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.