Psalm 7:17 Giving Thanks And Praises

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I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 

When a person does something good, people will often give thanks and praise. Those that receive some of that good will give the thanks for what was done. Those that did not receive it, but did see it, will give praise for what was done.

People like to see good things being done by others. Although the world does not always see good things as being really good. When lives are touched for God, the world sees that as a bad thing, but when lives are touched by provision and healing, they see it as good.

David sees God’s righteousness as something that is good and give Him thanks and then praises His name. This was done at a time when David’s life was at risk, when his enemies were numerous and treachery against him was common.

Seeing God’s righteousness as good is not always easy or fun to do. Being righteous means doing the right thing each and every time, regardless of how it looks or feels. That ‘doing the right thing’ is doing the right thing for everyone, not just one or two people. It is also done with eternity in mind.

In the process of God doing the right thing in a person’s life, many people get upset. They do not want to be corrected or go through a tough time, in order to grow stronger. People are then not very thankful for what God is doing.

As they grumble about God’s choices and actions, they forget to sing praises of His name. They only speak words of grumbling and complaining. Some will even choose to walk away from God, thinking that He does not love them. However, this is not true, God’s love for each and every person is real and perfect.

As you look upon what God is doing or not doing in your life, know that those actions are the best ones for your life. God’s love for you is perfect and undying. He will only do the best for your life. This is done because of His perfect righteousness and love.

Give God thanks for what He is doing in your life or not doing in your life. Trust that He knows what is best. Then, sing praises to His name. He is worthy of all praise.

I pray today that you will know the work of God in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s perfect righteousness; that you will give God thanks for all He is doing; and that you will sing praises of God’s name to this world. 

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Psalm 3:3 God Is A Shield

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But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3 

No matter where a person goes there can be some enemies. With all of the various mass shootings lately, there are many people going around in extreme fear, not knowing if they will be the next to be killed. Students are afraid to go to school, because some other student may choose to do some killing that day.

Then there are also the enemies who don’t necessarily do physical harm, those who do verbal damage. The majority of danger people face is with words that are lies or hurtful.

The world is trying to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the situation. People are always walking around in fear of the unknown enemy.

David was running in fear, when his son Absalom was trying to physically kill him and take the throne as king of Israel. David felt as if everyone was against him and there were enemies everywhere. Suddenly David realized, however, that God was his shield and who lifted him up. It was God who made him king, so it would be God who could protect him.

Every believer has enemies, just as David did. Some will physically be trying to attack and kill, while the majority will just verbally attack the person. The effect is the same.

Looking around it appears as if the enemy, the world, is winning the battle. They appear to be the stronger enemy. Yet, God is still in control.

God is the shield for every believer. No one can do anything without His permission. Remember with Job, Satan had to get permission to attack him. God shielded Job and will shield the believer today.

This does not mean that attacks and injuries will not happen, but it does mean that the believer will not be destroyed.

You may be going through some attacks right now, physically or verbally. Look to God for your strength and protection. He is your shield, just as He was with David.

God will lift you up and make you shine in this dark world. Do not let the enemies attacks cause you to fear, because God will lift up your head and allow you to walk as His child, an heir to the kingdom of heaven. God will deliver you from the enemy–Satan–in the end.

Trust God to be your shield today.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s protection; that God will remove fear of the enemy in your heart and mind; and that God will lift your head in the sight of your enemies. 

2 Chronicles 6:15 God Keeps His Promise

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You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it–as it is today. 2 Chronicles 6:15 

Promises are made every day by people all over the world. At the same time, promises are also broken every day by people all over the world. Broken promises occur so much that most people do not like to trust anyone’s word. Contracts have to be written up and signed for people to somewhat trust others, and even then, many still don’t trust their word.

The more complex a promise is, the greater it means when it is fulfilled. It can be refreshing when a promise if fulfilled. And it is crushing and depressing when a promise is broken.

