On average, a person opens their mouth over 700 times per day to speak. In Psalm 141:3 David wisely asked God to guard his mouth from speaking evil, Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Jesus was the perfect example of keeping silent when He was being persecuted before He was crucified. We would all be wise to ask God to guard our mouths to speak wisely and in a way that would honor Him.
When we have repented and turned our way from evil, wisdom should tell us to walk away from temptation that can lead us back into sin. Psalm 125:3 says, The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Once we have entered into righteousness, let us be smart enough to stay away from the triggers reminding us of our sin and the things that could lead us back into sin. We should be diligent to ask God for his protection from temptation and the strength to stay away. Let us fill out time, hearts, and desire with the things that please God and have an impact on the eternal.
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.
With God we can do anything. God’s strength is more powerful than anything put up against us. In Psalm 108:13, David ends the Psalm by saying, With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. The beauty of David’s request is not that he asked for rescue, he asked for victory. With God’s help we can claim more than simple survival, we can claim victory! Let us all look for ways to turn our troubles into powerful opportunities to show God’s love and strength in our lives.
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.
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.
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.
Psalm 74 was believed to be written by Asaph who was a leader of one of the temple choirs or one of his descendants since it was most likely written after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. In this Psalm, the author pleads for God’s help to defend the people from the enemy. This is a great example for us to know it is ok for us to plead to God for help and to know He hears us. Psalm 74:12 says, But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. Trust in God and know He hears our requests. He will answer in His timing and according to His will.
When David was hiding in the desert from his enemies, he longed for a friend he could trust. He found that trustworthy friend in his relationship with God. In Psalm 63:1 David says, O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in the dry and weary land where there is no water. When we find ourselves feeling all alone, remember God is always with us and will never leave us alone. May we always thirst for God as intensely as David did when he was all alone in the desert.