Psalm 129:4 Cut Free

But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked. Psalm 129:4

No one likes to be bound up in chains or handcuffs. They want to have their freedom to live life as they desire. Most people feel that they are free in this world to live their own lives. There are some countries where that freedom is not really felt as much, but most still feel that way.

The reality is that most people are bound up in the chains of this world. The world holds many people back from really living life to the fullest and best possible.

These chains are the chains of fear, ridicule, persecution, and shame. The world tries to tell a person that if he believes in God, he is ridiculous and crazy. Following God is being narrow-minded and often seen as bigoted and unloving.

When a person starts to believe these things, he begins to fear the world and chooses to stay far from God. In doing so, he has allowed the world to put chains on him. His hands, feet, and heart are bound up in chains that he, alone, cannot break.

Living like this keeps a person from living the life God has for him. He begins to live life as the world tells him to live, a life apart from God. This life is a life of death. It is on the path to destruction for all eternity.

Many believers fall into this trap. They are caught up in legalistic obedience to God. They do not have the loving relationship with God that God desires. They are bound up in chains that other “believers” have put on them.

God saw your inability to break those chains and did something about it. God had broken all these chains when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Jesus chose to set you free so that you may live your life for Him. In living for God, you will be living a full and abundant life. There will be joy and satisfaction that cannot be found in the ways of this world.

Are you allowing Jesus to break those chains in your life?

Or are you allowing the world to keep you chained up?

I pray today that you will allow God to set you free; that you will live for Jesus; that you will not seek the ways of this world; that you will not be deceived by this world; and that you will live an abundant life for God.

Psalm 119:72 Better Than Gold

The law from  your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72

Money is something that seems to be needed by everyone. In order to purchase needed food, clothing or housing a person needs money. Because of this, people work hard to get it. They will put in long, hard hours to get the needed money to pay for various needs.

Once the basic needs are met, people will then work many more hours to get extra money for more things. The amount of money needed never seems to find an end. The more a person has, the more a person wants.

Once the money is in the bank account, it is difficult for many to lose it. That money is very precious, needed and wanted.

Yet, the psalmist states that God’s law is even more precious than all that money. Having God’s law means more than having thousand or millions of dollars.

The world looks at someone as crazy who would rather have God’s Word than a big bank account. The things that money can buy appear to be better and greater than God’s Word.

For a believer there is something different that is gained that the world cannot know or understand. That something is real life.

All the things that money can buy are temporary and will go away or fall apart. God’s Word is eternal. God’s Word gives a person direction in how to really live life to the fullest. It teaches how to have contentment and fulfillment in this life.

If you are searching after the wealth of this world, you will only find temporary satisfaction, it will be here today and gone tomorrow.

Seeking and knowing God’s Word will guide you in what is best for your life. It will teach you how to live a life that will last for eternity.

How much greater is something that will last for eternity than something that is only temporary?

Keeping this in mind, seek to know God’s Word more and more. Make it the first focus of your life. See the real value in His Word, a value that outweighs all the gold in this world and all that the world has to offer.

I pray today that you will know the value of God’s Word in your life; that you will find the life in God’s Word; that you will spend your efforts to know the Bible; and that God will fill your life with fulfillment and contentment in Him.

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 116:15 Death Is…Good

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Psalm 116:15

Death is something that people love to avoid and hate to talk about. Yet death is a very well known part of life. Most people have experienced being around death at some point in their life, either directly with someone they personally know or about someone they are familiar with.

Parents get old and die. Loved ones get killed in an accident. Someone dies from a disease. People read in the news about someone getting killed or dying.

When a person dies, there is usually a funeral or memorial service to remember the life the person had lived. During this time, it is usually a sad time for most people. The sadness comes from losing someone who they cared about and loved. The closer the person was, the more painful it is.

God looks at death as something different, especially for believers. When someone who believes in Jesus dies, God finds it as a good thing to happen.

Thinking that death is a good thing, can be morbid to most people. And for most it would be something to be dreaded. The majority of the world does not believe in Jesus. Since that is the case, most of the people in this world do not have anything to look forward to when they die.

Believers, however, get to look forward to eternity in heaven. God looks at it as the ultimate healing and provision. Once you die and go to heaven, you have no more needs. You will never have pain or suffering again.

One thing that you will have is all eternity in heaven with the one who loved you and saved you from your sins. God is excited about that.

If you have a loved one who loved and served God that is dying, look at it as the best healing that they can receive. They get the greatest gift ahead of you, eternity in heave with Jesus and the Father.

Do not fear death, but look at it as a step into eternity with God. Remain faithful to God and He will remain faithful to you and save you. You will step into heaven someday. Look forward to that day.

Rejoice when you see a believer step into heaven. Rejoice as you see your day approaching to step into heaven. Do not fear it or mourn it.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that God will remove all fear of death; that God will reveal what He has in store for you; and that you find joy in believers stepping into heaven.

