Monday, May 21, 2018

A Broken Vessel

O. T. #1207  "A Broken Vessel"
May21, 2018
Psalms 31-Part 2

LET IT GLOW

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Urgent troubles bring urgent prayer. David pours out his heart to God, the rock and fortress of his life.
In continuation of some phrases David said:
Thou hast redeemed me. (verse 5)
Oh LORD, God of Truth.
I trust in the LORD. (verse 6)
I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy. (verse 7)
Thou art my God. (verse 14)
My times are in Thine hand. (verse 15)
Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant. (verse 16)

God rescued David, not because he deserved it, but through the grace of God. Non of us are worthy of His love. We cannot do anything to earn it, but it is the fact that God is love and that is His character. Aren't we glad? We can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

LET IT GROW

After Mom passed away, I was the one to sort through the house. I had put some odds and ends of cups and saucers in a box on the porch, before taking them to storage. I left them there too long. Little did I know a storm would come the next week, blow them off the porch, and break them into pieces, scattering them in the yard. That caused me to be heart broken. They could have been given to the granddaughters. It was too late, though. One bad decision and a precious thing was destroyed. David felt like that, too.
So many things can break us-broken marriage, broken relationships, a diseased child, loss of job, loss of house. Will we look up for the answer? Will we turn to Jesus or to things for comfort?

In his prayer, David sounds like he is really down, feeling hopeless, doesn't he? In verse 12, he admits, I am like a broken vessel, referring to something only to be thrown away. Now look in verse 13 at what he has been facing: slander, rumors of many; fear on every side; enemies conspired against him;. David has been waiting to get his respect back as the king of Israel.  Do you feel his hopelessness and helplessness as he feels hated and rejected? Can we feel his struggle, pain that is real?
 It often takes situations to bring us down, break our strong will, before we look up in desperation to God. If we stop to think about it, our enemies do not have the upper hand, our God does. He will have the last word, folks.

We know God cares for us and has our circumstances under His control, yet we need the encouragement of others as they feel our pain. Are we alert to those going through hurtful times? Will we take a moment to listen, hug and be their arms of love God wants to wrap around them.

LET IT GO

Trust, be glad and rejoice in God's love and mercy.
Bring my brokenness to Jesus.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Deliver Speedily

O. T. #1206  "Deliver Speedily "
May 18, 2018
Psalms 31


LET IT GLOW

Either this psalm was written by David during his escape from the treachery of the men of Keilah
(1 Samuel 23) or his running from Absalom his son. Even during a time of deep distress, David places his confidence in the LORD his God. We read of David's problems, prayers, and praises.
Again, he walks a road that takes him from anguish to assurance. His God is sufficient and so is ours.

David needed deliverance, not tomorrow, but this day he composed this song. He prayed for God to stop those who were unjustly causing trouble. He needed deliverance speedily. David's request was based upon what he knew about God's character:
  • deliverer that is speedily (verses 1-2)
  • a strong rock (verse 2)
  • a house of defense
  • fortress (verse 3)
  • leader and guide
  • Truth (verse 5)
  • blessing (verse 21)
  • marvelous kindness
  • hears prayers of His children (verse 22)
  • overrules the wicked (verses 17-18)
  • great goodness (verse 19)
  • rescuing His saints (verse 23)
How reassuring it is for us whenever we read that list. Each day holds something different for us, but we can call upon the name of the Lord in our time of need, which varies daily. Which are you in need of today? I am in need of a leader and guide as we make important decisions. You may be in need of  God's help in a different way. There are times we only have time to whisper a quick prayer "He me Jesus". And He hears and works it out for our good and His glory.

LET IT GROW

Here are some phrases made by David which can encourage us:
In Thee, O LORD, do I put my trust. (verse 1)
Deliver me speedily. (verse 2)
For Thy name's sake, lead me and guide me. (verse 3)
Thou art my strength. (verse 4)
Into Thine hand I commit my spirit. (verse 5)

Did you recognize that last one? Jesus said it while dying on the cross. (Luke 23:46)
Jesus simply yielded up His soul, committing it to God. Thus, He "offered Himself without spot to God." (Hebrews 9:14) MacArthur

Into whose hands do we commit our spirit-employer, bank, organizations? Or Jesus?
Before we die, even today, can we commit our spirit to God to be used for His purpose? Use us Lord to help others experience Your love and forgiveness, grace and mercy.

