Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 30, 3018

Happy Resurection Day!
My sister in law, Wanda, experienced Easter early as she went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning. Thank you for your prayers. Although it is a difficult time in our family, we have peace and assurance of her eternal home in heaven with Jesus. She and my brother would have celebrated 45 years of marriage had she live through next month. Please pray for strength in Monday as we lay her body to rest.

This weekend is a time we set apart to worship our Risen Savior Jesus Christ. Such love I cannot comprehend as He suffered the beatings, ridicule, and pain on the cross to bare my sins and yours. He did that so we do not have to pay for our sins, as He became our Sacrificial Lamb.
Won't you trust Jesus as your Savior today if you have not yet? Simply as Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be the Savior of your life.

What a wonderful Savior is Jesus! We become joint heirs with Him in heaven, as He sits on the throne. Praise You Jesus!
Renew us once again.
Just think, one day we will meet in heaven and worship together. Glorious day!
Check back on Tuesday as we continue in Psalms, but my sister will be leaving then so it may not happen.
Love ya'll.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

How Long?

O. T. #1180  "How Long?
March 29, 2018
Psalms 13
But I trust in Your unfailing love. I will rejoice because You have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because He is good to me. Psalms 13:5-6 NLT


How long Lord must my enemies continue to persecute me? How long must my loved ones continue to suffer? How much long must we endure this pain and anguish? How long? David felt that way.

David ran for his life approximately 12 years from King Saul. He is at the point where his circumstances seem intolerable. Been there? In this psalm, he cries out to the Lord with 4 questions.
How long:
  1. will You forget me? Forever? Sooner or later, we feel God has forgotten us. Even David felt that way.
  2. will You look the other way? God sees and knows all that is happening to us. He does not hide His face from us. Jesus' throne is approachable 24/7.
  3. must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? David has not been abandoned by God, though he thinks so.
  4. will my enemy have the upper hand? David is so worn out from running for his life away from Saul. His emotions bring him to God.

God has a purpose for suffering, as we learned from Job and now David's life. If he had not suffered, we would not have these heart wrenching psalms for us to relate.

Dear one, we are meant to be overcomers in Jesus. He overcame death to be our Living Savior, living inside of us, so we would overcome death to live everlasting. Greater is He who is living inside of us than he who is in the world. His grace is sufficient.


Read our key verse. In spite of it all, David trusted in God's mercy and unfailing love. He knew what God had done in the past for him, with Goliath and Saul. Even when God does not answer our "how longs?" we can rejoice in His unfailing love. We are surrounded by God's shield of love (Ps. 5:12). I think that verse will be my promise from God this year.
Will we rejoice in Jesus' salvation that He provided for us by dying on the cross?
Will we sing unto the Lord because he has dealt bountifully, good, with us?
He has given us freedom from the chains of sin.
Help is on the way.
Stay in the fight.
Don't quit or give in.
Jesus is our Hope.
Hope is Jesus.


Trust in Jesus' unfailing love.
Rejoice, for He will rescue me.
Sing unto the Lord, for He is good, no matter my circumstances.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Words of Silver

O. T. 1179 "Words of Silver"
March 28, 2018
Psalms 12
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6


Have you seen pure silver? My silver items are not pure silver, for they tarnish. I vaguely recall seeing silver items on display in a museum. Did they ever shine brightly. Gorgeous. God's Words are like that. Its truth glows like pure silver.

People's words do hurt, but the Lord's words heal. His perfect words present a most radical contrast with the profane words of arrogant sinners. The purity of God's person assures the purity of His promises. (McArthur)

Look at our key verse. God's words are like silver that is passed through fire 7 times. The dross is consumed, leaving only the bright, precious metal remains. Similarly, God's words are free from all error and unfaithfulness. In other words, Scriptures are as pure and flawless as refined silver. God only speaks truth. His words do not change.

God's Word has passed through the furnace of persecution, scientific reasoning, and literary criticism; but they have not lost one ounce of their purity. (Falwell)

The Holy Scriptures can purify our heart, cleansing our soul of sin. Then we will be pure as silver. Jesus is The Word. Will we ask Him to purify our heart today? His blood was shed on the cross in order to accomplish it.


On the other side are the words of the ungodly:

  • words are flattering with a double heart; says one thing yet believes another,
  • their tongues persuade and deceive;
  • no one can control his flattering lips, except himself;
  • he thinks he will not stand in judgment for his lying words.

God will rescue the oppressed according to verse 5. We will be placed in safety from those liars.
Romans 8:28 says ...all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. 


Be aware of the deceiver and liar.
Trust God's Word as Truth.
Live a godly life in a godless world.
Purify my heart, Sweet Jesus.

When the Arrows Fly

O. T. 1178  "When the Arrows Fly"
March 27, 2018
Psalms 11


Anyone have arrows of lies, accusations, gossip, or hate fly at you? Many times they have hit me in the heart, bulls eye. What did David do when he experienced that? Did he fly as a bird to the mountains?

What is David saying about God?

  • He is in His holy Temple.
  • He stills rules from heaven.
  • He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.
  • He examines both the righteous and wicked.
  • He hates those who do violence.
  • He loves justice.
  • His face will be seen by the virtuous.

In other words, God is still on the throne. The snares mean people lay before the godly, God will turn
them back upon them, being caught in their own snare.
Again, David says he will put his trust in the LORD.
Are we aware that our God is watching everyone? Is Jesus walking and talking with us ?


Perhaps David was threatened by King Saul or his son Absalom when he wrote this song. Was he alerted to the threats upon his life? Their bows and arrows were ready as well as being shot at those whose hearts were right.
Are arrows of critical words being shot at us? Are we putting our trust in the Lord?

The foundation of the law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?
Foundations is a metaphor for the order of society-the established institutions, the social and civil order of the community (82:5). David's counselors believed the very cornerstones of their nation were in jeopardy, namely the Mosaic Law and other institutions of the faith. Similarly, when we wonder about our cherished values being attacked, do we continue to exemplify them in our little world of influence?


Stand in strong faith when the arrows come.
Remember the Lord's shield of love surrounds us.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Why so Far Away?

