A Message for Today

Gratitude for deliverance and victory.

Theme: The only sure way to be delivered from surrounding evil is to call upon God for help and strength.

Psalm 18:1-3 >  I love you O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.   I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

Focus points:

This psalm is  almost a duplicate of  2 Samuel 22.it may have been written toward the end of David’s life when there was peace. God is praised for hos glorious works and blessings through the years.  God’s protection of his people is limitless and can take many forms. David characterized God’s care with five military symbols. God is like (1) a rock that can’t be moved by any who would harm us. (2) f fortress or place of safety where the enemy can’t follow, (3) a shield that comes between us and harm, (4) a horn of salvation, a symbol of might and power (5) a stronghold high above our enemies. If you need protection, look to God.

Claiming God's Word, Daily Promise

Psalm 17:13-15 Focus Points

 

Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.   By your hand save me from such people, LORD, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones.   As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.   

Ref: 1John 3:2>   Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.    

Focus Points: We deceive ourselves when we measure our happiness or contentment in life by the amount of wealth we possess. When we put riches at the top of our value system, we let power, pleasure and financial security overshadow the eternal value of our relationship with God. We think we will be happy or content when we get riches, only to discover that they don’t  really satisfy, and the pleasures fade away. The true measurement of happiness or contentment is found in God’s love and in doing his will. You will find true happiness if you put your relationship with God above earthly riches.  verse 15 also focus on the word awake shows that David believed in resurrection was not widespread in Old Testament times. several verses show that it was partially understood. some of these are Job 19:25-27; Psalms 16:10; 49:15; 139:17,18; Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2,13.

 

 

Trumpet Call, Trusting In the LORD

Psalm 68 : 6-8 1/8/2019

Theme: 

Remembering God’s glory and power. Times and cultures change, but God is always majestically present as defender and provider.   

verse 1     Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.   

Focus points:     This psalm begins just like Moses’ cry in Numbers 10:35 – And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.  as the Israelites  followed the ark of the covenant. It undoubtedly bought to mind the time when David led a joyous procession that brought the ark from the house of Obed-Edom to Jerusalem (2Sam.6:11-58).

verses 3-8  But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.  A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God, In his holy habitation.But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 

Focus points: With shouts of praise and the sound of trumpets, David and his people took the holy ark toward Mount Zion (2 Sam.6:15) It was a time to sing praises to the Lord, whose presence brings great joy. Only in God is there hope for the orphans widows, prisoners, and all other lonely people if you are lonely or disadvantaged. join David in praise and discover great joy from loving and praising God.

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, isGod in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Focus points:   David praised God for his protection and provision. When we see God’s true majesty, our response should be to praise him. This was a song of faith because many of theses benefits had not yet come true in David’s time. It should also be our song of faith. We must continue to trust God because, in time, he will full-fill all his promises.

Psalms and Proverbs

PSALM 6:5 – 1/6/2019

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

Ref:

Ps.30:9> What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Isa.38:18>For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

Focus points:   Pouring out his heart with tears, David was completely  honest with God. We can be honest with God even when we are filled with anger or despair because God knows us thoroughly and wants the very best for us. Anger may result in  rash outward acts or turning inward in depression. But because we trust in our all-powerful God, we don’t have to be victims of circumstance or be weighted down by the guilt of sin. Be honest with God, and he will help you turn your  attention from yourself to him and his mercy.