LET IT GO

Jesus loves me, this I know.
I will walk this road of life by faith in Jesus, committing my spirit to His use.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Joy in the Morning

O. T. #1205  "Joy in the Morning"
May 17, 2018
Psalms 30
For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  Psalms 30:5

LET IT GLOW

This Psalm was written when David dedicate Araunah's threshing floor to be the site of the new Temple and after God stopped the great plague He had used to discipline David (1 Chronicles 211-22:6) Seven thousand Israelis died because of David's sin. The serious illness mentioned in verses 2-3 may refer to an illness David experienced or to the plague itself. (Life Application Study Bible)

As we walk along the journey of life, we all encounter various foes, trials, pain, sorrows, consequences of  sin, and Satan. David encounter those as well.  Like a bucket drawing water from a well, David was pulled from the mire of tribulation. (verses 1-3)

In reflection, David recalls upon when the Lord walked with him:
  • rescue from enemies, (verse 1)
  • restore health, (verse 2)
  • joy-giving, (verse 5)
  • restoring humility from pride, (verse 6-7)
  • saving from death due to a plague in David's folly. (verses 8-11)
Have we endured such rescues, healing, joy, humiliation, and saving from the Lord Jesus as well?
Then we have reasons to sing His praises, exult Him, thank Him, and share what great things He has done for us.

LET IT GROW

Had any nights of weeping? Things press on our mind so hard that we can't sleep, and as women, we end up crying in frustration. Or we loose a loved one and sob all night at their leaving us forever while in this world. Or we don't know which way to turn and tears flow.

Here are some comforting words from Brother Jerry Falwell:
Weeping all night is common for the restless heart. But when we lay those burdens at the feet of Jesus, the Son of Righteousness, joy comes in the morning to relieve us of that burden.
1 Peter 5:7 says, Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

Job 33:26 tells us He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto Him: and he shall see His face with joy: for He will render unto man His righteousness.

 Jesus experienced being forsaken by His Father God whenever the sins of the world were laid upon Him. Because of that, we never will. After being dead 3 days, the most joyful morning in all history came whenever Jesus arose from the grave! Friends, our nights of weeping will end in morning joy. Is there a better promise?

God did a wonderful thing in David's life. His mourning was turned to dancing. Mercy and gladness came. David could not keep silent, for he had to burst out in a praise song to his God. Yes! That day will come for us. Hold on a little bit longer. Hold tight to Jesus. May we find favor and life in Jesus Christ today.

LET IT GO

Call upon Jesus when in need.
Hold tightly to the Joy-Giver Jesus.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thurnder Storms

O. T. #1204  "Thunder Storms"
May 16, 2018
Psalms 29

LET IT GLOW

Give glory to the Lord that is due His name. Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness. David begins this song with these two phrases. He is recognizing the supremacy of God over the heavenly beings, the forces of nature, and humanity, according to John MacArthur.

Keep in mind, the pagan neighbors of Israel worshiped false gods, who they thought controlled various parts of nature. Those idols and so called beings had no more control than I do. They just would not surrender to Jehovah. The pagans had to be in control of everything, didn't they? Don't you suppose Satan was behind it?

Did you notice David called the "mighty ones" to give homage to the Great God? Even those rulers with power, having royal blood in their veins, were to recognize the Sovereign God and give Him glory and honor. His Majesty deserves to be worshiped in the beauty of His holiness.

Do we understand that the God to whom we pray is righteous, pure, without sin, holy and sovereign? That is humbling.

LET IT GROW

During the night I was awaken by loud, rolling, booming thunder and bright lightning. It was close to the house. So I made myself get up and unplug my computer, then sleepily I returned back to bed. Praying for protection for us, my son's family, and the cows, I fell asleep. It must have been the peace of God, for I was not pacing from window to window as usual. Our God is Lord of the storm. That I have learned. However, sometimes I allow the storm to make me nervous, but then there are times it's okay. He's got it under control.

Thundereth is our English expression of the phrase the voice of Lord, qol Yahweh (long o) in Hebrew, is manifested in a deep sensitivity toward the voice of the Lord in the storm. (Falwell)

Job 37:13 says, He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy.

Shall we take a look at the many things that are effected by the Lord's voice? These things result due to His speaking. The reasons may be to correct us in our sin and bring us back to Him, for His land's benefit, such as burning the forests, or to show us mercy in our storms.

What does David say about the voice of the Lord?
  • It is upon many waters. These waters are stored up in the clouds high in the air, echoes over the seas.
  • It is powerful and full of majesty. When we hear thunder, we should adore and honor God in His omnipotence.
  • It breaks cedars. Lightning can strike trees, split them, and break them down.
  • It makes the mountains tremble like a calf skipping. thunder vibrates among the mountains.
  • It divides the flames of fire. It strikes like lightning bolts.
  • It shakes the wilderness. The barren wilderness quakes.
  • It makes the hinds to calf. Birth of animals result.
The LORD reigns as king forever. He gives His people strength. He blesses them with peace.

Amen! Glory to Almighty God, El Shaddah!

Jesus quieted a storm in Mark 4. He can walk on the storm or sleep in it, too.  When our storm is raging, and we cry out to Jesus, He is there to see us through, whether He stops it or not. What if His blessings come through raindrops and His healing comes through tears? What if trials of this life are His mercies in discuise?

LET IT GO

Listen for the voice of God in my life and surroundings.
Hold onto the Master of the wind and the rain and storms of life.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Who is Your Strength?