O. T. 1177 "Why so Far Away?"
March 26,2018
Psalms 10


Have you ever felt that God was so far away from you? You are not alone, my dear. Isaiah, Job, and David felt that way, also.

Earlier, David declared that God was a refuge for the oppressed and in times of trouble. Now he asks God why he seems so far away, hiding. I wonder if that happens when God backs off so we seek Him. Just a thought. But He never leaves us nor forsakes us. We leave him. Sin and doubt separates us. Are you in the same boat?
Need some encouragement friend? Come with me and let us sit together at God's table, feasting on His Word. Jesus is our Bread of Life and Living Water for our soul.

Jump down to verses 16-18 and we see David's reassurance:

  • The Lord is King forever.
  • He hears the desire of the humble.
  • He prepares their heart.
  • God hears their prayers.
Is this a song of thanksgiving. Is our Lord the King of our life and over all? Jesus is all-powerful. Are we trusting Him today for our needs to be met? This King of Glory waits to serve us grace, love, and mercy overflowing. Take the Words to heart.


Throughout this chapter we read of David describing the wicked:

  • proud,
  • succeeding,
  • sneering,
  • cursing, lying, threatening, 
  • ambushing, murdering, capturing the helpless,
  • thinking God was not watching them, 
  • seem to think God was dead, 
  • didn't expect punishment. 

Falwell suggests David is describing the deceitful career of the Antichtist, who attempts to deceive the world, oppressing the righteous, lurking in hiding places for the saints.

David calls upon God to arise and lift up His hand (verse 12) and break the arm of the wicked and evil man (verse 15).

God sees, notes, bears in mind, never forgets, every act of wrong-doing that men commit, and especially acts of oppression. (Rawlison)

Note that the Antichrist cannot prohibit God's kingdom from being established. He cannot stop God's will from being carried out.


Prepare my heart to worship You, our Lord and Savior.
Hear the desire of my heart.

Update on Wanda: She is in ICU as they try to get rid of infection around her heart. Doctors are meeting today to come up with a plan for her treatment. Surgery is likely in the future when she is strong enough.
Please continue to pray for her.

Friday, March 23, 2018

A Refuge in Time of Trouble

O. T. #1176  "A Refuge in Time of Trouble"
March 23, 2018
Psalms 9
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart: I will show forth all Thy marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou Most High
Psalms 9:1-2


Anyone in need of a refuge in time of trouble today? David found his refuge. Where was it?

Some say that Psalm 9 and 10 go together. In this one, David has written an individual hymn. It is divided into two parts where the first has praise prominent and the second has prayer prominent.
Praise expresses appreciation to God and understanding of His worth. We recognize the attributes of His divine nature. We thank God for all things He does and honor Him for who He is.

In the first two verses, David speaks of his dedication of worship of the LORD.
I will:
  1. praise You, LORD, with all my heart, whole heart;
  2. tell of the marvelous things You have done;
  3. be filled with joy because of You;
  4. sing praises to God, O Most High.
Your are a good, good Father, perfect in all of Your ways. We are loved by You. Even when we fail or turn away, You bring us back to You. We are not alone, but Your child, Yours. Fill us with praise and joy today.


What do we read in verses 7-12? Judgment comes from the righteous God.
  • The Lord reigns forever. (verse 7)
  • He executes judgment upon His throne.
  • God will judge the world with justice. (verse 8)
  • He will rule the nations with fairness.
  • The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed.
  • He is a refuge in times of trouble. (verse 9)
  • He knows our name that trust in Him. (verse 10)
  • He does not forsake those who seek Him.
  • God cares for the helpless. (verse 12)
  • He hears the cries of those who suffer.
Even when others forget us, our God never forgets us. He gives us breath of live each morning, each minute. Is God our refuge? A refuge or stronghold-sometimes translated fortress-is a high place of security and protection. (1 Samuel 23:14, 19, 29) The Lord Himself is as secure as the best of these (Matt. 28:20; Hebrews 13:5 (The Jeremiah Study Bible)

David used the term refuge many times in the Psalms-14:6; 46:1; 62:7,8; 71:7; 91:2,9; 104:18; 142:5. Obviously, David depended upon his God, who was faithful and did rescue him for all his enemies.

Jesus will not leave us nor forsake me. (Deut. 31:6)
Since Jesus has us up high, then we can live above our circumstance, our problems, our trials and tests. Today, let us soar high like an eagle above the ground, floating in the wind.
What doesn't break us, makes us stronger. Hold on, when the waves are taking you under, hold on just a little bit longer. This will not last forever. He can help us get through this. Believe it?



Praise You Jesus!
How marvelous are Thy works.
I will sing Your praises.
I have joy from You.
Be my refuge today.
I trust in You.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Excellent Name

O. T. #1175  "Excellent Name"
March 22, 2018
Psalms 8
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! Who hath set Thy glory above the heavens.  Psalms 8:1


What is in a name? Have you researched the meaning of yours? Mine means "beautiful." I'm so sure that I can live up to that name, though. Only Christ ruling in me can make me worthy of it.

Read our key verse. Here God's name is translated Jehovah, who art our Sovereign Lord and Master.
When we compare our selves to God's greatness and majesty we realize our smallness. Our Creator is so much stronger and wise than we His creation is. In great authority He reigns over all the earth and us. When everything is put into the right perspective, we humble our self before the Savior.
One day Christ will come reign upon the earth as King of kings. One day there will be a new heaven and a new earth for us believers. Then all the hate, evil, and sinfulness will be gone. What a glorious time!

MacArthur says that LORD refers to Yahweh, while Lord refers to His sovereignty. Does God rule over us as our Sovereign Lord and Master of our life?


What is man that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
(verse 4)

Will you take time to read Romans 8:15-18. Believers are heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ. The first Adam lost his position of ruling over creation in the Garden. The second Adam, Christ, has more than regained that ruling position since He became our Savior.

In verse 9, David proclaims the excellency of our LORD again.


Thank You Jesus for all You are to us, for all You give to us, and for all You do for us.
Glory to Your Excellent Name.

