Saturday, February 18, 2017

Psalm 49 - Redeeming the Life of Another

7 No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— 
8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough— 

9 so that they should live on forever and not see decay. 

As you read more of the psalm you see that the writers (the sons of Korah) understand that everyone dies. The wise, the senseless, the wealthy, all who trust in themselves - all end up with the same fate - dead and decaying in the grave.

But they had this hope
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself. 

What they didn't know was how God would fulfill verse 15. 
Galatians 4:
4 But when the fullness of the time cameGod sent forth His Sonborn of a womanborn under the Law
5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons

Yes. The ransom of a life is costly. It cost God the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Here's the Gospel in a nutshell.
1 Corinthians 5:1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Bottom line:
Those without Christ are just like those described in Psalm 49.
Jesus came to redeem us from the grave.
He did that by dying in our place - He was buried and He rose again on the third day. 

Psalm 48

Well.... I missed a day. I read the psalm. I was going to post something late last night but I only had my phone and I couldn't figure out how to post to my blog. I know that there is a way to do that. And now that I'm typing I'm remembering there is some way I can use email...... I'll look into it.

I hope all of you who are reading a Psalm a Day for 150 days with me read Psalm 48. I posted this on Facebook.

Uh oh....I didn't get to post about Psalm 48 earlier today and now I only have my phone and I can't figure out how to past to my blog. So..... here's a great verse for you from Psalm 48. You'll need to write your own devotional thoughts. :-)
As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.
Psalms 48:10 NASB

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Psalm 47 - Sing Praises!

What do you do on Sundays? Do you come to worship and just kinda stand there and watch? Or do you sing?

Everyone should sing in worship. I'll admit that not everyone should sing a solo, but everyone should sing. If you consider how awesome God is and how He is the great King of all the earth how can you not sing? If there is joy in your heart express it through song.

1 Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise!2 For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!7 For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Psalm 46 - The LORD Is with Us

(I've been looking at Psalm 46 in the New American Standard Bible and the New Living Translation.)
It seems to me that a lot of Psalm 46 is telling how the end of the world will come about. God will destroy the nations and wars will cease. All of this destruction of nations and wars will show how glorious God is. Then God says, 10 "Cease striving (be still) and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

But look how cool this is!
7 and 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. NASB
The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. NLT

The LORD of Heaven's Armies! Wow! Here with us! 

Bottom line:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Come, behold the works of the LORD.
Be still and know that He is God.
The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here among us.

That should change your entire outlook in life. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Psalm 45 - The Wedding of the King

Psalm 45 is the song of a wedding celebration. Jesus Christ is the King. We, the church, are His bride.

Now read verses 1-7 again. Do you see how well they describe Jesus?

  • the most excellent
  • lips anointed with grace
  • God has blessed you forever
  • the mighty one girded with a sword
  • clothed with splendor and majesty
  • victorious in the cause of truth, humility and justice 
  • throne will last forever and ever
  • a scepter of justice rules the kingdom
  • He loves righteousness and hates wickedness
  • anointed with the oil of joy
an English window quoting Psalm 45

And this is information about the bride (the church) .... how the bride is described and instructions for the bride.
  • at the King's right hand (the place of honor)
  • dressed in fine gold
  • forget your people and your father's house (forget your old way of life)
  • let the King be enthralled with your beauty (live life in a beautiful, God-pleasing way)
  • all glorious is the princess in her chamber (God makes the church beautiful as the bride of Christ)
  • the bride will be led into the King's presence with joy and gladness
So there you have it, (I may have missed some points. :-) ) a description of Jesus our King and us, the church.

Bottom line:
Most of what we are as the bride (the church) has been done for us by Christ. He puts us in a place of honor, dresses us in gold, leads us into His presence with joy. But we have a part too. We need to forget about our old way of life and live in a manner that will please our King where He is enthralled with our beauty.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Psalm 44 - God Deserves the Credit (He Did It)

The Israelites were good warriors. They conquered the Promised Land and drove out nations from the land.
King David killed Goliath and led his armies to battle and returned with great victories.

But in all of their victories they realized that it was God who gave them the victory. It's summed up in verse 3.
3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.

Jeremiah gave this instruction which says the same thing in a little different way.

Jeremiah 9: 23 Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.

What are you good at? Do you recognize that it is God who gives you that ability and any good things that come from it?
What difficulties are you facing? Do you realize that you don't have to rely on your own strength or cleverness or abilities? I'm not saying you shouldn't be prepared in life. I'm not saying that you shouldn't work hard. You should give every situation your best. The Israelites fought hard for the Promised Land. But it is God who brought the victory. It is God who will bring the victory in your life.

And here's my favorite part! Do you know why? Because of His love!

Bottom line:
If you spend some time meditating on what it means to have the light of God's face working in your life - because of His love for you - it will change your life.
Bonus Bottom line:
If you can boast that you understand and know God then you will delight in what He delights in - exercising lovingkindness, justice and righteousness. Then you will also delight in (and do) those things.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Psalm 43 - Send Light and Truth

Psalm 43 only has five verses. It has a familiar theme - asking God for deliverance.
I mentioned to my lovely wife how it was difficult to blog about so many psalms with the same theme. I know that there is a reason for the recurring theme. Life is hard. We're often surrounded by enemies. Bad things happen to good people. Life doesn't go the way we planned. We need help from God for thousands of reasons.

But I didn't want to blog the same thing again with just a little change in the wording. But then God showed me something a little different in this psalm. Or at least something I hadn't noticed before (if it was in another psalm.)

3 send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; 
Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places

All scripture speaks of Jesus Christ. (This verse is more obvious than many.) When we ask God for light for our way, for truth in any situation, we're asking for Jesus!

"I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6 (Notice that this statement by Jesus even covers the second part of the verse above. He is the way to THE holy hill - God's dwelling place.)

"In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men." John 1:4

Can I just leave it there? I think if I go on and on with some sort of explanation I'll just mess it all up. 
Facing troubles? Need deliverance? Guidance? Vindication? Whatever it is.... You need Jesus. Psalm 43:3 can be your "go to" verse for pretty much everything!
"Send out Your Light and Your Truth, let HIM lead me."