Friday, August 31, 2018

Your Pathway

O. T. #1275  "Your Pathway"
August 31, 2018
Psalm 77


We don't know the reason the psalmist is gloomy, in despair, or depression. However, he tells us one cure for it-focusing his mind on God's goodness (verse 10-15) and His past deliverances (verse 16-20).

How did God deliver Israel in the past?
  • He parted the Red Sea for the Hebrews to cross over on dry ground in deliverance from Egypt's slavery.
  • He overthrew the Egyptians by drowning with clouds of water in the Red Sea.
  • Thunder and lightning were witnessed at the foot of Mt. Sinai as Moses went up to receive the Ten Commandments.
  • Like sheep, God led His people through Moses and Aaron for 40 years.
This story was past down throughout the generations of Israel, as it demonstrated God's power, protection, and love. The psalmist recalls that. Also, he declares:
  • God's ways are holy. (verse 13)
  • No god is mightier than God. (verse 13)
  • He is the God of great wonders. (verse 14)
  • God demonstrates His awesome power among the nations. (verse 14)
  • By His strong arm God redeemed His people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. (verse 15)
[Reference: New Living Translation]

Has God shown His awesome powers and great wonders to you lately?

Your road led through the sea, Your pathway through the mighty waters,-a pathway no one knew was there! (verse 19 NLT)

Instead of going around the Red Sea, God chose to lead Israel through it so they could experience His mighty power.  If we are going through troubled waters right now, remember that God delivered His children in the old days and can do the same today. We must stay on the path He has put us on, and wait for the deep waters to part. There is a path that no one knows about, except our God. He is working things out for those who love Him, and it is for our good, as well as His glory. (Romans 8:28)


Whatever is happening in the psalmist's life, he can't sleep because of it. He thinks about the good old days when his nights were filled with joyful songs. He searches his soul and ponders the difference at  that time.  He feels rejected in verses 7-9 as he questions:
  •  God's kindness, and
  •  unfailing love toward him;
  •  His promises that are permanently kept;
  •  mercy that is not clean gone, nor
  •  His door of compassion slammed shut.
Oh, dear ones, God's kindness, love, promises, mercy, and compassion continue forever. They are there behind the door, waiting to be opened, for Jesus is the Door.

What will the psalmist remember?
  • His infirmity, which means to be weak, afflicted, diseased, grieved, sorry; 
  • The years of the Most High God's right hand was upon him;
  • His works;
  • God's wonders of old, the wonderful deeds He has done.
The writer is meditating on all God's works and will talk of His doings. And so should we.
Got any infirmities? Look at what the Most High God has done previously, His wonderful deeds.


Focus on my awesome and wonderful God instead of my infirmities.
Remain on the path He has me on.
Do the best I can while I am here enduring my infirmities.
I will sing of You love forever, Sweet Jesus.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


O. T. #1274 "Promises"
August 30, 2018
Psalm 75
Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.  Psalm 76:4


Asaph, who was appointed by King David to be to serve in the music ministry of the Temple, wrote this psalm. It was probably written after Judah defeated the Assyrian invasion led by Sennacherib in 701 B.C. This was during King Hezekiah's reign, found in 2 Kings 18.

With the setting established, we can have a better understanding of this celebration. Starting with verse 1, In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel.

Where does God live? Where is His home?
 In Jerusalem (Salem is a shorter version) the Tabernacle is found. Mt. Zion is His home.

Now look at our key verse. How is God described? He is more glorious, which means luminous; set on fire; shine; and excellent, which mean honorable, than the mountains filled with beasts of prey.

The invading armies were comparable to mountains in greatness. Certainly the God of Israel, Jehovah, is more glorious and excellent than those. Armies are no match for God. He is victorious every time. Those haters of God back then sought to destroy God's Temple and His people. Nothing has changed throughout the years, has it? The devil's goal is still the same. The evil ones are still trying to overcome good. They need to stop fighting against God and turn to Him in repentance.

According to verse 7, God is to be feared, the object of our reverence and awe. How do we do that?
by keeping the first Commandment-have no other gods before Him. We show God do this by worshiping, reading His Word, praying, and making Him number one in our life. Are we doing it today? Is our influence bringing others to do the same?


Vow and pay unto the LORD Your God... (verse 11)
We are told to keep our vows made to God. Do what you said you would do. Pay what you committed to Him. We are to remember our obligations.  Surrender and carry them out. What is the last promise we made to God? Is it being fulfilled? Is love our motive?

Today, so many are not keeping promises or vows. God keeps His promises. He protected Judah, through whom the Messiah would come, as long as they continued to only worship Him. When they failed, then they went into captivity in Babylon for 70 years. But, afterwards, they repented and returned to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and rebuild their nation under God.


How glorious and excellent is my God and Savior.
How faithful He is to me.
Help me keep my promises.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Is It Time Yet?

O. T. #1273  "Is It Time Yet?"
August 29, 2018
Psalm 75


"Is it time yet?" It is difficult for young children to understand the concept of time. They are anxious to get to go swimming, to a party, go to a park. They live in the present, in the moment. Waiting is not the easiest thing for them, nor is it for us adults. We want everything now, not understanding God's perspective about time.

Verse 2 gives us God's assurance that, When I choose a time, I will judge fairly.

Isn't God's timing better?  When He is ready, and it is His time, God will do what is needed. It's not what we like for Him to do that counts. Although we may be as impatient as children, we must not doubt the wisdom of God. Wait. In due time God will reveal His plan. We should be sure to not take matters into our own hands. [Resource: Life Application Study Bible]

I know that is not what I like to hear. Waiting is hard. Maybe that is because it requires faith, but we want to live by sight.


There are three metaphors the psalmist uses here:
  1. pillars of the earth (verse 3)
  2. horns (verses 5,6,11)
  3. God's cup of wrath. (verse 8)
God never looses control of the universe. Agree? In spite of physical, moral, and societal turmoil, He knows what is going on, and He has it all planned out. He is eventually going to judge everyone, believers and the wicked.