Dear friends, I have a prayer request again. My sister in law, Wanda, is in the hospital with congestive heart failure since Monday. Her heart valves are not functioning right, so her kidneys are not. It has been 5 years since she went through the same ordeal, but God brought her through. With God all things are possible, so we are trusting Him with her life.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Caught on Own Pitchfork

O. T. #1174  "Caught on Own Pitchfork"
March 21, 2018
Psalms 7
I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.  Psalms 7:17


We watch often old westerns on television. When there is a fight scene in a barn, chances are the bad character will try to kill the good person by throwing a pitchfork at them. We know it will not hit the good character. During the fight, the bad man falls on the pitchfork he used to try to kill the good man. Isn't that the way it goes in life, if we leave revenge up to God, that is.

Have you ever been so falsely accused or hurt so badly that you wanted revenge? We find this happened when David, an innocent man had his integrity questioned. David's only defense was God.

Here we read of another prayer of David's:
  • David put his trust in God to deliver him from the persecutors. (verse 1)
  • If David was guilty of injustice, did wrong, betrayed a friend, or plundered an enemy without cause, then let his enemies capture him, trample him to the ground, and drag David's honor in the dust. (verses 3-5)
  • David knew God looked deep into the mind and heart. He knew the truth of the matter.(verse 9)
  • God is our shield, defense, saving those whose hearts are true and right. (verse 10)
  • God is an honest judge. (verse 11)
In Romans 12:19, Paul tells us to not avenge our self, but let God's wrath take care of it. God will make sure that the accuser will fall into his own ditch that he dug for the one he accused. In other words, he will we caught on his own pitchfork. In other words, the troubles they make for others backfires on them. We don't have to do anything about it.

Can we praise the Lord Most High, even when we are falsely accused of doing wrong?


Slanderous accusations were made by Cush to King Saul. They were claiming David was trying to kill Saul and seize the throne (1 Samuel 24:9-11). We know this was false because twice David had an opportunity to kill King Saul and refused to harm God's anointed.

According to Falwell, David's prayer is fourfold:
  1. Let the enemy persecute my soul;
  2. Let the enemy take it;
  3. Let him tread down my life upon the earth;
  4. Let him lay my honor in the dust.
Falsely accused, David takes no revenge, knowing that evil for good is devil-like, evil for evil is beast-like, good for good is man-like, good for evil is Godlike.

So our goal as a Child of God is to be Godlike. We can see it demonstrated in David's early life. Can others see it in our life? Will we live above our circumstances, not allowing anything to steal our joy?


                               ... and rise up in amazing grace.
                               ... praying for my enemies.
                               ... showing love and mercy toward them with forgiveness.
                               ... don't get caught on my own pitchfork.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Helpless and Hopeless

OT 1173 "Helpless and Hopeless"
March 29,2018
Psalms 6
Have compassion on me, O Lord, for I am weak. Psalm 6:2


We don't know what caused David's pain, but he sought the Lord for the remedy.
David is lamenting with great intense as he experiences:

  • sleeplessness, (verse 6)
  • helplessness, (verses 1-4)
  • hopelessness, (verses 5-7)
  • boldness (verse 8a). 
Is David completely honest with God? He pours out his heart with tears. He realized that if God showed justice toward him, he needed mercy, also. David was so burdened down that he couldn't sleep, felt helpless in his circumstances, even hopeless. Was he at the bottom of the pit or what?
When we are honest with God, we name our sins, seeking His mercy, too. Dear one, we don't have to be victims of our circumstances or weighed down with guilt of sin. Confessing wholeheartedly as David did releases it all to Jesus.

David realized he needed the Lord's compassion and mercy. Mercy, in verse 2, refers to favor; to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior. 
Let mercy rain upon us from on high.


We see David's boldness as he addresses his enemies in verses 8-10:

  • Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 
  • May my enemies be disgraced and terrified. 
  • May they suddenly turn back in shame. 
Eventually this came to pass. Absalom was killed and his followers disgraced and terrified. David's helplessness changed with God's helpfulness; his hopelessness turned into hopefulness; his boldness was evident in his prayers. 

Are we, or someone we love, in need of help and hope? Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, interceding for them. Pray for our enemies to come to repentance.


I am in need of You mercy and compassion sweet Jesus.
Please disgrace and terrify my enemies, turning them away from me  in shame. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Shield of Love

O. T. #1172  "A Shield of Love"
March 19, 2018
Psalms 5
Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Make Your way plain for me to follow.  Psalms 5:8

Here is a prayer of David's after his son Absalom and others conspired to over throw David as king of Israel.
What is the secret of David's close relationship with God?
David prayed in the morning, perhaps at daybreak.
In the morning our mind is fresher and freer of problems. Do we have a regular time set apart for prayer and Bible study? By doing it early, we can commit our whole day to serving God.

What do we read about David's prayer?
  • He would ask God to hear his prayer, to pay attention to his groaning, and listen to his cry for help. (verses 1-2)
  • David would pray to no one but his King and his God. (verse 2)
  • He asked God to listen to his prayer in the morning. (verse 3a)
  • Each morning David would bring his requests to God and wait expectantly. (verse 3b)
  • Because of God's unfailing love, David could enter God's house. (verse 7a)
  • He worshiped with deepest awe at the Temple. (verse 7b) (New Living Translation)
Later on, God told the prophet Jeremiah, found in 33:3: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

In our key verse, David asks God to make His will discernible, to lead him in a righteous path.
Isn't that what we desire?

How can we who put our trust in God, rejoice and sing His joyful praises? David gives us three reasons in verses 11-12:
  1. God protects, defends us. (verse 11)
  2. He blesses the righteous, godly. (verse 12a)
  3. He surrounds them with his shield of love. (verse 12b)
Now is that a reason to sing praises to our God, when He protects us, blesses us, and surrounds us with His shield of love?


David describes his wicked enemies:

  • God takes no pleasure in them.
  • He cannot tolerate their sin.
  • Proud do no stand in His presence.
  • He hates all who do evil.
  • God destroys all who tell lies.
  • The LORD detests murderers and deceivers.
  • Let God declare them guilty.
  • Let them be caught in their own traps.
  • May God drive them away because of their sins and rebellion against God.

God will handle our enemies. I have seen it time and again. But we are not to take revenge into our own hands. Instead, forgive them and pray for their repentance.


