Psalm 39:4 How Short Life Really Is

Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. Psalm 39:4

Life has a crazy way of showing how old a person is. When a person is a little child, someone who is in their twenties, appears to be old and the person in the forties is ancient. It appears that it will take forever to get to that age.

Later when that child is in his twenties, the forty-year old appears just a little older, and the one in the sixties is very old. And it still appears a long way off to that age.

When a person gets into the forties, the age of sixty does not appear to be that far away and eighty is very old. By the fifties, people start to realize that there will be an end to life soon.

David asked God to show him how short his life really was. Life on this earth, in light of eternity, is just a quick vapor. Eighty, ninety years is nothing compared to several thousand years.

Most people live as though they will live forever on this earth. It is eat, drink and be merry. However, no one really knows when they will die. An accident or illness can take them sooner than expected. And the age of eighty comes up quickly.

Many parents wonder what happened to the years as they see their youngest child go off to college or get married. It flies by very quickly.

Why would a person want to be able to number his days?

It helps keep perspective of this life. The trials and troubles of this life are here for just a short moment, though it feels like eternity. The work that you do on this earth, is only available for just a moment.

How can you make the best use of the time God has given you to live on this earth?

Are you spending your time playing and living it up?

Or are you spending your time making disciples and being God’s witness?

You only have a few days on this earth to live for God. Make the most of the time that you have. Ask God to reveal to you how short life on this earth really is.

I pray today that God will show you how to number your days; that God will show you the work He has for you to do; that you will make the most use of your time for God; and that you will touch lives for eternity everyday.

Psalm 38:18 Troubled By Sin

I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18

No matter where a person looks, that person will see sin. Sinful practices are an epidemic in this world, regardless of where one lives. Sin can be seen in the huge cities, and in the small little country village of a population of 60, including the cats and dogs. Sin is everywhere.

It is easy for believers to be troubled by the sin that they see around them. Many believers take a stand against sinful practices. People try to get the laws to change to stop various sinful acts from occurring, such as abortion, drugs, pornography, and many other things.

This even occurs in the church. Churches split or people leave a church because of some action or belief that they believe is wrong in the church. Arguments occur all the time in church board meetings about what is right and what is wrong.

Although all of these things may be legitimate sins and give proper reason to be troubled by them, they are not the most important sins to be concerned about. It is easy to point fingers at others and their sin, but it is more important to look at one’s own self.

David was troubled by his own sin. He was confess what he had done wrong and was not pointing out the sins of others.

You must take an honest look at your own life. Take a look at how you are living your life. If you look at your life closely, you will see that there is some sin, somewhere in your life. Some may claim to be without sin, but James said that if we claim be without sin we are deceiving ourselves.

When you see that sin in your life, how are you reacting to it?

Many just ignore it, or accept it as part of being human. As a believer, those are not acceptable views. God does not want sin in the lives of anyone.

Be willing to confess to God your sin. If you confess your sin, God is willing to forgive your sin. He will remove it.

Do not allow yourself to be indifferent towards your sin. Keep yourself in a way that you will be troubled by the sin in your life. Then go before God for forgiveness that He freely offers you. You will find freedom and forgiveness in Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal sin in your life; that you will turn from that sin; that you will confess to God your sin; and that you will accept His forgiveness for you sin.

Psalm 37:5-6 How To Shine

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6

Most people like to be seen as a good person. They strive to show how much they have done that is good, or show how bad someone else is compared to them.

Those in the world, show how they have physically or materially helped people in need. They get together with others to get support for some philanthropic task trying to help build other people up and meet their needs. They urge government changes in order to help others.

In the church, many speak grand words from the bible and talk about how much they read the Bible or pray. Others constantly talk about how much they do in and for the church, often bringing up tithes and offerings.

None of these things are necessarily bad, but they do not make a person truly shine. The shine they have is the dull shine of this world.

Focusing your eyes on God and His ways, and then trusting Him will bring about the desired results of shining.

When you have a heart that is sold out (committed) to Him and you are fully trusting that God will guide you in the best way possible, that is when you will begin to shine. You have to be willing to do what God wants and want what He wants in your life. As you do that while trusting Him, God will be able to do great things in and through you.

God will then be able to raise you up and make your righteousness shine like the sun. It will be clear to everyone that you have been forgiven of all sins and belong to Him.

The noonday sun is very bright and cannot be hidden. Your life will be the same as you commit yourself to God’s ways. Your life will stand out as different.

Have you committed all of your ways to God?

Are you trusting Him with all of your life?

Try Him and see what He can and will do in you and with you today.

I pray today that you will be committed to God’s ways; that God will reveal His ways to you; that you will trust God for everything; and that God will make you shine His light in this world.

Psalm 36:5 Far Reaching Love And Faithfulness

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5

Over the years many people have attempted to describe what love is, while many others have questioned what love is. Volumes of books could be written on the number of poems that have been written about love. Thousands of songs have been sung about love.

Yet, as many poems and songs that have been done about love, many people struggle to describe what true love is. Often, when people think that they have found true love, unfaithfulness steps in and ruins their thought.

People are constantly getting married, saying that they will love each other for life, only to change their mind when their eyes start to wander. One will decide that he/she no longer really loves the other one any more. They choose to no longer be faithful to each other and end up in a divorce and wondering what true love really is.

God is the only one who is really love. The best way to describe God in a single word is: love. His love is perfect and will never end. Look up to the skies at night and see how far you can see. God’s love reaches further than you can see.

