JUST WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO?

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
psalm 114 talkingWhen an item you bought stops working, you want it fixed or you want a new one, right? First you go back to the place you purchased it. Then you find someone to help you. If that person cannot help you, you ask for their boss. If the boss of the first person can’t help you, you ask for the manager of the whole store. Now, you hope to get somewhere with a person who has the authority to bring a solution to your problem. Who you talk to makes all the difference in the world. By the way, getting angry does not help you or the person with no authority in front of you. Be kind and just go to the manager.
 
psalm 114 with jesusWhen I look back on my life, I wonder how much wasted time was spent talking to others about my problems who had no authority for solve them. Yes, it was good to have a listening ear but the problem did not get solved. The good feeling from being heard from others was only temporary. When I go straight to the problem solver, God, Himself, in Jesus Name, life is managed more efficiently. I must remember, however JUST WHO I’M TALKING TO! Because of Jesus, we can go right into God’s Holy Presence and be heard. Remember the holiness of God, not only as a Friend, but as GOD!
 
“Tremble, Earth! You’re in the Lord’s presence! In the presence of Jacob’s God”, writes our Psalmist. This leaps out to me as I approach the One who loves me most, the One who loves all His creation with compassion and mercy, the One and Only who knows all, is in all and will solve all your problems with His power and might.
 
psalm-114-god-is.jpgThink about just who we are talking to this morning…and bow down, worship, humbling ourselves before the God who loved us first. HE is God and we are not. Wow. Approach God with fear and awe. A fear that draws you to the One and Only God and causes you to be in awe of all He has done, is doing and will do in our lives until we see Him face to face in all His glory.
 
Yes, “tremble, Earth!”, indeed.
 
Psalm 114, The Message
 
psalm 114 god parts the sea1-8 After Israel left Egypt,
the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind;
Judah became holy land for him,
Israel the place of holy rule.
Sea took one look and ran the other way;
River Jordan turned around and ran off.
The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams,
the hills frolicked like spring lambs.
What’s wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away?
and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off?
And mountains, why did you skip like rams?
and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs?
Tremble, Earth! You’re in the Lord’s presence!
in the presence of Jacob’s God.
He turned the rock into a pool of cool water,
turned flint into fresh spring water.
 
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HEART CHECK:
 
The God of Jacob is still our the same God who loves us and longs to be with us. This is amazing grace for sure!
 
Imagine Jesus sitting in the room with You, His Holy Spirit washing over you with the peace of Christ in your heart. I have even given Jesus a chair in a room to help me imagine this moment! Does this help to remember just who we are talking to each day, throughout the day and into the night?
 
Do we remember to communicate with God “in Jesus Name”? Jesus is our advocate before God. The Holy Spirit leads us to God. Be in awe of the THREE-IN-ONE.
 
Now, answer the question we began with…just WHO are we talking to right now?
 

Man PrayingDear Heavenly Father,

I am humbled before you. Who am I that you would love me so much? I mess up in my words and actions and yet you lift me up, brush me off and love me still. You teach and encourage me. I come before your throne life concerns and you welcome me. Thank you, dear Jesus, for making a way through your sacrifice, death and resurrection to come back to God freely and unafraid but with fear and awe with respect and gratitude. You are the One. Thank you for the continual transformation of my life to be all you intended for me to be.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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JUST TO SPEAK HIS NAME…

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
psalm 113 right nowThere are mornings, in the middle of journaling my prayers to God that I just sit still for a while and really think about Who I’m talking to as I pray. Because of Jesus opening the door to heaven for us because of his work on the cross, we can walk right in and talk with the God who created us, loved us first, cares about us and wants HIS best for us. Hallelujah, indeed!
 
In those “sit still” moments I am obeying God’s word for us to do just that…”Be still and KNOW me”, says God. “Don’t just talk about it, psalm 113 be stillreally get to know Me”. “Feel My Presence with you.” “Understand and know from the inside out how much I love you.” I hear all of these words and more when I just sit still.
 
The Psalmist must have felt the same.
 
Psalm 113, The Message
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1-3 Hallelujah!
You who serve God, praise God!
Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember God is a blessing—
now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!
 
