Psalm 117:1-2 Praise For Great Love And Faithfulness

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Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:1-2 

Finding true love in this world is difficult. Finding true faithfulness in this world is difficult. Finding one with true love and true faithfulness together is nearly impossible.

The number one problem with finding true love is that the majority of people tend to be selfish. Everything is about self with very little regard to others. They will love others as they are benefiting, but as soon as it seriously costs to love, they stop.

The same problem is found in finding faithfulness. People will remain faithful, until it does not benefit them or they see something better.

In this psalm, the writer tells the people to praise the Lord and lift Him up. The reason is because of His great love and enduring faithfulness.

Perfect love and faithfulness is only found in Jesus and His Father, God. Jesus shows His love by giving up His life on a cross for people who either did not know Him or hated Him. He did not die for those who loved Him. Jesus did not receive any benefit in Himself for dying for people.

Jesus also has enduring faithfulness. He continues to remain faithful to love everyone. This ‘everyone’ includes not only those who follow Him, but also His enemies. He also remains faithful in holding together this universe He has created so that man may live on this earth.

God is always there for those who seek Him. He will always love everyone, no matter what they have done or are doing.

Knowing this gives a person a reason to praise Him and lift Him up. There is no one who deserves greater praise than God.

Look into God’s great love that He has for you as shown in what Jesus has done for you. Realize how faithful Jesus has been to you over the years.

Let God’s love wash over you and overwhelm you as you realize how much of a filthy sinner you were or are and, yet, He still loves you. Notice how Jesus has removed all of your sins and will remain faithful to continue to do so.

Follow hard after Jesus and give Him the praise that is due Him. Let the world know of His great love and faithfulness. Broadcast His praises aloud for all to hear. Praise the Lord!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you know God’s perfect love for you; that you will know God’s everlasting faithfulness to you; and that you will praise God all the days of your life. 

Psalm 115:1 Not About You

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Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1 

All over the world people are talking about their own accomplishments. Everyone wants to be recognized for what he did. People want the credit and glory for things done.

Receiving the glory for something accomplished is the crowning achievement for many people. Many will quit or get angry when they do not receive the honor for something done. It is even common to see lawsuits drawn up against others because of lack of proper recognition.

This type of attitude is selfishness. It is all about self and no one else. This is even when the action being done is to help other people. People want all the glory for the work being done.

The psalmist tells God that it is not to them but to Him that all the glory is to be given. The reason for God to receive all the glory is because of His great love and faithfulness.

Some believers can easily get caught up in thinking the same way as the world does. They want to receive all the glory and credit for what they have done or accomplished.

The believer who has the correct focus will realize that it is not about him, but about God. It is God who gave him the ability to accomplish something. It is often God who made things possible.

God loves every person with a perfect love and He remains perfectly faithful all the time. With this great love and faithfulness, He will accomplish many great things in and through the individual believer.

Giving God the praise and glory for what is done should be the first focus of every believer. God created everything, including the abilities of the believer, so God should receive all the glory.

Think about the things that God has done in your own life. What things has God accomplished in and through you?

Notice then that it is not about you, but what He has done in and through you. Be careful not to take the glory and praise for what has been accomplished. Point everyone and all the praise and glory to God, the one who did it all.

Selfishness is pride that goes against God. It takes away His glory. Give it all to God, who deserves it all. Show the world who really did the work and allow God to have the glory.

I pray today that you will see what God has done in and through you; that you will know that it is by God’s love and faithfulness that you can do anything; that you will give God the credit for all accomplishments; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to the world.

Psalm 89:32-33 Never Ending Love

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I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. Psalm 89:32-33 

Being punished is something that most people do not like. It is often painful and hard to take. The world often thinks that if one is punishing someone, he is not really loving that person.

No one wants to be held accountable for doing something wrong. It makes the person look and feel bad and no one wants that. Often punishment is done in anger and frustration. It is not done out of love.

The world has often attempted to lower the punishments to make it not feel so bad or painful. Many times punishment is completely ignored.

The writer of this psalm brings out God’s word that says God will punish sin. However, in the process of punishing the sin, He will not stop loving the person. God will continue to be faithful and loving, even while punishing.

Unlike the world, God punishes sin with the mind to correct the person, not to crush or destroy the person. His goal is to build a person back up, to get the person back on the right track.

