Daily Promises (September 8th)
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
How beautiful it is to be found in Christ Jesus! Our natures of corruption and villainy are done away with and recreated both new and perfected. Let all praise and honor go to His majestic greatness for all His splendid works!
Psalm of David
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babes and suckling’s hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger.
Focus Points: Children are able to trust and praise God without doubts or reservations. As we get older, many of us find this more and more difficult to do. Ask God to give you child like faith, removing any barriers to having a closer walk with him. Get in touch with this childlike quality in yourself so that you can be more expressive.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visits him?
Focus Points: To respect God’s majesty, we must compare ourselves to his greatness. When we look at creation, we often feel small by comparison. To feel small is a healthy way to get back to reality, but God does not want us to dwell on our smallness. Humility means proper respect for God, not self-depreciation.
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honors.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
Focus Points: God gave humans beings tremendous authority — to be in charge of the whole earth. But with great authority comes great responsibility. If we own a pet, we have the legal authority to do with it as we wish, but we also have the responsibility to feed and care for it. How do you treat God’s creation? Use your resources wisely because God holds you accountable for your stewardship.
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passed through the paths of the seas.
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Portions of this psalm are quoted in the New Testament and applied to Christ (1Corinthians 15:27); Hebrews 2:6-8). Jesus became human, just a little lower than the heavenly beings (Ps.8:5), and he comes to reign over the new heaven and new earth. Jesus is the only person who perfectly reflects God’s image (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:15).
For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honorand put everything under their feet. “In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Theme: god reveals his great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms of life.
verse 11—The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
ref: Isa. 40:29>
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. He give power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases.
Focus point: Even the strongest people get tried at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen. His strength is our source of strength. When you feel all of life crushing you and cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the LORD.
Ps.128:1> Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Deut.4:29> But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Rom.7:16,17> And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
1John 3:9> No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Jer.31:33> “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Rom.7:22,23> For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
2 Cor.3:5> Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
Job 22:26> Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.
1 John 2:28> And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Prov.1:4,10> or giving prudence to those who are simple knowledge and discretion to the young — My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
2 Chr. 15:15> All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Luke 2:19> But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
12 teach me thy statutes.
Ps.25:4> Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Ps.1:2> but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
Deut.17:17> He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
Neh.13:26> Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.
Prov.7:26> Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
Hos.4:11> to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.
Focus Points:Male worshipers had sex with female temple prostitutes, or priestesses, and young women wishing to bear children had sex with male priests. But God said their efforts to increase fertility would not succeed.
Proverbs 22:1-2 and 4,7
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (a) The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
Ref: (a) Ps.49:1,2 – Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,both low and high, rich and poor alike:
Focus Points: 22:4 – This is a general observation that would have been especially applicable to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Nevertheless, some have been martyrs at a young age, and some have given away all their wealth for the sake of God’s kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It does not dwell on the exceptions, 22:7 – Does this mean we should never borrow? No. but it warns us never to take on a loan without carefully examining our ability to repay it. A loan we can’t handle is enslaving. The borrower must realize that until the loan is repaid, he or she is a servant to the individual or institution that made it.
Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings;
honor the LORD for his glory and strength.
(a)1 Chr.16:28-29> O nations of the world, recognize the LORD,
recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. Give to the LORD the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his presence.
Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor.
Honor the LORD for the glory of his name.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars;
the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
(b)Psa.114:4>The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like lambs!
The voice of the LORD strikes
with bolts of lightning.
The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
(d)Num.13:26> to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land.
The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
The LORD rules over the floodwaters.
The LORD reigns as king forever.
(e) Psa.93:4>But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the LORD above is mightier than these!
The LORD gives his people strength.
The LORD blesses them with peace.
(f) Isa.40:29>He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.