In the meantime, we should worship God, praise Him, thank Him, glorify Him. Jesus was lifted up on a cross. When we trust in Him, He will not let us down.

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. (John 12:32)

Will we lift Him up today in praise?


Wait. Pray. Trust God.
Praise Him. Glorify Jesus. Give Him credit.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hard Days Vs. Abundant Days

O. T. #1272 "Hard Days Vs. Abundant Days"
August 28, 2018
Psalm 74
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.  Psalm 74:12


Just put me in the old folks home and close the door. I make more messes than I (or anyone else) want to clean up. I am tired of being stinky and sinful and failing. Let me cry and hide behind the closed door, alone. When I let him have an inch, the devil takes a mile. Humble pie is becoming a regular on my plate of life. Jesus, this is hard, too hard, You know what I mean.

Well, that was yesterday, and today is a new day. I want some abundant life today, Lord Jesus. Will You pour down some, for my cup is empty? I trusted You all these years and You never failed me back then. I know You are still working today. Folks, twice I read John 10:10 in devotions this morning. I God trying to tell me something? Help me to keep on thanking You and praising You this day. It is Your love and strength that keeps me going, Jesus. Your love is abundant today. I could use some mercy, too.

Asaph was down as he wrote this psalm, probably after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. by Babylon. The enemies ram-sacked and burned Jerusalem in an attempt to wipe out every trace of God. (They were idol worshipers.) For 70 years Israel was held captive.

When we are waiting for God to act in our life and He seems to be slow about it, He isn't. It is God's timing that is best for us-for His glory and our good. When we ask, "How long? or "Why?" or " Where is God?" Can we see Him working around us?
Asaph shows us by example what we should do review:
  • the mighty acts of God in biblical history, and
  • what He has done for us personally.
God controls all the things on earth, including the sea, streams, sun and moon, and seasons. His hand is upon our situation, also.

God is at work, not only in history, but also in your life today.  (Life Application Study Bible)

Jesus came to give us life and more abundant life. The thief tries to steal, kill and destroy it. (John 10:10)

So let's get up, leave the past in the past, and let the hope of Jesus rise up in us today. (I have to tell myself that often.)


Asaph said in verse 9, We see not our sign: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

The Urim and Thummim were on the High Priest's garment, but it was gone. No shekinah glory of God descended down from heaven, filling the Temple. The Temple had been destroyed and the articles inside it were capture. A little ray of hope shown through the dark days of Israel. Reread our key verse-God is working. Is He our King of old?
What mighty acts has God done in our lives, in days of old? Breath and salvation, strength to carry on in spite of this old body aches and pains.
God did not abandon Israel, nor will He leave us. My only hope is to trust God.


Surround me with Your love today, Jesus.
Be my anchor, for my sails are torn and tattered.
You are my God in the old days and in today.
I believe.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Dissatisfaction or Satisfaction

O. T. #1271  "Dissatisfaction or Satisfaction"
August 27, 2018
Psalm 73
My flesh and heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. 
 Psalm 73:26


Asaph was a leader in King David's Levitical choirs. He collected Psalms 73-83, but may not have written all of them. He starts out saying he did not understand why the wicked prospered, as their pride mocked God and believers. However, Asaph understood it when he walked into the sanctuary, Tabernacle. He was tempted to walk away from God, instead, he walked toward God.
What was Asaph's conclusion?
  • He understood the destiny of the wicked. (verse 17)
  • He saw his sin of self-pity and bitter. (verse 21)
  • His foolishness was obvious. (verse 22)
  • God continued to hold Asaph's right hand. (verse 23)
  • God guided him with His counsel, leading him to a glorious destiny. (verse 24)
  • There is no one other than God on whom he can rely. (verse 25)
  • Asaph's health may have failed and his spirit grow weak, but God remains the strength of his heart. (verse 26)
  • He realized it was good for him to draw near to God. (verse 27a)
  • Asaph made  the Sovereign LORD his shelter. (verse 27b NLT)
  • He is going to tell everyone about the wonderful things God does. (verse 27c)
  • God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. (verse 1)
What could have happened to Asaph had he not gone to the Temple? He may have turned away from God and followed the way of the wicked worldly ones take over his faith. Look what he would have missed out on. God forgives, renews, and changes our perspective. He gives us second, third, and umpteen chances again to serve Him, in spite of our failures. So let us keep on going to the worship services. Our soul and heart and mind need it.

God's love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me, as the song goes.


Unfortunately, many believers wander away from God and go the way of the world. They become dissatisfied with their marriage, family, job, or situation, and leave the faith. They turn to the world for their satisfaction and not God. Asaph had that problem, too.

I like to see the good that comes in the scripture before the bad. So Asaph started out how it seemed to him that the wicked prosper and go unrewarded. Verses 2- in New Living Translation explains his attitude. They:
  • seem to live a painless life;
  • have bodies that are healthy and strong;
  • don't have troubles like other people;
  • aren't plagued with problems like everyone else;
  • wear pride like a jeweled necklace;
  • clothe themselves with cruelty;
  • have everything their hearts could ever wish for;
  • scoff and speak only evil;
  • seek to crush others while in their pride;
  • boast against the very heavens;
  • have words that confusion and dismay with their words;
  • ask, "What does God know? Does the Most High even know what is happening?"
Isn't that the truth! Oh, my word, did Asaph have an envy problem or what? Aren't we glad that his trust in God was renewed? He realized that in God, we have everything that makes for a lasting contentment. When we don't have it all together, God is patient with us. Our contentment comes from God. (The wicked one will not enjoy their eternal life if they do not repent while on earth.)

God loves us despite our sinful dissatisfaction with His providences, and when we turn to Him, our hearts will change, even if our circumstances don't, because He is faithful to His people.  (Lydia Brownback's Singing a New Song)

Work on being content in whatsoever state, situation, in which I am, like Paul.