Psalm 94:17-18 God’s Amazing Support

Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD supported me. Psalm 94:17-18

Buildings are made with a support structure to keep it standing. Each board helps support another board, while at the same time being supported by another board. The nails and screws hold each one in place.

In businesses, there must also be a support structure. The workers must do their work correctly in order to support the head boss. Without the head boss, the workers would not have a job. Along with that support, the head boss must support his workers, because without them, he, also, would not have job.

With both of these illustrations about support, both are temporary. Both can fail or make the wrong move. Failure can happen.

God is the perfect example of perfect love. His perfect love wants the best in a person. His perfect love calls for the best path for each person.

When God set the rules back in the garden of Eden, He knew that man would eventually break those rules. He had a plan already in place to send Jesus to take man’s place in death and bring him life. The plan He had was filled with His love and grace. No man deserved that love or grace.

When you mess up and slip into sin, the judgement should be death. Yet, God’s great love is so filled with grace and mercy, that He provides a way out. God’s love supports you and lifts you back up out of that sin.

All you have to do is recognize and accept God’s love and grace in your life. Realize that you cannot do this on your own. You cannot live without sin in your life on your own. Once you have sinned, that sin is there for eternity, unless you allow Jesus to remove it and support you.

God is not out to kill or destroy you, as many often feel. He is out to give you life and life abundantly.

Do you recognize God’s love and support?

Give God praise for what He is doing in your life and the support He is giving you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love in your life; that you will know God’s support for you; that you will not fear God; and that you will live for God.

Psalm 84:5 Just Traveling Through

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5

Traveling a short distance, less than one-hundred miles, is something that is relatively easy to do. Going a thousand miles or more, is more challenging. Traveling across country, over the ocean to another country, takes a good amount of planning.

Going that kind of distance takes a dedication to see it through. Even though today, a person can fly nearly anywhere in the world and be there within one day, it still takes good planning to do so.

During the times when this psalm was written, everyone traveled on foot or camel back. The process of traveling was very slow. Just traveling across the nation of Israel was a three to four-day trip, if not longer. A person had to have his heart set on making that pilgrimage.

Although physical travel has become much easier, there is a pilgrimage that people must make that takes time and focus. That pilgrimage is the journey through this life. The world is seeking to make themselves better and have all that they want in peace and comfort. It is a journey that they will never complete.

Believers in Jesus, however, also are on a pilgrimage through this life. They are on the journey to become more like Jesus. They are focused on doing what God wants and when He wants it.

Just as a traveler on the road faces various challenges when going down the road, so will every believer in his walk with Jesus. There will be potholes in the road, detours, accidents, and bad weather as well as smooth traveling on this journey in life.

These challenges for a believer are found in persecution, ridicule, fear, illness, death, pain, as well as victory and joy.

The only way to complete the journey is to stay focused on completing it. Do not allow yourself to be turned aside and quit the journey. As you set your heart on the journey God has given you, He will give you the needed strength to complete it.

You are just traveling through this life to get to eternity with God. Don’t stop now, but finish the journey. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will reveal His path for you; that God will strengthen you for the journey; that you will find joy in your journey; that you will see progress in your journey with God; and that you will finish the journey God has you on.

Psalm 73:2-3 Wanting What Others Have

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2-3

One thing that is very difficult for many people is watching others prosper and succeed. This becomes especially true when the method of prosperity is done in a very bad way.

The majority in the world do not think anything of being envious of someone else. It is looked as part of the human nature to desire and really want what someone else has. Commercials are geared to bring out that envy in a person. They strive to get a person to want something someone else has so bad that they will do anything they can to get it.

As believers, the view should be different. Asaph, the writer of this psalm, writes that he almost slipped in envy. Envy is another word for coveting, which God said that His people were not to ever do.

There are times when a believer can look at someone in the world and be envious of what that person has or can do. Watching someone go on vacations around the world, drive fancy cars, eat out at fancy restaurants, and have big bank accounts can bring about envy in a person. Believers often struggle with this, when the person is very prosperous with sinful activities. Many will question God as to why that happens.

Some in the church will also be filled with envy for another person’s abilities or position in the church.

You should look at what God has given you in Jesus Christ. You have life for all eternity. The world may have all the fancy cars and houses with big bank accounts, but they will never have the peace and life that Jesus provides. They only have today and tomorrow will be death for them for eternity.

Do not look at their wealth and desire it. Do not allow your feet to slip into the sin of envy. Look at God and the wealth of life that He provides. God provides more blessings than anything in this world can ever provide.

What do you desire today?

More of God?

Or more of this world?

I pray today that you will see all that God has given you; that you will not desire the things of this world; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has given; and that you will know the blessings of God.