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4-9 God is higher than anything and anyone,
outshining everything you can see in the skies.
Who can compare with God, our God,
so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent
heavens and earth?
psalm 113 7He picks up the poor from out of the dirt,
rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
Seats them among the honored guests,
a place of honor among the brightest and best.
He gives childless couples a family,
gives them joy as the parents of children.
Hallelujah!
 
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HEART CHECK:
 
God says…(Psalm 46:10)
BE still and know that I am God.
BE still and know.
BE still.
BE
 
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Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for these precious moments of talking to you and then spending time to LISTEN and just BE with you. Life is doable only when we are with you first. Life becomes powerful when we see You at work. Life is blessed when we follow You. Yes, blessed is your Name. There is indeed no one like You. You love us more deeply than we can love…but we will try. I love you, Lord, with all that is in me. To You be all the glory, honor and praise! Speak to my heart. I’m listening.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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UNFAZED, HEART READY!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
psalm 112 blessed manWhat does it mean to be blessed? Does it mean that all is going well in our lives? Does it mean we are liked and loved by all? Does it mean generally that life is going well without any speed bumps along the way. Mm, I don’t think so. Being and feeling blessed might have a lot to do with the stage of our maturity and growth in following God and obeying His commandments.
 
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Our next psalm of praise begins with “Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God, who cherish and relish his commandments.” So, God’s blessings come when we obey with enthusiasm and joy knowing that God will be pleased. Not only that, we cherish His guidance knowing God wants His best for us. Blessed is an attitude in us as God gives His best generously to us who believe and follow Him.
 
psalm 112 7 no fear
Blessings and growing in maturity in following God seem to be related. Maturity has many facets as we grow more and more in love with God, our Father, who loved us first. How do we know we are maturing in His love? We see evidence of maturity emerging in our lives when:
*Our concern for others outweighs our concern for ourselves. (Phil 2)
*The presence of evil or danger is detected before it is obvious.
*We have more than high ideals; we have discipline to carry them out.
*Emotions are tempered by responsibility and thoroughness.
*Awareness of needs are matched by compassion and involvement.
*There is not only an understanding of a task, but also the fortitude to stay at it until it is done.
*There is a willingness to change.
*There is the ability to joyfully grow spiritually.
*Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, finish a job once it’s started, and carry money without spending it.
*And last, but not least, it’s the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.
 
So, if we evaluate ourselves by these few defined moments of maturity and growing in Christ, are we, like the psalmist writes, “unfazed by rumor and gossip, heart ready, trusting in God, spirit firm, unperturbed, ever blessed, relaxed among enemies”?
 
Yeah, I’m not completely there yet, either. But we keep striving to do all that pleases God in each of our journeys knowing God will help us to grow….and be blessed. You can count on Him! His power will make you what you ought to be!
 
Psalm 112, The Message
 
psalm 112 11-10 Hallelujah!
Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish his commandments,
Their children robust on the earth,
And the homes of the upright—how blessed!
Their houses brim with wealth
And a generosity that never runs dry.
Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—
psalm 112 6God’s grace and mercy and justice!
The good person is generous and lends lavishly;
No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,
But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.
 
Unfazed by rumor and gossip,
Heart ready, trusting in God,
Spirit firm, unperturbed,
Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,
 
psalm 112 shine
They lavish gifts on the poor—
A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.
An honored life! A beautiful life!
Someone wicked takes one look and rages,
Blusters away but ends up speechless.
There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing.
 
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Dear Heavenly Father,
You have proven over and over to us that You are everything to us and for us. The enemy is nothing and has nothing to offer that will help us. Thank you for this Word of encouragement to us this morning. Thank you for your daily manna of your word, help, encouragement, guidance and care. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for not giving up on us, but staying with us as you continue to transform us to be more and more like You. Yes, make me holy, unfazed, heart ready today!
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
Just thought of an old hymn that is ringing in my heart and head….(Written a few years back by Cyrus S. Nusbaum, 1898)
 
Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.
 
