Meditating Through The Psalms – Day 40

“I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8)”

Here in lies the key to my success, that is if you measure success as obedience to the precepts and commands of the Lord. Everything I need to successfully live the life God intends for me to live is found written in His Book. I am told by the prophets to “meditate on it day and night and my way will be prosperous.” I am told to “hide it in my heart that I might not sin against God.” The Lord Jesus reminds me that a “man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The Psalmist will remind me in another place that this Word is a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Therefore, I would do well to put aside foolish council and turn my heart to the devotion of the word of God.

As I delight in His word my nature will be transformed. As I delight in His word my desires will be changed. As I delight in His word my attitude and actions will reflect His will and His desire. I must “not be conformed to this world,” the Apostle Paul says. But, I must be “transformed by the renewing of my mind.” This renewal can only take place as I internalize the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to shape me more and more into the image of Christ Jesus. So, our challenge today is to join with the Psalmist and say, “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie.

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Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 39

“Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah” (Psalm 39:5)

How sobering to think of the brevity of the life span of a human being. When we are young we think we have forever. The older we get the more sensitive most become to the few fleeting years we have. Unfortunately all to often we get so consumed with the daily routine of surviving that the years slip by so quickly and we look back and we have done little for the Kingdom of God.

The Psalmist challenges us today to stop and recognize our life is “as a mere breath” on the time line of history. We don’t have time not to be intentional in our walk with the Lord. We must seize the Day for the glory of God. We must be intentional in raising our children. We must be intentional in developing relationships for the purpose of reaching people for the kingdom. We must be intentional in every decision we make so that we impact the kingdom of God with the time allotted to us. This must start with your family and then branch out from there. “Carpe diem” y’all.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 38

“I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning.” (Psalm 38:6)

When is the last time you felt the weight of sinful guilt. This generation seems to have removed the guilt of sin unless there is some benefit for them to advance an agenda. There does not seem to be any real sense of shame over sin in our day.

The Psalmist reminds us of the weightiness and shame that should accompany the guilt of sin in or life as we realize we have sinned against a holy God. When we are convicted of our sinfulness, we like the Psalmist, must repent. We must humble ourselves before God and seek His mercy and grace.

Have you ever come to the place in you life where you have said to the Lord, “I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning” because of sin? If not why not examine yourself now and seek God forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 promises that “if we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive use of our sin and cleanse us from unrighteousness.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 37

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in His way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24)

We have all heard the cliché about life being a journey. Although it may be cliché, there is truth in that that statement. We are all on life’s journey trying to find our way. We are all inevitably seeking the path upon which we should trod. We are seeking the path that would lead to happiness rather than pain, success rather than failure, and hope rather than despair. Unfortunately many go through this life groping into the darkness trying to feel their way upon these goals. Thus, for many, life often seems to be disappointing and full of difficulty because they are seeking what they can not find.

The Psalmist reminds us today that life does not have to be a journey of “could haves” or “should haves” or “if onlys.” Life can be a journey of purpose and joy and hope in spite of the difficulties that we will all inevitably face. We find this only when we cast our lot in with the Lord. It is in Him that we find peace, hope, and joy in the journey. The Psalmist reminds the righteous are established by the Lord for all who delight in Him and in our delighting in Him we find delight in our journey. The Psalmist also reminds us that we will occasionally fall, but in our falling we are not cast out. No! The Lord steadies us with His outstretched hand. The Lord lifts us up and upholds us with His tender touch. So, today take joy in the journey oh righteous man for you have a God who is establishing your way and holding you up when you falter. There is joy in the journey for those who trust the Lord.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 36

“Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart…” (Psalm 36:1)

There is a misconception in our society today, namely, that men are born inherently good and nurture (i.e., external influences) cause them to do the bad that we see in the world. Hence the constant shifting of blame to ones circumstances or childhood. This is why we generally attempt to help people overcome sinfulness by focusing on the external actions rather than the internal depravity.

The bible is clear that “man’s heart is desperately wicked.” Psalm 51 reminds us the we are born with a sin nature. In other words we are inherently sinful from the beginning and, while, nurture and the common grace of God can minimize the levels to which our depravity could take us into sinful behavior, neither will completely disarm the nature of sin that dwells with in us because, “transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart.”

Wherein then is our help. Our help comes from and transformation. God has promised to those who would respond to His redemptive offer of grace and forgiveness through repentance and faith in His Son Jesus Christ, that He would take out the sinful heart of stone and give us a new heart of flesh. That is to say that He will transform our nature from one lost in depravity to one redeemed into life and clothed in His righteousness. Left to ourselves we will die in our sinful depravity as eternally condemned individuals. That doesn’t have to be our end. Through repentance and faith in Christ we our sin and all of the guilt it brings can be removed and God’s righteous imputed to us making us Justified in His sight. Turn to Christ today.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 35

“I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.” (Psalm 35:18)

It is often that when we find ourselves in difficult times we sink into a desperate state of “woe is me.” While in this state we often look out at our fellow man and begin to compare our state with theirs. This all to often causes us to begin to wonder why God would allow our reprobate neighbor to prosper while I, his choice servant, am buried under the heavy load of burden I bear. If not careful we will begin to blame God for the burden and hold Him in contempt.

David a man of many burdens reminds us that our greatest need, especially in the most difficult of times, is to cry out for help from the One who can truly help us in our time of distress. There is no sham in asking the Lord to “contend … with those who contend with me.” and “fight against those who fight against me.” Yes, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and love our enemy and pray for those who despitefully use us, but when we find ourselves in the midst of the battle we should appeal to the One who in, complete truth and justice, intercede on our behalf.

The Lord is our deliverer. He will once and for all rectify wrong and injustice in His holy righteous judgment. So, rather than become bitter towards Him in the dark places of life, let us all the more pursue Him and seek His deliverance and grace knowing all the while that He wants what is best for His children and that He is faithful and true. Then we can rejoice in His victory and say with the Psalmist, “I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 34

“The LORD redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22)

Our world is often filled with uncertainty. Many life in a constant state of hopelessness. Insecurities abound. Many in our nation life from day to day or pay check to pay check with no real sense of security for the future. The family unit today is plagued with insecurity. There seems to be no real sense of long term commitment in the world that we live in today.

The Psalmist give us something that we can rejoice about. He reminds us that the redeemed of the Lord can know perfect security in the Lord. Those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ can know that “He is able to keep that which [they] have committed unto Him against that day.” We may still face difficulty in this life. We may still have to deal with the insecurity of the world we live in, but believers in Christ can rest assured that God is with them and that He will never leave them or forsake them. We can rejoice today in the fact that “the Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” Our culmination of our eternal salvation is a guarantee. He has given us the Holy Spirit as an earnest gift. It is a done deal. That’s why we can rejoice even in the difficult situations of life, because we can be assured of eternal peace with God.

If you do not have that security today, fall on your knees before a holy God and repent of your sin and trust Christ as your Savior. If you will do that the God promises in His word that you will be saved and God keeps His promises.

Grace to all,

Ronnie