Devotional thought for Today – 10/31/2020

God is my Fortress – God Adventures

Psalm 18 

PRAISE AND REST


Most Bibles have a heading for this Psalm with a title something like; To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:….   This Psalm is in stark contrast to Psalm 11 we posted a few days ago when David was running for his life. Then he was seeking refuge and rest, now that he has it he is praising God for it.

It can be broken down this way:

v.1-3 blessing God for all he has done

v.4-19 declares the mercies God has shown

v.20-24 declares God’s righteousness

v.25-29 declares his joy in knowing the Lord helps the righteous

v.31–36  describes the defeat of his enemies

v. 37–42 describes his rising up over them

v. 43–45 Praises God for rescuing and exalting him

v. 46–50  and ends the psalm by proclaiming God’s faithfulness to the Davidic royal line

When those “difficult times” in life have past what is the first thing you do? I hope we can all be like David and find rest AFTER we Praise the Lord for v.32 equipping me with strength and made my way blameless.

 

 

Hope As We Leave Quarantine

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Hope As We Leave Quarantine

James Street | 

After months of quarantine, the world finally seems to be getting back to normal. Masks are no longer required in certain places, non-essential business are opening their doors, and churches are starting to meet again. But the Coronavirus isn’t gone; it’s still here. Just because we hid ourselves from the virus doesn’t mean the virus will now start hiding itself from us. Now that people are beginning to gather in public places again, some may get sick with COVID-19—some may even die. That’s a scary thought. Many are uneasy about returning to normal life, and that includes Christians. Church leaders must now make difficult decisions about how to hold their services. Congregants must now decide whether they should even go to church right now or not. There is a healthy fear in all of us and it drives us to look to the Bible for answers. What hope does God give us at such a delicate time like this? For many evangelicals, Psalm 91 has been the answer. Its message is attractive, because it sounds like the pandemic we’re facing today:

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. (Ps. 91:3)

You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. (Ps. 91:5–7)

For you have made the LORD, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. (Ps. 91:9–10)

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Call on ME

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“Psalm 50:15”

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (NKJV) 

E invócame en el día de la angustia; Te libraré, y tú me honrarás. (RVR 1960)

Speaking from experience and many many conversations, it seems that we, as Christians, always wait until when we are knee deep in trouble, until we call upon the Lord for help. 

In our text above God makes it very clear that we are to Call upon Me {Him} in the day {our} of trouble, the question is when is that? When are we as believers in the day of trouble? 

This may come as a surprise to some of you but I would say that we are Daily in Our Day of Trouble. Let see if I  can explain; Jesus said that we He was not of this world John 17:14 and just like Jesus, true Christians, are not of this world John 15:19 and are in fact hated by the world around them. We are so opposed by and anti-world that we are commanded to love not the world 1 John 2:15 nor the things the world loves. We are told to be conformed not to the world but to Godly things Romans 12:2 by focusing on Godly values and things above Colossians 3:2. 

I hope I have made my point that the daily walk (life) of a Christian is full of trouble. One can not read the New Testament Epistles not not get that understanding. Has anything changed since they were written, no. Has the Lord changed the way we are to communicate with Him since the time of Moses, no, Call upon Me, He says.

We all want the promise of the Lord, I will deliver you, the problem is we want it on our terms. That is only when we are desperate for rescue. We seem to forget the last part of the verse; and you shall glorify Me. I know this is fictional but sometimes I think the Lord is sitting up there in Heaven saying, hey what about me, have you forgotten about me? Daily praise through prayer and supplication should be the norm not the exception in our lives. Call on me He says have you done that today?


Matthew Poole’s Commentary

And make conscience of that great duty of constant and fervent prayer to me; which is an acknowledgment of thy subjection to me, and of thy trust and dependence upon me, and therefore is pleasing to me.

In the day of trouble; when trouble comes, do not avoid it by sinful shifts, not’ trust to creatures for relief, as hypocrites generally do, but give glory to me, by relying upon my promises, and expect help from me by hearty and unfeigned prayer.

Thou shalt glorify me: this is mentioned, either,

1. As a privilege; thou shalt have occasion to praise and glorify me for thy deliverance. Or,

2. As a further duty; thou shalt give me the glory of thy deliverance by praising me for it, and improving it to my service and glory.

 

HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE LORD

“If the LORD had not been on our side.” Psalm 124:1

…How often God uses the most devastating experiences in our lives to be the “most blessed.” When darkness seems to obliterate all hope…He is separating the dross* from our lives…refining and cleansing us. He takes the broken pieces of our lives and makes something beautiful out of them. But He can only do this when we are submissive to His leading.

“Remember all the way He has lead thee.” It was the Lord that interceded… protected… delivered…upheld… and brought you through! Make Him the LORD of your life, and live in praise and thanksgiving for all He has done…and in awe of ALL HE IS!

Extract From “Dare to Trust” devotional © 2007 by Ed Powell; posted daily on our FB Page Faithful Steward Ministries and FSM Women’s Outreach
  • dross = something worthless, useless

My Help and My Deliverer

April 12

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. – Psalms 40:2

Gina held onto the branch for dear life. The floodwaters swirled around her, pulling at her, threatening to carry her off in the raging torrent. The pouring rain blinded her, and large clumps of mud kept bumping into her. Her arms ached and throbbed. The last of her strength gave out, but as she let the branch slip through her fingers, a strong hand gripped her wrist. Gina felt herself slide up onto the bank of the swollen river, and she spread herself out to feel the firm ground beneath her.

There are days that feel like a struggle for life. How wonderful it would be to have someone come along and lift us up out of the struggle. God can do that. His Spirit renews and strengthens us. Through the loving power of God, we are pulled out of the darkest pit and set upon solid ground.

Prayer:  Lord, hear me as I call out to You. Whether my problems are huge or tiny, I find I need Your help to get me through. Pull me up into Your loving arms, and surround me in Your love. Amen.