June 24, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 40

My Commentary:

Remember that season of life where you felt as though God was not answering a single prayer. It felt as though His presence was not present and you were left alone in the dark dungeon of suffering, confusion, trial and grief? Remember that season?

Remember that season of life when you felt as though you couldn’t go on and right before losing hope God in His infinite power spoke in such a clear-cut manner that you knew for a fact that prayers had been answered.

And to be quite honest the only verse I really want to key in on is verses 4 and 5. This whole passage is jammed packed but for some reason verses 4 and 5 is astounding to me. Take a look at what it says,

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

That passage is packed full of glory! Think about it word by word.

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust” – go back with me to the first paragraph – the individual who makes the Lord is trust looks like the type of believer Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to be in 1 Corinthians 15:58. No matter what happens if you put your trust in God you can TRUST that He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever and He is One who is trustworthy.

Now take a moment and think about the second half of verse 5.

“The things you planned for us no on can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declary.”

How true is this of our lives. Take a moment and look at the computer your using. WOW. Now take a moment to look around at the room you are sitting in – four walls, maybe a little decoration, your safe. Now think about the people God has blessed you with in your life. Now take a moment to think about the salvation He has given us and not only that but the sinned He covered by slaying His only Son and pouring out his Righteous judgment on Jesus (that you deserved). Now take a moment to think about this – what about all the blessings we take for granted? What about the accidents He protected us from that we will only know about when we see Him face to face.

Bottom line church – we serve a Good Good God. A God of GOOD NEWS – the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Rejoice today knowing that God is worthy of our trust – He is solid and know that if we were to write out all the things he has done and has yet to do – the pages would be innumberable! What a mighty God we serve!

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

Posted by: Zach Monroe

June 23, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 39

This is a very real Psalm. One of my favorite things about this book of the Bible is that it joins together theology, real life situations, and emotions. We see several Psalms where the writer is dealing with a deep struggle, feeling abandoned by God, or life is unfair to them and yet… they turn back to God and connect what they are going through to the truth of God’s character. This Psalm in particular is dealing with David as he lays sick and depressed. He tells God that he has tried to watch his words while everything goes on around him. Finally he blurts out and begs God to just take him. Do you ever feel like life gets so bad that you just want to throw your hands up and quit? David is at that point… probably more than any of us have ever been. He proclaims the vanity of life…the building up of wealth and security.. and then he seems to make a drastic turn in verse 7 as he cries to God…”but now, Lord, what do I look for?” My hope is in you!” Does this resonate with you? You beg and plead with God, maybe even argue with Him and then surrender occurs. You realize in your spirit that your hope is Him! The very thing you need is found in Him. David’s demeanor now changes. He goes from arguing and complaining to pleading and begging. He goes from pride and anger to humility.

Now, he begins to ask God to change Him. He asks God to save him from his sin, his sickness, and his situation. He asks God to take away his sin and, basically, let up on the discipline he was receiving for it. Part of that discipline was his sickness. He asks God to make him better and give him life back. Then he asks God to restore their relationship. He feels distant and estranged, like a “foreigner” or “stranger” to God. How often do we sin and mess up our relationship with God and begin to feel this way? If this describes you, beg God to help you deal with your sin and restore your relationship with Him.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

June 22, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 38

Hope in Hopelessness…

More of a serious tone here… this Psalm is a lament. The psalmist is laying his troubles before God, and these are troubles that have resulted from his own sin. In verses 1-14, he knows that the troubles he is experiencing are because of his own sin…and here’s something interesting…he also knows that his troubles are FROM GOD. We see this by the words “your anger,” “your wrath,” “your arrows,” and “your indignation.” But, he also says in verse 3, that he knows it is because of his sin. Ponder on those truths for a while.

He continues his anguish-filled cry through verse 14. But in verses 15-22, he acknowledges his hope…

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

“You alone are my hope.” “For you, O Lord, do I wait.” “It is you, O God, who will answer me.” These are the words from the same man who is in anguish. He is drowning in pain, sorrow, loneliness, guilt, and heaviness, yet he finds hope in the hopelessness. Now, he is still hurting, as evidenced in verse 17, but he remembers truth and finds hope. The first step: He ACKNOWLEDGES God (verse 15).

As he goes on, he genuinely confesses and apologizes for his sins. The second step: He CONFESSES his sins (verse 18).

Furthermore, he cries for help in verses 21-22. He cries, “Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!” The third step: He ASKS for God’s HELP!

So how about you? Are you in pain? Are you guilty because of your sin? Are you lonely? Are you sorrowful and heavy? Does it feel like your own sin as well as God’s “arrows” have brought some pain? Follow these steps with a genuine heart. Take heed to the psalmist’s example. 1. Acknowledge that IT IS GOD who will restore you. 2. Confess your sins and genuinely apologize. Lastly, 3. Ask for God’s HELP!

He’s greater than your sin. Do you believe that?

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

June 21, 2011

Today you should read: Psalm 37

Have you ever taken a defensive driving class? I took one at Eastern Kentucky University as an elective because all of the advanced chemistry courses were full.. or something like that. Anyway, in that class we drove a car that was equipped with special wheels to simulate difficult driving conditions such as wet or icy roads. The main thing that our instructor taught us was to look ahead to where we wanted the car to go and not directly in front of us. There was a really deep theology behind his philosophy which was “you can’t go where you are not looking.” 

David gives us the directional beacon to focus our hope in Psalm 37:34: “Hope in the Lord and keep His way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.”

There are so many distractions in our lives that can easily deter us from fully following the Lord. The main distraction that David points out in this Psalm is the “wicked” who are all around us. For some of us this looks like a friend who is cheating on his wife but never seems to get caught. For others this is the lazy co-worker who just got a promotion. Unfortunately for many it may be the abuse that you have endured or some other unspeakable oppression at the hands of someone else. These are all tragic things but the answer is not to envy, hate, or even seek revenge on the wicked. These things will only cause us to do or become the very thing that we are focused on. (v.8)

So, if we become what we focus on then let our focus be on Christ. He is our example of how to love our enemies. Remember, before you knew Him, you were one. (Romans 5:8).

Today as you encounter sin may you meditate on Psalm 37:39-40:

“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him. 

Posted by: Chad Wiles