August 5, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm75

Psalm 75 is the answer to the prayer in Psalm 74 as it points forward to the day Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior will return! Can you imagine what that day will be like?

Think just a moment on the new heaven and the new earth. I think the majority of Christians don’t think about this as they ought. So, if you don’t, take time now to think about how life will be when Christ returns. No pain. No sorrow. We will work, but we will not strain or toil in vain (work was there before the fall). Families will not be broken. There will be no pain or suffering…only singing, rejoicing, and making much of God through glorifying Him and giving Him praise throughout all eternity. Oh, how I long (I know you do, too) for that day!

Now, dive back into Psalm 75. You can hear the psalmist and his singing anticipation for when the wicked will be wiped away and the righteous shall reign under the authority and glory of God.
In conjunction, verse 1 and 2 make clear that the Savior leads His people in giving thanks to God for ALL of His wonderful works and waiting in anticipation for His return (of which only God knows). Verse 3 is interesting because at a specific time when earthly government is falling apart the King will come, at the appointed time, and set up His new kingdom with those who are righteous.

Verses 4 and 5 are a cutting challenge to those who are boastful and wicked. He makes clear to those who are boasting to not be “so” confident and questions the wicked, “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!?” He warns them not to exalt themselves. He makes clear in verses 6 and 7 that He is the One who brings men down and lifts them up – He is the supreme Ruler.

As you read verses 9 and 10 they will remind you again of the new kingdom. Jesus is the speaker and He is singing songs of praises to the God of Jacob. How amazing it is to think that God is STILL carrying out His promise to Abraham and redeeming to Himself a people, a nation, a remnant through that everlasting promise. And it is made clear that the wicked will be cut off, but the power and glory of the righteous will grow!
Oh how I long for the return of Christ – we will sing – those who are God’s chosen people with an everlasting shout of praise, giving God honor and glory for the rest of the ages!
Worship God-Enjoy God-Be useful to God’s Kingdom.

Posted by: Zach Monroe

August 4, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 74

This Psalm is a plea for divine help and restoration. The writer lies out before God how the enemy has defiled the temple, destroyed His city, and taken His people hostage. God’s people are in desperate need and great distress, however, this psalm is not about their need. The writer tells God that His name and reputation are being tarnished by this attack and his main concern is His (God’s) honor and continued praise. The writer then reminds God of how He had helped His people in the past when they were in similar

Often times in our lives, when we face trials and difficult circumstances, we ask God to help us by taking away the circumstance so we can get back to where we were. We rarely have a God-oriented perspective on our situations. When we have a hard time or a circumstance that causes us to lose sight of God our natural and often, first response is to make sure we are taken care of and made whole. Once that happens then we come back to God and assess our relationship with Him. When was the last time something bad happened to you and your immediate response was, “how can God get glory from this?”, or, “how does this affect the way people see and worship God?” The world is watching us and the people in your world are waiting to see how you handle each day’s troubles.

Do you complain and try desperately to find personal comfort and satisfaction or do you turn everything into an opportunity to see God honored, to see Jesus lifted high so that He can draw all men to Himself? We live in a nation that advertises self-comfort and self-centeredness. We need to be a people consumed with how God’s great name can advance in and through us and our life circumstances and penetrate our world, just like this psalm expresses.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

August 3, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 73

Eternal Perspective…

What a great and encouraging word! Can you relate to this psalm?
Here is what’s happening: He is seeing the prosperity of the wicked! In our world, it’s like seeing your friends or family, who don’t live for God, have a good and happy life. They don’t live for God, they don’t feel guilty about disobeying God, they don’t confess or repent, and yet their lives are good! They seem to be pretty happy and there doesn’t seem to be any “bad” consequences. It seems a little unfair for those who try, day-in and day-out, to obey God and spend time with God! Can you relate?

The psalmist writes in verse 2 that his “foot had almost slipped,” meaning that he almost gave in to these feelings that he was having. He goes on from verse 2 through verse 12 to describe how the “wicked” are living great lives! And verse 13 is the kicker; he goes as far to say, “surely in vain have I kept my heart pure.” Basically, he is saying…”I’ve lived for God for nothing!! It doesn’t matter! My life isn’t any better!” In verse 16 he discusses how much this thought weighed down on him. How about now, can you relate?

So, how does he get from his disappointed state in verses 1- 16, to verses 23- 26, where he basically says, “I don’t want anything else but God!” That seems contrary to everything he just said! Well, we see in verse 17 that everything changes…that’s where I want to land today.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

What does it mean to have an eternal perspective? You hear this a lot, but do you really think like this. Do you consider this present suffering as nothing in comparison to the glory that is to be revealed (Romans 8:18)? Do you have consistent joy because you know this life is short, and soon you will see Christ? OR does every little bad thing in your life seem like the end of the world? Do you meditate on the shortness of life and have an eternal perspective? This man did.

In verse 17, he says “until I entered into the sanctuary of God.” He is basically saying that He fixed his eyes on GOD! He saw God for who He was and gained a God sized perspective. He saw God’s plan and it changed him!! It changed him so much that he said some of the most powerful words in all of history, “whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (v 25-26). WOW! He is basically saying, “God, you are the only thing that fills me up, you are my portion, and I don’t want anything else but you!” He goes on to say “for me, it is good to be near God” (v.28). He goes from thinking that there is no point to living for God (verses 1- 16) to not wanting anything else but God (verses 17-28)! All because he fixed his eyes on God and gained an eternal perspective. He saw how short life is and how long eternity is.

So, how about you? Do you feel like living for God has become pointless? Well, my solution for you is to gain an eternal perspective. Think about how short this life is. Think about the fact that God could take your life today. What’s the point of living for anything else? What’s the point of wasting your life by chasing other things? It will be over shortly. And the final destiny of the wicked is eternal death. It is far wiser to live for God now than it is to suffer for it in eternity. Thinking eternally also involves the way you view your trials. There is far more joy when you are thinking with eternal perspective.

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

August 2, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 72

In Psalm 72, we see David praying for justice for his people Israel. David’s prayer not only shows heart of God for that time period but foreshadows the eternal plan of God through Christ.

First, we see the implications for that day. The king of Israel was considered a son of God and God worked through the king to rule his people Israel. David is pleading for justice and righteousness so that he could defend the poor and needy and bring honor to God. David also wanted all other nations and tribes to bow down before him. At first glance that request seems selfish and that David is power hungry, however, David is showing the will of the Lord to save all peoples and all nations. If the other nations submit to the rule of the Davidic King they bring themselves under the rule of God.

Second, this psalm points us to God’s eternal plan through Christ Jesus. Christ, who comes to us through the line of David, is the true son of God. Through Christ God brings righteousness to all people who submit to His Lordship.

1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Christ’s sacrifice on the cross satisfied the wrath of God bringing justification, righteousness, and grace to all of those who believe in Jesus name, the son of God.

We live in a day and time where we see ourselves as individual nations. Most of us are proud of our heritage but as Americans we are mostly out for our own well being. We are the kings and queens of our own proverbial castles. So, do we submit to the rule and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do you individually? Do you as a family? When I see David pray for Tarshish to render tribute to the Son I can’t help but ask the same for us. The only way to experience grace is to lay down the rule and reign of our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Chad Wiles