A little admonition embedded in the Proverbs is “When you are able (you have the $$$) do good to people who need help.”
Compared to the rest of the world, we live in luxurious excess. Before we have to stand before the Lord and account for of all the money we have lavished upon ourselves, we are wise to be generous to the needy. There are MANY noble mission causes to give to. Merely ask the Lord to highlight some good opportunities. When they appear, don’t be stingy. They probably need it much more than you do.
READ: Proverbs 1-3
When examining the various English versions of Psalm 146:9, we find many descriptions of how God treats the wicked; He frustrates, turns upside down, destroys, ruins, subverts, and overthrows their plans and their way. In fact, Ps. 149 indicates that He does this as we praise HIM.
The wise Christian removes his focus from those that trouble him and begins to praise the Lord. God knows best what each man needs to come to his senses and forsake the error of his sinful ways.
It’s in the focus.
PRAYER: Father, forgive us for reacting to our enemies in a carnal manner. We rather praise You and relinquish our vindictiveness and retribution.
READ: Ps. 145-150
Our prosperity depends upon the Lord’s blessing. If we are a farmer, we depend upon the rain and the soil conditions. If we are in finance, we depend upon the financial health of the businesses we are concerned with. If we are a home-builder, we depend upon the price of lumber and the market conditions. God affects everything that touches us.
Through prayer, we maintain a link to God that can affect everything.
“If You abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto You.” [John. 15:7]
READ: Ps. 137-144
In Ps. 132, Solomon states concerning his father, David, “Remember David and his self-denial.”
Often translated “afflictions,” or “enduring hardship,” another translation states, “The times he didn’t do what he wanted to do.”
For a godly man, relinquishing control to God’s Spirit and His Word and being obedient to it is the form of self-denial that may be referred to here.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” [Gal. 5:22,23]
PRAYER: Father, give us the grace to impose self-denial that will feed our spirit man rather than our carnal man.
READ: Ps. 130-136
Ps. 120-134 are known as the Psalms of Ascent. They must have either been music selections the Levites sang as they mounted the 15 steps to the Temple, or they were songs Jewish pilgrims would sing as they traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts.
Regardless, they seem to be family songs … songs to be quoted or sung by members of God’s family citing many provisions of care and safety they enjoy ie. “Except the Lord keep the city the watchman wakes in vain.”
It’s good to be IN the City of God.
PRAYER: Father, You love Your children and You keep us and provide for us. We devote our lives to Your Kingdom and Your purposes in the earth.
READ: Ps. 120-129
God’s Word is described as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Yesterday I replaced 12 little auto lamps in the tail section of my wife’s car. These little lights are behind a red or amber lens which is critical for sending a signal to stop or turn.
God’s Word not only shows us the path of where to go, but it tells us when we should slow down, stop, or turn. There is also a back-up light … sometimes we need to back-up and head in a different direction.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for telling us through Your Word where to go, when to stop, and when to turn.
READ: Ps. 119:17-176
The Psalmist declared that he found delight in God’s Word. It, no doubt, took him a period of time to acquire this mature emotion about God’s laws. We learn this delight from our parents or mentors who have likewise found it, or from the ups and downs of life.
Billy Graham found it at an early age, preached it his entire lifetime, and passed it to his children.
Pastor Larry Lea described the spiritual progression of decision-discipline-delight in reference to assisting Christians to acquire a dedication to prayer.
This lifetime provides us the opportunity to reach the joy of delight in God’s Ways.
PRAYER: Father in heaven, we want to draw closer to You everyday of our lives. We desire to make You our greatest joy and goal.
READ: Ps. 117-119:16