Solomon had finished having the temple built for God. As he was in the process of dedicating it, he pointed out to God that He had been faithful and fulfilled His promise to David in him. God had promised the temple would be built by Solomon and it was. God had fulfilled His promise to David and Solomon.

Several thousand years later, God is still in the business of fulfilling His promises. He has never broken His word of promise to anyone to this day.

The challenge comes for many believers in recognizing God’s promises and realizing that it was God’s promise being fulfilled when something occurs. God has promised to meet every need of a believer. Many do not think God is meeting the needs, even though He has. It is some of the wants that God has not met, because it is not the best for the believer.

Believers need to stop and realize God’s hand of fulfillment in their lives each day. When good things are happening, it is often a fulfillment of a promise of God in one’s life.

Think of all the good things that has occurred in your life. How many of those things, if your really think about it, are a part of God’s promises to you? God’s provision of healing, food, joy, peace, forgiveness, clothing, housing and more.

God has been faithful to you each day and will not stop being faithful. No matter what God has promised you, in visions or from His word, He will make it happen.

Be willing to give God praise for His faithfulness to you. Let the world know of His faithfulness.

I pray today that you will see what God has given you; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will see when God is fulfilling a promise to you; and that you will give God praise for His faithfulness to you.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Everything Belongs To God

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Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11 

Ownership of something is desired of most people. They want to own something. People want things to be theirs and not anyone else’s.

This type of desire starts as a young child wanting a toy to be his own and not anyone else’s. He will often refuse to share it, because it is his. As a teen-ager, the boy then wants a car of his own, because everyone else has their own car. He desires to get around on his own and not have to rely on parents or friends. Adults desire an unlimited group of things that they want for their own.

Having ownership of something means that one is in control of it, it is his.

As David was getting ready to die, he gave God some praise. He realized who God is and how great he is. As David saw that, he also realized that everything in heaven and on earth belongs to God.

Understanding that God owns everything can help the believer. It starts off with helping when he loses something. People lose things all the time, and it is not just misplacement here, it is the item is taken away for some reason. Positions come and go, but God is the one with power and position. Knowing that God owns everything helps the believer know that the item was not his anyways.

Along with that, it helps the believer when he is in need of something. God owns everything that a person needs and can provide it as needed. God is a generous God and desires to give His people good things, both physical and non-physical things. Anything that is needed, He is more than willing to supply. One just needs to trust Him for it.

You may be struggling in the area of things. There are things that you have lost and there are things that you need. Instead of focusing on what you lost or need, focus on God. Give Him praise for everything He has already blessed you with.

Realize that those things were and are not yours anyways. Everything belongs to God, whether it is physical or non-physical things.

Give God praise today because He owns everything. Then trust Him for your needs.

I pray today that you will know who God is; that you will give God praise for what He has given you; that you will trust God in what He takes from you; and that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life for all of your needs. 

 

1 Chronicles 21:8 Admission Of Doing Wrong

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Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8 

Doing something wrong or foolish does happen. People make bad choices at times in their lives. Leaders make mistakes and make bad choices. It is a common thing to occur among all people, everywhere.

When a bad choice is made, most people attempt to ignore the mistake, hoping it will just go away. They do not want to it be made known. If it is found out, often people will attempt to cover it up, excuse it or blame someone else. Very few people want to take the blame for anything they have done wrong.

However, excuses, blame or covering something up does not remove what has occurred. The action is still there and often there are consequences to the action that was done.

David had chosen to count the number of men able to fight in the nation of Israel. This was a census that God had told them to not ever take. It went against God’s commands. Immediately upon his taking that census, God sent a prophet to deal with David. David immediately admitted that he was wrong to God and begged for forgiveness and removal of the sin.

Admitting one was wrong can be difficult. No one likes to be wrong or told they are wrong. Yet, people do make wrong decisions and wrong actions. The first step in clearing up the wrong is admitting what was done. Then making amends to fix the wrong done.

