June 17, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 34

William MacDonald writes about verse 1 in this way, “salvation from sin is a gift of such tremendous value that it should draw unceasing thanks from our hearts to the Giver. IF we were to bless the Lord at all times, it could hardly be too much. If His praise were to be continually on our lips, we couldn’t begin to exhaust the subject. No human tongue will ever be able to thank God adequately throughout all eternity.” Today, we can say with great confidence that the Lord is good! What an amazing Father we have in Christ! Amen?

Verse 2 – The person who realizes their need of Jesus repents from their sins and turns toward Christ, boasts only in God, not in their own character.

Verse 3 – The person who realizes their need of Jesus repents from their sins and turns toward Christ, rejoices not in isolation, but with the BODY of Christ and together as a family (CPC), brings God glory!

Verse. 4 – When God’s Spirit begins to move and work in the life of the unbeliever (think back to when you began to seek) they can’t help but search for God. When they find Him they realize they were not seeking Him, but it was the Lord who first sought them out!

Verse 5 – All those who repent of sin and turn to Christ in faith become like the sun. They are radiant with joy. Depression and despair are now rooted in the delight of the gospel.

Verse 6 –Those who God seeks He hears their cry, stoops down and pulls them out of all their trouble—out of the tangled mess of sin that they put themselves in.

Verse 7 – God saves us and keeps us – He is like a mighty force circling those who know Him as Lord and Savior. This is such an amazing REALITY!

Verse 8-9 – Those who know the Savior long to share Him with others. MULTIPLY. Anyone who knows Christ goes from a sin sick sinner to a healthy believer. Anyone who is healthy wants to bring those who are sick to the Master Healer – those who bring sin sick unbelievers to the Healer are MULTIPLIERS – Multiply because of the JOY the Healer brings through salvation by grace through faith in Christ.

Verses 11-15 – The Psalmist now offers practical instruction on what it means to fear the Lord: control your tongue, be consecrated (set apart) and live in peace with all men (do your level headed best).

Verse 16 – The unrighteous are cut off from God (praise God today remembering that at one time in your life – YOU were cut off too, but by His grace He transferred you from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of His Son – Col. 1:13)

Verse 17 – AMAZING! Believers have INSTANT access to the Lord.

Verse 18 – God is actively opposed to the proud, but He will not resist a broken and contrite heart.

Verse 19 – The righteous one’s life is not free from affliction. Sometimes it will look as though the righteous one’s life is filled with affliction, but the present pain and suffering will pale in comparison to the future glory of being with God for ALL eternity!!

Verse 20 – Even in death God protects His saints.

William MacDonald’s commentary on verses 21 and 22… “the last two verses of the Psalm hinge on the word condemned. As for the wicked, calamity shall bring them down to death, and they shall be condemned. But, the servants of Jehovah have One who redeems their soul, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.” Praise God, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

My prayer is that God will be at the center of everything you do today! Be encouraged by the God who Saves!

Worship God – Enjoy God – Be useful to His kingdom.

Posted by: Zach Monroe

June 16, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 33

I always love the Psalms that start with praise to God. This particular one draws our attention to four of God’s attributes that most certainly deserve our praise. We see God as Creator, sustainer, righteous, and just. As we think about these attributes of God look to see where they are being shown in your own life. Obviously, we can all thank God that He created us and that we are sustained each moment of every day. Where in your life do you see God’s righteousness and justice? Praise Him for it today.

The rest of the Psalm focuses on the fact that God sees and sustains those who revere and honor Him as God. For those who don’t, He judges and will eventually destroy. We cannot best God. His plans will happen and His purposes will be fulfilled. Doesn’t that make you excited and relieved? We should rejoice in the fact that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.” God will finish what He started to bring good to those who love Him. So, who is your “help” and you “shield?” Are you trusting in the “size of your army” or the “horse’s strength?” Is God your shield? Is God your hope? If not, make Him your hope and shield today by trusting and waiting on Him as He reveals the plans He has for you!!

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

June 15, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 32

Are your bones aching??

Well, here we are in Psalm 32, another classic!! I could live in this Psalm! This is a psalm of thanksgiving! The worshipers are praising and thanking God for their sins being forgiven. Verses 1 – 5 answers the question…”who is truly happy (or blessed)?” And the answer is: those whose sins are forgiven. Verses 6-11 are straight application! Directly from the text! Verse 6 starts with “therefore,” meaning that it is drawing lessons from verses 1-5. Verse 6 is saying let everyone who is godly confess and not wait. And verses 10-11 are application to rejoice in the Lord and be glad!! Because your sins are forgiven!

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

Are your bones aching? We see in verses 4-5 a personal testimony of forgiveness. A testimony that is so much like ours. You see, God is gracious! He paid for your sins on the cross! He already finished it! But why don’t we live like we are clinging to this glorious truth?

I can’t count the many times when my “bones have been aching.” God’s hand seemed to be “heavy upon me.” Why was that the case? I had not been actively confessing sin and had not rested afterwards in His glorious forgiveness through Christ!!

Forgiveness is the fundamental expression of God’s kindness and mercy toward those who receive His covenant. No one needs to compel God to show mercy; rather, the faithful confess their sins because they believe that He is merciful.

So how about you? Are your bones aching? Have you kept silent? How long has it been since you confessed? Does it feel like your praise is more of a “groan all day long?” Does God’s hand feel like it is heavy upon you? Is your strength dried up? Well, then come to the end of verse 5 of this Psalm. Acknowledge your sin to the Lord. Confess until you can’t confess anymore. You should stay very active in your confession. God has already paid for the sin that you are too scared or too lazy to confess. He already knows about it. He knows you better than you know yourself.

So, confess and repent; and don’t do it anymore. Experience the humility that comes with acknowledging that you have disobeyed and then experience the joy that comes along with the end of verse 5, “You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Get alone with God, set aside 20 minutes, confess your sins TODAY and then soak in verses 10-11 which are the overflows of a forgiven heart!!

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

June 14, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 31

This has been a rough year for many of us all over the world. Japan was devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis, Mississippi, as well as other places, faced floods and Alabama faced massive tornados just to name a few. This is a tough time for so many families and I can’t imagine the sorrow they must feel. I can imagine that many of them are searching for refuge from the grief they face. Where can hope be found?

Psalm 31 points us to the Lord:

“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!” (v.1-2)

David makes it clear that only in the Lord can we take refuge. He is our rock and righteous deliverer. Does this mean that if we place our trust in the Lord we will never face hardships? Absolutely not! In verse 7 David points out that the Lord knows our afflictions and hardships and it is through them that He gives us grace. David is distressed because he is battling adversaries who are trying to kill him, he has persecutors on every side, and even his friends are deserting him (v. 9-13).

It is my prayer that when you face adversity you would run to the Lord and trust in Him. Understand that no matter the situation the purposes of the Lord will prevail.

Meditate today on Psalm 31:23-24:

“Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31:23-24

Posted by: Chad Wiles