We should be thankful to God every day, not just when things are good or during times of remembrance like the Thanksgiving Holiday. In the beginning of Psalm 92 it says, 1 It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to your name, O Most High. We can never say thank you enough to God. It should be on the tip of our lips on a constant basis. Praise be to God.
When we trust in our Almighty God, we can rest in the fact that He can carry us through any danger or fear in our lives. In Psalm 91:1 the author says, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This is a prefect picture of what our trust should look like. When we stay within God’s protection, which can only come from a true relationship with Him, His will deliver us no matter what may come in our path.
Today is my oldest daughter’s birthday; she turns 20 today. I will be 50 this year and my mom turned 87 a couple months backs. Where does the time go? While 20 seems like the just the beginning, time seems to accelerate the older we get. Psalm 90:10 says, The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Let us not waste our time here on earth. The span of our life is not guaranteed, so we should make the most of the time we have to impact lives for eternity. We are God’s hands and feet if we truly commit to be used by him. Let us not reach the end of your time here on earth and look back with regret.
God is faithful. We should all be willing to shout it from the mountaintops. In Psalm 89:1 the author says, I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. God’s love for us is limitless and there is no limits to His faithfulness to us. It is our job to make Him known from generation to generation. Our time on earth is limited, so we should use it to make God’s love and faithfulness know.
Today’s reading in Psalm 88, the author is grieved. He is in despair and uses the whole psalm to ask God why He has chosen to not deliver him. Some people may view this type of reaction as a lack of faith, but in actuality it is a show of faith knowing we can call out to God and know He is able to deliver us. When we feel pain from our circumstances God is still there. True faith gives us the freedom to know what God is capable of regardless of whether or not He chooses to deliver us in our timing.
Psalm 87 talks of the city of Zion where we will all gather one day as believers. It is hard to think about a day and a place where we will all be safe in God’s care. For now, we can all rest assured God has a plan and it is perfect. We can find comfort He is using us daily to fulfill His plan. Praise be to God for choosing us.
Most people look for comfort from other imperfect people, but God is the best source of comfort we can ask for. Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Ultimately, God is the one who loves us more than anyone ever will. He knows our every struggle and our every need and He is faithful to us implicitly.
Real peace can only come from God. When we try to find peace through our own efforts, we may find it, but it is always fleeting. Psalm 85:8 says, I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints – but let them not return to folly. When we trust in God and listen to His guidance in our lives, we find true peace, and it is only through that ongoing trust that true peace remains.
The author in today’s reading not only recognized God’s authority, but he also recognized God’s protection and refuge we can only find in Him. Psalm 84:1 says, How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! When we are with God, the rest of the world fades away. We can find peace and feel God’s comforting presence when we focus on Him.
Psalm 83 is a prayer to God asking Him to reveal Himself to the world. While there are times we feel God is unknown to most of the world, there will come a time when God will be revealed to all and no one will be able to deny His existence, power, and authority. Until then, we can live with that knowledge and work to build our personal relationship with Him.