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 104

31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works,

32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! – Psalm 104:31-32

This morning we are once again reminded of the sovereignty of God. It is He who has created all things. It is He who sustains all things. It in Him that we live and breath and have our being.

We see Him transcendent and seated on His throne. Yet we are reminded of His intimate involvement in His creation. We can take comfort in knowing that the God of the universe is very well aware of what is happening in our lives. He is in control of our destiny.

Because of this we can join the Psalmist and saying, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.” Father thank you for being concerned about my wellbeing even when you are not obligated to do so. “May my meditation be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the Lord.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 103

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 103:8

What an encouraging word from the Psalmist today. I, along with all of humanity, deserve the wrath of God. As David says in Psalm 51, “I was born in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.” I from birth was a sinner at heart. I by my own choices rebelled against God. I deserve His wrath.

But praise be to God for His long suffering and loving Kindness which kept Him drove Him to pursue me even while I was in my sin. He could have destroyed me, but He rescued me. He has and will rescue all those who repent and trust Christ today. Will you trust Him today?

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditating Through the Psalms – Day 102

to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, – Psalm 102:20

We were those prisoners. We were those doomed to die. We were all captive to sin and doomed to die in our sin until God in His grace and mercy reached down and starched us from the pit of depravity and set us on the Rock of Christ.

If for no other reason we should praise Him for the rest of our days. He has done for us what w could not do for ourselves. He has lavished us with His loving kindness. Now we love Him because He first loved us. Let us praise Him with every fiber of our being.

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