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. 

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. 

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.