Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 106

“But they soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel.” (Psalm 106: 13)

The Psalmists recounts the Glorious redemptive work of God in Israel and Israel’s continued rebellion against the Lord in spite of His steadfast love toward them. It seemed that every time God rescued them that “they soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel. My prayer is Lord don’t let be like this. Let me always look to the glorious redemption that You have provided for me in awe and wonder. Let me look a new at Your wonderful works day by day. I can’t help but think of the old hymn “Come Thou Fount” that when I read this Psalm. The last part of the hymn says; “Prone to wonder, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.” That is the nature of humanity. That is my nature. So, I cry our with the Psalmist and the hymnist and say; “Here’s my heart. O take and seal it; Seal it for thy Courts above.” Dear, Lord ” Come thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.” Do not let me be as the rebellious. Let me marvel at Your might works every day.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

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Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 105

“When He summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, He had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.” (Psalm 105: 16-17)

Here we have an interesting twist of perspective. The Psalmist is recounting what God has done for His covenant people Israel. He is reminding them of His divine providence on their behalf. In our verses today He is recounting the story of Joseph and his journey to Egypt. If you know the story you know that Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and sold him into slavery and told their father he had been killed by wild beast. Joseph ended ultimately ended up a prisoner in Egypt, until God sent a famine which allow Joseph to be used by God and he was them elevated to 2nd in command and ultimately saved Israel.

The point is that most of us would look like a tragic chain of events, especially early on in Joseph’s life, turned out to be God’s providence “sending a man ahead” of Israel to set the stage for the great rescue many years later. God often has a unique way to bring about victory. Many of us if we were going through what Joseph went through as a slave and a prisoner would not think this could be God’s plan of redeeming Israel from the grips of a famine. We would all to often wonder why God was allowing such a tragic thing to happen in our lives. Why would God allow me to be sold and sent to prison? Haven’t I been serving Him with everything I have? Haven’t I been faithful, so why? Or, if this was a friend of ours we would too often think, What kind of sin is in this persons life for these tragic events to be happening. God surely must be judging them for something. All the while God may simply be using these difficult events to prepare them for the greater tasks He has for them down the road. They may be the person He is sending ahead of a greater tragedy so that they  can be used to show the way of redemption to a destitute people.

So, maybe before we are so quick to judge God or judge others we should spend a little time on our knees in pray on their behalf and seek to come along side of them and encourage them trusting that God knows why they are where they are and He knows how to get them to where He wants them to be. Let us ask God to help us be sensitive to His plan in the good times and the difficult times. Let us trust God in the good times and the difficult times to know what He is doing and how He can use every circumstance to strengthen us and glorify His name.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 101

“I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.” (Psalm 101:3)

What a challenging passage this morning. We are reminded that work of sanctification is two fold. it is first a righteous act of God working in our lives through the person of the Holy Spirit to cleanse and purify us. Secondly, it is a cognitive choice on the part of the believer to guard his soul from those things that are contrary to the righteous requirements of godly living as dictated by God’s revealed word. It is my responsibility to guard the my senses and not allow anything into my mind that is “worthless.” In other words I must monitor my sensory intake. I must monitor my entertainment. I must monitor what I read. I must monitor those with whom I socialize with on a regular basis.

I must fill my mind with the things of God. I must surround myself with the people of God. I must systematically hide the word of God in my heart that I might not sin against Him. This does not mean that I do not interact with those who are outside the family of faith. No! I must interact with them to share the gospel of Christ, but I do not allow myself to be influenced by their ungodly activities and ideology. I must guard against the enemies attempts to drag me into depraved state of living. In order for this to happen I must intentionally determine every day that “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.” and I will “hate the work of those who fall away” and not allow it to “cling to me.” I must determine daily to pursue godliness by intentionally seeking to Know God better through the study of His word and prayer.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 100

“Know that the LORD, He is God! it is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:3)

