Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Our Unique Paths

O. T. #1225  "Our Unique Paths"
June 19, 2018
Psalm 38
Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.  Psalm 17:5

LET IT GROW

Here is another downer song by David. It sounds like he is older since his eyes are failing as well as in physical pain.
Matthew Henry's Commentary gives us some insight and overview of David's situation:
  • David's sins and afflictions are the cause of his grief and the matter of his complaints.
  • Being sick and in pain reminds David of his sins and humbled him.
  • He was deserted by friends and persecuted by his enemies.
  • He is experiencing distress and calamities.
If we don't have such troubles, they may be around the corner. Others have such problems and we should show sympathy for them.
A young family in a nearby town has gone through the pits, the valley of the shadow of death. Their little sweet 4 year old daughter had a malignant tumor at the base of her skull. She went through treatments for over a year, but they only extended her time here for a while. Through it all, this family has remained faithful to God, the source of their strength. God's grace has carried them through is valley and give Him glory. I cannot imagine their pain. It is hard enough to loose an older loved one.

Our faith will end in sight one day. Meanwhile, let us continue in God's love. Christ is risen and victorious over death.

LET IT GLOW

Did you notice that I switched our headings? That is so we can end on an encouraging note. Look what today's devotional, written by Sarah Young in Jesus Calling, as she writes as though Jesus is speaking to us:
You are my beloved child. I chose you before the foundation of the world, to walk with Me along paths designed uniquely for you. Concentrate on keeping in step with Me, instead of trying to anticipate My plans for you. If you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax and enjoy the present moment. Your hope and your future are rooted in heaven, where eternal ecstasy awaits you. Your main focus should be staying close to Me. I set the pace in keeping with your needs and My purposes.
This weekend we had a great time getting together with family and played some outdoors games. As I walked along the path of miniature golf, water was spraying and I slipped on the wet concrete, but did not fall down. Sometimes we can slip off the unique path which God has for us to walk. Other times, we stay on the path, just slipping slightly. Do we continue to glorify Him along the way. We don't have to fall into sin. In our weakness, He is our power. He is the God of all my days, as the song goes. Shall we do our best today to live for Jesus?

LET IT GO

Live in Jesus' love, keeping step with Him.
Remain on my unique path for my life. Lead the way, Jesus.
Let God be good in the wildest sense-His goodness.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Love for Everyone

O. T. #1224 "Love for Everyone"
June 18, 2018
Psalm 37-Part 8
But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.   Psalm 37:39-40

LET IT GLOW

Hey, the truth is, there are some people who are just down right hard to love. Anyone pop in your mind just now? But all things are possible with God. We know that verse. Does it apply here though? So if He is living inside of me, then I can love her or him. Yes, my thorn in the side had an appointment at the same place I did, a few weeks ago. I was able to carry on a conversation while there. When I got back into my car, my sigh of astonishment of what just took place was shocking. God does help us forgive and love again. We can show His grace when others do not deserve it, yet He pours it out to us, too. Love for everyone is possible, through Christ who lives me and you.

Did David realize he was proclaiming his doctrine of grace?
  • Salvation belongs to the Lord God.
  • He is the Author and Originator  of our salvation. (3:8)
  • God is the designer, initiator, and the end of our salvation.
  • He is the source of our salvation. (62:1,2)
It is all the Lord's doing, folks. There is nothing we can do to merit salvation. It was His plan all along because He knew before creating Adam that we would sin and need a Savior. Jesus was willing to do whatever it took to our propitiation for our sins. He stood in our place, with so much love, to be our Passover Lamb.
Oooh such love! Such grace! Glory to Jesus!

LET IT GROW

What else is David telling us?
  • Jesus is strength for the righteous, those right with God, in their time of trouble.
  • He will deliver and help His troubled children.
  • He will not only save them, but keep them safe, not that they have merited it from Him, but because they have committed themselves to Him and have a confidence in Him, and have honored Him. (Matthew Henry)
According to Peter, God has given us what we need in order to live a life of faith and godliness.
 (2 Peter 1:3-8 NLT)
When He is our Lord, we want what God wants for us. We attempt to walk in His ways. We receive His precious promises. Our faith is to be supplemented by moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affectionate, and love for everyone.

Well, friends, there is our challenge today. With the Holy Spirit in our heart, go for it.


