So many of us (myself especially) are too quick to give our opinions without completely thinking about the impact our words have on others. Paul warns us in Ephesians 4:29, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. If our words do not impact others in a positive way, we should rethink what we have to say. While there is a time to correct and instruct, we should still take great care in what we say and how we say it.
There are few things in life that are certain. One thing we can count on with certainty is that God is with us always and He always answers us when we call. Sometimes His answer is no or wait, but He never ignores us. Psalm 120:1 says, I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Our comfort comes from knowing God is always with us. When we feel the most alone, it is comforting to know God is there.
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.
The sooner we realize God’s plan is perfect, the faster stop making plans for ourselves without including God. In Psalm 94:11 the author says, The Lord knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile. Our plans should be whatever God’s plan is for us. When we look to glorify the Lord, we walk away from the futility of our attempts at peace and fulfillment which can only come from God.
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.
The author in today’s reading in Psalm asks a beautifully rhetorical question in Psalm 77:13 Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? In the time when this Psalm was written, and no less so today, there were and are many things placed in higher regard than our God. But there is nothing greater or more important to our lives than our Almighty God. Take some time to try to find anything more steadfast or true… you won’t find anything. Not our friends, not our family, or organizations; nothing.
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.
May we always remember to be a reflection of Christ that helps lead others to Him. In Psalm 69:6 David says, May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the Lord Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel. We are not here to judge those around us, but to lead them to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son. If our actions disgrace others and attempts to put them to shame, then we have failed in our role as followers of Christ.
Psalm 23 is one of the most iconic of all passages of scriptures. In this Psalm David is fully submit to God and His power to protect in times of need. In the first verse, Psalm 23:1, David says, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. There is peace and comfort in knowing God is the provider of all our needs. We may not have all we want, but we can rest assured we will have all we need.