Psalm 130:4 Forgiven To Serve

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But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:4 

The world does not like to forgive. Vengeance is the desire of many throughout the world. People want someone to pay for what was done wrong.

Feuds often continue for years because neither side wants to forgive the other. It is all about self and not loving the other person enough to forgive. People are self-serving and will hold a grudge against someone for years.

Often they are passing one what was given to them. One is not forgiven, so he will not forgiven anyone else. Only pain and trouble will continue with this type of life of self-service.

The writer of this psalm knows that God forgives. The purpose of forgiveness is so that he can serve God.

There have been many who have made bad decisions in the past and feel as if those bad decisions hold them back. They feel as though they can no longer really serve God, because of past sins.

People know that if there is sin in their lives, they cannot serve God. Satan fills them with the facts about past sins and holds them back, forgetting that it is because of sin that Jesus came to this earth. He came to forgive, not condemn.

Jesus knew that with sin in a person’s life, he cannot come before God to serve Him. Jesus is willing to forgive and remove all of those sins in order that the person may come before God and serve Him.

Where there is forgiveness there is peace and love. Since God has done a great thing in forgiving a person, he can now serve God with a pure heart of reverence. Jesus did a great thing in forgiving a person, it was a selfless act of service. The believer can now return that act and pass it on to others.

You may be holding back from serving God because of some past sin that you have done. Know that Jesus is standing there ready to forgive you and help you move on.

You have been forgiven of your sins, so that you may stand pure before God. You may enter His house to serve Him in any way He needs. Do not allow yourself to believe that you are worthless and not worthy of serving God. Jesus made the way for you to do so. Serve God out of love for what He did for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides you; that you will serve God with love and reverence; that you will have peace with God; and that you will serve others out of love for God.

Psalm 118:14 Strength And Defense

Brown lion

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14 

Finding strength to accomplish things is the goal of many people. They have a great dream or goal in life, but lack the strength to follow through with it or accomplish it.

Others will find the needed strength in their position or wealth. Often the self determination gives a person the strength to keep moving forward over all obstacles in life. Along with this giving strength, they will also use it as their defense.

People will defend their actions by their position or their own wisdom. Actions are often justified as being good because ‘everyone’ does it that way.

While all of this can help a person move a long way, they will eventually fail. Positions and wealth get removed. Defense arguments fall short of truth. Failure occurs.

In this psalm, the writer states that God is his strength and defense. It is God who provides salvation.

Having God for one’s strength is leaning upon Him for wisdom, direction and strength to accomplish what needs to be done. It is focusing on what Jesus had already went through to bring salvation. If Jesus went through what He did, then the believer can make it through the light and momentary struggles of this life.

The world will also strive to accuse the believer of wrong and sin, but the believer has the defense of what Jesus has done for him. Jesus had paid the price for all sins and removed the guilt. He now defends the believer when Satan and the world strive to accuse and condemn.

Things of this world can help a person for a short time, but they are only temporary and will fail in the end. Jesus has provided for salvation to the very end. By His Holy Spirit He gives strength to stand strong and true to God as a witness to this world.

As you are going through struggles in this life, focus your life on what God has done for you. Lean on Him for the needed strength. Look at what Jesus went through for you and know that He will bring you through every situation.

As the world and your mind work to accuse of you sin, remember as you repent that Jesus forgives you. Stand on the forgiveness that has already been provided.

God is ready to help you run and not grow weary on the path He has you on and He will protect your soul till the day you step into heaven.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the strength God has for you; that you will know the defense Jesus provides you; and that you will be His witness to this world. 

Psalm 103:2-3 Don’t Forget The Benefits

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Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:2-3 

Benefits are things that help a person out. Some benefits are very large and can be seen all the time very well, while others can still be great, but are not as openly seen.

Some companies will have side benefits that a person can take part of if they work with the company. Benefits such as discounts with certain stores. When a person begins to work with the company, he will be told about all the benefits, but often will forget them later on. This forgetting occurs because he either never uses or rarely uses the benefit.

David tells himself to praise the Lord and to not forget the benefits of Him. He then begins to list several benefits of God. The first is that He forgives all sins, then He heals all diseases.

Being forgiven of sin can become such a commonplace thing in the life of a believer, that he can forget about what a great benefit that is. That is probably the greatest benefit of following Jesus.

Without forgiveness, one cannot get into heaven at all and have eternal life. Without forgiveness, one cannot know the peace of God in his life. Without forgiveness, all one can look forward to is death and destruction.

Believers will often forget about being forgiven. They will either condemn themselves because of some past sin, forgetting that they were forgiven, or they will ignore the forgiveness and stay in the sin.

Jesus paid the price for all sin, so that every person can be forgiven and healed. One should keep that at the forefront of his mind. This will give him strength to keep living for God when things get tough and the enemy is attacking.

The list of benefits that you have in following God is enormous. When you begin to question God or are struggling in life, think about the benefits you have in Him. Think about how much Jesus has already done for you and will continue to do for you.

You have access to the power of God in your life each and every day because you have been forgiven and been made a child of God. You get all the benefits of heaven and God each and every day.