Again today we see the sovereignty of God on grand display. The Psalmists reminds us that every aspect of our existence is because of the generous grace, mercy, and loving kindness of almighty God. We see first that the “Lord, He is God.” There is no other. He is the sovereign creator and sustainer of all things. He is the sovereign over our lives because it is “He who made us.” It is He who has bought with a price those who repent and believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. “We are His” prized possession. He has made us “His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”

What a glorious place to live and exist. The redeemed are the children of God. We have been adopted into His family. We are joint heirs with Christ. He is preparing a place for us that is indescribable. He has given us the great Comforter and guide in the person of the Holy Spirit. We are not alone in our journey. He has given us His peace that passes all understanding. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. In Him we live and move and breath and have our being.

Let us join the Psalmist and “Make a joyful noise to the Lord.” Let us “Serve the Lord with gladness” knowing that we are His and He is ours.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 99

“O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrong doings.” (Psalm 99:8)

Here we see the two attributes of Yahweh. Indeed Yahweh is a forgiving God who is longsuffering toward us. He, from the foundation of the world, has set in place a redemptive plan through His Son Jesus Christ whereby those who would repent and believe could find forgiveness and be made righteous. God has demonstrated that He is a gracious and merciful God who forgives.

However, He is also a God who is just and holy and righteous who hates sin and has set in place from the foundation of the world a day of judgment that is just as much a part of His redemptive plan as is forgiveness. Just as God has been faithful to forgive those who repent and believe, He will be equally as faithful to bring just and righteous judgment upon those who reject the gospel and remain in their sin. Today, is the day you must decide which road you will take. Will you humble yourself before a holy God through repentance and trust in Christ for your redemption and forgiveness? Or, will you continue in your sin and stand before the righteous judge of this universe guilty? The choice is yours and it will be made today.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 98

“The LORD has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.” (Psalm 98:2)

What a glorious declaration from the Psalmist today. The transcendent God of this universe has revealed Himself to humanity and He has shown us His plan of salvation. There is not a one of us that deserve to be rescued by God. There is not a one of us that deserve to know Him or receive His love, because each of us left to his own will and way is prone to despise God. Yet, in spite of our depravity, while we were “yet in our sins,” as the apostle Paul reminds us, God has revealed Himself to us. He has declared for us the way of salvation. The Hound of Heaven has made it His plan to peruse an ungrateful sinful people and redeem them to Himself. Oh, the unsearchable love of God for His creatures!

In that moment and everyday after that we are found by God in salvation we should sing a new song. We should rejoice with great joy that we have been redeemed by the mighty right hand of God. We should praise He who has rescued us from His own wrath to come in the Day of Judgment. We should praise He who has, in His loving kindness and mercy saved us from the just punishment that we deserve. To Him be glory and honor and praise forevermore. Let us “sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!”

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 97

“O you who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psalm 97:10a)

What a glaring indictment this sentence has on modern American Christianity. First, it seems that in our modern Christian culture we have decided that we do not want to call sin evil; or at least not all sin. We may look at the most gruesome acts of depravity and declare them to be evil, but when it comes to the most common sins among us we view them with less harshness. For instance murder, rape, animal cruelty, to name a few, would certainly be considered by most people as evil. However, when we think of lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, or sex outside of marriage we tend not to view such things as evil.

In the economy of God’s righteousness every sin is evil because sin is a blatant disregard for the holy and righteous God’s character and the standard to which He has established. Sin, all sin, is against an eternally holy and righteous God and is therefore and act of evil and deserves the an eternal punishment. Our general problem with identifying all sin as evil is that we have a low estimation of the character of God in our culture today. If we could ever get back to the place where we taught and preached about and in light of the immense holiness and righteousness of God I think we would raise up disciples who understood the utter depravity behind all sin. Such an understanding would elevate our level of worship and increase our vigilance against temptation and sin. So, in a culture where sin is tolerated and toned down, let us hear the Psalmist’s cry, “O you who love the LORD, hate evil!”

Grace to all,

Ronnie