Psalm 55:22 Don’t Carry Your Cares

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

Caring can be something that is good, or it can be something that is bad. Caring in a way that is meeting someone or something’s need is a good thing. Caring in a way that is worrying about something or someone is the opposite of good caring.

All over the world, people are caring (worrying) about something. The level of care about something is different for each person. Some are worried about how to pay the next electricity bill, while others are caring about how they will look in an outfit at the next meeting. The list for what people care about is endless.

With many of these cares, people are shaken. They are scared that things will go from bad to worse. They are scared that the problem will only get worse.

Everyday people are faced with things that concern them, some very large, while others are small. The size of the concern is all a matter of perspective. The person who makes a six digit income does not care about the electricity bill as much as the person who is living on welfare.

Believers in Jesus need to have the correct perspective on what they care about. God is larger than the largest problem that any person could ever possibly have. He already has a plan to meet every care that a person could ever have.

You do not need to be like most of the world and get shaken about some problem or care in your life. You need to take that care and cast it onto Jesus. He is there to carry all the burdens of the world, that includes all of your burdens also.

Do not allow yourself to be shaken with fear at some care that has come up. God’s love will remove all that fear and He will sustain you through the situation.

God owns everything, so let Him carry the cares of this world. Just trust Him and obey what He tells you to do.

Don’t take on the burden of carrying all your cares, let God do it for you.

I pray today that you will trust God to care for you; that you will cast all your cares on Jesus; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that God will not allow you to be shaken.

Psalm 54:4 No Worries, God Is Your Help

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

Most people realize that they need help at times. Very few people feel that they can do everything, all the time on their own. The few that do believe that may get a long ways to a point, but usually come crashing down very quickly.

The difficult part for many people is accepting the help that is available. While many know that they need help at times, most will not ask for that help. They want to be able to do everything on their own.

There are men and women who will work a self-owned business for 60-70 hours, or more, a week because they do not want to ask for more help. They feel that they must do everything themselves or they will lose something. These people are usually called workaholics.

The reality is that no one can do everything completely on their own. And while people can help out a lot, they will also fall short in what they can do.

The abilities of a person eventually will fall short in life. During times of extreme troubles, many people fail to have the right words to say. They cannot always understand what is going on and have no answer for the troubling events.

As a believer in God, you have One who is by  your side at all times. He is there to help you in every time of need. Jesus said that He would always be with you forever. He is the one who holds the universe together.

If God can hold the universe together, which is much bigger than you, surely He can hold you together. He is able to help you in your time of need in ways that no person on this earth can possibly help.

You cannot do everything on your own. You need someone to help you. So you need to stop worrying about the difficult things in your life. God is the One who will help you and sustain you through the challenges and difficulties of this life.

Are you trusting God to be your help?

Or are you trying to survive on your own?

I pray today that you will not try to do everything on your own; that you will know God will be your help; that you will not worry about anything; and that you will trust God to meet your needs.

Psalm 53:3 No One Is Good

Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalm 53:3

People in churches often have a few point of “us” and “them.” Those in the church and those not in the church. Those who are not in the church are often seen as vile, corrupt sinful people on the wrong path in life. Many look down on them as very bad.

There is truth in what is believed by many. Without the forgiveness of Jesus, every person is corrupt and not doing good.

As people look at others in this way, they often forget who they are or who they were. Paul had said that everyone has sinned and fall short of God’s glory. This is not just about those who are in the world, it is about every person in this world, both Christian and non-Christian.

Every time a believer chooses to disobey God, he becomes corrupt and falls short of God’s glory. Disobedience comes in the form of direct sin–against one of the rules of God. Or it can come in the form of not doing something God called the person to do.

Most believers in the church have no problem believing that doing something God has ruled as sin is sinful. However, many forget that not doing something God has asked them to do is also sin.

If God stirs the heart of a person to tell someone about Jesus, and that person does not do it, he has sinned against God. All disobedience to God is sin. All sin is disobedience against God.

Without God no one can do any good at all. Many in the church try to believe they are good, but are refusing to be the witness God has called them to be.

For each person it may be different. God calls each person to a different path and job to do.

What is God calling you to do today, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today?

Now, the real question is, are you doing it?

If you are not doing what God has called you to do, you have turned away and have become corrupt…again. Turn to God and follow Him. Do the good works He has planned for you to do. Do not be like the world.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for you; that you will do what God has for you to do; that you will not turn from God; and that God will keep you from being corrupt in your life.

Psalm 52:3 Loving Evil Over Good

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3

It is very easy to find things that are evil in this world that is fallen into the trap of sin. Man has fallen away from God and chosen to follow Satan and the evil he promotes. Satan states that he will bring a person joy and happiness, all that one will ever need. Yet, all of his words are a deception and bring death.

Take a look at the number one movies, or number one books that are made. Very rarely, if ever, are they a movie that promotes God and what God promotes. The world loves to view things that are filled with horror, death, sex, and “freedom” to do what a person wants, when he wants, the way he wants.

Along with what people watch, many fall into the trap of evil in the music that is listened too. The world loves to sing about death, divorce, killing, raping, sex, and other crimes as though it is good. Love of evil is prevalent in this world.

The sad part is that many Christians fall into this same deception. People of all levels in the church, from the simple attendee, to the pastor, have often fallen into the deception of this world.