While men may be fooled with excuses and blaming, God sees everything that was done. He cannot be fooled. God is not standing there ready to just strike when one makes a mistake, but is there to help bring change and forgiveness.

There will be times that you will make a choice to sin against God. You will do things that will make God angry. Instead of trying to excuse it away or blame it on someone or something else, admit the wrong. Go before God and seek His mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus came to take away your guilt and sin. His goal is to cleanse you and make you right before God, not to punish you and strike you down. Don’t hide your sin, but admit it and fall into the hands of a merciful, loving God. He is there for you.

I pray today that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that God will help you to make the right choices in life; and that you will live your life serving God. 

1 Chronicles 17:16 Who Am I That God Helps Me?

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Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 1 Chronicles 17:16 

People want to feel important and needed. They want to believe that they are valuable. There are always arguments in the workplace that the worker has because he feels he deserves more pay than what he is getting. People feel tend to always feel that they deserve more than they are getting.

When people get a promotion or some other honor, most people feel as they got what they deserved, if not wanting yet more. This is often done is self pride.

David had decided that he wanted to build a temple for God. God loved his heart, but told him that he was not the one to do it, but his son would build the temple. God also told him that he would always have a son sitting on the throne.

David was overwhelmed with what God had said and asked who he was that God would do this for him. He did not get angry with God, but understood the favor that God was giving him, and could not understand it.

It is common for believers to develop the same attitude that the world has. They often feel that they deserve to have the best of everything, and then get upset when God does not give them  something they desire.

The reality is that no person really deserves anything but painful death from God. Sin has brought death upon every person, including believers. Yet, God loved people so much that He provided a way out of that death. He has given every believer unmerited favor upon their lives.

In every believer, God has poured out many blessings and His favor in ways that the world cannot understand.

Take a look at your own life. How has God blessed you over the days and years? Despite any situation you may be going through or have gone through, God has still given you great favor.

God has also spoken over your life and promised a great future. Your future includes eternal life with no more pain or suffering.

Over time God has already brought you through many things that you did not deserve to survive from. God did this because of His great love for you, not because you deserved anything.

Realize who you are in Christ Jesus. You are God’s child, because of Jesus, not because of you. Give God praise for what He has done for you and made you to be.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will praise God for His work in your life; and that you will live for God every day. 

2 Samuel 24:24 Sacrifice What Costs

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But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24 

Around the world there are millions of people who give money or other types of donations to people who are in need. Many of these people often give out of their excess or things no longer wanted. As they give, they often make it look like they are sacrificing something for someone else.

While there is nothing wrong with giving out of excess, it cannot be portrayed as a sacrifice. There really is no cost to giving it.

David had sinned against God and realized it. He had to make a burnt offering sacrifice to God. Araunah was going to provide the oxen and the wood for the sacrifice at no cost to David. David refused it, because he did not want to offering a burnt offering that did not cost him. He knew that he had done God wrong and had to pay for it.

Sacrificing is more than just giving something up or away. It is giving up or giving something away that will cost to be given up. It may hurt some to give it up.

There are believers who give up things for God, but only those things that they really do not want. There is no real cost in giving it up.

The purpose of a sacrifice is to give up self to let God have control. It is to humble oneself before God. It is to show God that one is not worthy of anything.

God sees the heart of people when they give. He knows when they are giving a sacrifice for show, or when they are giving it from the heart.

Jesus gave the greatest sacrifice of all–His life. It cost Him everything, so that you and I may have eternal life and forgiveness of our sins. He demonstrated what it means to sacrifice something.

Although the sacrificial system is no longer used or needed, you can still sacrifice to God and for God. As with Jesus, the greatest sacrifice you can give is your life. Allow God to have complete control over your life.

Lay your life and sins on the altar for Jesus to remove them and replace everything with His life. It will be worth it all in the end.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will know the value of what God has given you; that you will give God your whole life; and that you will allow God to live in you.