His pow’r can make you what you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free;
His love can fill your soul, and you will see
’Twas best for Him to have His way with thee.
 
Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call?
Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?
Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall?
Let Him have His way with thee.
 
Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest?
Would you prove Him true in providential test?
Would you in His service labor always at your best?
Let Him have His way with thee.
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NO EXPIRATION DATE!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
psalm 111 expire dateRandy and I have been on our own, so to speak, without kids or my dad living in our home for quite awhile now. Because there are only two to cook for and eat, I have discovered that items begin to build in our fridge and cabinets. I have also discovered that I must look at expiration dates before using those products again. When precious time goes by quickly, especially when we are busy, we don’t realize that some products have expired. SO, my new habit is to look at the dates before using any product these days. And how long have I had this bread?
 
psalm 111 honeyAs I read our next prayer song of praise, I am especially grateful that God and His promises NEVER go out of date, never gives up on me, never becomes obsolete or goes out of style. He proves this over and over and over again. He proved His promises to me this morning…without me checking the expiration date…because there isn’t one!!
 
Enjoy and be encouraged!
 
Psalm 111, The Message
 
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1-10 Hallelujah!
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
 
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This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,
He remembered to keep his ancient promise.
He proved to his people that he could do what he said:
Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift!
 
He manufactures truth and justice;
All his products are guaranteed to last—
Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof.
All that he makes and does is honest and true:
 
psalm 111 stand forever
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.
The good life begins in the fear of God—
Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!
 
HEART CHECK:
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This prayer tells us about who God is and what He has done, is doing and will do in Jesus. All for us who believe and have a healthy fear of God which is to say we are in awe of the One and Only who created us and loves us so much He gave a ransom for our very lives.
 
What parts of this Psalm of Praise speak to you this morning?
 
What is our response to all that God has done for us…right now, today?
 
psalm 111 no expire
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your promise to be with us, to teach us, to challenge us and to love us with no expiration date. You are God of creation and we are not. You have higher thoughts that we will never understand completely but we know this…You have our best in your heart. Wow. Thank you, Lord for paying for my sin. Thank you for your grace, mercy and unconditional, limitless love that is never out of date! Speak to my heart, I’m listening now for you. I’m ready to walk with you knowing you a little bit more. I am in awe of You, fear You, because of Your greatness and knowledge of all. Thank you for bending down to hear us.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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THE ONE AND ONLY KING!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
A David Prayer about Jesus, King Forever!
 
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1-3 The word of God to my Lord:
“Sit alongside me here on my throne
until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.”
You were forged a strong scepter by God of Zion;
now rule, though surrounded by enemies!
Your people will freely join you, resplendent in holy armor
on the great day of your conquest,
Join you at the fresh break of day,
join you with all the vigor of youth.
 
psalm 110 cross4-7 God gave his word and he won’t take it back:
you’re the permanent priest, the Melchizedek priest.
The Lord stands true at your side,
crushing kings in his terrible wrath,
Bringing judgment on the nations,
handing out convictions wholesale,
crushing opposition across the wide earth.
The King-Maker put his King on the throne;
the True King rules with head held high!
 
psalm-110-predicted.jpgHERE ARE SOME FACTS:
Jesus and Peter both stated that David wrote this psalm (Matt. 22:43; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42; Acts 2:33-35), and since David was a prophet, he wrote it about the Messiah (Acts 2:30; 2 Sam. 23:2).
 
David certainly did not write about any of his own descendants, for no Jewish king was ever a priest, let alone a priest forever (v. 4; 2 Chron. 26:16-23).
 
Also, no Jewish king ever conquered all the rulers of the whole earth (v. 6). The psalm is quoted or alluded to in the New Testament more than any other psalm, verse 1 at least twenty-five times and verse 4 another five times. Ten of these quotations or allusions are in the book of Hebrews alone.
 
Jesus used verse 1 to prove His deity and silence the Pharisees (Matt. 22:41-46) and also to answer the high priest during His trial (Matt. 26:64).
 
The psalm presents two pictures of Messiah from the past–His exaltation as King (vv. 1-3) and His consecration as Priest (v. 4)–and a third picture from the future, His victory over the enemies of God (vv. 5-7).
 