People in the church talk about movies and music as though they were great. These are movies that are filled with extreme violence, without God anywhere in the picture. They enjoy movies and music that promote the things of this world.

Often, they will try to explain the movie or music in a way that excuses the falsehood or evil being promoted. The quality of acting is pointed out as great and worth seeing, even though it promotes a sinful lifestyle. Many fall into the same trap of calling evil good, rather than what it really is. They are no different from those in the world.

As you go through your days, what are you desiring to see or hear?

Are you keeping  your eyes and ears focused on God?

Or are you watching and listening to what the world has to say?

Be careful to not love what the world loves. See this world through the eyes of God and love what He loves–people, not things.

I pray today that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will love what God loves; that God will strengthen you to turn your eyes and ears away from evil; and that you will be a witness of Jesus in this world.

Psalm 51:10 A Pure Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

In this psalm, David is asking God to cleanse him of all sin and make him new. He knew that he needed a pure heart and that only God could do that for him. Years later Jeremiah would make the statement that the heart is deceitful and that no one could understand it.

There are many people in the world who have very deceitful hearts. They say that they are friends with a person, but only to get something for themselves. Gangs lure a person into them by saying that they are family and care for them. The reality is that the person is being used for doing wrong. On the outside they appear to show caring, but in the heart they may be ready to kill.

It is easy for a person to be led wrong by his own heart and no one to see what is happening. People can do very good things for all the wrong reasons. On the surface it appears as if they are really serving God and others, but on the inside it is for selfish reasons. These are things that come from an un-pure heart.

Man is born into sin with a dirty heart. God has to come in and give a person a new heart that is pure. Once this happens, the person will have a steadfast spirit in him. He will stay strong and true to God for all of the right reasons.

Getting a pure heart is not an easy process. It takes you letting go of your own self and your own desires. You must release your control and let God have complete control of your life. Allow God to have all the glory and praise for everything. After all, everything is about Him, for Him, and by Him.

How does your heart look today?

Is it filled with the wrong desires and motives?

Or is it filled with the desires of God?

Ask God to create in you a new heart. He wants to give you a new heart of flesh with a new spirit. He can make you a new creation.

I pray today that God will give you a pure heart; that you will allow God control of your heart and life; that you will stand strong and true for God; and that you will be a new person for God.

Psalm 50:14-15 Three Things God Wants

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:14-15

The psalmist, Asaph, started out this psalm pointing out that God does not really need all the animal sacrifices because He already owns all the animals. The things that God wants are not the physical things, but things that come from the person’s heart

The first thing that is listed is the thank offerings. It is listed as a sacrifice to God. Taking time to say thank you is something many people do not do. This becomes especially true when the service done was something little or routine. How many give thanks to God just for being able to get up in the morning? And fewer yet give thanks for a rough situation that is to make them more like Jesus.

The second thing listed is to fulfill the vows to God. It is common for a person in a scary situation to make a promise to God to do something for Him, if He gets them out of that bad situation. Only later, most people forget about that vow or dismiss it as rash words said in the excitement. Every believer has given God a promise to follow Him when they became a believer.

The last one listed here, is to call on God when in trouble. Some do this, while others will call on others in this world first. God is to be sought out first in every situation in the life of a believer.

Take time many times throughout the day to give God thanks for what He is doing in your life. Thank God for the little things, such as the air you breathe and being able to move. Let Him know you are grateful for what He has given you.

Do what you promised. Do not ignore your promises or write them off. God fulfills all of His promises to you, do the same to Him.

And never forget to call on God first in every situation in your life. Put God first and He will deliver you. God is there for you, not against you. He loves you and has the best in mind for you.

I pray today that you will give thanks to God continually; that you will fulfill all your promises to God; that you will call on God first; and that you will honor God with all of your life.

Psalm 49:20 Wealthy, But Missing It

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist asks the question why one should be afraid of those who are wealthy. Several thousand years later, people are still fearing those who are wealthy.

Those with great wealth often trust in the power of their wealth and feel that they are in control. Bribery happens on a regular basis at all levels of the government and in businesses. The term used for this is a donation.

Great wealth is what keeps businesses promoting sinful or harmful activities. It is wealth that causes a person to tear down homes in order to build a business. In all of their activities, there is no understanding occurring.

Fear of the wealthy shows up, when those without wealth just accept what the wealthy have to say and do, regardless of how right or wrong it is.

Any one who has great wealth and uses it in the wrong way, has no real understanding. They do not see the problems they are causing. They do not see their need for God to be in control of their lives. They lack any understanding of what life on this earth is really all about. When they live like this, they will be like the beasts of the field, they will die and everything with them will perish.

People with a lot of wealth can do a lot of great things, if they choose to do so. Money can buy food, clothing and housing for other people. It can purchase materials needed to properly teach children. It can provide for medical needs. It can be used to help spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world.

There is nothing wrong with great wealth. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can use your wealth (whether little or great) to do great things for God.

As a believer, you do not have to fear those who are wealthy. They may appear to be in control, but in reality, it is God who is in full control. Trust God and not man. Trust God and not yours or someone else’s wealth.

Be filled with understanding and know what God is doing today. Know what God wants you to do with what you have.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will trust God alone; that God will give you understanding; and that you will use what you have for God.