Psalm 130:4 Forgiven To Serve

Hands to serve

But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:4 

The world does not like to forgive. Vengeance is the desire of many throughout the world. People want someone to pay for what was done wrong.

Feuds often continue for years because neither side wants to forgive the other. It is all about self and not loving the other person enough to forgive. People are self-serving and will hold a grudge against someone for years.

Often they are passing one what was given to them. One is not forgiven, so he will not forgiven anyone else. Only pain and trouble will continue with this type of life of self-service.

The writer of this psalm knows that God forgives. The purpose of forgiveness is so that he can serve God.

There have been many who have made bad decisions in the past and feel as if those bad decisions hold them back. They feel as though they can no longer really serve God, because of past sins.

People know that if there is sin in their lives, they cannot serve God. Satan fills them with the facts about past sins and holds them back, forgetting that it is because of sin that Jesus came to this earth. He came to forgive, not condemn.

Jesus knew that with sin in a person’s life, he cannot come before God to serve Him. Jesus is willing to forgive and remove all of those sins in order that the person may come before God and serve Him.

Where there is forgiveness there is peace and love. Since God has done a great thing in forgiving a person, he can now serve God with a pure heart of reverence. Jesus did a great thing in forgiving a person, it was a selfless act of service. The believer can now return that act and pass it on to others.

You may be holding back from serving God because of some past sin that you have done. Know that Jesus is standing there ready to forgive you and help you move on.

You have been forgiven of your sins, so that you may stand pure before God. You may enter His house to serve Him in any way He needs. Do not allow yourself to believe that you are worthless and not worthy of serving God. Jesus made the way for you to do so. Serve God out of love for what He did for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides you; that you will serve God with love and reverence; that you will have peace with God; and that you will serve others out of love for God.

Psalm 113:1 Praising While Serving

Praising God in a field

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, you his servants; praise the name of the Lord. Psalm 113:1 

When working for someone, most people do not give praise to the one they are working for. It is more common to hear complaints about the boss, then praise and honoring. Faults in a person can easily be found and people are quick to point them out.

Some will give their boss praise, but then will complain about the work that needs to be done. Fault with what needs to be done is easily found. The worker often thinks he knows a better way or does not understand why it has to be done a certain way.

The reason many don’t give much praise, is that they see everything as about themselves, rather than others.

The author of this psalm tells the people to praise the Lord. He specifically calls the servants of God to praise the Lord.

Every believer is to be a servant of God. He is to serve God in whatever He needs when He needs it and how He needs it. God has become the boss of the believer.

God is willing to direct a person’s life as to how to live for Him and serve him. Unlike the bosses of this world, He does it out of perfect love and wisdom. He knows what is the best job for a person to do and the best way for him to do it.

While a believer is doing his job for the Lord, serving the Lord, he must also praise the Lord. God is worthy of all praise and honor.

God is the only boss who has laid down His life for His servants. He redeemed His servants from a judgement of death and punishment. He is worthy of all praise.

Take a moment to think about what Jesus has done for you. Think about how much Jesus suffered for you to give you eternal life and forgiveness.

As you see these things it will make it easier to serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. While you are working hard at serving God with all of your life, give Him praise.

Let God know how great He is. Let the world know how great God is. Honor God as you do what He asks of you, regardless of how easy or difficult it is.

Praise the Lord today.

I pray today that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will be a true servant of God; that you will sing praises to God; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done; and that you will praise God as you serve Him. 

2 Chronicles 12:8 Serving God Or Others

Ball and chain

They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands. 2 Chronicles 12:8 

Working under different people can bring about different experiences. Each boss is a little different to a lot different. Often people switch jobs because one boss is difficult to work under. Once they switch, they find out the new boss is even more difficult to work under.

The old saying goes that the grass looks greener on the other side. People think that going to the other side will be better. However, that is not always the case.

Rehoboam had led the nation of Israel against God. God sent a message that they would be overtaken by Shishak. Immediately the king and the nation humbled themselves before God. God chose to not destroy them, but to make them serve the foreign king. He wanted them to learn the difference between serving Him and serving some foreign king.

Following God can cause one to have to make difficult choices at times. It is not always an easy path to follow, because there will also come persecution or ridicule. Although God has many commands, God is also a God of love, grace and mercy.

He works with the believer to help make the believer the best he can be through every situation in life. God is always right along his side to help him walk the path.

The world does not walk alongside of a person. They will support to a point, then leave him to fall or crush him to get on top.

Some believers think that it is better to serve some in this world, rather than trust and serve God in some situations. God will allow that to happen to let them see how their choice is a bad choice to make. They will see how the world will treat them in the end.

Doing this is one of God’s ways to get the believer to focus back on Him and serve Him.

Keep your focus on God and realize what you have in Jesus. You have a God who loves you and only wants what is best for you. The world only wants to destroy you and step on you in the end.

Do not choose to follow the world because it looks better. In the end you will be destroyed. Follow God and have eternal life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will keep your focus upon God; and that you will know the joy of serving God alone. 

2 Samuel 15:21 Serving Others

Soldiers in line

But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, wherever my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” 2 Samuel 15:21 

Serving others can mean very different things to different people and different situations. To some degree, ever person serves somebody to some level.

When talking about serving others, most people think about free serving, especially in the Christian community. Yet, serving someone is just helping meet the needs of someone else.

Every person who works a job is serving someone. They are serving the boss and the costumers of that business. Some may directly serve, while others are very indirectly serving.

David was fleeing from his son, Absalom, for his life. Absalom was working to take over as king. As David was leaving, Ittai, a foreigner, a Hittite, wanted to go with David. David was going to send him back, but Ittai refused. He committed to serve David anywhere and anytime, even unto death.

Many people do not like to be a servant to someone else. They want to be served. Yet, Jesus, who was God’s Son, came to serve man, who broke relationship with God and deserved only death. He showed commitment to mankind, even including death on a cross.

It is common for a person to serve someone else as a long as it is a benefit to serve. There has to be something in it for the person to serve. All Jesus had was the hope that some would follow Him and be saved. There was no guarantee.

Commitment to serve must be made, regardless if it is a voluntary service or a paid service. Every believer is to work as unto the Lord, giving his best for whoever he is serving at the time.

Your first commitment to serve must be to God. Serve Him first and foremost. Then you must be willing to serve others as He puts them in your path. Give your best to everyone you meet.

As Ittai stated, be willing to serve, even to the point of death. This is showing the love God has shown you and is showing the rest of the world. As you are serving others, God will put others in your path to serve you. God will be your strength to make it through some tough service and you will be blessed more than any man can bless you.

Who can you serve today?

Today I pray that you will know who God wants you to serve; that you will serve as Jesus served you; that you will have God’s love for others in your life; and that God will use you to touch the hearts of many people.