Psalm 146:3 Don’t Trust

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Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 

Trust in people is a common thing, especially in some leaders. Leaders are often expected to be able to do their job and lead well. They are expected to lead the people in the correct way and never make a mistake.

Over time there have been some leaders who have been very great leaders. They appeared to always do what was best for those under them.

People look to their leader to do a great job. They put all of their trust in the leaders.

The author of this psalm tells the people to not put all their trust in human beings. The main reason for this is that they cannot save at all.

Every person can probably think of someone who is a great person. They appear to always do the right thing every time. Many will choose to trust and follow that person, because of what he appears to be.

Many believers in the church often fall into this same problem of trusting people. They trust some speaker or preacher with blind trust. They put that person above God’s word or His Holy Spirit.

However, no matter how good a person is, there will come a time that the person will fail, he will fall short. Humans can do a lot of good things. They can overcome some major problems in the life of someone else. They can provide a lot of help, but they cannot meet every need that a person has.

The greatest need a person has is to be saved from all sin, from the wrath of God that is to come. No person can save anyone from that, other than Jesus. All real trust must be in God, alone. God is the only One who is perfect and will never fail.

Think about where you put your greatest trust. Are you following some leader, in or out of the church? Be careful on putting trust in any person. Refocus and put all of your real trust in God. As God leads you, you can trust people.

People will fail you and it will hurt. However, God will never fail you or hurt you. Only Jesus can help you with your greatest need, to forgive you of your sins and help you live like He does, righteous before God. Put your real trust in Jesus, the real Savior of your life.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what people are like; that you will know that you can trust God; that you will put all of your trust in Jesus; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides. 

Psalm 124:8 The Real Help

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Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 

There are some people who think that they can do everything on their own and do not need help from anyone. However, at some point in their lives every person needs some help from someone or something. No one is able to completely do everything without the help of someone else.

Often this help is looked for in money, position, or other people. The people in this help can be individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, or even governments.

While people, governments and organizations can help some, often they fail at being able to really help. The amount that they can help is limited or temporary and often falls short of what is really needed.

The psalmist points to God for his help. He realizes that without God’s help, they would not have made it or survived.

God is the only one who is in full control of every situation that a person can go through. He is the only one who has all the power and strength needed to for a person to get through a tough situation in life.

The ultimate need for help for every person is removal of sins in order to provide eternal life. This is only done through the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. In order to access this removal of sins, one must believe in what Jesus did for him. If He created the heavens and the earth and if He can provide the removal of sins, there is nothing that Jesus cannot do for a believer.

The world and people will fail and fall short in helping someone. Only Jesus remains forever and through every situation. He is faithful to provide what is needed in helping a person.

As a believer, when you are going through a tough situation, the first thing you must do is look to God for your help. Do not start with looking to people or organizations for help. These will fail you, but God will not.

God is waiting on you to call upon Him in your time of need. Trust that He knows what He is doing and will provide what you need when you need it. God is the only one who will remain by your side day and night, through thick and thin. He is your ultimate helper. Give Him a chance to help today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you find the help you in need in God; that you will trust in God’s help; and that you will be a witness of God’s helping power in your life. 

Psalm 111:5 Food Is Provided

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He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Psalm 111:5 

One of the things that every person needs on this earth is food. A person cannot live without food for very long. Food is what gives a person the needed nourishment for the body to have the needed energy to accomplish what needs to be done.

When a person does not get enough food, there is a loss of energy and the body becomes susceptible to sickness and disease. There is a large group of people in every nation around the world that is not getting enough food to adequately sustain them in a healthy lifestyle. In some nations, starvation is a common sight to see.

Many organizations provide food to many people, but they cannot provide to every person every where, all the time. There is still a shortage of food.

David points out that God provides food for those who fear Him. God does this because of His covenant, promise with the people.

Physical food is good for the body while living on this earth, but it is temporary and goes away quickly. No matter how much a person eats today, he will need more tomorrow.

God does provide physical food, but He also provides much more. He provided the eternal spiritual food that effects all of eternity. God has given His word for people to devour and live upon. The bible provides what the soul needs to live for eternity. It points a person to Jesus and guides the person in how to live for God.

God is and will be faithful in providing what a person needs. While physical food is good, it is also temporary. Jesus stated that His food was to do the will of God, to live according to His Word.

As you sit and eat physical meals each day, remember to eat of God’s spiritual food. Get into God’s word daily and hide it in your heart. It is in God’s word that you will find salvation in Jesus. It is in God’s word that you will find out how to live for God for all eternity.

Taste of the Lord and see that He is good and will provide all that you need, in this life and in the life to come.

Do not rely upon the food this world can provide, but upon God and His eternal word. Trust His provision for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will provide daily what you need; that you will be sustained by God’s word; and that you will know the words of God that bring eternal life. 

