June 30, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 21

When you boil everything down life comes down to a clear choice.  You can either live life your way, in your own power, and for your own cause, or you can live your life for the glory of God, in His power, trusting in Him.

Psalm 21 is about a king who chose that. He chose to trust in God rather than in his armies, chariots, horses, and strength.

For the king trusts in the LORD… (V.7)

…and because he trusts in the Lord, look what God does for him.

God blesses him

You have endowed him with eternal blessings… (V.6)

God gives him joy

You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. (V.6b)

God keeps him from stumbling

The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling. (V.7b)

This simple principle is true for you and I too.  When you and I trust in ourselves, our own wisdom, and our own strength (even if we talk spiritual), we’re on our own.  But if we choose to trust in the Lord, look to Him and obey Him, He will bless us, give us joy, and keep us from stumbling too.  It’s that simple.

Jesus said:

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew‬ 6:33‬

  • Search your heart today – really look inside.
  • What do you trust in?
  • How can you take steps today to trust in the Lord?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “June 30, 2016”

  1. And shouldn’t we praise Him for the victory? But in order for their to be victory there must be combat. “Surely that’s not always true…” one might say, but it’s true. If Jesus is your Savior then He is your friend, and many are His enemy.

    But fear not. It is the Lord who leads his people into battle and it is the Lord who will lead them into victory, and He will never forsake His followers. After rejoicing in the victory, we can then be encouraged to give thanks in anticipation of future triumphs as well.

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  2. An answer to your question “How can you take steps today to trust in the Lord?” can be found in something Corrie Ten Boom once said: “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

    I was discussing this with some coworkers a few weeks ago. The way this translates to real life is this: Just as you don’t freak out inside a tunnel when riding the train, you know that someone more qualified is keeping the train on the tracks and even though you can’t see what’s coming up the engineer does. When something goes wrong like a job loss, loss of a family member, unfavorable medical diagnosis, etc., instead of freaking out, we remember that God is still sovereign and he knows what’s coming up and will keep us on track. Constant prayer is a great way to do that, so I’ll end with something else Corrie Ten Boom would ask, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”

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