Psalm 19:8 Joy And Light

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The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8 

Rules are something that most people do not really like. They do not like being told what to do or how to do it. People want the freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want to do it. Anything less than this is restriction and not a joy.

When people follow the rules, it is usually when someone in authority is nearby and then it is not done with joy. It is done out of force to keep from getting into trouble. As soon as the authority is out of sight, the person will go back to breaking the rules. While most people don’t go extreme on breaking the rules, they still will break them.

David found out that the precepts, or general laws of God were something that brought joy and light into a person’s life.

At the time David said this, he was under the law. It was a do or die system. There was no grace or forgiveness.

With the coming of Jesus, this changed things. There was forgiveness and mercy to be shown. The heart is now changed.

People in and out of the church often see the law as something that is legalistic and mandatory, and they don’t like it. Yet, the law can bring joy. It shows a person what God loves. It guides a person in how to live, think and act in ways that will please God.

This is not something that is a to be done out of force, but out of love. Since Jesus died for each and every person to give him life, that person should be more than willing to obey God’s laws. Those laws teach a person how to live in righteousness and holiness. Living this way brings joy and light into the life of a person.

As you look at the laws of God, don’t see them as legal requirements, but as the best way to live for God. Choose to follow them out of love for God because of what Jesus did for you.

When obeying God, you will find joy in your heart and life. There will be no fear of judgement or condemnation, because you know you are doing what God wants you to do.

I pray today that you will find joy in obeying God; that you will see the value in God’s commands; that you will see God’s heart in His rules; and that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life. 

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Psalm 18:29 Overcoming A Wall

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With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:29 

Going through life, everyone faces some walls in their lives. Some of these walls are self built, while others are built by other people or situations.

These walls can be relational, physical, emotional or some other wall. Walls that are emotional are very common. People are angry with someone or has someone angry at them and it breaks the relationship.

Inventors and dreamers run into walls all the time. They want to accomplish  something, but hit a wall preventing them or slowing them down.

When a person hits a wall there is three things that he can do. Stop and change directions. God around the wall. Or scale and go over the wall. Most people stop and change directions, giving up what they wanted to do.

David knew that with God’s help, there was nothing he could not do. He could go against a whole troop of enemy or he could scale a wall that was in front of him.

Even in the life of a believer, one will come across walls in his life. Going up against a wall is a common thing. It is not a one time event, but occurs on a regular basis. Some walls are small, while others are massive great walls, like the Great Wall Of China. These walls become a problem for the person to overcome.

However, unlike the world, the believer has God to give him assistance. God is there to help him get over the wall and keep moving forward in His plan.

God has strength and abilities that go beyond anything any person could ever have or even dream about. Sometimes God will move the wall, as He did with Joshua, but often He will help the person scale it and get over the top.

You may have some walls in your life that are trying to slow you down or stop you. You have a choice as to what you will do, give up or keep moving forward. In yourself, you may not be able to ever climb that wall and get to the other side, but with God it is possible.

God can guide your steps to get over that wall. He can give you strength to be able to pull yourself up as you climb that wall.

Trust in God for your strength and guidance. You can get over that wall in front of you, not by yourself, but with His help.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will guide you over a wall in your life; and that God will guide you on your journey through this life. 

Psalm 17:6 Calling On God

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I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6 

In calling on someone, there is always an expectation of what will happen. That expectation is that that the person will hear and respond. The methods of calling on someone usually by phone or in person, though there can be many other methods of calling. Regardless of the method of calling a person, the expectation is the same, hearing and response.

Although one may call upon someone, that person does not always hear. There can be too much noise to be able to hear. Or they may be too busy to stop and hear that they are being called. With cell phones today, there may be times when the person is in a ‘no service’ area and never know they missed the call.

Response does not always occur, because they didn’t know they were called, or they don’t know what to say.

David is calling out to God because He knows God will answer him. He asks God to listen and answer his prayer.

While people may get a busy signal or not even hear that they have a call, God always hears every call. Any time a person calls out to God, whether a believer or not, He hears it immediately. There is no waiting, or busy line.

God will also always answer a person. That answer will always be along the line of ‘no’, ‘wait’, or ‘yes’. He never ignores the person calling out to Him. In fact, God loves it when His children call to Him. He is a Father who wants to be involved in the lives of His children. In order to do that, they must be willing to talk to Him.

Although you may no longer have parents or they may not want to talk with you, God is willing to listen and talk with you. He is waiting by the phone waiting for you to call Him up.

The great thing about calling out to God, there is no ‘no service’ area. There is no busy signal. There is no ‘business is closed’ message. There is no answering service. You do not need a cell phone or some other electronic device.

God is as near as your voice can speak. He is right there beside you waiting for a call from you. Call on Him today and He will hear and answer you.

I pray today that you will call to God everyday; that you will hear God’s voice when He speaks to you; that you will know God is listening to you; that you will know God will always answer you; and that you will know the joy of talking to God.