Colossians. Hebrews. 1 Peter. Psalm 110.SO…David wasn’t just a shepherd boy who became God appointed leader of God’s people on earth for awhile, he was also God’s prophet who herald the coming of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord! Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus the One and Only who would pay the debt of our sin on a cruel cross. Jesus, Son of God, whose mission to seek and to save lost people, came to earth to help humanity come back to God, know God and worship Him as their first love once more. Jesus, perfect in every way, showed humanity how to treat each other with love and respect, telling us that the way we treat others is in direct proportion to the way we treat God.
 
Yes…“The King-Maker put his King on the throne; the True King rules with head held high!” This King is Jesus!
 
psalm-110-king.jpgDear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your Word that gives us a glimpse of You, teaches us about what you require and expect from those whose hearts are fully yours. Thank you for a way to come back to you through Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. We repent of all that we have done or said that does not please you. Help us live life knowing you have come into our hearts and taken up residence there. May every thought and behavior be led by You. You are my King, my Lord and Savior. I am yours.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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INJUSTICE

Psalms – Prayers of Honest and Praise
 
psalm 109 in justiceIt is a bad place to be when we are judged harshly for something we did not do. I’ve been there. Many who stand for what is right will experience a backlash of accusations by those who want life as is. Our first thought is anger. We are indignant and want to fight back or run from the injustice. Our righteous anger then turns to fright as we consider the possible outcomes of the punishment that may come as the accuser builds his/her case on lies. Do we just take it even though we did nothing wrong? Or do we stand and defend ourselves, going over every detail of the alleged “crime”?
 
David goes to God. He tells God ALL that his accusers and mockers are saying to him and about him. He is gut honest with his words. He does not hold anything back. He even tells God what God can do to bring justice to his situation. He also tells God how to punish his accusers.
 
psalm-109-help-me-god.jpgMm…is David going too far? Do we go too far in our talk with God? Have we stopped to consider just WHO we are talking to? God is God and we are not. Can we talk to God honestly? Yes. But do we tell God what to do? I think God knows what to do. David talks all things over with God. He is the kind of person (like me) who figures out a problem by talking it out, laying it all out and then coming to a conclusion about what he should do. God is the best Someone to go to, not humans. God knows Him. David knows God.
 
So before we judge David’s harsh prayer, like our crying out at times, let’s read this next psalm of prayer for injustice knowing the intimate relationship between God and David.
 
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Another thought…Compare this prayer to what Jesus prayed on the cross…”Forgive them for they know not what they do”. David was human with human reactions. Jesus was God in human form who came to put us right with God. Jesus never did anything wrong in the sight of God. He was perfect so therefore made the perfect sacrifice for our sin. He was mocked and accused with lies and false witness statements. He was beaten, mocked and beaten repeatedly. Jesus went silent for he knew is mission to save us trumped his comfort and defense.
 
Now, let’s read and see what God puts in our hearts…
 
Psalm 109, The Message
A David Prayer
 
psalm-109-4.jpg1-5 My God, don’t turn a deaf ear to my hallelujah prayer.
Liars are pouring out invective on me;
Their lying tongues are like a pack of dogs out to get me,
barking their hate, nipping my heels—and for no reason!
I loved them and now they slander me—yes, me!—
and treat my prayer like a crime;
They return my good with evil,
they return my love with hate.
 
6-20 Send the Evil One to accuse my accusing judge;
dispatch Satan to prosecute him.
When he’s judged, let the verdict be “Guilty,”
and when he prays, let his prayer turn to sin.
psalm 109 evil paybackGive him a short life,
and give his job to somebody else.
Make orphans of his children,
dress his wife in widow’s weeds;
Turn his children into begging street urchins,
evicted from their homes—homeless.
May the bank foreclose and wipe him out,
and strangers, like vultures, pick him clean.
May there be no one around to help him out,
no one willing to give his orphans a break.
Chop down his family tree
so that nobody even remembers his name.
 
