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The way life should be

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”  Psalm 131:2.

Is that you?

It’s certainly not me!

But it is the way the Godly life is supposed to be.

If it is, why is it so elusive?

The circumstances of life are unpredictable.  I don’t know what will happen next.  Therefore, apart from God, I reflect my uncertainty.  I get excited.  I get loud.

When I put my ENTIRE trust in God, I can live the Godly life the way I’m supposed to.

God truly is in charge.  There is a happy ending.  Note I am not now living in the “ending” part of life unless He suddenly returns.  I am on life’s journey in a fallen world.

I can be certain that God is with me in all circumstances.  My wife and I are still trying to replace our car that was totaled in January.  There has been nothing quick about the process, but we are trusting God for help.

My behavior should be described as “calm” and “quiet.”  I will betray the reality of my relationship to God if those two don’t describe me.

Conclusion: Am I calm and quiet because of Who God is?

 

 

 

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God in the details of our lives (personal story)

“Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.” Psalm 72:18.

I write about, “God in my midst.”

I write about, “God in the details.”

Let me relate a specific example of how we saw that play out in our lives:

The house my wife and I live in is in our daughter’s name.  We’re here, we pay some of the bills, but the house is in her name.

When the house was bought, and we agreed to live here, our daughter arranged for cable to be installed.  We, however, paid and continue to pay for cable.

The bills are sent to us at our mailbox in the town (in Massachusetts) where we live in our daughter’s house.

When there have been difficulties with cable, I contact Comcast to try and sort things out.  Our daughter lives in another state (Connecticut).

My wife is the actual bill payer.  She has mentioned regularly that “cable is going up.”  “I should call them,” she suggests, “and see if there is something that can be done to lower the rates.”  I have occasionally tried to do that without success.

Very recently the TV was not working properly.  I contacted Comcast and informed them of the problem.  The Comcast online technician went into trouble-shooting mode.  She finally decided that a technician would need to come to our house to fix things.

She asked for the “last four digits of my social” and I told her what they were and that they were the last four digits of my daughter’s social.

The online helper then informed me that in order to get an agent to come to the house, my daughter would have to contact Comcast and give permission.  I tried to explain that my daughter didn’t live in the house and that we were paying the cable bills.  That got me nowhere.

This complication prompted me to visit the area Comcast office and try to transfer the cable account into my name.

“God in the details?”  Keep reading.

I went to the Comcast office and explained our dilemma to their representative. I told him that I wanted to set up a new account in my name.

His response?  “This is an excellent time to do it.”  The details?  He told me that the cable equipment we had in the house was very old, and it would be replaced with new equipment.  They would also transform our slow internet into something much faster.

And the cost would be lower!  I am not the bill payer, but it looks to be $50-$60 less a month.

I did not start the day with any thought that our cable bill could be lowered, but God entered the details of our lives in an unexpected way.

Conclusion: “Thank You, Lord, for such a blatant ‘marvelous deed’ on our behalf.”

 

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Does Satan have my tongue?

“Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.”  Psalm 72:19.

Can I not see what God is doing in my midst?

When I concentrate on noticing, there’s plenty to take note of.  Unfortunately, that’s only part of the problem.

Even if I notice what God has done, and is doing, will I speak up about it?

I want the habit of speaking up to be a habit.  I am unhappy with contriving it.

Why isn’t my mind mindful of Him?  What is it full of?

The natural beauty in my surroundings never quits.  Why do I quit praising the Giver of my surroundings?

Why don’t I notice the Godly Hand within my household?  I sure take notice when my “good” deeds aren’t recognized.  How does God feel when I slurp through His blessings?

I need a mental makeover.  I need to air out my thought life and get it oriented into steady praise of Him.

Conclusion: My silence about His blessings to me speak volumes.

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I call Him King, but it He?

“But God is my king……” Psalm 74:12.

God is in charge, or at least that’s what I say.

Think of how I live, though.  Don’t I behave as if I’m in charge!

Why don’t I defer more to Him?  “If the Lord approves…”  Do I ever say that?

I say, instead, “I will……….”

God is not mocked.  He knows my heart.  He knows my motivation.

Do I really want a king?  Sure, I want to be in His Kingdom, but am I willing to be subjected to Him?

What would subjection look like?  I think it would start with an attitude of wanting to please the King.

If I can’t start there then I am looking to please someone else……..Satan.  That seems harsh because I would not intentionally say that I want to please Satan but how else can deliberately not pleasing God be interpreted?

I must report for “duty” 24/7.  “Here I am, my King,” is the way to start.  No strings attached.  No preconceived notions. Just, “Here I am, my King.”

Conclusion: “Here I am, my King.”

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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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