                     ... so my happiness and contentment is in You Jesus, not things.
                                ... and focus on serving God and not my flesh.
                                ... of the world and grow in faith in Jesus.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Wondrous Things

O. T. #1270  "Wondrous Things"
August 24, 2018
Psalm 72
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 
Psalm 72:17


Have you seen the wondrous things God has done? He does miracles when He saves the lost; when He takes a loved one to heaven; when He rains upon a dry land; when attitudes are changed and hearts are filled with His love. To me, those are wondrous things only God can do.

This psalm is written by Solomon, King David's son. He built the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem and Israel rested in peace. Solomon looks beyond his reign to that of the Messiah Jesus. His kingdom will be greater than any human empire. David had been promised that through his line of kings would come the greatest blessed King-Jesus Christ. When He reigns on earth, there will be an abundance of peace, as verse 7 says. How long will it last? As long as the moon endureth. Now that is long peace.

The overall themes found here are: God's name is worthy to be praised and His glory should be multiplied to all nations, according to David Jeremiah.

Are we blessing our lineage with faith and a love for God? Are we praying for our grandchildren and great grandchildren to be servants of our God? I certainly am. What a blessing it would be to live long enough to see them serving my Savior.


The Messiah's redemption and salvation includes the poor and needy, not just the rich and in a family line of believers. We have heard it said that God helps those who help themselves, but that is not the way it is. He helps those who cannot help themselves. We read of His tenderness in the New Testament.

Let us bless the name of the LOrd Jesus Christ together, forever.
Verse 18 says, His name shall endure for ever; His name shall be considered as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in Him: all nations shall call Him blessed. 

Verse 18 tells us to Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 

Wondrous means miracles; great.

Just look around and we can see the wondrous works of God. Also, the things which are spiritual as He works in hearts.


Bless the wondrous name of Jesus Christ!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

My and Thy and Try

O. T. #1269  "My and Thy and Try"
August 23, 2018
Psalm 71
My life is an example to many because You have been my strength and protection. Psalm 71:7 NLT


What kind of trial or issues are you dealing with today, friend? Right now, I am dealing with a weight problem. Yep, mom was right-one day it would catch up with me. (I was always thin in my younger years.) These have been the days all right. This year I have gained 10 pounds. Now if you add that onto last year's extra 5, that comes to a total of 15. So now I put myself on a diet and onto the treadmill. Ugh! It is hard, let me tell you. I had lost 6 of those add-ons, but now some crept back. So food is an enemy that I am battling today. (I refuse to buy larger-sized clothes.)

Apparently, this psalm is written by an aged saint. Probably it was David, though some thought it was by Jeremiah the prophet.  Old age does not exempt us from troubles. His enemies conclude that God had abandoned this believer. However, the believer is confident that God remains faithful.

While reading this chapter, I picked up on a couple of phrases that were continuously used-my and Thy. David, an old man now, whispers a prayer to the God, who is personally:
  • my strong habitation;
  • my rock and my fortress;
  • my strong refuge;
  • my God;
  • my help.
For years David walked with the Lord. Even in his old age, he declares God's (in verses 15-22):
  • righteousness,
  • salvation,
  • wondrous works,
  • strength and power,
  • greatness,
  • truth.
Perhaps we could add to those lists of my and Thy concerning to what God has been to us in our walk with Him. I could add protector, provider, faithful, forgiving, lifter of my head. What could you add?


The Jeremiah Study Bible shares some reasons for life's trials:
  • ungodly foes (verse 4)
  • an uncertain future (verse 9)
  • unfaithful friends (verses 10-13)
  • and God's sovereignty (verse 19 and 20).
Doesn't Jeremiah pretty well sum it all up, the reasons for our trying times? Most of our psalms so far have been David complaining about his enemies and pleading for God's help. What is the right response to all of these sources of problems in our life? Some issues we endure are due to the sins of others or our own sins. We should rely upon the character and compassion of God.
In James 1:2 and 12, he reminds believers that God uses trials to refine our faith. Those refining times should knock us to our knees before a loving God.

Maybe I should add to that list Myself being my worst enemy. I think it would be appropriate, as I mentioned my struggles at the beginning.


Just give me Jesus. He is everything I ever needed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

O. T. #1268  "Short on Time, Long on Need"
August 22, 2018
Psalm 70
Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: and let such as love Thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.  Psalm 70:4


Desperate times call for desperate measures. David pleads for God's help to come quickly. He is dependent upon God for his deliverance.
Our key verse is a repeat of the same previously written in Ps.40:16. But repetition is good-that is how we learn. We are the such as love. We are the believers, a child of God, the saved.

NLT says this verse like this: But may all who search for You be filled with joy and gladness in You. May those who love Your salvation repeatedly shout, "God is great!"

Are we searching for God today? We find Him amidst His Word. He fills us with joy and gladness. In Him we have hope and salvation. That is why we can say, "How great my God is!"
Dear heart, we are not walking alone in this life. Jesus goes before us, guiding our steps.
His promises stand. Great is His faithfulness. You know what? He has never failed me. It is good to be reminded every now and then.


Help me Jesus! Haven't we all been there, whispering a short, yet sincere to the bone prayer? We cut the chase, getting to the point. Like David, we are afflicted and needy. Lord, don't delay; hurry to my aid right now. Deliver me this very second. Immediately would be good.

As Life Application Study Bible explains: This urgent prayer is short on time and long on need. Don't take God for granted and treat Him as a vending machine. Our prayers are filled with requests for ourselves and others, and we forget to thank God for what He has done and to worship Him for who He is.

That is desperation. He hears it in our voice. He sees it in our heart.


Thank You Father for hearing my desperate pleas. You know my needs and provide as You see fit.
I praise You, loving Father. You are so kind and good and awesome!
Fill me with joy and gladness.
Your amazing salvation is amazing.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Singing in the Midst of a Mess

O. T. #1267  "Singing in the Midst of a Mess"
August 21, 2018
Psalm 69-Part 2
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.  Psalm 69:30-31


David had sank into the deep mire of despair when he wrote this song. He even says so in verse 2. Yet, he appeals to his Heavenly Father's love, kindness, and mercy in verse 16. Then we skip down
to our key verses. Do you pick up on David's change of attitude?