But erect a memorial to the sin of his father,
and make sure his mother’s name is there, too—
Their sins recorded forever before God,
but they themselves sunk in oblivion.
That’s all he deserves since he was never once kind,
hounded the afflicted and heartbroken to their graves.
Since he loved cursing so much,
let curses rain down;
Since he had no taste for blessing,
let blessings flee far from him.
He dressed up in curses like a fine suit of clothes;
he drank curses, took his baths in curses.
So give him a gift—a costume of curses;
he can wear curses every day of the week!
That’s what they’ll get, those out to get me—
an avalanche of just deserts from God.
 
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21-25 Oh, God, my Lord, step in;
work a miracle for me—you can do it!
Get me out of here—your love is so great!—
I’m at the end of my rope, my life in ruins.
I’m fading away to nothing, passing away,
my youth gone, old before my time.
I’m weak from hunger and can hardly stand up,
my body a rack of skin and bones.
I’m a joke in poor taste to those who see me;
they take one look and shake their heads.
 
26-29 Help me, oh help me, God, my God,
save me through your wonderful love;
Then they’ll know that your hand is in this,
that you, God, have been at work.
Let them curse all they want;
you do the blessing.
Let them be jeered by the crowd when they stand up,
followed by cheers for me, your servant.
Dress my accusers in clothes dirty with shame,
discarded and humiliating old ragbag clothes.
 
30-31 My mouth’s full of great praise for God,
I’m singing his hallelujahs surrounded by crowds,
For he’s always at hand to take the side of the needy,
to rescue a life from the unjust judge.
 
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THINK ABOUT IT…
 
David praises God in the end of his rant because he knows God knows. He knows God is with him. David knows God will “rescue a life from the unjust judge”. Life gets hard when we are accused unjustly but let God take care of it. He will rescue you, pull you out, or change the hearts of the accusers in the situation. God might even use us in His work of turning the lives of the unjust back to Him! Yes, this happens!
 
Don’t underestimate the God of all and who is in all. Let’s remember Who we are talking to. He knows what He is doing. That’s why Jesus taught us to pray for our accusers and “those who persecute us” for we shall receive mercy and peace for doing so, leaving ourselves out of the court of judgement. God is the only judge. Leave judgement to Him. He is also our Defender and help in times of injustice.
 
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” –Jesus
 
HEART CHECK:
 
When you are accused of wrong you did not do, what is your first response?
 
Who do you pour out your heart to in situations beyond your control?
 
Spiritual maturity can be measured by our first response to injustice.
 
God says,
(Deuteronomy 32:35 NIV)
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
In due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near
and their doom rushes upon them.”
 
Romans 12:17-19 NIV)
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
 
My dad used to say, “You can be right and still be wrong.” This meant you might have done all the right things but to fight back with evil thoughts, words and actions of revenge will be an injustice, too.
 
psalm 109 jesusLeave it all to God. He knows what He is doing. Talk it over with Him. Be honest, like David, as you bear your soul, but then look up to hear what HE wants you to do next…then do it.
 
Jesus also prayed for “this cup” to be removed, but when God did not, Jesus carried out His mission to save us. Aren’t you glad Jesus followed God to the completion of His purpose?
 
Can I get an amen and hallelujah?? Come on, now!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Only by your power and strength can I “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You”. You are our hope and peace. May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts in all situations we will face today. Thank you for rescuing me in the past. I know You know what You are doing. All my trust is in You.
In Jesus Name, Amen
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I’M READY, SO READY!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
“I’m so ready for Christmas to be over!” was heard from a friend who is struggling with loss. “I’m so ready for a new year, this past year was hard.” “I’m so ready to leave work and rest for awhile.” “I’m so ready for these kids to grow up.” “I’m so ready for ….” You can probably fill in the blank with your own words. What are you “so ready” for today? What are you longing for and can wait to receive?
 
