May 13, 2011

<strong>Today you should read: Psalm 5

What is your motivation in doing JUMPSTART? Let me remind you…it is to point you to Christ and
take you one step closer – DEEP BREATH, you ready? CPC CHURCH check this out – realize the King
of Kings, if you are truly His servant, OUR KING HEARS OUR CRIES! WOW! CPC family, we love you,
but know this – Jesus Christ, the One who reigns over the universe, knows exactly what you are going
through and He hears your cries to Him like a Father who embraces His child! Live in this truth.

How do I know this is truth? Let’s take a glance at Psalm 5 and see how we can grow one step closer
to being a true disciple of Jesus Christ by thinking and living biblically.

Psalm 5 is a morning prayer David presents as he reflects on the differences between the righteous
and the wicked.

V. 1, 2 David asks God to not only hear his cry, but his meditations – the Holy Spirit knows and can
interpret everything that is going on in and around you. Also note how David addresses God, “my
King and my God.” Hear within him the intimate connection and position he has with God.

V. 3 EVERY MORNING. This was not a sporadic occurrence, but a regular time David had with God.

V. 4-6 We, as believers have an inside track to the throne. We know FULL truth and grace – this is not
so with the wicked. God CAN NOT tolerates the wicked. Although, from a human perspective, it may
seem that others succeed, but in the end the wicked will be destroyed. Prayer has a Divine Power to
bring us back to this realization.

V. 7 David worshiped His Holy God! WORSHIP CPC FAMILY. SIMPLY WORSHIP THE KING and don’t
worship in hopes of receiving, but simply because God is WORTHY of our worship.

V. 8 As David’s enemies surround him he cries out for safety and protection asking God to lead him
through this time. As circumstances, trials, and tribulations hit you – continually cry out to a God who
owns every inch of the planet.

V. 10 Those who choose destruction will one day find their end in eternal destruction. Allow this to
motivate you to HATE sin.

V. 11-12 God will deal justly. He is just. Thank God we have an advocate to stand in our place. In this
passage God deals with the wicked justly and all those who are David’s friends are dealt with justly.
As they turn to Jehovah, they find refuge and rejoice in their great Defender!

As William MacDonald states, “God does favor the righteous – He surrounds them with GRACE as
their protective shield!”

CPC Family we love you, be encouraged that God is just. He protects the righteous and deals with
those who are wicked in a just manner! Praise Him that He has allowed you to be seen through His
Son, Christ. If Jesus hadn’t come we would still be just like the wicked, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice,
we are now righteous because He who was righteous became sin so we could be set free from sin!

Worship God – Enjoy God – Be useful to His Kingdom!

Posted by: Zach Monro

May 12, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 4

I love the book of Psalms. This book brings real life and theology into a beautiful marriage. Psalm 4 is a wonderful psalm of God’s salvation and His provision. We see His salvation in a few different ways. First, we see it in the past. In verse 1 David recollects God’s past faithfulness to save Him from his enemies. Next, we see God’s present salvation. In verse 3 David speaks out to his enemies and tells them that God has “set apart the godly.” God has saved and continues to protect those He loves. Finally, we see
God’s future salvation.

In verse 8, David speaks about the idea of sleeping in peace because of the assurance that God will continue to keep him protected. We can see this as well in our lives as believers. Jesus has saved us from our sins. They are cleansed and we are forgiven, a past salvation. Praise God that isn’t the end. Hebrews 7:25 and Romans 8:34 tell us of Jesus’ intercession. Jesus is always standing before God the Father claiming us as His own, telling God and all His angels that we belong to Him and that our sins have been
paid for. What amazing grace and awesome love! Of course, we know that one day in the future Jesus will come again and, on that day, “ He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,” These truths should draw us to a worship with awe and joy that is indescribable.