1. I will praise the name of God with a song. In Ephesians 5:19, we read from Paul to be filled with the Spirit and speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

2. Magnify Him with thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:20 says, Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Did you notice that will please the LORD better than the best sacrifices?

There is no sacrifice as acceptable to God as the sacrifice of a heart filled with thanksgiving to God and overflowing with His praises. (Falwell)

David was singing in the midst of a mess. Can we do the same? Our mess may not be life threatening like David's, but it is serious to us. David is our example of how to handle it.

Amazing love. How can it be, that You my King should die for me. Amazing love, I know it's true. And it's my joy to honor You. (I love that song)

Thank You for loving and setting me free. Thank You for giving your life just for me. How I thank You! Jesus, I thank You!

So shall we sing His praises all the day long?


This psalm is known as a messianic psalm. These verses not only refer to David, but also to the Son of David-Jesus. (David is a type of Christ.) Jesus went through a lot of suffering besides hanging on the cross. He was surrounded by His enemies, deserted by His friends, beaten, and brokenhearted. Enduring it all, Christ still freely gave His life a ransom for our sins. He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him, but chose to remain on the cross to be our perfect sacrifice.

Verse 21 further describes His suffering, They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.

How horribly mean His persecutors were to Jesus. David foretold the sufferings of Christ as found in John 19. His prediction was fulfilled. Jesus Christ came as the True Messiah, and we not look for another. Our God is merciful and a God of all comfort.

Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior and forgive you of your sins? You can today. He awaits with open, loving arms.


Bless that wonderful name, the name of Jesus!
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Maybe This Time

O. T. #1266  "Maybe This Time"
August 20, 2018
Psalm 69


David was in affliction, great distress, and trouble whenever he wrote this prayer and song. He cried out to God until he was physically exhausted. That helps us get a better understand where David was coming from, don't you think? David turns to his God in his time of need again. Maybe this time his prayers would be answered.

How does David see God personally?
  • He is a God of abundant, faithful love;
  • His salvation is sure;
  • The Lord's faithful love is good;
  •  He has great compassion;
  • God is able to redeem and ransom;
  • He is righteous.  (Life Application Study Bible)
I am thankful that David wrote these psalms. His example of endurance encourages me and has so many others down through the ages. There is always something he says that speaks to my heart. God has preserved His Word for us believers a few thousand years later. People are people, sinners needing a Savior. There has been a battle with our flesh and with evil almost forever. (Well, since Adam and Eve's time)

So l want to share a blessing that our family experienced yesterday. My 87 year old father in law was baptized by my brother in law, his son. We knew he was saved a few weeks ago. He simply asked Jesus to forgive his sins. We have seen his change of heart. Now, all his children are believers and attend church. We all had to share in this momentous event. There were about 30 of us (included grandchildren and great-grandchildren) who invaded this little country church that my brother in law pastors. One daughter was not present, so we face-timed her so she could watch. There were tears of joy shed that day. Over 21 years of prayers for this man were answered. Never give up on your loved ones. Keep praying for them.


David dis not give up on his God rescuing him for his enemies. Look at verses 5-6:
O God, Thou hast known my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from Thee.
Let not them that wait on Thee, O LORD God of Hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not let those that seek Thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.

David realizes that he has been foolish and his sins could not be hidden from God. God sees all, hears all, and knows all things. David did not want those that trust in God to be ashamed  because of him.

Confounded means ashamed, hurt, insulted, wounded.

David did not want his followers to be humiliated because of him. Even though David's brothers disowned him, he keeps praying:
But I keep praying to You LORD, hoping this time You will show me favor. In Your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation. (verse 13)

Maybe this time God will answer our prayer with a "yes."  Are you in need of a "maybe this time?"
If your situation seems hopeless, keep praying, no matter how bad things seems. In His time He will answer and rescue. Just as we kept praying for the salvation of my father in law, although years of nothing happening, one day the "yes" came.


Precious Savior, You are amazing and awesome!
Thank You God for salvation and Your unfailing love.
Keep my faith growing.
Keep me praying.
Keep me trusting You.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Need Carried?

O. T. #1265  "Need Carried?"
August 17, 2018
Psalm 68
Praise the LORD; praise God our Savior! For each day He carries us in His arms. 
 Psalms 68:19 NLT


When I was 5 years old, I had a disease which could damage my heart. So I was confined to the bed or couch for 6 months. Mom would carry me to bed at night and to the couch in the morning. I was so dependent upon her. Are you in need of someone carrying you today? Find the answer with us.

This is a praise song with a prayer of defeat for the enemies of God and His people. God shower His blessings and kindness upon His people.
How is God described here?
  • His name is LORD. (verse 4)
  • He is Father to the fatherless and defender of the widows. (verse 5)
  • He rides the clouds.
  • He places the lonely in families.
  • God sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. (verse 6)
  • He provides for His needy people.(verse 10)
  • He gives the word and a great army brings the good news. (verse 11)
  • Each day He carries us in His arms. (verse 19)
  • God saves and rescues us from death. (verse 20)
  • He is the source of Israel's life. (verse 26)
  • God is awesome in His sanctuary. (verse 35)
  • The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.
Are you lonely, a prisoner to sin, in need of good news, desiring rescued from your situation, lacking joy, or desire more strength to face your giants? What are you in need of today? God gives, provides, saves. He is God, all-powerful.  Ask your Father. He loves us so much.


What are we to do?
  • Sing praises to God;
  • Rejoice in His presence;
  • Daily God loads us with benefits, so praise Him! (verse 19)
  • Tell everyone about His power. (verse 34)
  • Blessed be God!
How many benefits can we thank our Heavenly Father for giving to us this day?
Are you in need of being carried today for your troubles are too heavy for you to carry?
Lay them down at the cross of Jesus. He will carry them for you, dear one. Trust Him, He can do it.