Thank God for His blessings, protection, and shield of love.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Are You Set Apart?

O. T. #1171  "Are You Set Apart?"
March 16, 2018
Psalms 4
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.  Psalm 4:3


You, sister in Christ, brother in Christ, are precious in the Lord's sight. The godly person has trusted Christ as their Savior and God has forgiven their sins. This godly person strives to live a righteous life and to give glory to their God. Such people have a special place in His heart. You are always kept before Him. Are you a godly person?

In the Hebrew language, godly means kind, good, merciful, saint.

The godly are faithful and devoted to God. Do you know when we are set apart by God, He observes our consecrated life and is pleased with what He sees? You are cherished by a Holy, Righteous God! What a tremendous privilege!

What does David call God? The God of my righteousness. In verse 1, righteousness refers to the right (morally or legally); just.

It is God who makes us righteous, not ourselves. None of us are righteous, no not one, alone. Jesus' blood shed upon the cross covers our sins so we can be right with a Holy God.

According to David Wilkerson, being righteous has a combination of traits: uprightness, morality, virtuousness, good conduct, avoidance of evil and of fleshly temptations. They walk a good, straight path of faith. they say only good things about people, including those who wrong them.

In Jeremiah 23:5-6, God is called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, Jehovah Tsidkenu (Hebrew).

What does David say about God?
  • He will answer when we call to Him.
  • He hears us when we are in distress, troubled.
  • He gives us mercy, not what we deserve.
How wonderful our God is!


What is a godly person to do?
  • Know that they are set apart for God.
  • Stand in awe.
  • Sin not.
  • Contemplate things at night, checking your own heart, being still.
  • Offer sacrifices in the right spirit.
  • Trust God.
  • Know that He smiles upon us then.
  • Gladness is in our heart, a greater joy than having abundant harvests, placed by God.
  • We can lie down in peace and sleep, for God makes us safe.
Lord Jesus, we stand in awe of You. As we trust in You, fill us with joy and peace. Set us apart as Your children, different from those in the world.


Help me watch my words so I don't lie, make false accusations, or ruin the reputation of another.
Fill me with Your Spirit of righteousness, for I have none without You..
I need as gentle and quiet spirit.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Who is Needing Victory Today?

O. T. #1170  "Who is Needing Victory Today?
March 15, 2018
Psalms 3
But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me: my glory, and the lifter of mine head. Psalm 3:3


Are you in need of victory today? It may be anxiety, temptations, hurts, or discouragements that have us surrounded. Do we feel surrounded by our enemies today? What did David do when he was literally surrounded by his enemies?

King David wrote this song as he had to leave the palace in order to hide from his son Absalom, who wanted to become king of Israel. The background can be read in 2 Samuel 15-17. Absalom had obtained many supporters and thus formed a large army, which could have numbered 10,000. so David's negative friends though he would loose the throne through his death due to a rebellious son. In their discouragement, they said God had forsaken David, but he knew better. David's confidence was not shaken.

To David, God was:
  • his shield, which is a protection, a buckler;
  • David's glory, which refers to splendor, honor;
  • the lifter of his head, to raise, lift up;
  • the One who heard and answered David's prayer;
  • the sustainer of David;
  • the One who removed his fears;
  • David's rescuer;
  • victorious for him.
Did David have his head down as he prayed, feeling dejected? Who hasn't been there, or is there now? We feel wounded and are hurting. We need Jesus to lift our head and say, "I have this. It will turn our fine. Trust Me with this." And then we smile, released from our fears.

Sweet Jesus, only You are our protector, our glorious Lord, the hearer of our prayers and the One who answers, our sustainer and rescuer, the remover of our fears, and our victory. Bless Your holy name-King Jesus. Remind us that You are all-powerful. Help us to continue to trust You with our struggles and problems, giving them to You to handle. Will You encourage us today?


As it turned out, Absalom was riding his mule under some trees and the thickets of an oak tree caught him by the hair. His mule ran on, leaving his rider hanging by his hair. Joab killed him there.

In verse 8, David uses the word salvation (yshuwah/yesh-oo-aw), meaning deliverance, victory.

Victory comes from You, O LORD. (verse 8 NLT)

MacArthur says this is a broad-sweeping, all-inclusive deliverance, whether in the temporal or eternal realm.

Faith in God's timing was the answer to David's question about the success which the wicked had unfairly achieved. (Life Application Study Bible)

Do we have faith in God's timing?


Trust God to bring victory in my life and His timing to do it.

Pray for Him to remove my fears, protect me, lift up my head shameless.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


O. T. 1169 "Freedom"
March 14, 2018
Psalms 2
Serve the LORD with fervent fear, and rejoice with trembling. But what joy for all who take refuge in Him!  Psalms 2:11, 12d


Why do men/nations rebell against God? They do not want Him to rule over them. The heathens don't like constraints that God's law, Bible morality, or Christian conduct which He has established for us in our lifestyle. They want the freedom to live as they desire, what feels right to them.

God has anointed Christ as the King of the earth. Anointing was conferred upon priests, prophets, and kings. Only Jesus Christ can claim all 3 offices. David was promised a descendent of his would rule upon the throne forever, to bring the Messiah through his bloodline.

We obtain freedom from the reign of sin when we wholeheartedly love and serve God. We are free to be what He made us to be. If only others would submit to God. Then they would enjoy this freedom.


In verses 10-12, there are 5 important instructions given:

  1. Be wise.
  2. Be instructed. 
  3. Serve the Lord. 
  4. Rejoice. 
  5. Kiss the Son. Embrace Him as Savior. 
Are we looking for joy in our life? Take refuge in Jesus. 
Psalms 46:1 tells us God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. 

Are we desiring freedom? Cling to Jesus. 


Let Jesus be my refuge, freedom, King of my heart. 
Wholeheartedly serve Him. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Where Are We Walking, Standing, Sitting?

O. T. #1168  "Where Are We Walking, Standing, Sitting?"
March 13, 2018
Psalms 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.  Ephesians 1:3


The Christian life is compared to a walk. It begins a step of faith in trusting Christ as your Savior and grows as we take further steps of faith in obedience to His Word. Walking involves progress by applying Biblical truths to daily life. However, it is possible for the believer to walk "in the darkness," outside the will of God.