LET IT GO

                                 ... and let my walk match my talk.
                                 ... and pour out God's love to everyone.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Slip and Slide

O. T. #1223  "Slip and Slide"
June 15, 2018
Psalm 37-Part 7
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Psalm 37:25-26

LET IT GLOW

For years now, children have enjoyed the hot summertime getting wet on a simple piece of plastic. They run and fall on their belly as the stream of water carries them along. (What a simple invention that has provided hours of fun.) But if we believers are following along on God's path, then we will not slip and slide into sin. David tells us that today in our Scriptures.

This is a reassurance for us. Sure we have all seen hard time down through the years. Some were due to our own doings, yet some hard times were not. David went through some hard times while running from Saul for about 12 years. However, God kept him and his men going, providing food from various sources. As believers, we will  not go hungry because there are friends and children of God around us to help. Even though our government has programs to help the poor, we should still do our part in helping the needy.

NLT version of verse 26 says, The godly always give generous loans to others., and their children are a blessing.
Are we considering our children a blessing? Even when they spill a bowlful of cereal and we have to stop what we are doing and clean it up? Cereal and milk can be replaced, but harsh words cannot be taken back. No reason to cry over spilt milk.

LET IT GROW

The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong. they have made God's law their own, so they will never slip from His path.  (verses 30-31 NLT)

Do we speak wisdom? Our tongue reveals our character. We will not slip and slide from God's ways nor the path He has us on when we know His Word. The key is staying in the Word of God, then living it out for others to see.

LET IT GO

Give generously to those in need.
Trust God to provide for us.
Stay on His path of righteousness.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Make Their Way Plain

O. T. #1222  "Make Their Way Plain"
June 14, 2018
Psalm 37-Part 6
The LORD directs the steps of the godly(good man). He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.  Psalm 37:23 NLT

LET IT GLOW

(Such frustration when my server stops working and does not save what I had typed for yesterday. Then I see an old church bulletin which says "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise."  Ps. 100:4  So I thank the Lord that He has something better for us today. Praise Jesus!)

Why should a good man or righteous person be concerned about their future? If they are living rightly and have committed their way unto the Lord, the steps which lead to their inheritance are designed by the Lord. They are never dealt a fatal blow by the wicked of this world; we  may stumble, but not fall. The reason for this is clear-the Lord holds us by the hand.

Matthew Henry said:
 By His grace and Holy Spirit He directs the thoughts, affections, and designs of good men. He has all hearts in His hand, but theirs by their own consent. By His providence He overrules the events that concern them, so as to make their way plain before them, both what they should do and what they may expect. By his particular steps, the whispers of conscience, This is the way, walk in it.
When is it that the Lord directs our paths, our steps?
  • We continually depend upon His guidance.
  • God is well-pleased with the paths of righteousness in which we walk.
  • He knows our way and delights in it, so He directs it. 
God delights in every detail of our life. Now that is something to chew on today. But are my thoughts, words, and actions pleasing to God? Jesus, give us Your desires for our life.

LET IT GROW

It is well with our soul, as the song goes. Is it well or are we uncertain which direction to go? Have we or a loved one lost their way?
Dear one, we can be assured, though we stumble, we will not fall. When we are overtaken in a fault, God's grace will recover us, bringing us to repentance. Even when the joy of our salvation is gone for a while, God restores us. When our spirit is sunk low, God lifts us up with His hand. He is ready to comfort and strengthen us, for we are in His righteous right hand. He won't let go.

Life Application Study Bible:
The person in whom God delights is one who follows God, trusts Him, and tries to do His will. God watches over and makes firm every step that person takes. If you would like to have God direct your way, then seek His advice before you step out.

LET IT GO

Seek God's will before I step out.
Depend upon His guidance and follow.
Live pleasing to Him.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dealing with Anger

O. T. #1221  "Dealing with Anger"
June 12, 2018
Psalm 37-Part 5
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper-it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.  Psalm 37:8-9

LET IT GLOW

Hope you had a restful weekend while waiting upon the Lord. I enjoyed a short time with my husband's family as we went down to the river, which has diminished to a small creek. A few of us even waded in to it so as to cool off our feet as temps were in the 90's. Sometimes we need to step back and cool off, especially when anger has gripped our emotions. David learned this. What comes to my mind is the time Abigail's onery husband would not pay David's men for their service of protecting his sheep. David was so angry that he was on his way to attack the man when Abigail, his wife interceded with a meal, a big feast.

In verse 9, David says that those who wait upon the Lord shall inherit the earth. When Christ returns to earth, believers will reign with him for a thousand years. It can't get any better for us, on earth that is. Why does waiting have to be so difficult? I suppose we have become conditioned to a hurry-up world, instant gratification.