O. T. #1203  "Who is Your Strength?"
May 15, 2018
Psalms 28

LET IT GLOW

Jerusalem is recognized as Israel's capital by its allies, some 70 years after becoming a state. We watched the historical event of the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (I'm writing this on Monday.) Throughout Israel's history, it has been the chosen city of the Lord God. As the Israeli  President mentioned in his speech, it is the place where Abraham came, David set up the Tabernacle of worship, and Solomon built the Temple. He mentioned words found in Zechariah 8:3, ...and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth.
Wow! It is an exciting time. How exciting to connect the words of a prophet who was with the first group to return from the Babylonian exile, Zechariah, with today. Please continue to pray for Israel, God's chosen people.

Getting to our chapter, it was probably another psalm written during the time of Absalom's rebellion against his father David as king of Israel.

In his prayer, David declares God to be his rock (refuge, strength). David asks God to hear his supplications while he cries out and lifts hands toward the holy oracle, inner sanctuary of the Holy Place. He asks God to deal righteously  with those who are wicked.

Look at verses 7-8 with me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.
The LORD is my strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.

Is Jesus our strength, our rock, our shield? Does our heart trust in Him as David did? Will we rejoice and sing His praises? Is He our saving strength?

LET IT GROW

David prays for God to continue what He has already been doing-saving and blessing His inheritance; feed them as a shepherd; lift them up forever. Israel will experience this through Jesus Christ, the Son of David. He also asks God to deal righteously with those who are wicked.

God amazingly considers His people a most precious possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6-16; Ephesians 1:18-19)   (MacArthur)

Do we pray for our pastors as they feed us spiritually, to have wisdom and understanding as they lead our churches?
How amazing our God is! We see Him so amazing things for His people.


LET IT GO

Make Jesus my rock, shield, and strength.
Rejoice and sing His praises.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Land of the Living

O. T. #1210  "Land of the Living"
May 14, 2018
Psalms 27:Part 4
I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 
Psalms 27:13

LET IT GLOW

Land of the living. Are we living here? Oh sure we are walking and talking and living. But how are we living while we are living? I'm talking about living like zombies, a runner from one activity or responsibility to another without enjoying our time while there. Do we get up in the morning dreading another day of work, or do we enjoy what we are doing? Are we taking time to speak with those we meet along our journey, or even take a few moments to listen to a child, a senior, a hurting friend? Giving a smile and a hug encourages more than a dozen red roses. Are we just existing, living for the weekend or summer or retirement, letting life pass us by? May we find that plain path God has for us, His right path, and really live in the land of the living this week. That is my challenge, too, friend.

What was David asking of the Lord in verses 11-14?
  • Teach me Thy way (a course of life, a trodden road, a journey) O LORD.
  • Lead me in a plain (come near, to approach, consent, worship) path (a well trodden road); a right path.
  • My enemies are waiting for me.
  • Don't let me fall into their hands.
  • They accuse me of things I have never done.
  • With every breath they threaten me with violence.
David is confident that he will see the Lord's goodness while he is in the land of the living. Although he was going through a trial, David was trusting God to see him through it. Remember, goodness is good in the wildest sense. God can bless us beyond all we could desire and think.

Malachi 3:10 says, See if I will not...pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Are we walking on the right path-the one God wants us to be on? Are we enjoying living in the land of the living, today? Have you seen God's goodness lately?

LET IT GROW

Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and He shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Waiting can be one of the hardest things we do. Don't we feel better if we are doing something? However, waiting forces us to rely on God. Are you in a waiting mode. Perhaps your years of specific praying have not happened. Maybe a loved one is still living with a disease; financial problems mount up and not resolved, relationships are severed without a hope of mending. Are you hanging by a string?

David waited to be king of Israel while crazy Saul hunted him down to kill David. David tells us to wait, be brave, have courage, wait patiently on the Lord. His willingness to wait resulted in the Messiah coming as his descendant.We know God's timing is best. His way is best. His path is difficult. Through it all, we can enjoy living among the living because we believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord. It will turn out beyond our wildest dream, dear one. Believe.

LET IT GO

Wait, believe, wait on Jesus to work it out.
Stay on the plain path that He has me on.; remain faithful while on it.
Live with joy among the living.
Have courage to endure whatever.
Let Jesus strengthen my heart while waiting.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day weekend, Ladies!

I hope you are setting aside some time to share your love with your mother, grandmother, children. Let us remember those who have empty arms, mothers serving in our military, and missionaries in prayer.

In the Scriptures, Ruth showed her love for Naomi, her mother in law, by accompanying her back home, then gathering grain for them to eat. She listened to Naomi's advice, and ended up marrying Boaz. They had a child, Obed, who had a son named Jesse, who had several sons, one of which became king of Israel, David. Now that was a blessing of God. What joy it would bring to have such a great grandson.

Then we read of Jesus taking care of his mother, Mary, even when dying on the cross. He asked John to treat her as his mother. Love between a mother and child is precious.

A loved mother and grandmother,
Linda