Paul tells us in our key verse that the believer in Christ has been "blessed with all spiritual blessings."
The definition of the word blessed in the Hebrew language as found in Psalms 1:1 means happiness; how happy!
In this chapter we read a description of the kind of Christian that God blesses:

  1. A person who is separated from the world. Although we are in the world, we are not of the world. Our heart is in tuned to God all day long. Be careful that we are not walking near sin, standing to consider it, then sitting down to enjoy it.
  2. A person who is saturated with the Word. Delight in Scriptures, reading it, meditating on it day and night. Like a cow chewing green grass, sits under the shade tree and regurgitates, chewing again the grass mixed with gastric houses, we chew on Scriptures and apply it in air lives, so it becomes a part of us.
A person who is situated by the waters. As a tree gets water from its deep roots in the soil, so we have spiritual roots that are deep in the things of Christ and drawing water from the Water of Life. Allow the Spirit to feed us; pray daily; let His fruit produce in our Christian life. (Wiersbe)
Where are we walking, standing, and sitting?


The ungodly, unbeliever, does not know Jesus, does not live Jesus, nor trust Him. They don't depend on the Lord and certainly do not fear Him. The path of the righteous leads to glory, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Remember that the unbelievers' ways , attitudes, words, ideas can rub off on us if we spend too much time with them. I refer to socializing. I understand we work with them, our children go to school with them, and they may even be our neighbors. I'm just saying, don't become like them, but be different.

Are we surrendered to Jesus? Are we rooted in His Word? What about chewing on it? Are we living a separated life from the world, standing out as different, or do we blend in? Are we blessed and happy in Jesus?


Be rooted, happy, fruitful in the Word. 
Walk, stand, and sit not with unbelievers. 
Witness to them about what a difference Jesus has made in your life. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Song in the Heart

O. T. #1167  "A Song in the Heart"
March 12, 2018
Introduction to Psalms
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.  Psalm 150:6

When I need encouragement, I can go to the book of Psalms and find it.  It offers strength, courage, joy, reassurance of God's presence, hope while hurting, deliverance, instruction, worship, conviction of sin, as well as the lovingkindness of God. I can picture David as a shepherd boy sitting under the star, alone, strumming his harp and singing praises to his God. Also, David lived in heart wrenching times running for his life. So join me as we walk this long journey through the Psalms.

The word psalm comes from a Greek word that means a poem sung to musical accompaniment.
The Hebrew name is tehillim, which means praises.
Many of the Psalms are hymns of praise to God, while others are prayers from sufferers, confessions of sin, confessions of faith, nature hymns, ands songs that teach Jewish history. In each one, the focal point for faith is the Lord. The psalms teach us to have a personal relationship with God as we tell Him our hurts and our needs and as we meditate on His greatness and glory.  (Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament)

Except for 49 Psalms, the author is mentioned in the superscript:
  • David (king of Israel, and a shepherd beforehand) wrote 73 of them;
  • Asaph (recorder during King Hezeiah's reign) wrote 12 (Psalms 50, 73-83);
  • sons of Korah(she was Moses' second wife) wrote 12 (Psalms 42-49, 84,85,87);
  • Solomon (son of King David) wrote 2 (Psalms 72,127);
  • Ethan (a wise man and and Ezrahite) wrote 1 (Psalm 89);
  • Herman, son of Korah (Psalm 88; and
  • Moses wrote 1 (Psalm 90). (Falwell)
Probably the oldest Psalm is 90, which was written by Moses. About 250 years after the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon, the songs and prayers were collected as they were written during the monarchy and put together in the form we now have them. These psalms were used in the temple during the time of Christ and then in synagogues following the dispersion of the Jews. (David Jeremiah)

The Psalms are divided into 5 categories or books:
  1. Book 1-(Ps. 1-41) mainly written by David; is similar to the book of Genesis, which tells about creation, sin, redemption by God; are not organized by topic.
  2. Book 2- (Ps. 42-72) were written by David and sons of Korah (second wife of Moses); is similar to the book of Exodus; describes a ruined and recovered Israel;
  3. Book 3-(Ps. 73-89) were written mainly by Asaph or his descendants; is similar to the book of Leviticus; speaks of the Temple and God's holiness.
  4. Book 4-(Ps. 90-106) were mainly written by unknown authors; is similar to the book of Numbers; discusses the relationships of Israel to surrounding nations, and God's rule.
  5. Book 5-(Ps. 107-150) mainly written by David, is similar to the book of Deuteronomy; involves praise and thanksgiving for God and His Word; most were set to music and used as a hymnbook in worship. (Life Application Study Bible)

Psalms shortest chapter is 117, while the longest chapter is 119. This book contains the center of the bible, being Psalms 118:8, It is better to trust in the LORD, than to put confidence in man.
This verse has 594 chapters before and after it.

The first verse speaks of being blessed, joyful. The secret to true happiness is found in God. Are you ready after studying the book of Job? I sure am! Got my Christian music on and ready to sing praises to Jesus. No need to be perfectly on key, just a song in the heart will do.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Song in Our Heart

O. T. 1166 "Song in Our Heart"
March 9, 2018
Lessons from Job


We ask God to ease our suffering. We wait and ask again. Nothing changes. He What if trials of this life is His mercy in disguise? What if that is what draws us closer to Him, when we would not have otherwise? What if suffering is a hidden blessing for the time being? What if our suffering could end tonight? What would we learn from it? Will suffering be our life changer?

While we may not always have all the answers to our questions, like Job, we have much to learn from him, God's servant. Swindoll give us insight:

1. There is nothing God cannot do. God is omnipotent, all-powerful. So He has no limits, needs no approval, is independent, and He alone is "awesome."
2. It is impossible to frustrate God's purposes. It can't be blocked, restrained, or stopped. It will transpire without delay, hindrance, or fail. No one can cancel God's agenda.
3. God's plans are beyond our understanding and too deep to explain. He doesn't act like we think He ought to act. But we should not judge how God runs the world.
4. Only through God's instruction are we able to humble ourselves and rest in His will. Do we willingly accept and submit to His will?
5. When the day of reckoning arrives, God is always fair. He deals with wrongdoers at His "Accounts Settlement" desk. God doesn't miss anything, nor does He forget.
6. No one can be compared to God when it comes to blessings. It was after Job repented and prayed for his friends that God accepted it, restored, increased, and blessed Job twofold. It was grace that God showed to these imperfect men.
7. Only God can fill our final years with divine music that frees us to live above our circumstances. Allow Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit so we live a full life. Be an overcomer, free of guilt and grudges, bitterness and resentment. He waits to fill our heart with songs of praise and joy.


