Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 100:4

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalms 100:4

In the new testament there are still sacrifices, but they are not the blood of lambs and goats. Jesus' sacrifice was the only sacrifice sufficient to take away sin and He died once for all. One of those is giving ourselves as living sacrifices. Another is the sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. In one sense thanksgivng and praise ushers us into His presence and in another sense they usher his presence in. We don't have to go anywhere to find His presence because God is omnipresent, but when we praise and worship the Lord we experience His presence. He inhabits the praise of His people.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 99:9

Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy. Psalms 99:9

Our God is to be exalted. He is worthy of our worship. His holy hill, the mountain of the Lord is representative of His kingdom. It is Daniel's stone cut out without hands which becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth. In Isaiah 2, it says, "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow to it."  The higher the mountain, the greater the authority and His mountain, His kingdom will be exalted above all others. There is coming a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. The kingdoms of this world have now become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and forever. All will worship at His holy hill for He shall be exalted above all.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Psalm for Today: 83:18

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 83:18
That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

The enemies of Israel would try and intimidate them into surrender. Often in the confrontation they would defame the God of Israel. In 2 Kings 18 and 19 the king of Assyria was moving against Judah. His messenger asked this question, " Has any of the gods of the nations at all delivered its land from the king of Assyria?" He went on to list those they had conquered and the gods they had trusted. Basically, he was asking them, If their gods didn't protect them, what makes you think the Lord God will protect you? They did not understand that there is only one true God and He is far greater than the demonic etities that other nations worshipped. Hezekiah chose to trust God. Then one night the Lord sent an angel who slew 185,000 Assyrians and Sennacherib returned to Nineveh in defeat where a short time later he was assassinated while worshipping his god in the temple of Nisroch. Our God is the only wise God. He is the Lord God most high. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. Lord, we pray that those who hate You will come to know that You and You alone are God.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 80:4

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 80:4
Restore us, O Lord God; Cause Your face to shine and we shall be saved.

God gave the high priest a blessing to pronounce on the people and they would be blessed. "The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon You, and be be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." Number 6:24-26  The Lord's face shining upon you is synonymous with His blessing. Scripture says that God is of purer eyes than to look upon sin. he looks upon us because we who have trusted in Christ for our salvation have been clothed in His righteousness snd we are blessed. His face has shined upon us and we have been saved. Receive the blessing of the Lord today.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 79:13

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 79:13
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations.

The people of God are sheep. Not everyone is a sheep. In Matthew 25:33, we see that He will separate the sheep and the goats. He will set the sheep on His right hand and the goats on His left and the King says to the sheep, "Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (vs. 34) Later in vs.46 it says the goats will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. We are not sheep unless we have been born again and are led by the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. The Good Shepherd comes that we might have life and that more abundantly. Those who are sheep will give thanks unto Him forever. He is worthy of our praise from this generation and forever.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Psalm for Today: Psalms 78:4

A Psalm for Today: Psalms 78:4
We will not hide them from our children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

It is important to teach the next generation, our children and our children's children the works of the Lord. This psalm is an awesome historical account of God's dealing with His people. It is important for our children to know the works of the Lord and even more important that they see his work in you. Do you have a history with the Lord? Your children need to know God's dealings with you. In Revelation one of the means by which they overcame was the word of their testimony. There is power in a testimony. If your children see the reality of God in you, they will reject the lies of the world. To your children your life should be a demonstration of the works of the Lord.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Psalm for Today: Psalm 77:11

A Psalm for Today: Psalms 77: 11
I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

In times of trouble, it is good to remember the works of the Lord. He was faithful then and He will be faithful now. What he did then, He can still do now. His power has not diminished. He never slumbers nor sleeps; he does not take sabbaticals. He is our ever-present help in times of trouble. Have you a mountain before you or are you heavy laden with a load of care? Our God is able.