Psalm 115:1 For God’s Glory, Not Ours

Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

All over the world buildings, parks, ships, and many other things are named in honor of someone.  Some of these people did things to be seen by others. They want their name to be known and honored. They want the glory that comes with honor being given them.

People love to be honored. They want to be recognized for what they have accomplished. They want their hard work recognized and talked about. They want to see their names in the lights and headlines.

Take a look at all the movie stars and musical pop stars. They strive to get the glory of being the best in their field. They want all the glory that comes with being the best.

Even in the church, the desire for glory and honor shows up. When a person does some hard work for the church, he often wants to be recognized for that hard work. If no one says anything, people are often depressed and angry about not getting the desired recognition.

The psalmist is stating that he should not receive any of the glory at all, but that God is to receive all the glory.

It was once said that a believer must hold a mirror up in front of himself. When someone gives praise and glory to him for something done, he should let the mirror shine that praise and glory up to God, to whom it belongs. If persecution or bad words are said to the person, he should also shine that up to God, and let Him deal with it.

The reason God is to receive the glory is because of His love and faithfulness. God loved us first and has always been faithful.

You would not be where you are today, if God did not love you. Jesus loved you as you placed Him on the cross. He took the nails through His hands for you, while you hated Him.

Do not take the glory for yourself. Jesus deserves all the glory. Give God all the glory for everything good in your life. Give God the glory for all the good things you have received.

I pray today that you will give all the glory to God; that you will know God’s love and faithfulness in your life; that you will not seek your own glory; and that you will do everything you do for the glory of God.

Psalm 113:1-2 Praise The Lord

Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, you his servants; praise the name of the LORD. Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. Psalm 113:1-2

“Praise the Lord” is a phrase that many Christians use often. When something goes really well for a person, this phrase is shouted. In churches around the world, people are encouraged to praise the Lord.

What does it mean when that phrase is stated?

It is giving honor to God. It is letting Him know what He has done is great. Praise is lifting Him up and placing Him on the throne of one’s life. It is letting others know how great God is.

At the time the psalmist had written this psalm, Jesus had not died on the cross for the sins of the people. Jesus had not yet risen from the dead to be able to remove all sins from the life of a person. Yet, the psalmist was still willing to praise the Lord and encourages it to be done forever.

Today people have Jesus to look to for a great reason to praise the Lord. He has redeemed every person who believes in Him from a life of sin and death. This alone can give a person to give God praise at all times.

However, not every believer is constantly giving God praise both now and forevermore. Most people go in streaks in praising God. Every Sunday people fill the church and give God praise, but on Monday they go back to complaining to God about having to go back to work.

People complain to God about many things, rather than give Him praise. They focus on the problem, rather than focus on the God who able to overcome the problem or get them through it.

You are going to have tough times in this life. You could allow yourself to be like the world and complain to God about them. Or you could focus on what Jesus has already done for you and give Him praise.

You could focus on how Jesus is bigger than the problems and give Him praise.

Think about all that God has done already for you and all that He can and will do for you in the future, and you will break out in praise to Him.

Praise the Lord, both now and forevermore!

Give Jesus praise today!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will focus your eyes on Jesus; that you will be filled with praise for Jesus; and that you will sing praises to God day and night.

Psalm 112:6-7 No Fear Of Bad News

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:6-7

Bad news seems to be everywhere. When a person watches the news, there is very little that is positive in the news. People feed off of bad news.

When bad news comes out, people often get scared and worried. They worry about what is happening or what will happen next. Fear rises up in the people.

Many Christians fall prey to this type of thinking. Someone in the government makes a new ruling or gets elected into a position, and suddenly everyone is worried and fear what is going to happen next. They fear that persecution is about to happen to believers. They fear that their freedom to worship God will be removed. They fear that their freedom to talk about God will be removed.

God is not a god of fear, but of love. Perfect love casts out all fear. God is not going to do anything that will harm a believer in any way. He is there to build a person up in the best way possible.

What does this have to do with hearing bad news? Everything.

Hearing bad news is not something any person can control. You may not hear any bad news right now, but wait a few minutes and you most likely will. Turn on the news and it will be there. Read the posts on Facebook and you will read some bad news. Someone will post something about something negative going on.

Yet, as a believer, you do not have to be afraid of the bad news. Whether that bad news is a part of your life, or it is about someone else on the other side of the world, you do not have to fear it.

The reason you do not have to fear any bad news, is that you know God is in control. He is working to make you more like Jesus everyday. He will use whatever it takes to make that happen. God will use bad things to make you better if it is the best way possible.

When you hear bad news, do not worry about it. Instead trust God. He is in control and loves you. God to sleep with no fear or worries. Everything will be alright.

I pray today that God will remove fear from your heart; that you will know God’s love; that you will know God is in control; and that you will not fear any bad news.

Psalm 111:2 What To Think About

Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2

Over the centuries there have been many different great thinkers or philosophers. Some of the known names are: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, John McDowell, and Judith Butler. Some are ancient and some are modern. One thing common in each of them is that they each look at life and ponder or think about what the meaning of it is.

Not every person thinks very deeply about the meaning of things in life all the time, but every person does think about at times. This especially occurs when things are not going very well, when life throws them a curveball and makes it very difficult. People wonder why there is death and sickness, pain and suffering. The reasons that people give for answers to these questions are of a great variety.

Scientists are trying to figure out why there is life on this planet and how it all began. Philosophers are trying to figure out what all this life really means.

In searching for answers to these questions, the answer can only be found in God. He is the one who started everything and He is the one who can bring it to an end.

