Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.

Psalm 139:17-18 God Is Thinking About You

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand–when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18

One concern that many people have is wondering what other people are thinking about them. Fear of what other people are thinking is one of the largest factors that keep a person from doing something.

The fear comes from the thought that the other person does not like or agree with what a person is doing or saying. This often paralyzes a person. While most people don’t have any real thoughts on what is happening, there are some that will be very negative about it. There are some that will openly condemn or cut down a person for what he is doing or saying.

Since people tend to be like that, many also feel God is the same way. There are people who will not turn to God out of fear of what He might say because of all the bad things that they had done.

David had caught the idea that God has a lot of thoughts about Him. He knew that God knew him very well, and in spite of knowing him that well, still loved him. God had so many thoughts about David that David felt they would outnumber the grains of sand. That is a lot of thoughts.

He is not alone in God’s thoughts. God is thinking about you. He has plans to help you become the best that you can be. He wants you to prosper and survive for all eternity.

Since God knows you perfectly well, inside and out, do you not think that if He was really against you that you would not be already destroyed?

God is not out to destroy you or condemn you because of your sins. He wants to forgive you and make you into the man or woman who is after His own heart. God’s goal is to get rid of all the sin in your life and make you like Jesus.

Do not fear His thoughts for you. Accept them and grow in Jesus. Realize how precious those thoughts are and how well they will help you, if you will let Him do His work in you.

I pray today that God will reveal His thoughts about you to you; that you will not fear what God thinks of you; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will keep God in your thoughts all the time.

Psalm 138:1 Praise With Heart

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. Psalm 138:1

Going through the motions is a common practice of most people. People go to work each day and do the job they are required to do, but most are not excited about going to work. It is just something that they must do. They need money to buy the needed food and pay for the housing, so they must work.

Children go to school each day, because they are forced to go. Most children would not step foot in school if they did not have to do so. Those that would go to school, mainly go to be with their friends, not to learn.

The common thing in these situations are that people are not putting their heart in what they are doing.

Sadly this can often happen in the church. On Sunday mornings during worship, many sing the songs of praise just because that is what they do on Sunday mornings. Even throughout the week a person may be playing music from a Christian radio station, but are just hearing the music, not really listening or worshipping God.

Putting your heart into something means that you are giving it all you have to do it. You are not leaving anything behind.

David said that he would praise God with all of his heart. He was giving God everything he had.

The heart is what pumps the blood through the body. It is what gives the body life.

Each time that you choose to give God some praise, it must be done with all of your heart. Give life to your praise. Do not do it as just another ritual that must be done. Anything that is done as a ritual is dead and lifeless.

Anyone in the world who sees a dead, lifeless praise will not want to be a part of it.

When God hears a dead, lifeless praise coming from a person, He knows it does not mean very much.

How is your praise to God today?

Is it coming from your heart?

Is it alive with excitement and joy?

Or is it just a ritual, that is lifeless and dead?

I pray today that you will be filled with the joy of the Lord; that you will sing praises to God from your heart; that you will put all of your heart into your praise to God; and that you will have a song of praise in your heart all day long.

 

Psalm 136:1 Give Thanks To The Lord

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

Parents strive to teach their children to be polite. One of the ways they are often taught is in saying thank you to someone when they receive something. Saying thank you shows appreciation to someone for what was given or done.

Many parents will even have the child write a thank you note. This takes the appreciation to another level, because it takes extra time and effort to write that note.

Although this is often taught, many tend to forget to say thank you to a person who did something for them. Adults tend to forget to appreciate those who give them a helping hand.

One area that many forget to give thanks is with God. The psalmist states that God’s love endures forever and that He is good. This psalm starts out with giving thanks to God several times and then ends with giving thanks to God. In the middle he reminds the people that God’s love endures forever twenty-six times.

At times in life, when everything is going hay-wire and nothing seems to be going right, a person may forget to give thanks to God. He may be looking at life and wonder what there is good to thank God for.  You may even be in that position right now, or have been there, and most likely will be there some day.

If you are there, look back on what God has done for you in the past. As the psalmist looks back and remembered what God had already did, he was able to give thanks and remember that His love does indeed last forever.

The greatest thing that God has given you is His love. That love is shown ultimately on the cross, bringing you salvation that you did not earn or deserve.

God’s love for you will never end. Each day God shows His great love in many different ways. You can breath, move, read His Word, and talk to Him are the bare minimum. God’s provision in this life and this world are examples of His love.

What can you give thanks to God for today?

How many blessings can you count each day?

Think about how God’s love does endure forever in your own life.

I pray today that you will know God’s love more and more; that you will not forget to thank God for what He has done and is doing in your life; and that you will know the blessings God has given you.