Psalm 106:13 Forgetting What Happened

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But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13 

There are some things that people love to remember and there are some things that people love to forget. Some of those things people will always remember, while some things they will forget very quickly.

Remembering the bad or negative things occurs easily for most people. The majority of people can remember some horrible experiences that had occurred twenty, thirty, forty years ago as though it was yesterday. They were traumatized to the point they cannot forget what happened or they play it over and over in their mind and words for decades in bitterness and anger.

Often in light of the negative, people forget what was good during that time. They refuse to see or remember what good things had occurred before, during and after a bad time.

The psalmist talks about when the Israelites were in the desert, they would quickly forget what God had already done for them. They refused to wait for Him to meet their needs in His way and time.

Thousands of years later many believers are still having that problem. They have seen God provide miraculously for them, but forget about it and begin to worry and complain. They forget to remember how God has met their needs in the past.

As a believer forgets what God has done, he will worry and fear. Often he will take things into his own hands and step out of God’s will and into sin. He will often turn to the ways of the world, rather than trusting God.

Every believer must remember what God has done and will do. This will keep his faith in God up and help remove all fear and worry.

There will be times when you do not see God moving in your life quickly or in your time and way. It is at these times that you must not forget what God has already done in your past.

Before you begin to worry and fear, take a moment to count how many times God has blessed you and how He has blessed and met your needs in the past. Hold on to those memories of God’s great provision and trust that He will continue His hand of provision in your life.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the ways of this world with fear and worry. But rest in God’s abilities and timing by never forgetting Him.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will never forget what God has done; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will wait on God to meet all of your needs in His way and time.

Psalm 104:27 Provision

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All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. Psalm 104:27 

Every person needs some things to survive upon this earth. The very basic needs are food, shelter and clothing. Everything beyond that is a bonus to whoever has it.

In order to get these things, people work jobs to get the needed money to purchase them. This works great, until a person cannot get a job or has a job that does not pay enough to get what is needed.

The majority of people in the world believe that they are the ones completely in control of getting what they need. It is all about self getting those things. And there is great stress if they cannot get those things and more.

The psalmist points out that the creatures look to God for their provision of food. They expect God to provide food at the  right time.

While there is nothing wrong with working for the basic needs, and it is required to do so by God, relying upon self to get them is not what God wants. God wants the believer to trust in Him for the provision of all of his needs.

This is not saying that one does not work and just waits for God to provide. It is saying that a person will seek what God wants him to do and trust God to provide everything needed as it is needed.

Getting food at the time needed may mean that there is no great storehouse filled in with extra food for use whenever one wants, but will be there when needed.

Every believer must trust God in everything and for everything. All he must do is do what God wants Him to do and trust God for the rest.

As you go through this life seek to know what God wants you to do to build His kingdom. Put Him and His kingdom first. As you do that God will provide for all of your needs.

Trust that God will give you what you need at the time you need it, not early nor late. If the animals can trust God and God meets all of their needs, He will surely meet all of your needs.

His help may or may not be ahead of time, but it will always be on time–at the proper and perfect timing.

Are you looking to God for your provision or to your self?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God with all you need; that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; and that you will see God’s blessings in your life.

Psalm 70:4 Rejoicing While Waiting

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But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” Psalm 70:4 

Waiting is something that most people do not like to do. Things cannot move fast enough for many people. They want things to be done quickly on their own time frame.

It does not matter how fast something is, it can be faster, or rather, it must be faster. The cashier is too slow, the computer is too slow, the traffic is too slow and much more. People are always complaining about how long something takes.

The level of complaint increases when what is slow is the provision of help in a time of need. During a crisis, nothing can move fast enough. Then people just complain.

David knew that there were people who were in need of God’s help and were waiting for His help in their lives. He encourages all that are waiting for God’s help to praise Him and remember that He is great.

While the world is waiting on physical things in this world, believers are also waiting on God. They are waiting on God to answer their many prayers. Some of those prayers are for desperate measures. Life is difficult and without God’s intervention it will be even worse.

Yet, as they pray, God does not seem to hear or do anything about the situation. Many believers then begin to complain, just as the world does. They get angry with God for not meeting their need, in their time.

The focus needs to shift and remember that God is GREAT. He knows the perfect time and the perfect action to deal with the situation in the believer’s life. One needs to wait for His provision, His salvation to arrive. While waiting one can praise God for who He is.

You are probably waiting for God to answer some prayers of your right now that you have been seeking an answer to for some time. Do not give up on those prayers. Continue to believe God will answer those prayer needs.

As you are praying and waiting, rejoice that God hears you. Praise God for all the prayers He has already answered in your life. Don’t lose hope in God and the salvation that He has promised, it will come at the right time.

Don’t forget that God is GREAT, even while you are waiting in desperation for an answer from Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s hand of provision; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will rejoice in what God has already done for you; and that you will praise God while waiting for His answers.