Our journey with Job has come to an end, but his life lessons learned can remain with us for our lifetime. Job's pain and suffering drove him to his knees as he surrendered before a holy God. Then Job rested in complete trust. His burdens rolled away and music was restored in his heart again.

What will we do? Lay down our burdens, open our heart, and come as we are to Jesus. There is nothing to big that God can't fix. No problem is  too hard that He can't solve. No hurt is so deep that He can't heal. All things are possible with our loving God.
His grace helps us weather storms with heroic endurance and patience. Then our faith touches the lives of others for good. That will be our sufficient reward.


                     ... and let God do it.
                     ... and let God lead.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Suffering in a Storm

O. T. #1165  "Suffering in a Storm"
March 8, 2018
Lessons From Job


Mercy me, batten down the hatches. The wind was so strong this week that it blew my porch swing down. (It was detached from the chains used to hold it up.) Clouds rolled in, but brought no rain. I sought refuge inside the house after getting groceries indoors.
Where do you seek refuge when your storm comes? When suffering comes upon you? Strong winds blew upon Job's family and took away 10 of his children. Other storms of life removed his wealth and health.
But there are other kinds of storms people experience, like Job.

Jesus is with us while we are suffering in a storm, troubled in trials, weary and worn out in the world. Through this book study, we have learned some things about suffering:

  1. It may be an attack from Satan. 
  2. It might be a chastening from God due to my sin.
  3. It could be preparing me for a special service, teaching compassion for those who suffer.
  4. I could be selected for testing like Job.
  5. It could be a result of natural consequences for which I am not directly responsible.
  6. Suffering could be due to some unknown reason. (Life Application Study Bible) 

The help we can receive during our suffering will come from God when we call upon Him, confess our sin, trust His purpose to be worked through us, ask for compassion for others suffering, and seek His strength to live above it. Looking up, we can understand that suffering is an opportunity to turn to God. Nothing is impossible for Him.


  Do we realize that the book of Job is tied to the New Testament? Job's questions and problems are answered perfectly in Jesus:

  • We need someone to help us approach God. Job 9:32-33 (1Timothy 2:5-There's one God and One Mediator, Jesus Christ.)
  • Is there life after death? Job 14:14 (John 11:25-Believing in Jesus results in eternal life in heaven.)
  • There is One in heaven working on our behalf  Job 16:19 (Hebrews 9:24-Jesus appears in the presence of God for us.)
  • There is One who can save us from judgment. Job 19:25 (Hebrews 7:24-25-Christ is our permanent Priest, so He is able to save and interceded for those who come to God through Him.)
  • What is important in life? Job 21:7-15 (John 3:16-everlasting life and Matthew 16:26-serving Jesus)
  • Where do we find God? Job 23:3-5 (John 14:9-Jesus and God are one so we find God in Jesus.)

Although we may know all of the above, there are some around us that won't know it. This refreshes us in answering their questions.
So why am I suffering right now? Some of us may have been asking that as we studied the life of Job.  I hope today's post will aid in getting you one step closer to finding your answer. If not, then perhaps demonstrating walking by faith is your answer.

Continue to walk by faith through my storms in life, holding onto Jesus step by step.  
In the eye of the storm He remains in control. In the middle of the war, You guard my soul. Jesus, You alone are my anchor when my sails are torn. Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

No Patience, Only Praise

O. T. 1164 " No Patience, Only Praise"
March7, 2018
Summary of Job


It is confession time. If you are looking for someone who exonerates patience, don't look at me. You have to look somewhere else, for I have no patience. There. I admitted it. Sorry to let you down. I'm just being real. Job wasn't so patient either if you think about it. He answered those 4 friends pretty stern like. So maybe I'm not walking alone on this path where impatience takes over as companion successfully leading the way. 

Take for instance, yesterday. Hubby and I went on an outing to get groceries. First, we stopped to eat lunch at our favorite pizza parlor. I was doing okay, with it only being 18 days after surgery. We continued to the grocery store as planned. Then it hit me down the cereal isle. Someone pulled my energy plug and I was walking on empty. I had to leave the store, leaving him to get bread and bananas, which was no problem. Boy, am I getting tired of being tired. How much longer, Jesus, til I am back running full force? I've had enough of this down time. I have waited long enough for healing. Help me Lord for this back pain and neck pain is too much to endure. Yep I sat in the car mumbling and grumbling and complaining. I was failing this test big time. Help me Jesus. Please forgive me. 

Well, grace and mercy came pouring from heaven again. Soon the pain subsided and I felt guilty. Some patient believer I am. Having studied about a man who was covered with boils, lost 10 children in a storm, his wealth taken away, endured critical friends. And I couldn't patiently wait for healing without.... Guilty. 

We made it home, then hubby helped put up the groceries. I am blessed ya'll and I know it and proclaim it. BLESSED to the max. Thank you Jesus for always picking me up when I fall down and fail on this country road of faith.


I must say, I do admire Job. He didn't kill his impatient wife nor his judgmental friends. He didn't kill himself either in order to stop his suffering. In that aspect , Job was patient. However, he wanted to talk with God to find out what was up with all the sufferings.

Before ending the long painful story of God's servant Job, shall  we take a few minutes and review some verses?  These stood out to me for life lessons:

Job 1:21-..the LORD gave and the LORD taketh away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 2:10-What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all
                this did Job not sin with his lips.
Job 4:6-Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Job 13:15-Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him...
Job 19:25-For I know my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the
Job 36:5-Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength and wisdom.
Job 42:2-I know that Thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from

Bless the name of the LORD.
Accept good and bad in my life.
Do not sin with my lips.
Be sure Jesus is my confidence and hope.
Trust in Jesus always.
Proclaim that my Redeemer lives and He is coming back.
Trust in Jesus in everything.
My God is mighty and despises no one.
God is mighty in strength and wisdom.
He can do everything.
God knows all thoughts.