David is ready for God to give him the victory. He prays for it, believing he will receive God’s help. And guess what? God is ready to help him because where God guides, He provides all we need to accomplish the work HE invites to to do. David knows this well and puts all his trust and faith in God.
 
psalm 108 battlesBut there is something else that we see if we look a bit closer in the back story of David’s relationship with God. God loved David as the “apple of his eye” from birth. Why, because of David’s devoted love for God. This love began to grow as a young shepherd boy and continued to being the chosen king of God’s people. You see, God saw into David’s heart…as He sees into all our hearts. God saw that David loved God intimately with a grateful, humble heart, with a belief that “God can do anything” mind all wrapped up in a soul who filled himself with God’s love and care for him. David cannot help but praise God with song and dance. He is FULL of the glory of the God who loved him first! Wow.
 
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That’s why David stands ready, so ready to praise God! David saw God before he saw Goliath and all the other challenging battles of his life. He knows the victory will come so he readies himself for praise and worship BEFORE the battle is even fought!! Do you see the implication for us today?
 
Psalm 108, The Message
 
A David Prayer
 
1-2 I’m ready, God, so ready,
ready from head to toe.
Ready to sing,
ready to raise a God-song:
“Wake, soul! Wake, lute!
Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”
 
psalm 108 43-6 I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness.
Soar high in the skies, O God!
Cover the whole earth with your glory!
And for the sake of the one you love so much,
reach down and help me—answer me!
 
Psalm 108 confidence.png7-9 That’s when God spoke in holy splendor:
“Brimming over with joy,
I make a present of Shechem,
I hand out Succoth Valley as a gift.
Gilead’s in my pocket,
to say nothing of Manasseh.
Ephraim’s my hard hat,
Judah my hammer.
Moab’s a scrub bucket—
I mop the floor with Moab,
Spit on Edom,
rain fireworks all over Philistia.”
 
10-11 Who will take me to the thick of the fight?
Who’ll show me the road to Edom?
You aren’t giving up on us, are you, God?
refusing to go out with our troops?
 
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12-13 Give us help for the hard task;
human help is worthless.
In God we’ll do our very best;
he’ll flatten the opposition for good.
 
THINK ABOUT IT…
 
Being ready for God with praise for what God will do before He does it is not just merely human optimism. This, my friends, is abiding, unswerving FAITH in the God of all, in all, who created all and is in control of all. It is an intimate love who has experience in God loves for him. It is knowing God so well that you begin to see how He works and it fills your soul with joy, peace and calm in good times and tough times.
 
psalm 108 god in youDavid does not run FROM battles but runs TO battles that God sends him to fight knowing full well the victory will be God’s through David. David is full of confidence because of his undying trust in God.
 
LET’S BE HONEST…
We also know that David was not perfect and he fell into temptation that took his eyes off the first love of his life…God. David’s life was turned upside down in reckless turmoil until Nathan the prophet intervened on God’s behalf and brought David’s heart, mind and soul back to God, loving and relying on God instead of his own selfish methods of living life.
 
Yes David fell. We fall. Fortunately for all of us, God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus to rescue and save us from self that leads to all that is not God. Jesus intervened for us, like Nathan did for David, so that we can come back to God whole again with sins forgiven. When our focus falls from God, remember God did not leave us…we left Him. Eyes first, it seems, then the rest of our frail humanness follows. SO…Come back. Look up. Focus on God. Seek God. Follow God. He will never let us down. Never. That’s not God.
 
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HEART CHECK:
 
Am I “ready, so ready” for victory instead of whining for challenging events to just be over?
 
OR….am I ready to live life with gratitude, joy and peace knowing God will fight every battle for me?
 
Am I ready to praise God now before the battles of challenging times come in my life?
 
Am I ready to worship God with “head to toe”, (all that is within me), by giving my life to God? See Romans 12 for how to do this daily.
 
Are you ready, so ready to praise God before the battle has begun?
 
“I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness.”
 
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Dear Heavenly Father,
After being with you in prayer, reading your word, and listening to your Holy Spirit teach me, I can declare, I’m ready, so ready to live knowing your love, grace and mercy for me. This alone readies me for what lies ahead for today. You are here with me. You are with everyone who calls on Your Name. You are God and we are not. No one is like You. Thank you, Father. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit.
 
I’m ready, so ready!
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
I’m ready to sing…
 
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
 
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
 
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me
 
And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God…
(Cory Asbury – Reckless Love)
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