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Psalm 94 – Blessed Is the Man

The Psalms are always a source of hope, peace, and cementing the foundation of faith in the Christian walk.  God’s word really is alive and active.  It cuts through the yuck and goes straight to our spirit and mind.  It is so important to stay in the Word of God.  It reminds us whose we are, who God is, and who He created and redeemed us to be.  It gives wisdom and direction.  Reading Psalm 94 today renewed hope in me.  What really caught my heart were verses 12-14.  It says, “Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord,
And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance (NKJV).”  The rest of the Psalm is very powerful, but these three verses stood out to me.  When I overwhelmed, feeling ignorant, naïve, or in need of His wisdom and leadership –His word remains eternal and gives me hope.  There is a blessing when we are instructed by the Lord out of His law.  This is a good thing.  It reminded me of the new testament where Jesus told the disciples in John 16: 13-14, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”  God didn’t leave us in this world to fend for ourselves.  Thank you God for that.  He wants us to fully rely on Him, to be taught by Him, and to be lead by Him.  Jesus also said to His disciples in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (NKJV).”

Surely the Lord knows best, and when we rely on Him, we learn as He would have us to learn.  I am struck in amazement that there is a blessing in being taught by God.  He is holy, just, true, kind, gracious, and merciful.  That is the foundation He builds in us.  If the foundation is wrong, He speaks is truth to those places so then can be made right, level, and aligned with Him.  Today I am grateful for His word because He is realigning my thoughts so that I can be in agreement with Him.  My circumstances may not change, but my perspective can change so that I can see things with God’s perspective and insight.  I love how it further says in verse 13 that God wants to give us rest I from day of adversity.  None of us will leave this earth unscathed, but we can have rest through every trial.  We can ask God for His perspective on what’s going on around us or in us.  We can ask God for His truth.  We can, as Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
 And He shall direct your paths (NKJV).”  Leaning on God for what we need brings peace and His direction.  Today I’m choosing to believe God’s goodness.  I am choosing to believe He knows my end from my beginning, and that He will lead me rightly.  I can trust Him.

My prayer today:  Lord, thank you for your Word.  Thank you that it is Light and Life for my soul.  Thank you God that you instruct my heart out of your law and your ways.  Thank you for the blessing that comes from being lead by you.  May it increase my faith and trust in you today.  May it draw me nearer to You.  May I grow to know you more deeply like never before.  Keep shining your Light Lord that I may see.  Let Your Word, God, always be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Lord, I submit to your authority and rule over my life today and every day.  You are my Shepherd.  Yours, God, is the Voice I need to hear.  Lord, fill me again with your Holy Spirit.  Help me to see things the way you do.  I thank you for your Truth and you are writing your laws on my heart that I might walk uprightly before.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

References

Psalm 94

John 14:26

John 16: 13-15

Proverbs 3:5-6

2 Corinthians 2:13-15

A Plan to Prosper

When life “feel” hopeless, I love remember God’s promises. We are not a people without hope. One of my favorite life verse passages comes from Jeremiah 29:1-14. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

I suppose we keep faithing it, clinging to Jesus no matter what. I don’t know how the heroes of the faith held to God, but somehow they did–through thick and thin, sickness, death, loss, bankruptcy, poverty, and all sorts of yuck. I guess that’s where the rubber hits the road–when the fires of life test our faith, and we have to believe in spite of circumstance. We may say to ourselves that God is bigger than this mountain even though we may feel small. Nothing is difficult for our Great God. This is what I must remember when turmoil arise without and within.

And the answer is YES…… God can cause me to prosper even in the desert places. He can cause me to prosper in the wildnerness. He can cause me to prosper in pain. He can cause me to prosper when hope seems lost. He is not without hope. He is not without goodness. He is not without faithfulness. He is not without love. He is not without hearing. ALL His promises are yes and Amen–whether in the valley of the shadow of death, or high on the mountain, God has not left us as orphans.

To all of you on walking the journey, keep faithing it. We know God’s word is true and the He–God–is NOT a man that he should lie. What he has promised, He WILL bring to pass. THIS I must believe.

Psalm 34, 116
Hebrews 13:5
Psalm 23, 27
Isaish 54:17

Too Short

Life is simply to short to be concerned with things that simply do no matter.  I remember once being encourage to “stay in my lane.”  Those words have never left me, and I remember them often.  Why?  Because they are simply true.  Each of us is uniquely gifted to do something in this world.  We are purposefully designed.  We each have something to offer.  Some may do something grand and visceral while others may do something with soundless, roaring thunder.  Does it matter?  Should you be disgruntled because you don’t look, speak, act, do, write, or whatever it is you do…like somebody else?  Well, stop it!  Stop looking at others and comparing yourself.  Stop looking at others and thinking you’ll never measure up.  Stop it, and stop it now.  You are a treasure.  A person of immeasurable worth.  This isn’t just some self talk to make you feel better.  This is truth.  And what is truth you may ask?

Truth, is this.  We were created by God for God to His good work, and he gave us each talents, gifts, and abilities.  Jesus Christ is the Good News of God bringing restoration and reconciliation.  All you have to do is believe, accept Him as Savior and that He died and rose again for your sins.  Know that God has something for your to do.  I sum it up as I once learned it a couple of years ago–Love God.  Love Others.  Do what His Word says.

Each one of use is unique in our design.  Some of us can sing.  Some of us can write.  Some of us are great at sports, while others of us can reconcile the worst of enemies.  Some of us have the gift of mercy, and some of us make people laugh.  Whatever your gift is, use it.  Don’t let it languish because you decided all of a sudden there just wasn’t a place for your kind of gift.

Forget about the naysayers.  You’ve only One person to answer to.  At the end of it all, what do you want to hear?  “Well, done good and faithful servant. Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge…”  or “You wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away” (Luke 19).

I don’t know about you, but I long to hear him say, “Well done, beloved daughter.”  Change.  This means a change is coming, and it starts with me.  It can start with you too.  Beloved, just do it.  Whatever He has called you to, don’t be afraid.  Go for it.  You’ll find wings and feet to your faith that will cause you to take amazing flight.

Besides, you only seek to please an Audience of One.  Where is your gaze now?

That’s a little something to consider.