LET IT GROW

Cease from anger. That is a hard one. How often do we loose our temper?

Matthew Henry gives us some good pointers on the subject:
  • At the first little inkling of envy or discontentment rising up in us.(We need to nip it in the bud.)
  • Don't harbor hard thoughts of God and His providence.
  • Be not angry at anything God does, but forsake that wrath.
  • Do not envy them (evildoers) their prosperity, lest thou be tempted to fall in with them and to take the same evil course that they take to enrich and advance themselves.
  • A fretful discontented spirit lies open to many temptations; and those that indulge it are in danger of doing evil.
There are little things which I do (sometimes) when anger swells up in me-turn my head and count, sing a praise chorus to Jesus under my breath, walk away. How do you handle anger?

LET IT GO

Lord Jesus I need Your help cause I have a short fuse when it comes to not getting angry.
Be my defense.
Help to get a grip on envy, jealousy, hurt words, discontentment.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rest of Mind

O. T. #1220  "Rest of Mind"
June 11, 2018
Psalm 37-Part 4
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  Psalm 37:7

LET IT GLOW

Rest of mind. Who needs some today?
Have you been fretting not (stopped worrying), trusting in the Lord, delighting in Him, committing your way to Him? If you think those teachings are difficult to apply, hold on. David has more for us.
The fifth lesson that the psalmist teaches us is to rest in the Lord and wait patiently in Him.

Rest means to stop; hold peace; quiet self; be silent.

It is hard to stop doing things, much less stop thinking about things we need to be doing. do I hear an amen? to be silent? David did not know we women have to say our 30,000 words a day. I mean, we wake up talking (praying). Go to bed talking. To be silent before the Lord is quite a huge task.
Alright friends, the challenge is on-today, be silent before the Lord for 5 minutes. Set the timer if need be so we do not cut this task short. Anyone up to this challenge?


LET IT GROW

God has this. He is in control. Wait patiently for Him. Don't worry about it, either.

Simply wait for God to work it out to our good and His glory. Synchronize your life with His timetable, and learn this lesson well.  (Falwell)

Well, if we have rolled the problem onto Jesus, and we let Him handle it, then we are not worrying about it in our mind. Shall we watch and see how He works it out, then thank our glorious Savior, our compassionate Redeemer, our God who pours out lovingkindness.
Move worry out of that room in our mind and let peace come in to occupy it.

LET IT GO

Be silent before the Lord Jesus.
Wait upon the Lord.
Trust His grace to do what is best for me.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Commit by Rolling it Off

O. T. #1219 "Commit by Rolling it Off"
June 8, 2018
Psalm 37-Part 3
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgments as the noonday.  Psalm 37:5-6

LET IT GLOW 

I can't count the number of times I have looked for my ink pen on my desk that I use during my study time, only to find it has rolled off my desk onto the floor. It is a simple illustration for me, but I am to roll off my worries onto Jesus in the same way. The pen doesn't do anything as it sits there on the floor. So when I commit a specific worry to Jesus, then I am to do nothing about it. Allow Him do what He will with it.

Your relationship with God ought to bring you more joy, satisfaction, and pleasure than any other relationship, activity, or material possession you have. ( Blackaby)

What is David continuing to tell us to do?

  • Commit our way unto the Lord. 
  • Trust in Him. 

To have peace and understanding, we must cast ourselves and our lives unreservedly upon God, yield ourselves wholly to Him, and cultivate the habit of placing our lives in His hands. There can be no better medicine to dispel envy and fretting. (Falwell)


Commit means to roll; roll away, roll down, roll together; trust. 

We must roll it, whatever it is, off ourself and onto Jesus, as He pleases to handle it. Peter tells us to cast our cares upon the Lord for He cares for us. All is well that God does.

Are we entrusting everything in our lives, family, job, possessions, soul, to God's control and guidance?
Do we believe He can care for us better than we can?


LET IT GLOW 

God will bring it to pass. What is it? Whatever you are entrusting Him with.
God is going to make things right ultimately. Our righteous living will be brought to light.

Isn't God powerful enough to take care of our reputation?; to bring us out of difficulties with credit, comfort, and honor?

If we take care to keep a good conscience, we may leave it to God to take care of our good name. (Matthew Henry)


LET IT GO

                     ... of fretting and worrying.
                                ... and commit my way unto the Lord.
                                ... and trust in Jesus.
                                ... and place my life in His hands.