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 144:15 Who Is Really Blessed?

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Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is Lord. Psalm 144:15 

The majority of the world looks at things, bank accounts and positions for signs of  one being blessed and successful. Getting the newest and best ‘toy’ on the market is exciting to most people. This ‘toy’ can be a new car, a pay raise/bonus, a new title, or some other object but it is something new that they always desired.

When these things are received, people feel blessed. These things can often appear to make life easier for the person and remove some struggles, or be a sign of overcoming some major struggle. It shows accomplishment.

David sees blessing as one thing–that God is the Lord of the person.

It is even very common among believers that receiving things and positions are often considered a great blessing. While it is true that they are or may be a blessing, they are not the greatest blessing a person can receive.

All the things and positions that a person has are only temporary. They last only a short time on this earth then are gone. Bank accounts can dwindle quickly, positions get eliminated, and things break down. None of these things are guaranteed to last and fulfill a person’s life purpose.

The greatest blessing that a person can have is having God as their Lord and Savior. It is the salvation and forgiveness of sins that Jesus provides. It is the peace, comfort and direction that God is providing through His Holy Spirit that will last and be a permanent blessing.

Everything else that a person has can be taken away, but God can never be taken away from him. One can give up his salvation and relationship with God, but no one or nothing can take it from him. It is a secure blessing for all eternity.

Take a moment to realize how temporary the things and positions you have are. They may be great for a moment, but the will disappear eventually.

When God is your Lord, He is the One who is in control and is the master. He will guide you in the best life you can ever possibly have and it will last for eternity and can never be taken away from you.

What can be better than this? This is a true blessing that will last for all eternity.

You are blessed when Jesus is your Lord!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule your life; that you will see the blessing in having a relationship with God; and that you know the blessing of God’s daily presence in your life. 

Psalm 138:7 Preservation During Trouble

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Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. Psalm 138:7 

Fruits and vegetables that are picked off of a tree only have a short time to be of any real value. Depending on the temperature of where they are stored, will depend on how long they may last to be edible.

During the high heat of summer, most vegetables and fruit will not last more than a few days, then they will rot and go bad. However, one can preserve them by canning them. Mixed with certain ingredients, they can withstand the heat and survive on the shelf for months, even years.

David was being attacked by people on all sides. As this was happening, God was still preserving his life and saving him. God would attack his enemies in the end.

Just as fruit and vegetables go through times of trouble with the heat, believers have times of struggle and danger. The world seeks to take down every believer and destroy him. The world is angry with every believer, because the believer goes against what the world wants and thinks.

Yet, God fills the believer with His Holy Spirit to preserve him and strengthen him during the times of trouble and attacks. The physical life may or may not be preserved, but the soul is kept intact.

God raised His right hand, Jesus, to fight against the attacks of the enemy. Sin was defeated upon the cross. There is now no more condemnation, but love and forgiveness, that the world does not understand.

This does not stop the trouble, but gives strength in the midst of it. Just as with the fruits and vegetables, canning does not stop the heat, but still preserves the food for later use, God is preserving the believer for a greater good.

Know that as you are walking in the middle of times of trouble and hardship, God is with you and is preserving you. His love will not let you go.

You may lose parts of your body and life, but your spirit will live on with God. Trust in what Jesus has done for you and will continue to do for you.

Don’t give in to the fear of the enemy, but hold on to God. Be filled with His Holy Spirit so that you may be preserved for a great work for God and an eternity in heaven.

I pray today that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will trust God’s preservation; that you will trust God’s forgiveness; and that you will know God’s presence in the midst of trouble. 

Psalm 126:6 Return With Joy

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Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:6 

All over the world there is often much sorrow. There is death, sickness, pain, suffering, poverty, violence and much more that takes the joy of life out of many people.

The struggles of life tear many people down, removing all joy and happiness. Some will strive to end it all because they no longer see any hope in life. They try and try to make things better, but seem to only find up failing and hurting worse. For many, in the end there does not seem to be any purpose or love left to hold on to.

The Israelite psalmist had seen Israel be crushed as a nation. There was a lot of weeping and sorrow, but now they were to go out sowing seed. God would restore them and bring back in a great harvest.

While this passage is talking about a physical harvest, it can also point to a spiritual harvest. Believers today are just like the rest of the world in that they see lots of death, sickness, pain, suffering and sorrow in their own lives and in the lives of others around them.

However, unlike the world, the believer has a hope to hold on to. Jesus has promised eternal life to those who believe in Him, thus they will have sorrow and weeping today, but songs of joy are coming.

The seed that the believer carries today is the gospel message of Jesus, the message of the salvation that He provides. As the believer is going out weeping over the sins of the world, he can carry the gospel seed to reach others for Jesus.

With much prayer and guidance of His Holy Spirit, that seed will go out and reach others for Jesus. Many will be saved. At that point, the believer will return with sheaves of new believers and songs of joy at God’s work in the lives of others.

As a believer, you have the seeds of the gospel with you. Weep over the sin and sorrow that you see around you, but carry those seeds to give to those who need it. Trust God to grow those seeds and to save many.

Reach many for Jesus, so that many lives will be saved and your joy will be great. For every one saved, there is great rejoicing in heaven, many songs of joy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of living for God; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has done; and that you will know the joy of many being saved by Jesus. 

Psalm 118:14 Strength And Defense

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The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14 

Finding strength to accomplish things is the goal of many people. They have a great dream or goal in life, but lack the strength to follow through with it or accomplish it.

Others will find the needed strength in their position or wealth. Often the self determination gives a person the strength to keep moving forward over all obstacles in life. Along with this giving strength, they will also use it as their defense.

People will defend their actions by their position or their own wisdom. Actions are often justified as being good because ‘everyone’ does it that way.

While all of this can help a person move a long way, they will eventually fail. Positions and wealth get removed. Defense arguments fall short of truth. Failure occurs.

In this psalm, the writer states that God is his strength and defense. It is God who provides salvation.

Having God for one’s strength is leaning upon Him for wisdom, direction and strength to accomplish what needs to be done. It is focusing on what Jesus had already went through to bring salvation. If Jesus went through what He did, then the believer can make it through the light and momentary struggles of this life.

The world will also strive to accuse the believer of wrong and sin, but the believer has the defense of what Jesus has done for him. Jesus had paid the price for all sins and removed the guilt. He now defends the believer when Satan and the world strive to accuse and condemn.

Things of this world can help a person for a short time, but they are only temporary and will fail in the end. Jesus has provided for salvation to the very end. By His Holy Spirit He gives strength to stand strong and true to God as a witness to this world.

As you are going through struggles in this life, focus your life on what God has done for you. Lean on Him for the needed strength. Look at what Jesus went through for you and know that He will bring you through every situation.

As the world and your mind work to accuse of you sin, remember as you repent that Jesus forgives you. Stand on the forgiveness that has already been provided.

God is ready to help you run and not grow weary on the path He has you on and He will protect your soul till the day you step into heaven.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the strength God has for you; that you will know the defense Jesus provides you; and that you will be His witness to this world.