge of the Lord and allow him to be our strength, our purpose and our guide through the midst of the confusion.

God Bless You

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.

Psalm 90–Moses’ View of God


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Moses wrote Psalm 90. It is a reminder, from one of God’s great partners of how little power and control that we have–as compared to God.  Few men understood God, his mission and his power more than Moses. God prepared Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He did so by raising him as a prince, training him as a shepherd, using him as a liberator and guiding him for 40+ years through the desert.

Moses saw God at his best and worst. He grew to love and honor God like few others. He tolerated the most stiff-necked slaves, and slowly changed them into warriors and victors. He wrote the books of the law and was Israel’s 1st picture of Jesus. So, when we look at his view of God, we should take note.

Moses knew God was eternal; so our limited view of life and time means little to God. He also knew that God could change course in a second. When we as people think we can control our lives; we are living an illusion. Moses knew people should be both humble and reverent as they seek God. Displaying any other attitude would be arrogant and would lead to a difficult end.

Today, God who owns time and space–still calls us to respect and honor him. If we choose to do so; he will lead, guide and protect us–as he has done for his folks since the beginning. We can trust God, as Moses did, and watch Him fulfill His plan for our lives. It will not be as we expect; for, God’s ways are not our ways. He will, complete all He has planned for us, if we will simply allow Him to take the lead and humbly follow, like Moses did.

God Bless You

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
    they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
    but by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger
    and terrified by your indignation.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.
All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Psalm 89 Part 2–A tribute to God’s Promise to His Annointed


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It would be great to be David! God was his biggest cheerleader and support. He loved David’s heart as a boy and transformed his life and lineage to be eternal.  David was by far the greatest King that Israel ever knew. As a teenager, it never dawned upon David to trust anyone other than God for his life or safety. He confidently fought bears, lions and giants with no regard to hismself–simply because he knew God was with him.  

He also was anointed King of Israel, as a boy; and for the next several years he was pronounced a fugitive from justice. He was hated by the current King, hunted by Saul’s army and left seemingly, alone and with no support–Still, he knew God was with Him. 

Finally, He was made King. He unified his nation, established peace for the first time in years and embraced his call to lead–God was there! Then sin and life tried to tear him and the kingdom apart. He still faced it; holding God’s promise in his heart.  He trusted and followed God even in the dark times; he trusted God all the days of his life.  

We are adopted into that lineage through our Lord and Savior. He wants us to walk in the same faith as David walked. In both great and terrible circumstances–he calls us to be people after his own heart.  He will bless and honor such a commitment; both in this life and in eternity.  We are not called to be perfect–clearly David was not perfect. We are simply called to believe in him and to trust him. It will  transform us into his image and  give us a full and meaningful  life on Earth and  a great life for eternity .

God Bless You

Once you spoke in a vision,
    to your faithful people you said:
“I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
    I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
    with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
    surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
    the wicked will not oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down his adversaries.
24 My faithful love will be with him,
    and through my name his horn[f] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
    his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, the Rock my Savior.’
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
    the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
    and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
    his throne as long as the heavens endure.

Psalm 89 Part 1–On the Other Hand


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Yesterday, the psalmist was living without hope. All that he had known was sorrow and tragedy. On the other hand–today, the psalmist seems full of hope and joy.  Today, rather than focusing on what was before him, the psalmist chose to focus upon God and His greatness.  When one focuses upon God and His greatness, it allows us to see things from God’s perspective.

From God’s perspective, this is an eternal journey. As we make the journey, He is transforming us into the people we were created to be.  We are taking each day, and, as we move forward in it; we can see God’s hand and His handiwork. If we need to remember how truly great God is, we need only to search the night sky and remember that among the countless stars their are billions and billions of miles in distance between them and yet He set them all in place. God alone has the power and the control to do any and everything He has planned.

We, therefore, need to focus our time and our attention on what God is doing and align our lives and our ministries with His plan. When we do, it allows us the strength to endure trials, the faith to continue the journey, the confidence and trust to help us look to God for our daily provision and preparation. 

