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 131:1 Proper Concern

My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. Psalm 131:1

People everywhere have opinions on just about everything. This is seen a lot when watching the news or sports. Opinions are given as to how things should have been done differently or how it was done very well.

At times the discussion about these opinions can get into a heated debate. One person holds one view, while the other holds the opposite. Each start calling the other names and cutting each other down. There is no love in the middle. Both are filled with self-pride, thinking that he knows best.

The sad part about these debates is that neither person is really an expert in the knowledge being offered. Neither see the big picture of the situation and therefore cannot offer a great solution or opinion to it.

Alongside of news and sports, the other area that many heated debates come up is in discussion of religion or God. Debating about what the Bible says about a particular situation or how God would react to something is often grounds for arguments.

There are also times when an individual is debating, not with others, but with God. People try to concern themselves with what God is doing and the way He is doing it.

David said that he does not concern himself with things too great for him. There are things that occur in the world that are beyond our abilities to control or beyond our wisdom to fully understand. God allows things to happen for His own reason and does not always reveal that reason to men. Debating why God allows something to happen does not always bring out the love of Jesus in a person. It usually brings separation and discord.

In your own life there will be things that occur that are way beyond your wisdom and full understanding. At those times you need to let it go and trust God. Trust that God knows what He is doing or allowing. You don’t know everything and do not fully see the big picture as God does.

What do you concern yourself with?

Is your concern or should it be God’s concern?

I pray today that God will help you see what you can do and cannot do; that you will know what is your concern and what is God’s; that you will trust God in things too great for you; and that you will not let self pride create division in your life.

Psalm 127:1 Who Is The Builder?

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1

As a house is being built, there are certain things that must be done correctly, or else the house will not stand very well. The right type of boards must be used, the boards must be aligned correctly, the right type of nail must be used, it must have the correct foundation, and numerous other details go into making a house.

The best way to make sure all of this happens correctly is for the person to hire someone who builds homes. The construction worker knows all the correct details and knows how to implement them correctly. He has proven himself with building of other homes already.

Most people do not build the physical house, but they do work at building the house of their lives. The world tells a person that he can build his own life in the best way possible. That person is shown how to strive to be the best on his own that he can be.

The problem with building like this, is that the plans for the house is coming from the world, who really does not know how to build the correct house. The devil is trying to build a home that will eventually crumble in dust and destruction.

As a believer, your body is a temple of God, that is a house for God to dwell in. You may be trying to build that house a certain way on your own…going to church, reading the Bible, and doing good things. But if God is not the architect who is building the house, it will crumble. It will be no different from the house the world tries to build.

God is the only architect who is perfect and knows how to build a house that will stand for all eternity. He has the master plans for your building. Allow God to guide you and build your life into what He knows is best. If you strive to do it on your own, you are wasting your time and will fail in the end.

Allowing God to build you, will ensure that the perfect house for God will be built.

Who is your architect today?

You?

Or God?

I pray today that you will allow God to build your life today; that you will work with God’s plans for your life; that your life will built on the foundation of Jesus; and that your work will not be done in vain.

Psalm 119:50 Comfort While Suffering

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50

While going through suffering or a difficult time, it is very difficult to keep the hopes up high. There seems to be very little comfort in life during that time. The world seems to be falling apart and is completely against a person.

During times of pain and suffering many feel as though God has abandoned them and that all hope is gone. There does not seem to be any purpose or reason for the pain and suffering that is going on. The suffering does not appear to have an end and many feel as if there is no reason to try to go on with life. Some will go to the point of suicide because of the loss of hope.

The psalmist says that during those times, his one comfort that he finds is in God’s promise.

As a believer is going through a great time of suffering, he must keep His focus on God and His promises. God has promised that He would be with every believer and never leave or forsake a person. He has also promised victory in the end.

At the time it may appear as though the world is winning the battle. That Satan has received the upper hand in this world. That God is no longer in control and all is failing.

Take a look at Jesus when He was on the earth and they were getting ready to crucify Him. It looked as though He had failed and that the Father had failed Him. Yet, three days later, He rose from the dead, triumphant and victorious. God’s promise to preserve Him was fulfilled.

If you are going through a tough time of suffering, keep your eyes on God’s promises. Hold on to those promises, knowing that God is with you and will fulfill all of His promises to you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.

You may die the physical death in this life, but Jesus will give you eternal life with Him, if you trust Him. Keep your hopes up high as you suffer, knowing you will be victorious with Jesus in the end. Find comfort in know that God will fulfill His promise to you.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust the promises of God; that you will find comfort in God’s promises; and that you will not lose hope in suffering.

Psalm 110:5 At Your Side

The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. Psalm 110:5

As David wrote this psalm, he was speaking prophetically forward about Jesus. About two thousand years later, Jesus would come and begin the leading of God’s people. Further on, which as yet to have fully occurred, Jesus will return in power and destroy all the enemy for all eternity. God was and is on Jesus’ side in power and strength.

