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Two ways of interacting with God

“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:20.

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” Psalm 120:1.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 30, Psalm 120, and Galatians 3-4.

Could these two verses by any more different?

Isn’t that the way it is with us, though?

How often do we not get an answer?  We have in mind what we want for an answer, but we don’t get it.

We create a picture of God in our heads that is faulty.

Job thought that his troubles were caused by an unfair God.  He wanted to go man-to-man with God.  That’s not happening.  God’s ways are not Job’s ways.  God has reasons that Job will never fathom for what goes on.  Job forgets this and lashes out at God.

The psalmist looks at things differently.  The psalmist knows that God hears him, and he knows that God will answer.  Note that the psalmist doesn’t have any predetermination of what the answer will be.  He doesn’t judge God by the answer that comes.

I must remember that God ALWAYS hears me.  I must remember that I will not ALWAYS like the answer I get.

If my confidence is in God, I will rejoice in His hearing me and rejoice that He knows what He’s doing with me.

“Lord, forgive me for doubting You.  Forgive me for ignoring You.  I need You in my life full-time.  Every breath I take is a gift from You.  May every word of mine be a word from You.  I love You, Father.”

God will hear me and He knows what best for me.

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God is running the show

“Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.”  Psalm 114:7-8.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 18, Psalm 114, and Acts 27-28.

God owns the universe.

He made the universe. He controls what goes on within the universe.

We are His people whether we know it or not.  He arranged for us to be made.

Yet how often we assume that we had something to do with all this.  We act as if we don’t need Him.

The most confirmed atheist will eventually stand before the God he doesn’t believe exists.

I must live in full awareness of God’s presence.  God is omnipresent.  How He can be everywhere is a mystery to me but I’m fine with it.  I want Him with me.  I need Him desperately.

When I look out today at the beautiful fall colors, I see it as His remarkable artistry.  His colors dazzle me.  They make me want to grab my camera and record His show.

“Lord, You are amazing.  How blessed I am to have You in my midst.  I rejoice that You are in charge.  I cannot manage myself.  Forgive me for ever trying to manage myself apart from You.  I love You, Lord.”

God is running the show.  Am I living accordingly?

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I need God’s help

“Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.”  Psalm 108:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 5, Psalm 108, and Acts 10-11.

My first call must be to God.

I must be in a tuned-in relationship with Him.

I shouldn’t go through a list of counterfeit gods before asking The God for help.

I believe that I lose touch with God in the small things of life.  I decide that those things are my “size” and I can handle them on my own.  That thinking will mushroom into more and more independent actions.  Before I know it, God becomes a very late resort.

My goal is to have an on-going relationship with God.  When I go through the easiest day I have ever had, I want to be close to Him the whole way.  When I go through the worst day of my life, I want to be close to Him the whole way.  There cannot be a variance in our relationship.  He is willing to do His part.  Will I do the same?

“Lord, forgive me for relying on counterfeit gods.  You are the One I must rely on.  I need You every second.  Take me over.  Prick my conscience when I am loosening my grip on You.  I love You, Lord.”

I cannot be spiritually successful unless I rely on God every second of the way.

 

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He is running the place!

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding..” Psalm 148:7-8.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Psalm 148, Malachi 3-4, and Acts 5.

I must never lose track of God’s marvels in my midst.

I live in a neighborhood where the leaves haven’t done much changing yet.  This morning my wife and I drove about ten miles away from here and were suddenly in a sea of colors.  Made me want to get my camera!

I have a river nearby and then there are those sunrises and sunsets.  Beautiful stuff!

It is beyond comprehension how God manages everything.  It sure helps that He is omnipresent!

I saw a fish jump in the nearby river.  Is God monitoring its behavior?  Yes, He is.

I tend to notice the “home-run visuals” in my midst but am I mindful of the other things He manages?  We would not be able to live on earth if the sun was further away or closer.  He has set it just right.

There are those who would say that the universe is on auto-pilot.  They must be joking.  Someone is in charge and that Someone is God.

“Lord, I marvel at Your creation.  Forgive me for missing what You are doing.  You are in charge.  You are great.  I praise You, Father.”

What a universe He is running!

 

 

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I am in His sight always

“Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.”  Psalm 138:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezra 5-6, Psalm 138, and Luke 16.

God knows all that I do.

His awareness must put me on notice.  Everything I do is done before a divine audience.

I did not reach his awareness because of any accomplishment.  He has chosen to watch me.  It is an honor but it also generates a need for Godly behavior on my part.

God will see my good days and my bad days.  He will see when I have honored Him and when I have dishonored Him.  There is no corresponding distance from Him based on my behavior.  He always has me in His sights.

I am comforted to know that He is with me.  I rejoice that I can interact with Him.  I can complement Him for things He gives me.  I can also ask for forgiveness when I mess up.

A God in my midst.  What an awesome thought.  May I live accordingly.

“Lord, thank You for being where I am.  Thank You that I am not alone.  That I have Your glorious nearness.  Help me to live in a way that always pleases You.  Forgive my rationalizations for dishonorable behavior.  I love You, Father.”

God will never leave me.  Hallelujah!

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I can’t sleep

“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.”  Psalm 127:2.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ezra 3-4, Psalm 113,127 and Luke 9.

Today’s verse suggests that our sleep patterns are indicative of our relationship to God.

Think of the nights you tossed and turned and had trouble sleeping.  Most likely there was an event before the sleep that had plenty to do with it.

If I am not sleeping well, it could well mean that I am trying to manage a problem(s) in my own strength and feel overmatched.

When I cannot sleep I like to go into what I call, “prayer time.”  I will pray for everyone I can think of.  Often this takes my mind off my concerns and I fall off to sleep.

We are told not to be anxious.  Why?  Because anxiety indicates that we are trusting God less than some other god of our own creation.  Often that “other god” is our own strength.

God wants us to rest comfortably and we should be able to do it if we have put our complete trust in Him.  This does not mean that we won’t have concerns, but it does mean that we realize that He knows best and we can relax (sleep) in that fact.  What a God!

“Lord, You slept on a boat with a storm all around You.  Your disciples were all out of sorts about the storm.  You knew something they didn’t.  God was in charge.  He can be trusted to take care of us.  My sleep patterns reveal my level of trust in You.  Thank You for that insight today.”

Today’s insight: My sleep pattern indicates my trust in God.  Rest accordingly!

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I want God to have all of me

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”  Psalm 130:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Daniel 5-6, Psalm 130, and Luke 3.

I was drawn to the “whole being” part of this verse.

Is my mind engaged in waiting to be sure of what He wants me to do?

I am easily distracted.  I am easily side-tracked.  I have a host of good intentions.

Sadly, I am unable to sustain a total turn to God.  He wants that from me.

I often think of things in relation to me instead of in relation to Him.  I believe that God wants me to do more reading but will I approach the reading time as if it is ordained by Him not me?

God has a plan for my life.  For me to have access to His Plan, I must remember that it doesn’t come on a sheet of paper entitled, “Today’s Plan.”  It will be an ongoing thing.  I cannot assume that I can “take it from here” and move off as I see fit.

I have surrendered my life to God many times and often in the ending prayer on this blog.  Why do I undo that “surrender” so often?

“Lord, I need You every second.  Not periodically.  Forgive me for choosing me over You. I cannot get things right on my own.  I need You.  Prick my conscience when I have wandered off.  I don’t want that happening.  I love You, Lord.”

During what portion of your waking hours are you intentionally yielded to God?

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