Psalm 15–God’s Kind of Folks


So many times, we focus on what we should not do as God’s chosen people. We should not adopt the culture’s mentality. We should not chase the things of this world…In Psalm 15, David takes a moment to look at what the people God thinks are important, do each day. God is transforming us into his image. While we will never be perfect, until He returns and takes us home, he does highlight traits that set us apart.

God loves folks who are innocent and living a life that honors him. Those folks naturally speak the truth–about themselves, about others and are the helpful, selfless ones. They neither attack, nor defame those they call friends. While they do not have anything to do with the rough crowd, they keep good friends, and do what they say they will–no matter the cost. finally, they help, without keeping tabs and they are honest to a fault. In short, God loves people that seek him and desire to honor and become like him–no matter what it costs or what it takes. Help me, Lord to be one of those people!

God Bless You

    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

Psalm 14–God’s Perception of the Foolishness of Men

As we continue to watch the media, we see men’s progress in reaching the stars, in defining life and in recreating some of the great mysteries of the world.  In that endeavor, the absolute and obvious conclusion should be how great God is.  Still, as in David’s time, men foolishly think they have appeared, advanced and survived on their own.  They truly believe that there is no God; and the amazing aspects of life and the universe, simply happened by chance.

God often shakes his head and wonders if anyone gets it. The amount of faith required to believe that all the wonders of the universe happened randomly is enormous. In God’s eyes it is not an issue of faith–science has great faith. It is, instead, an issue of where faith is placed. the world has chosen to base its faith on ever changing theories; and upon personal perceptions of life and the universe.  That is the epitome of foolishness. 

God calls us simply to believe he is God, and that He sent Christ to pay the price for our sin and selfishness. He created the wonders of life and the universe, to demonstrate his power and love for us. When we receive that truth, our desires change from self-preservation and reward to honoring God and serving others.  In that realm, we have peace and provision for life.  That peace drives the world nuts.  

They attack what they do not understand. They attempt to replicate God’s wonder in a selfish way for selfish reasons. The result becomes chaos, foolishness, greed and envy. That is why God shakes his head in sadness.  He loves us, and wants for us to have a full and meaningful life.  He gladly provides that life to those who accept His gift of salvation, and trust him to lead, guide and direct them to eternity.  For the rest…well, they are doomed to trust in the fleeting, unstable desires of a selfish heart.  Sadly, faith in such a fleeting reality will never end well.

God Bless You

Only fools say in their hearts,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
    not one of them does good!

The Lord looks down from heaven
    on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
    if anyone seeks God.
But no, all have turned away;
    all have become corrupt.[a]
No one does good,
    not a single one!

Will those who do evil never learn?
    They eat up my people like bread
    and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.
Terror will grip them,
    for God is with those who obey him.
The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,
    but the Lord will protect his people.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
    When the Lord restores his people,
    Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

Psalm 13–Hold On to What Is True

It is inevitable–sometimes the trials we face seem to gain the upper hand.  All the nice platitudes, self help books and podcasts simply are not working. We sit, facing the struggles and temptations before us–and feel alone, abandoned and afraid. David faced that as well.  He was a shepherd that saw God assist him in defeating lions and bears.  He was a soldier that killed a giant, hundreds of enemies and led a troop of superheroes. Still, in the midst of such a great career–he sat, feeling alone, abandoned and afraid.  

In the middle of that crisis of faith, David took hold of the one truth that would carry him through–God had been good to him. He was not all better, but, once he grasped the truth–all the lies the enemy would have him believe–faded into mist.  God loves us–he died for us. While we were a mess–he made a way back for us. He never promised us an easy journey, in fact, he promised just the opposite.  He also promised, however, that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He promised that if we would trust him he would make our paths straight.

Those truths have to become the anchors we cling to when the winds and storms of life attempt to take our legs out from under us.  God promises us eternal life with him.  He is preparing us for that life; transforming us into people of faith.  The transformation is neither easy, nor is it quick. So, like David–in the times when we feel alone, abandoned and afraid; we have to hold on to the truth of God’s unfailing love, and salvation.

God Bless You


How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

Psalm 12–In God We Trust

No one else, but God, is truly trustworthy. While that seems a little over-broad, truth is, we are all sinners.  The world is filled with folks, good and bad, that are ultimately torn to follow their own interests and needs. David, the King that changed Israel– sinned, his family sinned, his world was filled with people that would steal his throne, his life and his name. In his time, people were a mess. David’s kingdom was full of intrigue and dysfunction.  So David put it bluntly–God is truly the only trustworthy source.

In our day–God is still our only trustworthy source. Make no mistake, most folks in our lives–mean well. They never truly intend to lie, betray or hurt us.  We are, however, human and as such; always subject to sin. So, as David said, we need to place our trust in God–He is steadfast, true and eternal.  He loves us and has given so much to redeem us.  He will never lie, he will never leave and he will always love us–His beloved.  Solomon said it best–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways–and He will make your path straight!” Proverbs 3:5-6.

God Bless You

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

May the Lord silence all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold[c] refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 11–The Fork in the Road

Each of us is on an amazing journey.  From youth on, we are faced with hills and valleys, twists and turns and obstructions–that cause us to constantly question and readjust our view of life, love and God.  

Conversely, God sees things from an eternal perspective.  He looks at our hearts.  Sin may creep in and out of our lives, but our hearts are the measure of who we are, and whom we will serve.  God sent Christ to be the payment for our sin, but, unless we are willing to adjust the journey to allow God to rule, we will meet the fork in the road and choose independence over freedom.