This is done because He loves the person. The world punishes out of anger and revenge, God punishes to restore and correct, something that can only be done with love in mind.

When a person is being punished or corrected by God, there are some who think that God no longer loves him. Yet, that is not true. God’s love never ceases. God is love and can never not love a person.

Being punished is only for a short season. The believer must learn from it and move forward with God, never returning to the wrong or sin that was done.

There will be times when you will make a wrong choice in life and God may punish you some. Instead of losing heart, take joy that God loves you enough to strike you lightly. This is better than ignoring you and allowing you to stay on the path to hell for eternity.

God’s love for you will never fail. It is perfect and eternal, no matter what you have done wrong against Him. Turn back towards God and allow Him to rebuild you into the person He has meant for you to be.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; and that you will not fear God’s punishment, but trust Him. 

Psalm 86:11 Seek An Undivided Heart

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Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 

In today’s societies very few people have an undivided heart. They seek many different things at the same time. Often they are loyal to something for a moment, then a few days later they drop that loyalty and begin to be loyal to something else.

Fads come and go constantly with change. These can be found in things people do, play with, listen to, or use. What is popular today, becomes old tomorrow because of divided hearts.

People struggle with what they really want to aim for. They want a little bit of everything and often end up with nothing, because they are divided in their loyalties.

David wanted God to teach him His way, so that he would be able to know and rely upon God’s great faithfulness. He wanted to have a undivided heart that would be fully dedicated to God and God alone.

While the world struggles with divided hearts, many believers also struggle. They struggle with whether to fight for things to provide for themselves and have fun, or to follow and trust in God alone for what they need.

The sinful nature rises up inside of many, causing them to want to go back to old sinful ways. Seeking to find success, or pleasure in sinful ways, rather than seeking purpose and life in God and His ways alone. Going back and forth like this, causes a divided heart.

A divided heart make a person lukewarm, whom God will in the end reject. The believer needs to be sold out to God alone and focused on serving Him alone. There cannot be two masters, but only one–God.

Examine your life and see where your loyalty lies. What is it that you are focused on a aiming towards? Seek to know God and His way for your life. Trust in His faithfulness alone.

As you find satisfaction in serving God, you will be able to live for God alone. In living for God alone, you will no longer have a divided heart that goes back to the old sinful ways. Temptation to live in sin will lose its grip upon you when you are sold-out to God alone. 

Ask God to reveal His faithfulness to you and to give you an undivided heart that will be loyal to Him.

I pray today that you will know the faithfulness of God; that God will reveal His path for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that you will have a heart sold out to God; and that God will give you an undivided heart. 

Psalm 50:14 Thankfulness And Promises

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Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, Psalm 50:14 

Being thankful and fulfilling promises are two things that are not very common among most people. In today’s society, many people feel as if they are entitled to what they get. Often they feel as if they are entitled to more than what they get, so they are not very grateful for what they have.

Many will complain when things do not go their way or they do not get what they want, rather than being thankful for the blessings they already have.

Along with not being thankful, people will not fulfill their promises or vows. Promises are done in contracts, and then people try to use lawyers to claim that one of the parties broke the contract and so they no longer have to fulfill it.

Marriage vows are commonly broken every day all over the world. Relationships and divorce outside of marriage are common.

Asaph reminds the people to sacrifice, or offer, thank offerings to God and to fulfill their vows to Him.

Just as with the world, people inside the church often are not thankful or fulfilling their vows. As sacrificial thank offering is one thanks being given in a bad situation. Life is going horrible, yet one is thankful to God for being with him and bringing him through the situation.

In the church many people will make a promise to God, or when they are going through a bad situation one will make a promise to God if God gets him out of the situation. Yet, often, when the church service is over, or when the situation is cleared, the vow is forgotten.

God has never broken any of His promises. In the same way, believers should never break their promise. It is an example of God’s faithfulness to this world.

Take a moment to think about how grateful you are for what you do have. Do not dwell on what you do not have, but what God has already blessed you with. Now, sacrifice some thanks to God for what you have, even those bad situations in your life, which are there to build you and others in Jesus.

Also take a moment to think about the promises you have made, both to God and to people. Work on fulfilling each promise, just as God is fulfilling His promises to you.

God will work in and through you as you are thankful and faithful.

I pray today that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that God will strengthen you to be faithful; that you will give thanks to God for everything in your life; and that you will fulfill every promise you make to people and God.