Psalm 36:7 Priceless Love

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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. 

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Psalm 31:21 Seeing God’s Wonderful Love

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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. 

Psalm 23:8 Among The Enemy

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:8 

Very few people really want to be near an enemy. A person attempts to go the other direction when he sees the enemy. Seeing the enemy usually means there is trouble about to happen, or it could happen.

It can also mean that there is danger nearby. No one wants to be in a dangerous situation.

The few that want to be near the enemy are usually there with the plan to destroy the enemy. Those few are doing it out of zeal for whatever they are against.

David talks about how God makes a table for him in the presence of his enemies and in that same process he is anointed and overflowing with life.

There are a couple of things about this table and where it is located. Most people will not eat, unless there is peace and calmness. They will not sit down to eat around the enemy, because there is danger. However, with God making the table and food, there is peace. God is in control. The enemy can do nothing without God’s permission.

Along with this, believers need to be among the ‘enemy’, the world, in order to be a witness of who Jesus is. Sitting down in peace while in a battle, shows that they know something the enemy does not know–God will win the battle. Believers are anointed by God’s Holy Spirit to win.

The believer also needs to be among the enemy in order to be a witness. Many believers run from the enemy or refuse to be among them. How can they be an influence? How can the world hear about Jesus, unless someone goes to them?

You most likely have some people in your life who are the enemy. They make life difficult for you. As like most people, you probably try to avoid being around them.

Instead of avoiding them, allow God to prepare a table among them. Use those times to be His witness, to show His love to them. God has anointed you by His Holy Spirit to be His witness to the world.

Do not fear the enemy and run away, but stand in God’s strength and power. He placed you there for a reason.

You are on the winning side. The enemy cannot win. Are you His witness in the enemy’s territory today?

I pray today that God will anoint you with His Holy Spirit; that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that the world will see Jesus in you. 

Psalm 19:8 Joy And Light

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The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8 

Rules are something that most people do not really like. They do not like being told what to do or how to do it. People want the freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want to do it. Anything less than this is restriction and not a joy.

When people follow the rules, it is usually when someone in authority is nearby and then it is not done with joy. It is done out of force to keep from getting into trouble. As soon as the authority is out of sight, the person will go back to breaking the rules. While most people don’t go extreme on breaking the rules, they still will break them.

David found out that the precepts, or general laws of God were something that brought joy and light into a person’s life.

At the time David said this, he was under the law. It was a do or die system. There was no grace or forgiveness.

With the coming of Jesus, this changed things. There was forgiveness and mercy to be shown. The heart is now changed.

People in and out of the church often see the law as something that is legalistic and mandatory, and they don’t like it. Yet, the law can bring joy. It shows a person what God loves. It guides a person in how to live, think and act in ways that will please God.

This is not something that is a to be done out of force, but out of love. Since Jesus died for each and every person to give him life, that person should be more than willing to obey God’s laws. Those laws teach a person how to live in righteousness and holiness. Living this way brings joy and light into the life of a person.

As you look at the laws of God, don’t see them as legal requirements, but as the best way to live for God. Choose to follow them out of love for God because of what Jesus did for you.

When obeying God, you will find joy in your heart and life. There will be no fear of judgement or condemnation, because you know you are doing what God wants you to do.

I pray today that you will find joy in obeying God; that you will see the value in God’s commands; that you will see God’s heart in His rules; and that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life.