Today’s Psalm was written as a praise to God after the Jews returned from exile in Babylon. Whether we have lived lives of hardship or relatively easy lives, God deserves our praise. In Psalm 107:32 it says, Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. God’s great love for us should give us all the reason we need to praise and worship Him openly and freely for all the world to see. Thankfulness should never be far from our lips if we know we have been saved by Him.
Psalm 106 give a summary of God’s faithfulness, which in turn shows us the degree of man’s sinfulness. The good news is God’s faithfulness is greater than the gap created by our sinful nature. Psalm 106:1 says, Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Without God’s unfailing and eternal love for us, sin would keep us from enjoying a relationship with Him. God never stops wanting a genuine relationship with us. Praise God for His love and His never ending pursue of relationship with us.
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.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will never change. In Psalm 102:27 the Psalmist ends the passage with, But you remain the same, and your years will never end. While we may change and make decisions based on our circumstances or feelings, God never changes. He will continue to love us and want what’s best for us no matter what.
Our assurance can always lie in God’s love for us. Whether we comprehend his plan for us or not, His plan is perfect and we should count ourselves blessed to be a part of it. Psalm 100:5 says, For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. God’s love never changes. It has remained the same through all generations and will endure through all eternity.
The anticipation of the Messiah had been present for a long time. The people of God had to look forward to know He was coming and would provide salvation. In Psalm 98:1 it says, Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. When Christ came to earth and died for our sins, He fulfilled the anticipation the world had been waiting for. When we look for peace, love, and grace, we find it in Christ.
As we grow closer in our relationship with God, we learn to love what He loves and hate what He hates. Psalm 97:10 says, Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Let us learn to love God’s ways and hate evil in every form just as He does.
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.
God, the creator of everything, is worthy of our praise. Psalm 96:4-5 says, 4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. There is a distinct difference between God and other gods; He is the only true God who created everything. All other gods are idols and excuses who allow people to hide behind their sin. Facing the truth and knowing we are imperfect and have sin in our life is tough, but God loves us. There is nothing that can compare to the love He has for us regardless of our sin.
God is loving and He wants a relationship with each of us, but let us not forget how worthy He is of our praise as our Creator and Lord. Psalm 95:6 says, Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. He is our creator and He created everything around us. Let us never forget the reverence and respect He deserves from us as a loving and perfect Father.