A Full Life

O. T. #1163      "A Full Life"
March 6, 2018
Job 42-Part 4
After all this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.  Job 42:16-17


Are you and I living a full life? As I have gotten older, my activities have slowed down. I have lessened the load, leaving them to the younger generation. Since my energy level has decreased, I realize that I don't have to be a "Super Woman" anymore. My priorities have changed. Maybe that is due to the realization that some things can wait until tomorrow, are not all that important, no big deal.
Who doesn't desire to live a full life? What is considered a full life? Job helps us find the answer.

We can be safe in saying Job had seen life in a variety of circumstances. He rose higher than the men of the East. He sunk lower in affliction, poverty, and distress, than any other human being that had existed before, or has lived since. He died when he was satisfied with this life. Job knew the worst and the best of human life. (Clarke Commentary)

Job lived a long life. Most commentaries say that he was probably in his 70's when his trials began. Since he lived 140 more years, that would have put Job at 210 years old when he died. (Oops, I goofed that one, thinking his total years was 140.)

Since his second family included another 10 children, he was blessed with his children's children doubled. Now this old man lived to a ripe old age, huh? It was not an extreme age back in the patriarch's era, though. Think of it, he knew his great-great-grandchildren. Whew! What a blessing. (Just think what it would have been like to have known such an elderly relative. I only knew my grandfathers.)This wise and righteous man saw the fruit of his labor in remaining faithful to his God. Amidst the family, were there priests, righteous-living farmers and businessmen, God-fearing mothers, loving grandparents? How many believers would the world have had due to this one man remaining faithful?

Is our faith being continued on to future generations? Are we sharing the loving salvation of Jesus Christ with them? What a blessing it is to know your children and grandchildren have all become Christians! We have four more to get saved. It will come, since they are being raised in the knowledge of Jesus.


NLT put it differently, Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

I was looking for answers as to what a full life was. No commentator emphasized it. Using Job as a model, here are a few of my thoughts. Feel free to add yours to the list.
A full life:
  • Remains faithful to the calling God has upon their life.
  • Trusts God through the good times and the bad, hard times, even when questions are not answered.
  • Learns from the trials which God allows to come  into their life.
  • Loves and honors God no matter what happens.
  • Believes God is in control and knows best, having a purpose for each of us.
  • Repents of sins daily.
  • Forgives others, not holding onto grudges that can cause bitterness.
  • Makes no demands, has no expectations, anticipates no favors.
  • Thanks God for even the smallest of blessings throughout the day.
  • Can pray for others, even enemies.
  • Is a woman or man of integrity, uncompromised.
  • Is an ambassador for Christ wherever they go.
  • Allows nothing or no one to steal their joy.
  • Helps others feel wanted and needed.
  • Shows compassion to the broken-hearted.
  • Can say that it was good that I was afflicted.
  • Leans on Jesus.
  • Shares the Word of God with others as the Truth and foundation of their life.
  • Be satisfied.
  • Encourages the present generation.
  • Is a life full of Jesus.


                                ...of the past, live in the present, look to a future in heaven.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Restored Twofold

O. T. #1162  "Restored Twofold"
March 5, 2018
Job 42-Part 3
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning. Job 42:12a


Can you believe we are finally at the epilogue of this book? It has taken us 3 months to get through Job's suffering in 42 chapters. Thanks so much for staying with me. I, for one, have learned some needed lessons for my life.

God put Job in his place as He remained on the throne. Job was a "let it"; he let it be as God deemed best in his life. He let it happen as God purposed. Job let his sufferings change his heart. He let God lead him down the path of pride and delivered him from it.
Will we let God?

In the first part of this chapter, Job confessed his not having all the answers, not being in charge, as well as not able to do everything, as God can. Job repented of his sins. He did not suffer because of sinning, but he sinned in his suffering.

Not only did God reprimand Job, but He also reprimanded his three friends for their unmerciful charges. They were instructed to bring burnt offerings for their sin and Job would pray for God's forgiveness of their sin. Those men who stood over Job as judges came bowing before Job, waiting for him to pray for them. Would he?

The one who was offended (Job) receives the offerings of the offenders. (Swindoll)

 My, how tables can turn. Because of Job's forgiving those guys, they did not get what they deserved. You know, Job could have asked the Lord to lay on them all that he went through, just so they understood what he experienced; to get back at them, because they deserved it. But Job did not. Now is that love and forgiveness first hand?

Yep, Job was a let it. He let God handle those guys instead of taking revenge into his own hands. Are we a "let it?"
Through our deepest hurts and pains, will we let God handle things?
When we are offended, will we forgive and pray for our offenders?
Jesus does forgives us.

Ultimate justice rolled down at the Cross. When it came, it came with mighty waves of mercy, freeing us forever from the guilt of our own sin. How good is that? (Swindoll)

A good definition of forgiveness is treating others like it never happened. I say, forgiveness is loving others like they never did it to me.
Through Christ we can, not in our strength, but in His.


Crushed, confess, repent, forgive others, keep the faith-lessons Job learned.

The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.  (verse 10)

How was everything twice as good for Job than before his sufferings?
  • The boils disappeared, leaving no scars, perhaps.
  • The fever broke with a cool breeze refreshing him.
  • Friends came around once again, smiling and applauding.
  • Job returned home, building a homestead twice the size.
  • He had more children.
  • His fortune was restored.
Sounds like Job had a party in his home. His brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with Job. They consoled him and comforted him because of all his trials the Lord brought against him. Each of them brought Job a gift of money and a gold ring. (His fortune was restored.)

Job's herds grew to 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 team of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had 7 more sons and 3 more daughters. Job lived 140 years, seeing four generations of his children and grandchildren. That is restoration and double blessing.
The Lord was pleased and honored by Job's quiet obedience in doing what was right. Through all those troubles Job never cursed God.

Satan was silenced, defeated.


Jesus instructed us, in Matthew 5:44 and 45, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Love my enemies, do good to them, pray for them.