Those who believe in God can look at all the works of God and be amazed. The works of God are all the things He has created on this earth and His work in the lives of men and women around the world.

Just take a moment and think about all the things God has done for you. He has provided air to breath, ability to think, move and talk, the beauty of trees, animals, sunrises and sunsets, food and water, and much more. Along with these things He has given you His presence, being by your side at all times.

The ultimate works that He has done is giving you forgiveness and salvation.

Take time to ponder all these things and be delighted in what God has done in and for you.

It will take you all of eternity to think about all the things God has already done for you, if you will just take the time to list everything. The list is too enormous to ever fully finish.

What are you pondering about?

What gives you great delight to think about?

I pray today that you will see the things God has done; that you will think about what God has done and is doing; that you will take delight in God’s work; and that you will give God praise for His great works.

Psalm 110:5 At Your Side

The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. Psalm 110:5

As David wrote this psalm, he was speaking prophetically forward about Jesus. About two thousand years later, Jesus would come and begin the leading of God’s people. Further on, which as yet to have fully occurred, Jesus will return in power and destroy all the enemy for all eternity. God was and is on Jesus’ side in power and strength.

Often people feel alone in this world. They feel as though no one is on their side and everyone and everything is against them. The battles and struggles of life are huge and daunting. Some may feel as though they are fighting a whole army by themselves.

With this kind of pressure, the fear is very high. Fear of failure and loss weighs on the heart. No one is giving any real support. Many commit suicide because of this loneliness and fear.

There are times when those who believe in God feel the same way. They feel as though they are all alone and God has abandoned them.

As Jesus was getting ready to go into heaven He told the disciples that He would always be with them till the end of time. This statement was not only to the disciples, but also to every person who believes in Him and follows Him.

If you are believing in Jesus and following Him, you may know that He is right there beside you. He is at your right side supporting you through whatever you may be going through. At the moment it may appear as if the enemy is winning the battle, but God is getting ready to bring about a victory in your life. You just have to wait for His timing.

As with David and Jesus, neither saw complete victory right away. Both had enemies that appeared to have won the battle. The enemy may have won the short battle, but they did not win the war. God will win the war in the end. He will crush all your enemies in the end.

The greatest enemy is sin. Trust God to destroy sin in your life. When the time is right, it will happen. God is right there by your side through it all.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear any enemy; that you will know God’s power; and that you will trust God’s protection in the battle.

Psalm 109:26 According To His Love

Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26

David had many enemies trying to attack him and destroy him. They were saying false things about him in an attempt to bring him to ruin. He cries out to God for help. The first part of this psalm is David requesting God to strike his enemies. In this verse, he talks about needing God to save him according to His great love.

David never saw himself as that great of a person. He knew his faults and failures. Here He calls on God to help him according to His unfailing love. David knew that God loved with perfect endless love. It was on that great love that David is calling for help.

When a person is having a hard time and needs help, there are some who will call to others to assist him. Often when this is done, they talk about how good the person is or how much that person has done and deserves some help. Their focus is always on how good that person is.

Prayers are often asked in this same way in the church. Praying that God will meet the need of a person because of all the good he had done or for how long he has served God.

God meeting needs of people has nothing to do with the love the person has for God. It has to do with His love and His love alone.

Many people feel that they have to earn God’s love and earn His help. There is nothing that you can do to make God love you more. And there is nothing you can do to make God love you any less. His love is constant, perfect and eternal.

You are saved from sin because of His love for you. He will also meet your needs, whatever they are, because of His great love for you.

As you pray to God for needs to be met, worship Him and ask Him to meet the need according to His love for you. In this way, your need will be met in the perfect way, not just your temporary way.

Trust God’s love to save you, not your works.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will not try to earn your salvation or needs being met; that your focus will be on God more than your needs; and that you will worship God with all your heart.

 

Psalm 108:13 Gaining Victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13

The majority of the people in the world will never be a part of a national military in their country. Only a very select few will have to or will choose to join a military branch. Of those that do join, some will have to participate in some battle at some point in their career. Their goal is always to have victory over the enemy.

Some of the battles fought by the army are won, while others are lost.

While not everyone will be a part of the military of their nation, every person will have personal battles to fight. Each person will have some enemies in their life. Some of these enemies will be physical people, many will be in the emotional or spiritual realm.

Personal habits are one of the largest enemies that most people will face. While most people look only at smoking, drinking, exercise, and eating the wrong things as bad habits and enemies, there are other enemies in a person’s life.

Bad habits of lying, cheating, procrastination, not doing what God wants, holding on to fear, worry, and many other things can battle against a person.

There are many books out there to “help” a person gain victory over a lot of these problems. Some times these books may help, but usually not for long.

The best way to find victory over an enemy is with God. This is for both physical and non-physical enemies in your life.

Following God and trusting Him to win the battles in your life is the only way to ensure victory every time. When Jesus walked on this earth He had defeated the greatest enemy that many will ever face–death.

Because Jesus gained victory over death, He can win every battle that you have. He can give you the strength to continue the battle against the enemy. He can change your heart and mind so that the enemies of your soul will have no power over your thoughts and actions.

Gaining this victory is found in letting go of yourself being in control and allowing God to guide you to victory. Jesus is waiting to trample down the enemies in your life.

Are you going to allow Jesus to get the victory for you in your life?

I pray today that you will allow God to control your life; that God will give you the needed strength for all battles; that God will crush the enemies in your life; and that you will see the victory in Jesus in your life.