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I love to look at nature. The amazing glory of everything from the majestic mountains and sandy beaches to forests and fields is so impressive and wonderful in their own way. From Psalm 19 we see:

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Psalms 19:1 NASB

The heavens are a creation of God and they are certainly declaring the glory and majesty of God. Are we? God created us as well and we can be amazing works that declare the glory and majesty of God. His hands have created awesome and impressive landscapes and yet these are the very same hands that hold us and protect us and carry us through the difficult times. Do we declare His glory?

Ever want to be rescued? I think many of us have found ourselves in situations that we didn’t expect and weren’t ready for and as a result we needed saving. David had the same experience. He had people who were chasing him and wanted to kill him, but the Lord delivered him and now her uses Psalm 18 to sing His praises.

He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.
Psalms 18:19 NASB

Why did God rescue him? God delighted in him. It’s so wonderful to think about God delighting in us as well. He delights in all His children. As a result, He saves us. He is our rescuer from all the difficult situations in life and He helps us to stand, even when r don’t think we would be able to. Will we allow Him to rescue us today?

What satisfies us? What is there that gives us a sense of peace and comfort? In reading through Psalm 17, we see the psalmist struggling with life and then he makes this statement.

As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.
Psalms 17:15 NASB

Are we satisfied with simply knowing God? He is the One who gives us all that we have and all that we are. He is the creator of everything around us and all that we know. Are we satisfied with knowing and beholding Him?

What does God have for us? He provides his path, his presence, and his palm. See Psalm chapter 16.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalms 16:11 NASB

Good desires to make known to us the path of life. He wants us to experience all that He has for us and the pathway that leads to life. We will find and experience joy in his presence and as we are held in his hand we find that he provides pleasures forever. Will we choose to stay in his path, his presence, and his palm?

How do you describe someone who follows the Lord? What characteristics define that person? In Psalm 15, several are listed.

O Lord , who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
Psalms 15:1‭-‬2 NASB

Does this define us? Are we willing to stand on what is true, even when it’s hard and difficult? Will we speak truth, even when it is uncomfortable or not generally accepted? Those are the traits and characteristics of someone who is in the presence of the Lord. If that does not define us or our life, we have not spent enough time in His presence.

If God was looking for people who follow Him, would He find you? Reading through Psalm 14 we see

The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.
Psalms 14:2 NASB

As the Lord is looking down from heaven, would He see you? Would He see me? Would He recognize anyone who is seeking after Him to follow and obey Him? Each day we have a choice to follow or not to follow Him. We have an opportunity to show our love to Him. Are we taking advantage of that opportunity and as He looks down from heaven, will He see us?

Is it ever going to end? I’m pretty sure that was what the psalmist was thinking while he wrote Psalm 13. When we are going through hard times, it can seem that they are lasting forever. Yet see what he says here:

But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
Psalms 13:5 NASB

Even just a few short verses after asking “how long?” we see David returning to the trust that He had in the Lord to overcome everything that he is going through. Even when facing the most difficult circumstances, we can find peace and the ability to rejoice because of our relationship with God. Will we trust and rejoice in Him today.

Ever feel like you are the only person around who is trying to follow God?  It can be lonely on the path that Hod has lsid out before us. The psalmist felt that. See what he says in Psalm 12.

Help, Lord , for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord ; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
Psalms 12:1‭, ‬5 NASB

The man asks for help and then a few verses later,  the Lord answers him. The Lord will arise. Sometime we feel lonely because it is a deception of Satan to make us feel alone. Sometimes we truly are the only one who is walking the path of obedience. Either way, the response from God is to come and rescue us and to see us in safety, where we belong. It’s great to know that we belong in safety and God promises to bring us back to his safe place. Even when I feel the most alone, He is there with me. Will we rest in Him?

What does it mean to take refuge? To hide in safety and protection? The Psalmist describes the refuge that we have in Christ in Psalm chapter 11

In the Lord I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
Psalms 11:1 NASB

If we are taking refuge in Christ then we don’t need to flee. We only need to be where He is. We can know that He will protect us and lead us. He will save us. The question becomes about trust. Will we trust Him even when everything around us is telling us to run? We are to stay right where God has us, doing the things that God has us doing, for He will guide and protect us.

There are times when life beats me up a bit. I feel wounded and hurt and brought down low. I’m not alone. In Psalm 10, we see how the Lord responds to us in these situaions if we will turn to Him.

O Lord , You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
Psalms 10:17 NASB

As we humbly accept that we cannot fix everything and we can’t change things, only God can, we are tempted to become depressed and impatient as we wait for God’s timing. That is when we need to remember that He is in control and that He is the One who strengthens our heart. He will hear our cries. He knows our needs. The question becomes, will we trust Him and rely on Him and allow Him to be the answer to the questions that we all, or will we try to do our on our own? We cannot strengthen our heart on our own. We cannot be heard by others on our own. We need Him. Will we come to Him?