As you think about these benefits and more, praise God. Give Him praise for His great love for you and His benefits to you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the benefits of God in your life; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; and that you will praise God every day. 

Psalm 98:1 Singing A New Song

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Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1

There is found a new excitement in life when a person survives a near death experience. When a person is in an automobile accident and by all normal means should have died, but did not, he is excited and full of joy. He will burst into song about how glad he is that he did not die.

That is a joy that bubbles up from the inside and pours out. It is a joy that cannot be contained or kept quiet.

Most people, however, do not experience something like this. They just keep going through life day to day with nothing major happening. If anything, they are dreading each day and depressed. They do not see anything to sing about.

The author tells the people to sing a new song because of what God has done. God had worked out salvation for the people.

God had made a way to save a person from His sins by sending Jesus to die on the cross. With His death and resurrection, Jesus was able to destroy sin and provide life, eternal life. A person can be saved from sin and death.

This is something that a person can get excited about and sing for joy. It gives a person a new song in his life, one that will not end. It is no longer dependent upon things going well, because this is the best and is eternal. No one can take away the salvation that Jesus has provided.

Instead of going through life with dread, fear or depression, one can go with a song of joy. This is a new song in life, one that the world does not know or understand.

If you know Jesus as your Savior, think about what He has done for you. You were on a path to death. You had a death sentence upon your head, with no hope of missing it.

Now you have life for eternity. You have been forgiven of sins done wrong. You have been given a new lease on life, a reason to live. Sing for joy.

Burst out in song letting the world know what God has done for you. Let the world know the power God has for them.

This is the new song you can sing, regardless of what is happening in and around you in this world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will know the joy of walking with God; that God will put a new song in your heart; and that you will let the world know about what Jesus has done. 

Psalm 94:18 When You Are Slipping

Icy road

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. Psalm 94:18 

In this world people will make mistakes and fall. They will fail and do things wrong, hurting others and themselves. No one is immune to slipping and making a mistake, regardless of who one is or how long one has lived.

When a person makes a mistake, the world is very quick to condemn and judge the person. Often they are thrown out and rejected because of the mistake.

Many bosses are quick to judge a worker that makes a mistake. The more mistakes made, the faster the boss is to remove the worker. The patience for mistakes is not very high for most people. This also includes individuals on themselves.

The psalmist admits that at times he is slipping. At those times he cries out to God and God’s perfect, unfailing love supports him.

Along with everyone in this world, believers will also slip up and make mistakes. They will choose to step into sin for some selfish reason. They will bend under the pressure to follow a way of sin, rather than stay on the path with God.

Believers who are walking with God, will know that they are being tempted and are beginning to slip on that slippery slope into sin. Many will strive to fight it on their own, and will often fail. However, calling out to God can give the person strength to overcome it. God will not condemn because he is beginning to slip up, but will pick him up to restore him

If the person does not overcome it, God’s love is still there to support him and pick him back up. God is not waiting to condemn, but to forgive, love and restore.

You may be at different points on these slippery slopes in life. You may be walking with no fear of slipping at the moment. Or you may be at the beginning stages of slipping into doing something wrong. Or you may have already slipped into sin.

Regardless of where you are, call out to God. He is waiting to hear from you and support you. He wants to life you up and hold you close to Him, restoring you to what you are to be in Jesus.

Instead of condemning yourself, or giving up, allow God to love you and support you. His love is great enough to overcome any slip.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know that God cares for you; that you will seek God’s help in every situation; and that you will know God wants to restore you and build you up to be like Jesus. 

Psalm 69:5 God Already Knows

Hiding lion

You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5 

Doing something wrong is not uncommon for people. People do things wrong on a regular basis. They break the laws of the land or community all the time.

Sometimes these are major infractions, while often they are minor ones, but either way it is doing something that should not be done. After breaking one of the laws, however, many people are concerned about getting caught by someone.

People driving down the road will often be speeding over the speed limit some. Sometimes quite a bit, other times just a little. When they suddenly see a cop, nearly everyone will hit the brakes and slow down, hoping they don’t get stopped. This even occurs for many who were not speeding.

David had sinned against God and knew it. He knew that God knew what he had done. His guilt was clear to him and to God.

When a person breaks the law of the land it is possible that no one on this earth knows anything about it. They can often get away free from punishment or judgement.

Since people cannot see God directly, they often think that God does not see them doing something wrong. They think they are in the free and clear, because no person saw them.

However, God is everywhere and sees every sin. Not only the physical open sins that people could see, but the sins of the heart and mind.

In the hearts and minds of people, many will hate or commit a sin of thoughts, rather than physically doing anything. They feel as though God cannot see it, but He does. They may be free before man, but they are guilty before God.

The only way to get free of the guilt is to confess it before God and turn from the sin.

God sees you every action that you do. He also knows your every thought and motive. There will be times you will sin against Him both physically and mentally.

Do not try to hide it from God, He already knows what you did. Go to Jesus and repent of that sin. Release it unto Him to be forgiven. God is waiting and ready to forgive every sin you have done, for whatever reason you had done it.

Allow Him to forgive you, rather than hide it and stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know God sees all; that you will repent of all sin against God; and that you will seek to live for God.