Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Psalms 136:4-9, 23-26

4 Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
 His faithful love endures forever.
5 Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.
 His faithful love endures forever.
6 Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.
 His faithful love endures forever.
7 Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—
 His faithful love endures forever.
8 the sun to rule the day,
 His faithful love endures forever.
9 and the moon and stars to rule the night.
 His faithful love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our weakness.
 His faithful love endures forever.
24 He saved us from our enemies.
 His faithful love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every living thing.
 His faithful love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
 His faithful love endures forever.

My God was the one who's artistic hand crafted each part of creation with only His words. This same great and powerful God takes the time to care about me in my lowest time, even looking after my every need. God truly does take care of those who are called His family.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Psalms 124

1 What if the Lord had not been on our side?
    Let all Israel repeat:
2 What if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us?
3 They would have swallowed us alive
    in their burning anger.
4 The waters would have engulfed us;
    a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury
    would have overwhelmed our very lives.
6 Praise the Lord,
    who did not let their teeth tear us apart!
7 We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.
    The trap is broken, and we are free!
8 Our help is from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

This Psalm reminds me of the salvation story. It may not seem to most people that their day to day lives will swallow them whole but sin has a slow creeping way of overwhelming anyone. It is only by the sacrifice that God made that broke that chain of bondage creeping over me and that savior will lead me home.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Psalms 103:8-18

8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 He will not constantly accuse us,
    nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
    he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
    is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
    as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
    tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
    he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
    like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
    as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
    with those who fear him.
 His salvation extends to the children’s children
18     of those who are faithful to his covenant,
    of those who obey his commandments!

I am so overwhelmed by the kindness of my Father in heaven. He paid the high price that it cost to buy me back from my own sin and shame into the heavenly family. My life is so short and fleeting but He still took the effort to save me and is preparing my home in heaven.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Psalms 98:3-9

3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
    The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
    break out in praise and sing for joy!
5 Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song,
6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
    Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
    Let the earth and all living things join in.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
    Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
9 before the Lord,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
 He will judge the world with justice,
    and the nations with fairness.

When I think about all the ways that God has kept His promises to me, I too cannot keep from being thankful for all He has done.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Psalms 88:11-18

11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
    Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
    Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
13 O Lord, I cry out to you.
    I will keep on pleading day by day.
14 O Lord, why do you reject me?
    Why do you turn your face from me?
15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth.
    I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.
    Your terrors have paralyzed me.
17 They swirl around me like flood waters all day long.
    They have engulfed me completely.
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones.
    Darkness is my closest friend.

There are times of sorrow and times for gladness (Ecclesiastes 3:4). May my heart turn to you both in the times of desperate need and in the times when you have provided greatly for me. You, my God, are worthy of all praise at all times.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Joel 3:14-16

14 Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision.
    There the day of the Lord will soon arrive.
15 The sun and moon will grow dark,
    and the stars will no longer shine.
16 The Lord’s voice will roar from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem,
    and the heavens and the earth will shake.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
    a strong fortress for the people of Israel.

There is little to look forward to in this rotting body. All things will eventually fall apart including the stars in heaven. I instead look forward to the place that God is preparing for me in heaven as one of His purchased sons.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Joel 2:28-31

28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants — men and women alike. 30 And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth — blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives." As the final days of this Earth approach, there will be one last push by God to try and save those who remain hard of heart. He will use signs and wonders through His people once again to try and win their hearts. Those who harden their heart to these signs will have to face God's wrath, but even in the midst of this He will be calling out to save people (Revelation 14:6-13).