Psalm 13:5 Trust Unfailing Love

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But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5

Trusting in something is what most people do, however, what they trust in is different for most people. Some people trust in their government, while others will not trust them. Some trust their spouse, while others are not trusted. Many will trust in their jobs and retirement account, while many will not.

The challenge with most of the things that people trust in, is that those things can and will fail. They will fall short of what is expected at some point or another. A job can look real good and provide a good secure income for many years, but then suddenly fold and lose everything. Things and people will fail.

David starts out this psalm thinking that God has abandoned him as he cries out to Him. In this verse, David claims that regardless of God’s silence, he will trust in His unfailing love and rejoice in the salvation He provides.

In every believer’s life there are times when God appears to be silent, especially during a difficult challenge in life. If anything bad can happen, it seems to happen. Crying out to God feels like one is in a locked padded cell and no one can hear the cries.

At this point, this is where faith and trust in God comes in. One has to trust in His perfect unfailing love. There is only one thing in this universe that is truly eternal and that is God, and God is love. So, love is eternal. It will never fail. And God’s love is perfect.

God will never do anything that is not done in love. He will not allow anything in the life of a believer that is not allowed out of love. Knowing this, a believer can trust that God can hear him and will take care of him, no matter what the situation.

Going through your life, there will be times God seems to be silent. Rest in the fact that God is love and loves you with an eternal, undying love. His love for you is perfect. He will never do anything to harm you.

When this world throws ugly situations your way, focus on His perfect love.

When you cry out to God, and He does not appear to listen or hear you, remember He loves you.

Then rejoice in the salvation He is giving or going to give you. God loves you!

I pray today that you will know God’s perfect love; that you will know God’s provision; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

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2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping Over Fallen Enemy

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They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12 

When an enemy falls, many people rejoice. They are glad to see that the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. Throughout history it is a common sight to see people rejoicing when a known enemy is killed or dies. They rejoice because now that person can no longer be a threat to them.

David’s greatest enemy was Saul, who was the king of Israel. Saul was set out to kill David at any cost. No matter where David would go, Saul tried to follow him with an army and destroy him. Later, when Saul was killed in a battle, David and his men wept and fasted in mourning for his death. David did not want to see King Saul killed. In fact, he killed the man who had chosen to kill King Saul.

While the world often rejoices at the death of an enemy, there have been many believers who have also rejoiced with them. They see the death as something very good.

Although the death of the enemy may mean the end of some suffering, it is also death of a person, a person who is lost for eternity. When a person dies without Christ, he is lost in his sins forever. There is no return. There are no more chances to become a believer.

Rejoicing over that death does not show God’s love or compassion at all. It shows the heart of the world, rejoicing over evil and being lost.

Every believer needs to have the heart of Jesus, who would weep over those who would do wrong to Him. God never rejoices over the destruction of an enemy. He sees each one as a lost child that can never return home.

Knowing and understanding the heart of God will strengthen you to show love to your enemies. Jesus said to love everyone, including the enemy. Rejoicing over their destruction or death is not showing His love, but the world’s hatred.

Allow God’s love for you and all people fill you up so that you may love everyone the same. When you see the destruction of an enemy, you will not rejoice, but weep, knowing how lost they are for all eternity.

Weep, don’t rejoice, over those who can never accept Jesus anymore.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that your heart will break at the destruction of any person; and that your love will be a sign of God’s love to this world. 

Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard

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Also at your times of rejoicing–your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts–you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God. Numbers 10:10

The world knows how to make their rejoicing about something good known to the rest of the world. Watch when their favorite football team wins the winning goal at a major game. The fans go crazy with shouting and jumping around. Social media is blown up with the news of what happened. It is no secret what happened or what is going on.

This not only happens with sports fans, but with many other major events in life. Great news is passed on very quickly with a loud noise.

God had told the Israelites that when they were rejoicing at one of the various set festivals, they were to blow the trumpets. The trumpet is a very loud sounding instrument that can be heard from a long ways off. This was done with not just one trumpet, but many trumpets, increasing the noise level.

The noise of the trumpets would be heard far from the campsite. The enemy would be able to hear it. The world would know that something is happening.

In the church, there are some people who are very quiet about the good things God is doing in their life. They do celebrate what God is doing, but under hushed tones, not broadcasting the good news.

This is often done out of fear of offending someone or disturbing someone else. They do not want to rock the boat at all.

Yet, the joy of what God is doing or has done should overwhelm a person to the point of wanting to tell the world about it. This news can be just a simple healing, to major touch or move from God.

When you are rejoicing over what God has done in your life, make some noise. Let others know what God has done and is doing. This can be an encouragement to other believers and it can be a witness to the world of who God is.

Do not let your rejoicing be done in secret only, under your breath. Blow the trumpet and let everyone know. God is lifted up by your praise. Do not be ashamed to rejoice out loud as you remember God’s work in your life.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will rejoice in the Lord for His mighty works; that you will let the world know what God is doing; and that you will encourage others with what God has done. 