The second thing we see here is God’s provision. David writes of two types of provision in this Psalm. The first one is God providing him with justice. In verse 4 he writes to “be angry and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.” David is angry at his enemies and, as many of us would, probably wants justice. In our anger we cannot accomplish God’s righteousness. (James 1:20) God tells us that He is the one who grants justice. David realizes this and says in verse 5, “put your trust in the Lord.” Is there someone in your life that you wish you could see get justice? Remember who the judge is… it’s not you or me.

David also writes of God’s provision of joy. In the midst of tribulations and troubles, David writes verse 7. He tells us that God has given him more joy than anyone that has any worldly possessions. How often do we take for granted God’s joy and yet long for the things of this world? Take joy in that fact that you have Jesus and all His riches and blessings. David sure did.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

May 11, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 3

Memory that Motivates!!

Scripture continues to teach me more truths that inspire me to fall more in love with God! Especially passages like this one! Don’t miss this.

This Psalm, titled, “A Psalm of David, When He Fled From Absalom His Son,” referring to the occasion in 2 Samuel 15-16, is well adapted for Israel to relate to in their times of distress as well as for us to relate to in our times of distress.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”:

Verse one and two of this chapter gives us insight into this desperate situation! Salvation here refers to both physical and spiritual deliverance from danger. And the fact that the enemies are saying this of his SOUL (verse 2) shows that the enemies are basically saying, “your SINS are so bad that God cannot save you!!”

This guy was in desperation. He was physically and spiritually aching. And on top of that, his enemy was telling him that his sins were so bad that he was beyond the reach
of God.

Can you relate? Have you been spiritually or physically aching in one specific area or another? Is the enemy (satan), just like his enemy, telling you that your sins are so bad that you are beyond God’s reach?

Don’t give up yet! Before you lie down and give up due to your struggle, look at the rest of this Psalm and take heed to his example!! In verses 3 – 7, he REMEMBERED! He remembered who God was, he remembered what God had done in his life, he remembered how God had been faithful to Him, he remembered how God had heard his cry, and he remembered the many ways that God had cared for him in the past, and how, by faith, he was able to sleep in peace though faced with danger. He remembered. These past memories built his confidence for the current situation, enabling him to walk by faith and not by sight.

All throughout the Bible we see characters remember. In the dark, they remember what God has done in the light. They remember how He has been faithful to them. They remember how they have been rewarded when they trusted God.

So what about you? Are you in despair? A place of desperation? My answer to you is to remember. Remember who God is, what He has done in your life and how He has been faithful in the past. Remember what He did for you on the cross. Or are you in a place where you are being challenged to give up a certain sin? Is it difficult to trust that God’s way is better? My answer to you is, to remember. Remember His blessings for those who diligently seek Him. Remember who He is, which will enable you to walk by faith and not by feeling. Let your memory motivate you to obedience!!

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

May 10, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 2

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.” ~ Forrest Gump. All of us have heard this quote before and it seems so true but actually, it is not true at all. A better statement would be, “life is like an 80’s action movie, different settings and characters but the plot remains the same.” ~Chad Wiles. Solomon summed it up best in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

Psalm 2 picks up this theme as well. The nations and kings set themselves against the Lord trying desperately to overtake His throne. We see this all around us. Nations wage war against one another to gain control over this world for selfish gain, but not a single nation including our own follows the Lord. To take it one step further, many of us, including Christians, rarely make decisions in our everyday lives with the glory of God in mind.

So what does God have to say about it? He laughs at our meaningless toil. There will come a day when God will judge all of us in His wrath. What a humbling thought! So I ask myself, and I encourage you to do the same, where do I place my hope? Do I place it in the things of this world or in God and our Lord Jesus Christ? How do I make decisions? Are my decisions made for the sole purpose of bringing God glory or to bring glory to
myself?

Psalm 2 ends giving us the correct perspective. V.11-12:

“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

It is my prayer that we would all be sweetly broken by the message of the cross and we would humble ourselves before the Lord today. Understand that on our best day we are sinners and only through Jesus blood are we restored. We have nothing else to live for.

Posted by: Chad Wiles