Is there too much “Why?” and “Gimme” in your relationship to God?

“But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.” Psalm 74:12.

I can’t isolate a verse in Psalm 74.

Why?  Too much going on before and after verse 12.

In the “before” part, the psalmist has a lengthy list of instances where God let His people down.

In the “after” part, the psalmist tells God how He should run His business.

In between?  God is amazing!  Today’s verse is in the God-is-terrific part.

I look at the psalm and wonder how the psalmist can be so flexible in His approach to God.  But then I see myself in the psalmist’s attitude.

Why is God letting this happen to me?

God is the Creator of everything, and He loves me.

God, this is what I’m going to do.  Please do this-or-that so I’ll be successful.

Wow!  Do you see yourself in the sequence as I do?  Close to God at times while at other times completely misguided on Who He is.  God is my King!

Believers are assured that God is in the details of their lives (past/present/future) and can rejoice in this good news and live accordingly.

Too many “Why’s” and “Gimme’s” in my relationship to God.

Conclusion: The great God is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I must live as if this is true….because it is.

 

 

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But God

“But God will shoot them with his arrows…..” Psalm 64:7

God has got this one for those who are right with Him.

David, in this psalm, starts with all the bad things going on in his life, and there were plenty of them, but ends with spiritual truths.

The enemy is overwhelming, but God overwhelms them!

I mentioned a few days ago in this blog that my wife was in a car accident.  I heard the news on a voice mail that shook my world: “I’ve been in an accident. I’m not hurt. The car is ruined. Come quickly.”

There was no chance for a formal prayer.  It was all simple: “Lord, help her.  Help us.”

That was last Thursday and things have settled down since.  “But God” has surfaced in the details.

Seeing God is crucial for believers.  It separates us from the godless.

Verse 9 of this psalm informs us that ALL will be in awe of God.  They’ll see what He does but won’t say it’s His doing.  They’ll talk about what they witnessed but miss Him.

Verse 10 shows how those right with God will react: “The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him.”  They will not only see God’s handiwork but identify it as of God.  Big difference.

Conclusion: I need to see things with Godly eyes.

 

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What the Godly do

“The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him…” Psalm 64:10.

Not rejoicing over what He has done?  How can I consider myself right with Him?

Behavior can be indicative of heart status.  Talk is cheap.  Actions often speak more clearly.

The godless will see amazing things (sunsets, clouds, etc..) and be clueless about where the credit belongs.  The Godly know it’s His doing……..and let others know about it.

Those in right relationship with God will remain with Him.  They’re in it for the long haul.  There will be instances where they will see Him in action.  There will be other times when they have the faith to know that He is in their midst in less-obvious circumstances.

The struggle for me is in consistency.  I know the truths of today’s verse.  But will I live that way?  Will I get into His presence and stay there!  Too many minutes/hours in company with the Devil.  It can’t be both ways.

“Right with God” involves a perpetual lifestyle.  Mine is too erratic.

Conclusion: My relationship with God must be ongoing.

 

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Do you love Me?

“All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder the things he has done.” Psalm 64:9.

You have no use for God?  You will someday, according to today’s verse.

God has done amazing things……”The heavens declare…”

I must follow the pattern of the verse; proclaim and ponder.

It could be like saying “uncle,” where you can change your mind later.  “Pondering” instead involves long term.

How can I ever lose my awareness of His greatness?  For me, it happens when my distractions overpower me.

I can go through many waking hours out-of-touch with Him.  I am drifting along separated from Him.  Who am I letting guide me?  The Evil One!

Satan doesn’t always hit me with a pitchfork.  He is better known (to me) as a whisperer.  He encourages me to trust myself.  “You can do this.” “You can figure this out.”  And at times I do, and that just leads to more separation from the God I love.

A love-relationship is ongoing.  I will not be easily distracted by other things when I am in love.  My concentration will be on the object of my affections.  Is that the way I am with God?  Not nearly!

Conclusion: I must proclaim and ponder His greatness endlessly because I love Him.

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Start with God and learn from there

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.  To Him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10.

I must start with God.

There’s no other approach.

To start without Him is to head immediately in the wrong direction.  The further away I go, the less I have His essential guidance.

The start is important but there’s more: I must follow Him.  That means that I must stay in “sight” of Him.  He must be on my mind.  My mind must be full of Him.

To live like that!  Wouldn’t it be grand.  And it’s there for me to be had.

I must totally surrender myself to Him for the long term.  I’ll see Him work in ways I can’t imagine.  I’ll say His Words to those who need Him.  I will say His Words to those I love.

The relationship is constant.  I see Him.  I hear Him.  I’m tuned into Him.

Surely this will lead to my praising Him, not because things are good but because I’m living life His Way.

Conclusion: Living with God is an all-day event.

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Am I smarter than God?

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”  Psalm 111:10.

How do I behave when I am around people who are smarter than I am?

I am a techno-midget when it comes to my cell phone.  Okay, I know a few things.  However, when I am with my two granddaughters, I am all ears when it comes to my phone.  I want them to show me how to use it better.  If I have been struggling with its use, I assume that they can give me help.

Do I treat God as if He is smarter than I am?  Often not.  I plunge into things without consulting Him.  I mess up and try to work my way out of it without Him.

But what would I do if I really believed He was smart?  Neither of those two things in the last paragraph!

I would chase His advice.  I would try to remember the things He has already taught me.  I would be so attached to Him that every step I took I would be in contact with Him.

Mess up?  He’s there to help.  I would turn to Him first.  I would willingly listen to His corrections.

I like the guidelines in 2 Timothy 3:16: Scripture is good for; showing what is right, showing what is wrong, telling how to get right, and telling how to stay right.  That pretty much covers it!  His Word is a great source of help.

Conclusion: God is wiser than I am, or ever will be. Will I behave as if that is true?

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I can’t do it

“My heart is not proud, Lord.  My eyes are not haughty.  I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” Psalm 131:1.

An impossibility!

My culture is infested with self-worship.  I want to be the best.  I want to get ahead.  I want to be recognized for my accomplishments.

This verse goes in the other direction.  I am not to look for credit.  I am not to consider myself better than someone else.

My mind is to be on “lesser” things.

My mind needs to be filled with a persistent search to please God.  I must do what He wants within the framework of being His servant.  Just doing His Will must be my driving influence.

My reward is eternal.  I have better than His praise; I have His assurance.  I will be with Him in the after-life.  I can’t help but want to work full-time for Him because of His grace in my direction.

He’s in charge.  I have no advantages over others.  We are all in this world together.  I don’t try to please Him to get Him to love me because He already does.  I please Him to show Him that I love Him because I do.

My willingness to please Him must not wane.  Circumstances must not change my desire to please Him.

Conclusion: I must take my hands off the controls of my life and give them to Him or I will fail miserably.

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