                     ... and rejoice in Jesus.
                                ... and praise my loving God!
                                ... and bless His holy name.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Blessing to You Today

O. T. #1264  "Blessing to You Today"
August 16, 2018
Psalm 67
Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee.   Psalm 67:3 and 5


This psalm could have been written during the time of Hezekiah, or when Israel was returning from exile, or when David led the return of the Ark to Jerusalem. At any rate, Israel was rejoicing in their being God's priest to the nations.
Look what I discovered,-an Aaronic benediction, in which Aaron, the high priest and brother of Moses, blessed the children of Israel. It is found in Numbers 6:24-26. Now in today's chapter, verse 1 is a portion of it.
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

I think we would all like to have a prayer said for us asking God to delight in us and show us His favor. This well-being would lead to peace for us. Is that good or what!

Returning to our chapter, no matter the author, requests three things, according to Liberty Bible Commentary:
  1. mercy, the prerequisite for salvation;
  2. blessing, the accompaniment of salvation;
  3. and divine favor, the end of salvation.
Thy saving health (yeshi'ah) occurs more than 70 times in the Hebrew Bible, and in more than 50 instances it is translated salvation, understood in the singular sense as salvation among all nations.

Happiness comes from having God's grace and mercy bestowed upon us, knowing His love for us, and having His face shine upon us as we walk by faith. When we have all of that, we are want to share it with others and nations. When our sins are forgiven and we know Jesus is our Savior, we look forward to eternal life in heaven. Let us praise our God today. The joy of the Lord is our strength.


One day, all the peoples of the earth will join Israel in praising God, Jews and Gentiles. They will be glad and sing for joy when God judges the people righteously and govern the nations upon the earth. (verse 4)
When will this happen? When will everyone see His salvation? It will be whenever the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God. That is when Jesus Christ sits upon the throne of David to rule His millennial kingdom. (Revelation 7:17) It will be when He deem it to be.

So we should do our part to help prepare for this, sharing the gospel according to Matthew 28. Let us bring them into God's family so they, too, can experience the blessings and joy of Jesus.


Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Thank You God for salvation, mercy, and blessings.
Please Jesus bless everyone reading this today.

* If anyone is interested in seeing the Holy Land with us, my husband and our Director of Missions (who has visited prior to this) are leading a tour on March 5-12, 2019. We will meet in Atlanta and fly out together as a team. We would love to have you with us as we visit the places our Lord Jesus walked and are significant in His beloved Israel. You may contact me at countryroadfaith for details.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Come and See

O. T. #1263  "Come and See"
August 15, 2018
Psalm 66


Here's a change of pace. David wrote a song of praise to his God. It was intended for God's people to sing whenever they gathered to worship. What are we invited to do?
  • Make a joyful noise to God. (verse 1)
  • Sing about the glory of His name. (verse 2)
  • Tell the world how glorious He is.
  • Say to God, "How terrible art Thou in Thy works". Terrible means exceedingly great; mighty.
  • Come and see the works of God. They are exceedingly great for His children.
Have we experienced the mighty works of God in our life lately? Come and see what He has been doing in our area.

This has been the talk of the town and in the news in our area. A young lady of 36 died quickly last week of cancer. She only found out a month earlier. She was an outstanding basketball player for a local high school and the university, then went on to play for a pros team. Before her death, her sister got saved and lead this girl to salvation in Jesus. Now that is what I call the mighty works of God.

Are we singing praise to our God who does mighty and exceedingly great works?


If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.  (verse 18)

There are several meanings for the word regard, but these apply to this verse-enjoy; see.

Is there some sin that we enjoy engaging in which the Lord sees in our heart? It could be a sin in our thoughts, words, or deeds. Dear ones, let us not harbor a secret sin.
Maybe it is unforgiveness of another that is hidden deep inside our heart.
At any rate, God does not answer our prayer until we confess it.

Our confession of sin must be continual because we continue to do wrong. But true confession requires us to listen to God and to want to stop doing what is wrong. Our attitude should be one of confession and obedience. (Life Application Study Bible)

Sin must be properly confessed (1 John 1:9) before God can effectually be addressed. (Falwell)

It is a good time to examine our own heart, then confess our sins.


Praise God is song today.
Confess my sins.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Humungus Green Gourd

O. T. #1262  "A Humungus Green Gourd"
August 14, 2018
Psalm 65


When I was at the fair last week, I toured the crafts and harvest building, which I always have to do.
Talk about abundance of harvest. My granddaughter, with her other grandfather's help, grew this humungous green gourd. Its length was almost the width of the table. Needless to say, it sat upon the winner's table. Sure, a gourd is not edible, but it can be a decorative object. There were large vegetables on display. They were all evidence of a fruitful harvest.

What did I learn from the previous lesson? God's unfailing love is better than life itself. He loves me in spite of my sinning self. He never turns His back on me, but unfailing love continues. His love is greater and stronger than any hurting words shot at me like arrows. It never fails, never gives up, and never runs out on me. Do I have that kind of love for those ornery folks?

This psalm is described as a harvest hymn of praise, which is to be sung on any occasion of thanksgiving to the Lord. I, for one, need to be reminded of the goodness of our God. The beauty of nature reveals the Creator's goodness.
What does God do for His children?
  • His presence to hear our prayers; (verse 2)
  • God forgiveness our sins: (verse 3)
  • He chooses us and draws us near to Him; (verse 4)
  • Blessings are received while in His Temple; (verse 4)
  • He faithful answers our prayers with awesome deeds; (verse 5)
  • He is our hope and confidence; (verse 5)
  • His mighty strength and power are evident upon the earth; (verses 6-13)
  • God brings forth the harvests through showers of rain and blessing.
I say, aren't those spiritual blessings, too? It is because of Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection that we have access to God. God's blessings given to Jesus overflows to us.


Understanding God's abundant generosity should make us grateful to God and generous to others.
(Life Application Study Bible)

Have we had any petitions granted lately? What about pardoned sins? Any praise time spent with God? Are we blessed with true happiness and full satisfaction? Can we clap our hands and stomp our feet to the music of songs of praise? Nothing can steal our joy unless we let it.
Shall we look around us and see those in need of joy? Let us pour out our joy of Jesus on them?