Psalm 135:3 Praise Him, For He Is Good

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name for that is pleasant. Psalm 135:3

People are often lifted up in praise and honor for the good things that they have done. Usually these are people who have done something above and beyond the normal. They had given of themselves to an extreme level to help others out. Often to the point of putting themselves in harm’s way.

Some are almost revered as being someone extra special, such as Mother Theresa. Many of these types of people tend to have some type of Christian background, while there are some who do not believe in God at all. There are some who do great works in helping others out, while having no belief in God. Yet, all will get praise for doing good.

One who is good and does the perfect good all the time is God. He is good, not to just some people, but to every person. He is good to those who don’t even believe in Him.

Even when there are times of troubles in life, God is good. Many have chosen to walk away from God because of a situation that occurred in their life that they felt God should never have allowed. They feel that He is not being good to them.

You may be going through a time right now where you feel God is not being very good to you. You may be questioning how good He really is.

Take a moment and think about all that God has done for you that is good. He has given you some clothing to wear. He has given you access to the internet to be able to read this. He has given you breath to breathe. God has given you the ability to read. God has chosen you to be His child. Jesus has forgiven you of all your sins. You are a part of a family of believers that stretches around the world. The list of what God has done for you that is good goes on forever.

As you think about these good things God has done for you, give Him praise. Sing praise to Him and about Him. Let the world know what God has done for you. Let God know you know what He has done for you. Doing this is a pleasant thing and lifts your own spirit up.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will sing praise to God all the time; that you will tell the world about Jesus; and that you will honor God with much praise.

Psalm 149:6 Praise And A Sword

May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-double edged sword in their hands Psalm 149:6

Praise is the thing that lifts God up and makes Him the Lord of a person’s life. Honoring God with praise, tells Him and the world that He is the ruler of one’s life.

People do not know what is best for their lives. They look for the easiest way out, instead of the best way through a situation or this life. If there is any pain or trouble, the first thing most people want to have is get away. When God is allowed to be the ruler and king of a person’s life, it allows Him to be in control and to make all things right in the best way possible.

Praising God also gets the focus back on Him, instead of self and all the problems in this life. Praising God will make a person look at what God has done and can do, rather than what is happening.

Once the praise has started, then the double-edged sword can be yielded correctly. In Revelation Jesus is described as having a double-edged sword coming out of His mouth. This sword is God’s Word, which is described as sharper than a double-edged sword.

God’s Word goes out and can cut through the hardest of hearts. It can demolish the arguments of this world.

When you take time to give God praise, you can then take up His sword–the Word of God, and use it correctly. God will be on your side ready to fight for you and destroy all the enemies in your life.

The largest enemies in your life, are not the people who give you trouble, but the sins that weigh you down and crush you. It is the chains and bondages that hold you to sin and death.

As you go through your day be sure to have a praise to God on your lips and in your heart. Let the world know who you are in Jesus and who Jesus is. Then use His Word to defeat the enemies against you, not crushing in vengeance, but used in love to point them to Jesus.

With praise and God’s Word, you cannot be defeated.

I pray today that you will sing praises to God; that you will have God’s Word on your lips and in your heart; that you will know the power of God’s Word in your life; and that God will work in you to make you more like Jesus in this world.

Psalm 134:2 Lifting Hands To Praise

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. Psalm 134:2

Lifting up hands towards another person is something that people do all over the world. Most often it is done in honor or praise of the other person. Watch people at a football or soccer game when their team makes a great score. They start shouting and waving their hands and arms through the air for victory. They are excited and not afraid to show it.

While there are many raising hands in victory, there are some who are raising their hands in surrender. War is occurring in many countries. When the enemy comes in, there are some who raise their hands in surrender to the enemy to keep from being killed or harmed.

This type of surrender also occurs when a policeman begins to capture a crook. People will raise their hands to show the policeman that they are unarmed and willing to surrender.

Another reason hands are lifted is seen in a child. The child raises his hands to his father to be reached out to and loved. Hands are raised to be picked up and hugged.

Believers have the greatest reason in the world to be raising their hands. At a minimum they can raise their hands in surrender to the King of kings, Jesus. In order to follow Jesus, a person must give up his own personal will and desire. He must surrender his way of doing things to do the things God wants him to do.

Once a believer has surrendered his life to God, he can then raise his hands in victory to God, giving God praise for what He has done. Praise can be shouted out to God with raised hands.

He an also raise his hands to God seeking God to hold him and give him a hug. Raised hands will allow God to show His love to the person.

Many in the church do not raise their hands in public for fear of what others may think. Yet, look at what God has done in your life. He was not ashamed to reach down to you. Reach up to Him and receive what He has for you. Reach out to Him and give Him the praise that is due to Him.

God wants to give you a great big loving hug. Are you willing to let Him do it?

Give God praise today.

I pray today that you will have reason to praise God; that you will not fear raising your hands to God; that you will surrender your will to God; and that you will raise your hands in praise to God.