When we are at our lowest point, it’s easy to wonder where God is. Psalm 121:1-2 says, 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. If we believe God created the heavens and the earth, then we must remember God is with us no matter the circumstances. Nothing is too big that God can not fix it.
If we truly know God is with us always, we should never walk in fear. Psalm 118:6 says, The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The first part of this verse states the obvious. But the last sentence shows us the practicality of what the author is saying. What can man do to me? It’s an honest question with an obvious answer: Nothing if God doesn’t allow it. And if God allows it, it is to fulfill His perfect plan, which He chose to include me in! What a privilege and honor it is to be included in God’s plan. Let us not take that lightly.
My apologies for not posting the last few days, but I am finally back. Today we are in Psalm 105. While this Psalm is a bit longer than the average, it speaks in detail about the history of Israel in relation to their time of captivity in Egypt and how God delivered them. This Psalm uses the remembrance of God’s mighty miracles for Israel to encourage us to trust in God and keep close to Him in both good and bad times. Psalm 105:1 says, Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what he has done. Because of God’s ability and desire to deliver us, we need to share of His blessings with others to encourage them to look to God in their time of need. Praise God for loving us and delivering us.
Today is Good Friday and I always wondered why we refer to this day as “Good” since it was the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. While historians debate many things about our faith, there are three things all historians agree on: 1) Jesus Christ really existed; 2) Jesus Christ was baptized; and 3) Jesus Christ was crucified. Christ’s crucifixion was an agonizing and torturous death. Matthew 27:50 says, And when Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. This was a brutal death and His suffering is hard to imagine. But when we take time to think through what Christ’s crucifixion represents and the transformation it has caused to the course of each of our lives, we realize it really was a “Good” day. Today reminds us that Jesus took on the sin of the world and died because of it. And more importantly, it is “Good” because Sunday is coming.
Israel’s holidays are reminders of God’s miracles in delivering the people from evil. Asaph used Psalm 81 to remind the people of God’s deliverance in the exodus from Egypt. In Psalm 81:1 he calls out the people to praise God, Sing for joy to God our Strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Our Christian holidays (Christmas and Easter) should be reminders to us of the hope we have in God and His ultimate deliverance of us through salvation. Let us not forget the true meaning behind why we celebrate and why God is worthy of our praise.
We are not to fear attacks from others. God has the power to stop even the most powerful enemy in their tracks. Psalm 76:6 says, At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. God is in control in every circumstance. Trust in Him and His will for your life. Trust that God has the big picture in His sight and has the perfect plan.
The desire for God should be all-consuming to us. There should be nothing we want more than to have a personal relationship with Him and to do His will. In Psalm 73:25 the author Asaph says, Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. The earthly desires we may have is fleeting. There is nothing here for us that can give us ultimate satisfaction. It is when we look to heaven and the things that impact eternity that we find peace and satisfaction.
David experienced more in his life than most men, but he never lost faith and hope in God. In Psalm 71:14 David says, But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. David made it clear that this life could throw anything at him and it would not turn him away from God. He would use every opportunity and circumstance to build a closer relationship to Him.
In Psalm 59, David took the time to praise God for protection during times of persecution. In Psalm 59:17 he says, O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. David calls God his provider of strength and his fortress where he could find comfort. God is this for us as well. When we feel alone and lack the strength to face rouble in this world, God is there to provide protection and strength for us to face it all.
God is worthy of our praise. In Psalm 52:9 David says, I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints. God gives us all what we need. He is good by nature and is not the reason for evil in this world but instead, He is the hope for overcoming darkness and bringing us into the light.