Praise and thanksgiving belong to You my God.
Thank You for breath of life today, salvation of mine and loved ones.
You meet my needs and bless me extravagantly
Use me to be a blessing to others.
Let Your joy flow through me and to others.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Powerful Tongues

O. T. #1261  "Powerful Tongues"
August 13, 2018
Psalm 64


Dare I say that we all have been injured by sharp and bitter words at one time or another in our life?
They can knock us down emotionally and cause us to hide behind closed doors. but our wounds don't have to keep us down. Our God is willing to take care of the situation as He did for David.

David's complaint to God is the hurtful tongue of his enemy. However, His confidence and faith is in God. He is trusting God to take care of those whose tongue speak bitter words is like a sword and arrow.

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. 
(verse 7)

The Hebrew meaning of  arrow refers to that of God, a thunder-bolt. 

God's arrow is powerful, wouldn't you say? I would hate to be shot with it.

God's arrows will hit surer, fly swifter, and pierce deeper than theirs do or can.
They(evil people) have many arrows, but they are only bitter words, and words are but wind. But God has one arrow that will be their death. (Matthew Henry)

King David knew he would fail if he depended upon himself, but the king is not by himself. God will interceded in the situation. Then what happens?

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory. Verse 10 

The believers will be glad, trust in God, and glory in God's goodness and righteousness.
Are we ready for that in our life. Hang in there dear one.


The power of words-they can cut our heart out or put us on cloud nine. The words of David's enemies were:

  • sharp as swords and bitter as arrows;
  • shot suddenly and fearlessly at the innocent;
  • encourage each other to do evil;
  • plan how to set their traps in secret;
  • plotting crimes with what they consider a perfect plan. 
When God hits them with His arrows, those mean things will fall down. Their own tongues will ruin them. People will shake their heads in scorn, be afraid, and proclaim the mighty acts of God, realizing all the amazing things He does.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, Jesus said.

Jesus' words were loving, righteous, and glorified God. He always knew the best thing to say and when to say it. He is our refuge from hurtful words and our sinful words.
What's our challenge today? Watch our words.


Watch my words.
Let them be salve to those hurting ones.
Trust in God, be glad, and glorify my God.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Need Some Lovingkindness?

O. T. #1260  "Need Some Lovingkindness?"
August 10, 2018
Psalm 63


Yesterday morning I hurried around so I could get to the sheep arena at the fair by 9. (That is why I was late posting.) My granddaughter was showing her lamb, Ottis. She was quite nervous about the situation. Mostly, I think it was because he might jump up on her or be stubborn in obeying her. So when it was her turn to walk him in the arena, I asked God to quiet Ottis. He answered my little prayer. The lamb was mellow the whole time until they were leaving, that is. When he saw the open gate, Ottis ran toward it. Someone quickly closed the gate and it was stopped. As it turned out Ottis placed second in his division. Now that was lovingkindness of God shown to us in a small matter, but a big thing for my granddaughter. Even when others were amazed, I wonder if Jesus whispered into the lamb's ear, "Peace, be still." Well, I'm going to share this with her so she can learn how God cares about us, even in the little things. Praise Jesus!

Well, again, David reflects on his experience when he fled from Absalom his son. What kind of relationship did David have with God?
Verses 3 and 4 tell us: Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee. Thus will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy name.

The Hebrew word for lovingkindness is checed (kheh-sed), which means favor, mercy, pity.

What is better than life? God's divine favor. Do we consider God's mercy shown to us better than the comforts of life? Communion with Him anytime and anywhere is so sweet.

David praised God with his lips and up-lifted hands. He resolved to live a life of thankfulness to God. Are we thanking God every day for the things He has given? Will we make each day a thanksgiving-day, even to our dying-day? When our soul has found freedom in Jesus, it is easier to life up our hands in His praise. After all, He is above us. Everything we have comes from Him.


Keep in mind, at this time, David was hiding from his enemies in the barren wilderness of Judah. He was lonely and needed a trusting friend.
Take a look back at the first two verses. When did David seek God?
  • early in the morning,
  • when his soul was thirsty,
  • as his flesh longs for Him;
  • throughout the night. (verse 6)
David's soul and flesh longed for the fellowship with God which he had before this happened to him, before he ran to the wilderness for his life again. Also, David longed to see the power and glory of his God, even though David was not in the sanctuary.

Are we delighting in the Lord so much that we seek and worship Him early in the morning?
Because You are my helper, I sing joy in the shadow of Your wings. (verse 6b)


What a powerful Name it is, the name of Jesus.
Everyday Your lovingkindness is with me.
Your mercies are new every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
Unending love, amazing grace.
May I joyfully sing Your praises, Sweet Jesus.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trust at All Times

O. T. #1259 "Trust at All Times"
August 9,2018
Psalm 62-Part 2


David addresses God as my:

  • Expectation 
  • Rock
  • Salvation 
  • Defense
  • Salvation 
  • Glory
  • Strength 
  • Refuge. 
Which character of God do you need today? God's strength is what I am in need of today. I'm been having stomach issues for the last three weeks. Time for some tests I suppose. I cut out Dr. Peppers, but it hasn't helped. Even with medication, there is still pain after eating.  One good thing is I have lost 5 pounds. 


What advice is giving to us all in verse 8?
  • Trust in God at all times. 
  • Pour out our heart before Him. 
  • Turn to God as our refuge. 
No matter what threatens us, results in nail-biting, gives an ulcer, we must trust God's timing and method in delivering us. Here is some good advice for us or a loved one.

Matthew Henry tells us to depend upon God to perform all things for you, upon His wisdom and goodness, His power and promise, His providence and grace. 

Jesus gives us boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12

I'm trusting in You God at all times.
You are gracious, goodness, powerful, wise, a promise keeper. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bent But Not Broken

O. T. #1258 "Bent But Not Broken"
August 8, 2018
Psalm 62


[My resource is Liberty Bible Commentary, which is either quoted or reworded.]

This Davidic Psalm, probably written in the time of Absalom's rebellion, whenever he was seeking to kill his father David in order to take over his throne as king over Israel.