This Psalm speaks to the idea that God will protect his kids, and he will rain hell on those that choose themselves over his lordship. He need not see any one act of evil–deceit, violence or preying on his kids; he looks directly at who is in charge and will deal with those that choose to reject him fairly but directly.

It is inevitable, We can take refuge in him or live in fear of him. He will not spare those that reject his precious sacrifice.  There is a Heaven and a Hell–He desires that none should perish, but should they choose to do so–it will be heinous.  

God Bless You

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

Psalm 10–Sometimes it Seems Like God is Distant

No matter how scholarly one is, no matter how many hours are spent in God’s word, people can become doubtful of God being in their corner.  The world always seems to have the upper hand.  Evil people seem to own the stage, curry the wealth, get the recognition and shamelessly attack those that are God’s people.  This has been the case throughout history. The Israelites in Egypt, David running from Saul, The persecution of the early church and the continued war on God in the courts, schools and churches across the world.

Still, history bears out the fact that God is supreme.  He has overcome the world and has remained sovereign despite the thousands of attacks and attempts to eradicate his influence.  In our personal journeys, we often times wonder why bad things happen, why God does not intervene–the truth is simply that God’s love for us allows him to take us through suffering and the evil of the world so that we can be prepared to meet the enemy and stand firm. 

God warns us to stand firm–the enemy is like a roaring lion seeking whom h may devour. He also tells us to put on the whole armor of God to prepare for war. Finally, he reminds us that no matter what the circumstance is; we can do all things through Christ–who strengthens us. He is always present, ever watchful and ready to lead, guide, direct and comfort his own.  Don’t worry, the world will not win!

God Bless You

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

Psalm 9 Part 2–God Our Avenger

Marvel Comics put together a series of stories about a group of superheroes called the avengers.  Their purpose in life was to defeat evil soundly and completely.  In addition, the avengers helped the weak and downtrodden and kept them safe from villainy. Marvel Comics did not come up with that idea originally.  David spoke of the only true avenger–God.  As we have often talked, God is a true superhero–all powerful, all knowing and all places and times at once–God sees all and knows all.  Amazingly, He–unlike the Marvel crew, has no weakness.  He has been the true avenger since the beginning.  He avenged Israel countless times, And throughout Bible history–he has protected his own and defeated those who would harm them.

God remains our protector and our avenger.  We cry out to him and he hears our prayers.  We have enemies from all sides.  Not only the obvious haters of God, but the very culture in which we live continually tries to destroy the family and eradicate God from everything he has built.  While the world often feels it has experienced success–God remains the center of the world.  Their very attempts to discredit him only further prove his place and power in the world. Since the Tower of Babel, men have plotted and planned ways to replace him. Still after they have been long dead and Gone he remains.

He not only remains, He continues to protect, provide and prepare us for the world we face and the home in heaven where we will spend eternity.  He is still the same great protector and avenger–we are humbly grateful for.  Thanks God, for being our Superhero!

God Bless You


Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
    Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,
    and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[c]
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
    all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
    let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.

Psalm 9 Part 1–God, Our Shield and Fortress

When one stops and considers how active God is in our lives, it is awe inspiring.  We as a people need to recognize the great things God has done for us, and how he has preserved us in the midst of this chaotic world.  It is no secret that through his love and sacrifice–God has restored our ability to walk with him and have fellowship with him. He has freed us from sin and death.  We are his chosen, and are secure behind his shield and fortress.

Our enemies–in the world, and in the spiritual realm, cannot defeat God.  They are useless against him.  So, as we follow his lead–we watch as he devastates them, and clears a path for us.  He protects us in our journey.  He provides for us as we move forward. We see his hand in our lives each day and in various aspects–simply, to remind us, that he will always be there. He loves us and hates those that hate us–He is on our side! Those who choose to stand against us–truly stand against him! That is a place no one longs to be!

God Bless You

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 8–How Majestic Is Our God

When You consider God’s majesty, The fact that he set the universe in place. The fact that he created galaxies and stars and planets. He also created elements and atoms and micro-organisms.  He put the amazing pieces of a grand puzzle together, and they have remained together for thousands and thousands of years. That is majestic!

What is even more amazing; is that God created us.  We have the ability to reason, to love and to make choices that affect our lives–both now and eternally.  He gave us dominion over the animals and the plants.  He gave us the ability to operate outside of some instinctual manner, and reason and consider the impact of our choices and our decisions on those around us.

Finally, God gave us the ability to know and to love him.  He sacrificed all; to allow us to be in relationship with him.  He is truly a majestic, amazing and powerful God. He simply wants to share in our lives, and prepare us for an eternity with him.  When we consider the absolute enormity of all God could spend his time caring about–It is amazing that we were the object of his greatest concern and commitment.  Oh, my Lord, How truly majestic is your name!!!!

God Bless You


Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 7 Part 2-Trust Me, God Distinguishes Good from Evil

Just because God is merciful and shows grace, it does not mean He will not judge the behavior of men.  In truth, It is going to be a very difficult day when men stand before God in judgement.  What is more, God will care and prepare for his chosen, but he will allow life to do a number on those that choose to walk independent of him.

In addition to his lack of protection, God has shown throughout time he does visit judgement on those that choose to take him on.  He also levels retribution on those that go after His own.  We must walk forward with Him and trust Him to stand tall for us.  We are pleased and humbled by His grace and mercy–but we can never mistake them for weakness or a lack of control.

We always need to follow God in reverence.  Understand that by our choice, He can either be our shield or the creator of wrath. We seek Him with our hearts and humbly follow his lead and then we can experience Him as our shield, provider, comfort, healer and Lord.  A mighty fortress is our God!

God Bless You 

10 My shield[d] is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
    a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
    he[e] will sharpen his sword;
    he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.