Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26
Going through a difficult time is a common occurrence for many people. As they are going through the tough time, some will seek help. In the process of seeking help, they seek it because of who they are or what they do.
It has been seen many times when a person of high position or popularity will get in to some trouble. When approached about it, he will often ask the person if he knows who he is. It is about the position or title that the person wants to be removed from trouble or helped.
During great disasters some have been known to fight for help to be saved because of their position. They are using their influence to gain the needed help.
David had been going through a very tough time with many different enemies. He cries out to God for help. He wants God to save him, but based upon His love, not his own merits.
Every believer will have times of extreme difficulties. During these times he will need help. It is common for him to cry out to God for help to remove him from the situation or receive a saving from the enemy.
As some cry out to God they will be like many in the world and tell God that they need to be saved because of all the good things that they have done. This does not show any humility, but is boastful and filled with sinful pride.
The believer must realize that he is only deserving of death and punishment. God does not have to save him. However, God is full of love and mercy. Seeking God for help based off of His love and mercy puts the focus on God and not self.
You will have difficult times in which you will need God’s help. Throughout scripture it tells you to cry out to God for help. As you cry out to Him for help, do not focus it on yourself, but upon God. Reach out to His great love and mercy.
As God helps you, it is not because of what you have done, but because of His great love. Jesus did not remove your sins because of who you are or what you have done, but because of His love.
God’s love compels Him to help you and build you up. Focus on Him, and not on self.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will focus your life on God; that God will help you remove any pride in your life; and that you will lean on God’s greatness to meet all of your needs.
Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2
Justice and equality are two things that America and some other nations claim to believe in. Rulers all across the nation claim to aim for justice and equality among people. America is really strong in claiming the belief that all people are created equal and that no one is to be discriminated against based on anything.
Rules are constantly being changed or made to make everyone equal, that every person will have equal justice in every situation.
David asks the questions of how the rulers were speaking and judging the people. He does not see them as acting justly or with equity. In fact, he says they strive to bring violence upon the earth.
These types of actions can be seen with many different governments. In the process of claiming justice, they discriminate against a believer. Those who stand true and faithful to God are often prosecuted as haters. Believers are often no longer able to make a statement against something that is sinful, because it is seen as hate.
Those is the church are not always a lot different than the rulers are. There are many in the church that will quickly say that if one does not worship in the exact same way, he is going to hell and will not make it into heaven.
Others will just stand on the side shouting hateful words at those living in the world. All they do is condemn and never show any love or mercy. They are actually promoting violence in the name of God.
Believers are to show love and mercy to everyone. They are to love everyone, including the worst enemies. Justice is to be shown the same to every person, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. This can be done only if one is truly following Jesus with his whole heart.
Think about the words that you speak to others. Think about the actions you show to others. What are they promoting?
Regardless of whether a person is a believer or not, you should treat each one equally with God’s great love and mercy. Seek to bring God’s peace into the lives of every person you meet, not judgement and hate. This can only be done by promoting the gospel of Jesus, rather than just rules.
How are you at speaking and treating others?
I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will love all others as God has loved you; that you will act in God’s true justice; that you will only judge as God has judged you; and that you will spread the message of Jesus to this world.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7
A price value is placed on most things. Walking in a store there is a price placed on every item in the store. It tells a person how much it will cost to get it. The higher the demand for an item, the higher the price for it will be.
Price is also often determined on how rare or difficult an item is to get. Things that are nearly impossible to get will have a very high price tag on it. One of the things that the world classifies as priceless are some famous paintings or other works of art. They are a one of a kind, placing the value so high, that it is considered priceless.
David found that God’s unfailing love was priceless. There was no price that could be placed upon having His love.
Just as a person, who does not know art, does not understand the priceless value of a piece of art, the world does not understand the priceless value of God’s perfect love.
God, the one who created the universe, loves individual people. He loves the individual person so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for that person to give Him eternal life. Having eternal life is of such high value that it is priceless.
The only way a person can know that eternal life is by the love of God. This makes His life priceless. It is worth getting no matter what the cost. There is nothing of higher value on this earth than God’s great love.
With God’s love, one can rest assured in his salvation, that God is on His side taking care of Him and that God will do what is best for him in every situation.
Take some time to realize how much God really loves you. Think about how much God has already done for you and given you. Now realize how valuable that love is. His love is perfect and never ending and is worth pursuing at all costs.
Knowing that God loves you, show that love back to God and to others. Living your life for God is the ultimate show of love to Him. You cannot love God and others too much, when you love with His perfect, eternal love.
What has a priceless value in your life?
I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will love as God loves you; that you will know the value of God’s love; and that you will live your entire life dedicated to God.
Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. Psalm 31:21
Being under attack is never a fun thing to do. As it is occurring most people feel that God has left them or that there is no God. All they see and feel is the pain and suffering at the moment. They see the horrors of the attack.
This can happen whether it is a physical, spiritual, verbal or mental attack. The point of the attack is to hurt or destroy and no one wants this. During an attack, the world will always put up its fists and fight back. All love for anyone or anything is lost as they fight for what they want.
David had been under attack many times. At times the enemy had laid siege to the city. This is surrounding the city, not allowing anyone or anything in or out in attempt to starve the city into submission. During this time David praised God because he still saw the wonders of God’s great love.
Seeing God’s great love while under attack takes a different focus in life. It is not focusing on the horrors of what is happening, but on what God is doing or has done. It is focusing on God, instead of the problem.
God is love and therefore everything He does is love. With the right perspective, one can see love even in the darkest of circumstances in this life.
Some things that David may have seen God’s love in while under siege are: he isn’t destroyed yet; they still had food; God’s presence was still with them; God was preserving them.
Instead of looking at the problem in one’s life, one must look from God’s point of view and see what he is blessed with. See God’s love in and through every situation and how God can work things out for his good.
As with everyone, you will have times when you will be under attack by the enemy. It could be a physical enemy, or one of the mind or body. While under the attack look up to God. See His great love for you.
Read the verses that talk about how God is for you and not against you. Read how God loves you with an undying love. Read how you will win with Jesus in the end.
Instead of seeing just the problem, see the wonder of God’s love for you.
I pray today that you will know God’s love and presence in your life; that you will focus on God in times of trouble; that you will be amazed with God’s love for you; and that you will give God praise for His love.