"David expresses confidence in God's care and protection, no matter what threatens him," Lydia Brownback said in her book, Sing a New Song.

Folks, there are some really good verses in this chapter. We may have to camp here a while so we can get the meat of it all.

First of all, if you have a Bible available to you, would you read this short, twelve verse chapter before we get started. It will help. Also, while reading, underline the descriptive words that David uses about God.

Another thing, before we start, we need the Hebrew definition of the word only because it and the defining words are used 6 times here.

Only is a particle of affirmation, meaning surely; at least; certainly; howbeit; nevertheless; truly; verily. (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

Now, can you find all six? Only is in a restrictive manner; truly is in an affirmative manner.

  1. Verse 1-Certainly David's soul waits on God, quietly before Him, for his salvation is from God.
  2. Verse 2-David sounds definite in that God is his rock, salvation, defense.
  3. Verse 4-Nevertheless, David's enemies plan to topple him from his kingly position.
  4. Verse 5-Howbeit, David waits upon God.
  5. Verse 6-David repeats that God is his rock, salvation, and defense.
  6. Verse 9-Truly, compared to God, man is nothing but vanity, a puff of wind.
Jerry Falwell wrote:
To wait upon God is the habitual practice of faith. 

And all these years I thought waiting on God was at intervals, just every now and then. Had you considered waiting a habitual practice?


David said he would not be greatly moved. Greatly is like a tree swaying in the wind, bent but not broken.
 One time a strong storm came over our house. I saw our huge pecan tree sway in the wind. The top branches bent some but it did not break nor was it uprooted. Although it was not intentionally planted, the roots were deep enough that it did not break or blow over.

Is our faith planted so deeply in Jesus that nothing can break us nor uproot us?

Jesus, keep me bent to You and not the world. Help my faith be rooted in You so it does not get broken.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Rock Solid

O. T. #1257 "Rock Solid"
August 7,2018
Psalm 61


Have ever been out west where the mountains are made of rocks?  They are extraordinary to see. Looking up at them too long can give you a crick in your neck. Utah especially has gorgeous ones. David was looking up to a rock, but it was a different kind.

King David was fleeing from his son Absalom who was attempting to dethrone him. David was away from his capital city and Tabernacle. Was he far from home whenever David wrote this psalm? Did that mean God was far away, too? God is not restricted by geographical locations. God is always with us. David's heart was overwhelmed, so what does he do? He cries out to God in prayer.

David asked God to "lead him to the rock that  is higher than he was. Who is the rock? It is Jesus Christ. We cannot get upon this Rock unless God by His power leads us. By prayer and faith we are under divine management. God never changes. His ways are rock-solid. Are we trusting this Rock?


To whom did David seek shelter and was his  strong  tower (refuge)? Jesus
When will David sing praises to God? Forever, verse 8 tells us.

I could sing of your love forever Jesus.


Jesus, be my Rock and Strong Tower. when life is shaking me.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Seal the Cracks

O. T. #1256  "Seal the Cracks"
August 6, 2018
Psalm 60
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.
Psalm 60:4


David was a warrior, leading Israel as they defeated God's enemies. but this time, they were not victorious. The Edomites successfully attacked Palastine. As David wrote this psalm, he was feeling defeated.  He prayed for the thrill of victory again.

In our key verse, the word banner refers to a flag; a sail; a flagstaff; a signal; sign; standard.

The NLT describes the banner as a rallying point in the face of attack.
After the 9/11 attack, we Americans flew our flags. Flags were visible at homes, businesses, churches, public places. It was a symbol of our unity to support and willingness to defend our dear nation from the enemies. We rallied together.

Jehovah Nissi means "The Lord our Banner." Christ is the captain of my salvation. His dying on the cross provided us victory over death and eternal life in heaven. Now Christ makes intercession for His children. (Hebrews 7:24-25)

Our war today as Christians is not one fighting against physical enemies, but that of a spiritual warfare against Satan and his demons.
Satan wants to convince us to give up on Jesus. He wants to make us run from the battle, to leave the Lord's army and stop being His representative on earth. (David Wilkerson)

Is our family and marriage being attacked today? Pornography and immorality seems to be surrounding us. Our world has an obsession with sexual sins. We have to protect our eyes from it and our children from it. Sins of pleasure is attempting to replace prayer. Self-gratification is replacing the gathering for worship of God.

Christ's banner over us is His love. He gives us courage and life to continue to fight the good fight. David reminds us that we can flee for safety when the battle rages in our life. Christ is our safety, our only protection against the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Under our Banner, we can continue to bring the Truth to those who do not know Him as Savior. It is not the use of military, but we conquer with the gospel.

Are we holding up the Banner, the cross of Jesus?

David admits that "all human help is useless," in verse 11. With God's help Israel (including you and I) will do mighty things, for He tramples down our foes.

Is our trust in Jesus today to make a way for us?


Verse 2 says, You have shaken our land and split it open. Seal the cracks, for the land trembles.

David asks God to seal the cracks. As we fill in the cracks around windows to keep the cold wind out in winter, so we must do so in our life. Did you know that tv is sneaky? They are presenting evil is cute ways. Fairies do magic; good witches do nice things. Watch out friends. We must teach our youngsters what is wrong and displeasing to God. These cracks need to be filled in with the Word of God.

God loves truth, and the people who belong to God will rally to truth like soldiers to their banner.

When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)

Is the truth of God's Word stirring us to action and rallying us to His cause?


Hold up my banner, Christ Jesus and His cross.
Look for cracks in my life that need God Jesus to seal up.
Keep the Truth in my mind and heart.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Changeless Love

O. T. #1255  "Changeless Love"
August 3, 2018
Psalm 59
For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.
Psalm 100:5 Life Application Study Bible


In spite of  Saul's continued pursuit of David and determination to kill him, David cried out to God for protection again. Even though David could not see God at work in his life, David vowed to watch for Him, trust and faith. Here we read of a grim detail of the behavior of David's enemies.

