April 14, 2023 Memory Verse

Psalm 47:1 Shouts Of Triumph

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! Psalm 47:1

Anytime that there is a victory over something, there are shouts of triumph being given. Fans will shout extremely loud when their favorite basketball or football team scores some points, or even more so when they win the game in triumph over the opposing team. Victory always brings about great excitement and joy and the shouts of triumph are great. Those shouts of victory are even greater when the opposing team appeared to be larger and better, but still lost.

The sons of Korah told the people to clap their hands and shout to God with the voice of triumph.

It is very easy for people to follow sports or some other group and get excited when that group brings about some type of victory. However, very few people get to physically be a part of that victory. Most are in the stands or at home watching on the television doing the cheering.

Personal life has many challenges and battles. Often people do not see any great big triumphs and get discouraged. They feel as if there is nothing to shout to God with a voice of triumph about.

Standing back and watching what God is doing in one’s own personal life, one will often see God giving about some great victories.

Every time God gives one the strength to resist a sinful temptation, that is a great triumph to be shouted for. Those times when one is healed of some sickness, great or small, cancer or a common cold, there is a reason to shout with a voice of triumph for He has overcome a sickness.

Believers must jump with joy, clapping their hands and shouting with a voice of triumph every time God does a work in their own lives or in the life of someone else.

God is working directly in your life and all around your life. Open your spiritual eyes up to see what great triumphs God has in each moment of your day. See all those little to great victories He has provided for.

In the same way you may clap your hands and shout for joy when your favorite team wins or something else goes great, clap and shout as God brings about a triumph and a victory each day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see the many triumphs God does each day; that you will clap your hands and shout with a voice of triumph at God’s great work; and that you will see God’s victory in your life.

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2 Kings 5:12 Being Unwilling And Missing Out

“Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 2 Kings 5:12

Getting directions from someone else does not always make sense to a person. Since the directions do not always make sense, many people choose to not follow them and do their own thing. Pride gets in the way and causes them to go their own way. In the process of going their own way, many will often miss out on the goal that they were seeking.

Naaman had leprosy and had gone to Elisha to be healed. Elisha told him to dip in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman was angry and did not want to dip into a dirty river and stormed off in a rage.

People are very quick to put God in a box and expect Him to work a very specific way. If God does not work in the expected way, they get angry.

This is commonly seen when it comes to healing. Many want to see God heal a very specific, miraculous way or they feel God did not listen to their need and meet it.

God’s ways are so far above the ways of man, that often they can appear as ludicrous. Sometimes in order for God to provide what one desires, God has him do something that is out of the ordinary and does not make sense.

Many believers often miss out on blessings when they choose to not follow God’s commands completely out of pride or just not believing and trusting. They go away angry and miss what God has for them.

Believers need to do everything God says to do, regardless of how little sense it may make.

There may be something in your life that you are seeking God to take care of. God may be asking you to step out in faith and do something that sounds ridiculous and makes no sense to get the situation taken care of.

Do not let your not understanding or pride get in the way of God meeting your need. If you don’t step out in faith, you may never know what God was going to do. Trust that God knows what He is asking of you and that He will do what He has promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is asking you to do; that you will step out in faith and obey God’s commands to you; that you will allow God to remove any pride in your life; and that you will see God’s hand of provision and miracles in your life.