Acts 5:41 The Right Attitude In Suffering

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The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Acts 5:41

Peter and some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel all over the city of Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin were upset about this and brought them in for questioning. After giving the apostles a severe beating they were released with a warning to stop speaking in the name of Jesus. As the disciples left, they were rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus and so they continued to talk about Jesus to everyone they met.

Disgrace or humiliation is something most people do not like to have done to them. When a person is disgraced it is often done publicly and it harms their name or reputation in the wrong way. They are often made to appear as though they are wrong or had done something wrong, when they are completely innocent of any wrong doing.

Often when a person is disgraced publicly, they retaliate with a lawsuit against the person who did the disgracing. They want revenge against the person who has done wrong to their name and caused them social harm.

The apostles had been physically and publicly beaten for talking about Jesus. The only people who were beaten like that were those who had done something wrong. The apostles had not done anything legally wrong, other than upset the leadership of the temple, and that was not a legal thing.

Yet, despite being beaten, they rejoiced. They rejoiced in being beaten. They did this because they felt as though it was an honor to be beaten for Jesus.

Believers today need to keep this attitude in mind. Being humiliated because one has done the right thing for Jesus, is not a bad thing. It is being a testimony of the dedication and love for Jesus. It is an example of who Jesus is.

Think about how much Jesus was beaten and humiliated for you. He suffered and died on a cross, which was a curse from God for you. No man can do more than that to you for believing and talking about Jesus.

Rejoice when people ridicule you for believing in Jesus. Your words, actions and reactions are being a witness of your love for Jesus. It is showing who Jesus really is. Have the right attitude in suffering.

I pray today that you will be a bold witness of who Jesus is; that you will not fear any ridicule for believing in Jesus; that God will strengthen you in times of suffering for Jesus; and that you will be the right witness in suffering for Jesus.

 

Luke 15:10 Rejoice

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“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Jesus told several parables about something being lost and getting found. When the lost item is found, there is always a lot of rejoicing. With each of the parables He stated that the angels are in heaven are rejoicing over the one person who repents.

People lose things all the time, keys, wallets, cell phones, and many other little things. Getting stressed about losing something, they often make frantic searches to find the item. The higher the value and importance of the item, the more people will search for it.

The longer the item remains missing, the more frantic the search becomes. Sometimes, people will give up hope of finding the item and quit searching for it. They will then try to replace it with a new item. 

Once that item is found, most people will rejoice with great deal of rejoicing. The longer it had been missing and the higher the value, the greater the rejoicing will be.

In this same way, all of heaven rejoices over one person who turns to God and repents of his sins.

There are times, however, when believers will see a person repent of his sins, but they do not believe it. There is no rejoicing, but lots of questioning. It is believed that the person was so bad, that there is no way he could be saved or have repented. This is especially true when looking at people who are famous.

Believers are to be filled with God’s love, which hopes and trusts all things. Love will believe that a person is saved when they claim to repent and follow Jesus. Love will rejoice with great rejoicing over hearing that, instead of questioning and doubting.

Jesus had the goal of seeking out the lost and saving them. You must also have that same goal.

And when Jesus finds that lost and they are saved, He, along with all of heaven, rejoice. You must also rejoice when you hear of someone turning from sin and this world to follow Jesus.

Be willing to encourage them and build them up, rather than doubt and cut them down.

If all the angels in heaven rejoice, why can you not rejoice over someone being saved?

I pray today that you will see people with God’s love and eyes; that you will seek to find the lost for God; that you will rejoice over those who turn to Jesus; and that you will encourage those who turn to Jesus.

Malachi 4:1-2 A Day Of Death & Rejoicing

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” Malachi 4:1-2

As Malachi finishes his book and the end of the Old Testament comes, he talks of a day that is in the coming. It will be a day when God places a final judgment upon all people. Those who are wicked and refuse to follow Him will be destroyed in fire, with nothing left. Those who revere Him will have a time of rejoicing and healing.

In the day-to-day living of most people, there is not a lot of hope. There is pain, sickness, death, despair and no real life to live. Those who do not know Jesus Christ have no real hope or purpose in this world. What they do not know is that God will have a day of punishment for them. There will come a day in which they will be destroyed, along with Satan, in a lake of fire, cast out of God’s presence for the rest of eternity.

Those who know Jesus Christ and are following Him, revering God’s name will have a different thing to look forward to. Today there is pain, sickness and trouble for everyone, but there will be a day of redemption. The day that Jesus returns and judges the world, will be a day of rejoicing for all believers.

On that day all sickness and death will be removed. There will be no more pain and suffering. When that occurs, every believer will be jumping around and frolicking like a well-fed calf. There will be a lot to rejoice over.

As a believer all sickness and trouble will be gone. Holding onto the faith in Jesus will be rewarded. All the striving to follow after God with all of your heart will be rewarded beyond your greatest dreams. It will be worth everything that you had to go through in this challenging life.

Look at your own life and see what you can expect when Jesus returns. Are you revering God’s name? Or are you rejecting Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; that you will live for God in every area of your life; that Jesus will bring a reward for you when He returns; and that you will be a witness to the world of what Jesus has done and will do.