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How much glory is God due? We can see so many examples of how God glorifies himself and his name, but how much glory is enough. Read through Psalm 29.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in holy array.
Psalms 29:2 NASB

As we read through the entire psalm, we learn that God is really due ALL glory. There is not anything else that is worthy of any glory compared to him. He is the One that deserves every bit of glory and we are responsible for giving glory to him. Do we honor him in all the things that we do, say, think? He deserves it.

When the world falls apart, what do you hold on to? No matter what you go through in life, there is someone that you can hold on to. See Psalm 28.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalms 28:7 NASB

The Lord provides the strength and the defense that we need in order to make it through the day. We can find our joy in Him, even when we can’t find it in our surroundings or circumstances. Because of that, we can praise Him, even while going through problems and struggles. What do you need to praise Him for and trust Him with today?

How powerful is hope? The Lord knew how important it would be that we hope in something and he knew that the very best thing we could hope in is Him. See Psalm 27.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord ; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord .
Psalms 27:13‭-‬14 NASB

The psalmist had hope in the lord. This was not just a passing fancy or a wish that one day might come true. Hope is a confident assurance that what God had said, he will do. The psalmist knew that without that hope, he would have despaired. But, because he had hope, he could also wait for the Lord and do that confidently, knowing that when the time was right, God would act. Do we hope in the Lord? Or do we despair? Chose to hope in the Lord.

Do we desire to be where God is? Are we willing to live the life that God requires of us so that we can be pointing people toward the glory of God? Read through Psalm 26.

O Lord , I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells.
Psalms 26:8 NASB

As I read this, I am reminded that I am not perfect and that while I may want to be part of the house of the lord, the only way that I can be is part this is through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Thanks to him for all that He has done for me!

We are sinners. We can try to hide or downplay that fact, but that doesn’t change it from being the truth. Still, even as sinners we have a savior who seeks to restore us if we will come to him. Read psalm 25.

For Your name’s sake, O Lord , Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Psalms 25:11 NASB

Do we recognize that our sin is great? Many times we have difficulty just admitting that we are sinners, let alone seeing the greatness and magnitude of our sin. Only through the blood of Jesus Christ are we able to stand, yet we try to justify what we do our how we do it to make ourselves seem better than we are.

We need the forgiveness that is found through Jesus Christ. Only he is able to pardon our sin. Our sin is great and all-consuming. Do we acknowledge both to God and to ourselves the depth of our rebellion of God?

What type of person is the Lord looking for? What is God’s standard? We see that in Psalm 24.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord ? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 24:3‭-‬4 NASB

The only person who meets those requirements is God himself and Jesus Christ his son. We may try to be all that God wants us to be but in the end that falls short. We are not perfect and every single one of us will fall at some point. Only Jesus Christ was able to live the life that God requires and become the perfect sacrifice on our behalf. Do we desire to ascend to the hill of the Lord and stand in his presence? Only through Jesus are we able to do that.

Do you find yourself desiring more than you alrrady have? Are you not content? Psalm 23 is for you.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Psalms 23:1 NASB

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Because of who the Lord is, it impacts who I am and what I need and desire. I don’t have to be in need trying to find the missing pieces of life because the Lord is my shepherd. It’s his responsibility to help me know and understand the purpose for everything that I go through and experience.

Do you find yourself wanting things? It could be because you’re not trusting in the shepherd to provide those. Will we rest in Him and follow his lead today?

Who will ultimately worship the Lord? The answer is that everyone, regardless of who they are or what they have done, or even what they have believed will eventually worship God. See Psalm 22.

All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.
Psalms 22:29 NASB

Out doesn’t matter what you are accustomed to or what you have or don’t have, eventually you will praise God. As we are faced with the reality of our own mortality and all the things that we cannot do, we recognize that God is still the one who is over everything. He is worthy of our worship and praise. Are we seeking him and praising him as he is due?

We need God. It doesn’t matter how strong or powerful we think we are, we need Him. See Psalm 21.

For the king trusts in the Lord , And through the lovingkindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
Psalms 21:7 NASB

Even the king, the most powerful, authoritative person they knew admitted that he needs the Lord. The king is not shaken because of the Lord, so how much more will that be the case for us? Are we trusting in the Lord for the strength that we need to do everything today?

What do you trust in? What are the things that you assume are going to be there for you no matter what? Often we mention people or we think of money or power, but the truth is that none of these things are going to bye there for us and none of them are worthy of our trust. Read Psalm 20.

Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the Lord , our God.
Psalms 20:7 NASB

Our God, the creator of the heavens and the earth is the only thing that is worth boasting about. He created all things and he is over all things. Only through Him are we able to function and to move and to do all that we do. Nothing else in this world will be there for us like He will. We can trust in the name of the Lord our God.