It is easier to dwell on today’s troubles–BUT, there is little good that will ever come from that. Solomon said it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge God in all your ways–and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

God Bless You

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c]

The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
    your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
    he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
    You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

You rule over the surging sea;
    when its waves mount up, you still them.

Psalm 88–The Saddest Psalm


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All the commentators of the Bible indicate that Psalm 88 is the saddest psalm of the group.  It is a sad recount of the state of affairs in God’s chosen nation and the result of a life independent of the creator.  He has known nothing other than terror and defeat.  The story is simply that even with the right heart, the writer has paid a price for the sins of the nation.

In our lives, we sometimes are  faced with circumstances that one cannot put a smile on. death, rebellion, sickness, injustice, poverty and abuse happen to the ones that follow God–just as they do to those who do not. We want to make allowance or excuses for why things happen, but, like the psalmist, sometimes it is just horrible.  In those times, however, like the psalmist, we still need to turn to God and not away.  He is still the answer for this life and eternal life with God in Heaven,

There will be a time when we have no more sadness, sickness or sorrow. We will be with God, and see him face to face.  He is God–he knows, controls and directs our paths. Therefore, even when all seems hopeless and lost and there is little good news to spread–in those times; God is still God and he has us in his sight, care and plan.

God Bless You

Lord, you are the God who saves me;
    day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
    turn your ear to my cry.

I am overwhelmed with troubles
    and my life draws near to death.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am like one without strength.
I am set apart with the dead,
    like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
    who are cut off from your care.

You have put me in the lowest pit,
    in the darkest depths.
Your wrath lies heavily on me;
    you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d]
You have taken from me my closest friends
    and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
    my eyes are dim with grief.

I call to you, Lord, every day;
    I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
    Do their spirits rise up and praise you?

Psalm 87–The City of God


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Since Abraham left and entered Canaan, the area that grew to be Israel’s capitol city has become the center of attention for peoples and nations around the world. Abraham met the High priest Melchizedek, King of Salem there. God had Abraham submit to sacrifice Isaac there. Ultimately God made the center of national worship there. Kings rose, temples rose, and the world became exposed to Adonai, there.

Still today, Jeru-Salem (city of God) is being recognized as Israel’s capitol. Many that hate Israel recognize its placement as the nation’s capital is also a recognition that this is again God’s chosen people. God built the nation to be a nation of priests and the evangelists to the world that there is only one true God. While the reminder of the nation being “God’s chosen people”is ever present, the hatred for the nation and God grows ever powerful each day.

All of us that know Christ are ever grateful that God chose Israel. We are ardent supporters of his people and recognize their place in God’s order of things. Still, we are also glad the Messiah came, died and rose so that we could become adopted into the family of God by simply following the resurrected Messiah, Jesus as our Lord ad Savior. Thank you, Lord for your people, your city and your sacrifice that allows those of us who know Christ–to enjoy eternity with you!

God Bless You

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are said of you,
city of God:[a]
4 “I will record Rahab[b] and Babylon
among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush[c]—
and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d]
5 Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.”
6 The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.”
7 As they make music they will sing,
“All my fountains are in you

Psalm 86–Why We Trust Him


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There are  mornings, when we wake up and are searching for answers to some unanswerable questions. Unexpected illness, job loss or family tragedy that literally sets us on our face before God. But it is in those times that we turn to him–Because he is the only place left to turn.

David, in this psalm knew that in his greatest time of need, he had only one option to trust God. He trusted God because God was his only option for survival and strength. God had been with him from the beginning and had continued to carry him through. He trusted God in both Good times and in bad.  There simply was no one like him.

In that same way, we have to continue to trust God. Not simply because of who he is, but also because of who we are in him.  He is faithful beyond measure and as such we trust him.  He is our Father and He wants nothing more than to bless us.  Although trials seem unending, he stays with us in all circumstance. He uses the trials to complete us an to make us leaders for others that struggle.  He does not call us to embrace trials, but, he does call us to embrace Him.  He will care for us; even when it seems all is lost.

God Bless You

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.