Often people feel alone in this world. They feel as though no one is on their side and everyone and everything is against them. The battles and struggles of life are huge and daunting. Some may feel as though they are fighting a whole army by themselves.

With this kind of pressure, the fear is very high. Fear of failure and loss weighs on the heart. No one is giving any real support. Many commit suicide because of this loneliness and fear.

There are times when those who believe in God feel the same way. They feel as though they are all alone and God has abandoned them.

As Jesus was getting ready to go into heaven He told the disciples that He would always be with them till the end of time. This statement was not only to the disciples, but also to every person who believes in Him and follows Him.

If you are believing in Jesus and following Him, you may know that He is right there beside you. He is at your right side supporting you through whatever you may be going through. At the moment it may appear as if the enemy is winning the battle, but God is getting ready to bring about a victory in your life. You just have to wait for His timing.

As with David and Jesus, neither saw complete victory right away. Both had enemies that appeared to have won the battle. The enemy may have won the short battle, but they did not win the war. God will win the war in the end. He will crush all your enemies in the end.

The greatest enemy is sin. Trust God to destroy sin in your life. When the time is right, it will happen. God is right there by your side through it all.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear any enemy; that you will know God’s power; and that you will trust God’s protection in the battle.

Psalm 108:13 Gaining Victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13

The majority of the people in the world will never be a part of a national military in their country. Only a very select few will have to or will choose to join a military branch. Of those that do join, some will have to participate in some battle at some point in their career. Their goal is always to have victory over the enemy.

Some of the battles fought by the army are won, while others are lost.

While not everyone will be a part of the military of their nation, every person will have personal battles to fight. Each person will have some enemies in their life. Some of these enemies will be physical people, many will be in the emotional or spiritual realm.

Personal habits are one of the largest enemies that most people will face. While most people look only at smoking, drinking, exercise, and eating the wrong things as bad habits and enemies, there are other enemies in a person’s life.

Bad habits of lying, cheating, procrastination, not doing what God wants, holding on to fear, worry, and many other things can battle against a person.

There are many books out there to “help” a person gain victory over a lot of these problems. Some times these books may help, but usually not for long.

The best way to find victory over an enemy is with God. This is for both physical and non-physical enemies in your life.

Following God and trusting Him to win the battles in your life is the only way to ensure victory every time. When Jesus walked on this earth He had defeated the greatest enemy that many will ever face–death.

Because Jesus gained victory over death, He can win every battle that you have. He can give you the strength to continue the battle against the enemy. He can change your heart and mind so that the enemies of your soul will have no power over your thoughts and actions.

Gaining this victory is found in letting go of yourself being in control and allowing God to guide you to victory. Jesus is waiting to trample down the enemies in your life.

Are you going to allow Jesus to get the victory for you in your life?

I pray today that you will allow God to control your life; that God will give you the needed strength for all battles; that God will crush the enemies in your life; and that you will see the victory in Jesus in your life.

Psalm 105:8 God’s Promise

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, Psalm 105:8

Promises are made all the time by people all over the world. Some of those promises are kept and faithfully fulfilled, while many are broken.

Some of those promises are made in the heat of a moment, but never really intended to be carried out. People in the middle of a heated sales pitch, make a purchase of an expensive item, bought on credit, and never really think about how they will ever pay the credit card off. They ignore the bill and decide not to pay for it.

Others make a promise about something and intend to keep it, but when hard times come, they forget about it or excuse it away. Reasons for not fulfilling the promise abound greatly.

The problem with not fulfilling a promise is so great that contracts have to be signed with a ton of legal babble all the way through it. All the legal babble is in there to hold the person accountable to his promise, regardless of what happens. It covers all the loop-holes that may be attempted to be used to get out of fulfilling the promise.

Since man is this terrible at keeping promises, many do not trust God with His promise. The promise shown here is His covenant with Israel that they would be His people forever. That promise has never changed and never will.

Added to that promise are the people who believe in Jesus. If you are believer in Jesus, you, also, are part of that promise. You are one of God’s people forever. In fact, now you are a child of God.

You can rest assured that God will keep you as His child. Since you are His child, you can also rest assured that He will take care of you in the best way possible. God has not, nor will ever forget His promise that He made.

He will keep it for more than a thousand generations, it will be kept forever.

You can look forward to the day when Jesus will return to take you home to heaven for all eternity. You will inherit all that God has to offer someday. Do not worry or fear that it is all in vain.

Trust God, He has not forgotten His promise to you.

I pray today that you will know the promise of God to you; that God will remove fear that He has forgotten His promise to you; that you will rest on the promises of God; and you will know the peace He has for you.