There were five words which David used to describe his confidence in God (some used twice). Here they are with their meanings included:
  1. Defense-a cliff; a lofty, inaccessible place; a high (fort) tower;(verse 9)
  2. Mercy-kindness; piety; (verse 9)
  3. Shield-a protector; (verse 11)
  4. Power-army, strength, virtue, valor (verse 11); force, strength, majesty; (verse 16)
  5. Refuge-retreat, an escape, way to flee; (verse 16).
Love can change to jealousy in the snap of a finger. It seems that is what happened to Saul after David had killed giant Galiath, and continued the rest of Saul's life.(People praised David, not King Saul.) Jealousy was the driving force of Saul as he desired to murder David for years. But David knew that God's love for him was changeless. His love is eternal. (Psalm 100:5)

Anyone in need of a place to flee to in time of need? Run to Jesus, our Refuge. He protects our soul from all the cruelty out there in the world. Let us stand our ground where hope can be found in Powerful Jesus.


Although all that was going on with David, he tells us about God's role in his life. It is one of  a stronghold, a refuge, and a source of strength. David learned to turn  negative circumstances into reminders of God's faithful presence. What stresses in your life might be transformed today if you made them a starting point for praising God? (Life Application Study Bible)

How would David praise God?
  1. He would sing.
  2. He would sing aloud.
  3. He would sing aloud in the morning.
  4. He would sing aloud in the morning unto God. (verses 16-17) Matthew Henry's Commentary

Singing is a natural expression of joy and thankfulness to God.
There we have it folks, our assignment for today.


I like the words of this new song: Help me love the Healer more than the healing; help me love the Savior more than the saving; Help me love the Giver more than the giving. Oh, help me love You Jesus more than anything.

Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me.

Your love is amazing, steady, and unchanging. Your love carries me.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Deaf Cobras, Lying Lions, and Slimy Snails

O. T. #1254  "Deaf Cobras, Lying Lions, and Slimy Snails"
August 2, 2018
Psalm 58
Then at last everyone will say, "There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth." Psalm 58:11 NLT


This incident came to my mind as I read about snakes. It's been over 40 years since this happened. (Forgive me if it is a repeat.) One morning I sat on the front step, enjoying the warm spring morning, when I noticed an unusual critter crawling on the ground beside me. It was the color orange and a little bitter than a worm. I though how cute and unusual it was. I even got a stick and messed with it a while. Then I went back into the house. Later, I found out it was probably a baby copperhead, a poisonous snake in our area. Was I ever grateful that the cute thing did not bite me. I said all that to say, not all things are as they appear. Today, we read of David comparing unjust judges with cobras. Let's see what is going on.

When the wicked are defeated, there will be no tears from the righteous congregation. A hearty amen is more likely to be heard. God is an avenger of wrong and a rewarder of  right, whether here or in eternity. Read verses 10-11.

Are we praying for our leaders to make decisions that are right?
What about our own self?

Here's some encouragement: Life Application Study Bible says the theme of this psalm is one of prayer and praise for God's saving help. God's constant love is our place of safety in a wicked world.
Is He our safe place?


(Righteousness) justice-do you rulers know the meaning of the word? Do you judge people fairly? No, you  plot injustice in your hearts. You spread violence throughout the land. (verses 1-2, NLT)

David makes a protest against unrighteous judges, silent ones, who deliberately perverted justice while pretending to uphold it. (verse 1) David Jeremiah

KJV uses the word righteousness, which means the right, moral or legal.

David pours it on, calling it as he sees it.
He describes wicked leaders and judges as:
  • deaf cobras, which cannot hear their charmer's music, thus comparing them to rulers who ignore encouragement to righteousness; (sneaky snake, I call them)
  • young lions with great teeth in huge jaws, who can tear you to shreds, so can the words of evil lying people;
  • snails who leave slime where they have been, describing the deceivers as slick in their tactics.
What will happen to those scoundrels? Before their pots feel the thorns, God will take them away in a whirlwind of His wrath. Justice!

Falwell explains: This pictures the enemy encircling the camp, lighting thorns and briars under their pots to heat their celebration victory. but before they can partake of one morsel of food, God sends the whirlwind of His wrath to sweep away the fire, the pot, the meat, and those who would eat.

Are we aware of leaders who have their own agenda, lending a deaf ear to those who speak the truth?
Are we on the watch for lying lions and slimy snails?

Are we doing what is right in God's eyes?


Do what is right, morally and legally.
Be aware of people like deaf cobras, lying lions, slimy snails.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fixed Faith

O. T. 1253 " Fixed Faith"
August 1,2018
Psalm 57
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.  Psalm 57: 7


Apparently this psalm was written when David fled from King Saul to the cave of Adullam. Saul and his men entered the cave. David had the opportunity to kill Saul but he chose not to do it.
Ok, confession time-I thought, "Here we go again. " So I asked God for something fresh for us today.

1. David was not just hid in a cave, but he was under the shadow the Mighty One who made the cave. His refuge was found in God when his enemies sought to kill David.
2. David was under the protection of God, like chicks under the hen's wings providing their protection.
3. God takes us under His wing for warmth and refreshment, even with calamities upon us.
4. Grace is our passport through our dangers and problems.
(Resource: Matthew Henry's Commentary)

God was not going to allow David to be destroyed. The purpose for David's life was for him to be king of Israel. This was to take place. God's will shall be accomplished whether we surrender to be used or not.
Are we taking shelter under the shadow of God's wing?


Take a look at our key verse above.
How many times did David tell God that his heart was fixed? Twice he said it.

Fixed is defined as standing perpendicular; to set up; prepare self; be made ready. 

With a prepared heart, ready to stand for God and do His will, David sang and praised God. He says so in verses 7 and 9.
Bring it on Saul. My faith is in Almighty God. Well, maybe that is a more modern way of putting it.

Is our confidence in God's love and faithfulness?
Will our heart be fixed today?
Will we sing and give God praise through whatever.


My heart is fixed on You my God.
Great is Thy faithfulness unto me.
Prepare me to stand for You this day.
Be exalted.