God is so filled with love that He was willing to send His Son to a filthy, dirty, sinful world to die a horrible death in order that you may live and have life for eternity. His love will reach down into bars, prisons, broken homes, horrible workplaces, and around the world to touch and change a life.

As God’s love reaches down into the dark places on this earth, He will remain faithful. You can rely on the fact that God will never do the wrong thing. He will never guide you down the wrong path. When God says that He loves you and will love you for all eternity, He meant that. He will never change His mind about His love for you.

Are you trusting and resting in God’s love and faithfulness to and for you?

Or do you see God as though He is a person, unfaithful and changing?

Look to God to know what true love is and what true faithfulness is. You won’t be disappointed.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will give Him praise for who He is.

Psalm 35:12-14 Extreme Love

They repay me evil for good and leave me like one bereaved. Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother. Psalm 35:12-14

It is very easy for a person to pray for someone who they love, such as a family member or close friend. They have great compassion for the loved one when that person is sick or going through a difficult time. Not only will they pray, they will ask many other people to pray for their friend or loved one.

Many times it is a different story when the person sick is an enemy or someone who has done the person wrong. Yes, believers pray for the enemy, but it is usually for their salvation or for God to strike them down and remove them.

David acted differently. He acted as Jesus did a few thousand years later. Jesus had loved the enemy and had compassion on them. Jesus healed the hated Roman soldier’s daughter from a major illness. Ultimately, Jesus provided salvation for every one who hated Him. He called the enemy to come to Him and learn from Him.

You are told by Jesus to love your enemies and do good to them. David had fasted and wept over his enemies when they were sick. He had done this in a way as though they were his mother.

No matter who you are or what you do, there will always be someone who treats you wrong. There will always be someone who is an enemy to you.

You need to show the love them as God has shown His love to you. Jesus died for you, while you hated Him, showing extreme love. He went the extra mile for you.

How are you showing love to your enemies?

Are you praying a two second prayer for them?

Or are you spending time in fasting and prayer for them?

Show the extreme love God has shown you to those who have harmed you today.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will have God’s love for those who hate you; that you will show extreme love to your enemies; and that God will strengthen you in your witness of His love.

Psalm 34:8 Try Him, You’ll Like Him

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

Trying out a new type of food for the very first time is not something every person likes to do. Most people like to eat what they have always eaten, and nothing else. They will look at some new type of food and if it looks very appealing, they may try it. If it does not look appealing, they will not even consider it at all.

Others are more adventurous and willing to try most any type of food. If someone else is eating it, they will try it, with very few reservations. The bad stuff, they try once or twice, then never again. The good stuff, they keep on eating.

People do not like to change their habits. They like the way they are doing things and do not want to try out something new. Just as with eating food, they do the same in their lifestyles, they are content with where they are at and don’t want to try something new.

The psalmist gives out a challenge to the people. He challenges them to taste the Lord and find out if He is really good or not. This tasting is not literally eating Him, but working with God and trusting in Him to find out how good He really is.

Those who believe in and follow Jesus, will be able to testify that He is good. In fact, He is very GOOD. Where else can you find a one who is perfect and is full of the love and mercy as God is?

The only way you can know how good God is, is by actually trying Him out. Put your trust in Him and see what He can and will do in your life. Follow His ways and commands, and you will be able to see how good those commands really are.

Throughout history, millions have tried Jesus and found out that He is really GOOD. Are you willing to try Him out?

If you have already started to follow Jesus, are you willing to go to a new level with Him? Try God out at a higher level than ever before.

Taste Him today and see if He really is as good as others say.

I pray today that you will know God in a personal way; that you will trust God with all your heart; that you will taste God in new ways; and that you know that God is good.

Psalm 33:1 It Is Right To Sing

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33:1

Opening this psalm up, the psalmist immediately says that every believer should sing joyfully praise to God. Throughout the rest of the psalm, he gives reasons as to why God should be praised.

When people are going through tough times, it can be difficult to be joyful. It is often hard to find reasons to sing praise to God. Many feel as though they were abandoned by God. Others may feel unworthy to give praise to God, because of past sin.

It is common for people want to have a reason to be joyful and to sing praise to God. Reading the rest of this psalm, a person is given reasons to sing praise.

Verse four states that God’s word is true and God is faithful. Verse five says that the earth if full of His unfailing love. Verse six says that everything was made by God. Verse 10 states that God is in absolute control. Verse nineteen says that God is watching.

These are just a few of the reasons that a believer should praise God. At the time this was written, the author was under the Law, there was no redemption. Jesus had not yet died and rose from the dead to pay for all sin. If the psalmist, under the judging, condemning Law, can praise God, how much more should believers today praise Him?

It is the right thing to do, to praise God with a joyful heart. Your praise should not be based on circumstances in your life. It should be based on who God is and your position with Him. The circumstances in this life will change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. You cannot rely on the circumstances for joy.

God will never change. You can always trust Him. When you look at everything that God has done for you, and the things He did not do to you (that you deserve), it is only right for you to sing with extreme joy praises to God.

Don’t just go through the motions of singing praise on Sunday only, but throughout each day of the week. Give God the praise for all that He has done and is doing today. It is only the right thing to do. It is the only right thing to do.

I pray today that God will fill your heart with His peace and joy; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will have a song of praise on your lips; and that you will sing with joy praise to God all day long.