Friday, March 2, 2018

My Servant

O. T. #1161  "My Servant"
March 2, 2018
Job 42-Part 2
Then the Lord asked Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job?" Job 1:9


We left Job sitting in dust and ashes, having confessed his sins and repented of them. Job admitted that he did not understand how things functioned and why things happened; that God knows all and is in control of all things, not him. Job did not have all the answers to the questions God asked him. He was humbled as low as dust.
Someone once said, "Job is not suffering because of sinning, but he was sinning in his suffering."

Read that sentence again. How was Job sinning in his suffering? Even though Job did not know why he was suffering, he should have trusted that God had His reasons and purpose for it. God is perfect in all His ways and does all things right, without mistakes. (God had allowed Satan to cause Job to suffer in order to prove that righteous Job would remain so and not turn away from God, cursing Him.) In that respects, Job passed the test.

Job continued to proclaim to his four friends that not all suffering is due to sin. However, they insisted suffering was because the person sinned, one by one. What a harsh picture of God they drew. They left no room for grace and mercy. Although our Holy God is Judge and proclaims justice, He is forgiving, too. They will soon find that out.

Well, is this the lesson we are to learn from all that Job went through? Do we judge people who have bad things happen to them, saying they brought it on themselves because of such and such sin?
We are not in position to make such a judgment. Only God is.


After the Lord finished speaking to Job, He spoke to the three friends, telling them:
  • To Eliphaz, god was angry with him and his two friends;
  • they had not spoken accurately about God as His servant Job had;
  • take 7 rams and 7 bulls to His servant Job and offer them as a burnt offering for themselves;
  • My servant Job will pray for them;
  • God would accept his prayer on their behalf;
  • God would not treat them as they deserved, for they did not speak accurately about Him as His servant Job did.
So Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar did as the Lord commanded them, and the Lord accepted Job's prayer.

Did you count the number of times that God referred to Job as "My servant?" The love relationship between God and Job continued as it was before. Job was still a person of priestly status as when his children were alive. God never quit loving Job, never stopped watching his suffering. He knew what was going on the whole time.

Will we continue to be God's servant, even if we have to suffer for it? Even if bad things happen to us, will we keep our love relationship with our God?
We pray for blessings, healings, prosperity, no suffering. but if we never experience those things in our life, will we experience God as our strength, our healer, our understanding God whose grace is sufficient?
Will we doubt His goodness and love? Or will we hold fast to Him, touching Jesus' hem of His kingly garment, reaching out for mercy?
What if our disappointments and sufferings are what we need in order to make us more like Jesus?
In order to show others what He is like.
O Christian, it will make heaven a million times better when we get there, after going through suffering.


You are high and lifted up, sitting on Your throne, Jesus.
We sing holy, holy, holy to the Holy Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
Your will,
Your way,
I pray.
Please Jesus, bring each of us through our sufferings, to endure for Your glory.
Your servant loves You.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Unanswered Questions

O. T. #1160  "Unanswered Questions"
March 1, 2018
Job 42


Job had unanswered questions that he wanted answered, and answered by God only. Why did He allow his 10 children to die? Why did enemies kill Job's servants and destroy his livestock and crops? Why was his body covered with boils? How could his 4 friends come and accuse Job of secret sins, discouraging him? Why was he allowed to suffer in such ways? God did not give Job his  directly, but taught him Who was in charge, and to not question His flawless wisdom. It was achieved by God asking about 75 questions of Job, to which he had no answer.

Now, the first time Job answered God's questions, admitting that he did not know the answers. (chapter 40) This wise man realized he didn't know how God created everything and kept it all functioning. Smart man. He kept his mouth shut while God spoke, just listening. Job is a good example for us to follow.

Job answers God in six verses. He says:
  • I know that You can do anything. (verse 2)
  • No one can stop You.
  • I questioned your wisdom with ignorance. (verse 3)
  • I talked about things which I knew nothing about.
  • I talked about things far too wonderful for me.
  • I heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes. (verse 5)
  • I take back everything I said. (verse 6)
  • I sit in ashes and dust to show my repentance.
A couple of other places in Scripture we read of tow people discovering the same thing as Job did. In Genesis 18:14, we read of the Lord asking Abraham, before Sarah had Isaac at age 90, "Is anything impossible for the LORD?" When Mary was told God's plan for her to be the Savior's mother, by the Holy Spirit, He said, "For with God, nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

Job made judgments about things he did not understand, disputing with God over His perfect justice. Job did not ask forgiveness for committing secret sins, but for questioning God's sovereignty and justice. Job repented of his attitude and acknowledged God's great power, perfect justice, and wisdom.


I'm not saying it is wrong to ask God why He allows this and that to happen. I think it is permissible in our deep hurts. However, there comes a point when we must trust God's wisdom and reasons for His allowance. We believe He is in charge and has a plan that is higher than we can understand. We believe good can come out of evil acts. Joseph declared it to his brothers who sold him into slavery.

Job understand God's divine rebuke. Finally, he understood the God of majesty, sovereignty, and greatness through eyes of faith. This broken man sat in ashes, admitting his sin of declaring God was unfair. Job left the mysteries of whys to his Lord. Job had a broken and contrite heart.

David's words provide us with an insight about true repentance, found in Psalm 51:17-
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

In Strong's Concordance, broken can mean broken down, broken up, broken into pieces. Contrite refers to collapse.
Webster's Dictionary define both words as meaning crushed.

Swindoll gives us 5 characteristics of a broken spirit and a contrite heart:
  1. nurses no grudges,
  2. makes no demands,
  3. has no expectations,
  4. offers no conditions,
  5. anticipate no favors.
Will we acknowledge the wrongness of our actions, our attitudes, our words with no anticipation of applause or a nod of understanding from others. When these things transpire in full repentance, there is no room left for bitterness.

We don't know if Job ever knew the reasons for his circumstances before he reached heaven. He did find that God's grace was sufficient in all things.

Will we offer to God a heart that is broken and crushed for His glory? He can use it when we do, doing things His way.


Learn from Job's experiences.
Trust God with the answers I have.
Repent of my sins with a broken spirit and a contrite heart.
Look for the good that will come from the bad.
Depend on God to direct my path of faith.
He is absolutely trustworthy.