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When was the last time you praised God? Not just the “thanks for getting me out of that situation” prayer, but the stop and consider all that he has done and praise him for just being God? Consider Psalm 8.

O Lord , our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Psalms 8:9 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.8.9.NASB

He is truly majestic and the power that He has is truly magnificent. He is worthy of our praise, even if He never answered another one of our prayers. His glory and His worth is not dependant on anything that we do or don’t do. We are to praise him for all that He is and all that He has done for He is worthy.

The world just doesn’t seem fair. I see people who do evil things get rewarded for their actions and I see others who are trying o do good get pushed down. Yet, even the wroter of Psalms realizes that eventually God will put everything back in its place.  See Psalm chapter 7.

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.
Psalms 7:9 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.7.9.NASB

The bottom line, do we trust Him to do what He says He is going to do. So many times I look out and I see things happen that I don’t understand and can’t explain. It doesn’t seem fair and it doesn’t seem right. Yet I know that I can trust in God nd in his plan that He is going to make everything right in His time. Will we trust Him?

Prayer matters. Over the years I have heard people talk a bout how they don’t feel that God hears them or does anything when they pray. God hears us when we speak to him and he knows when we are calling on Him. See this verse from Psalm chapter 6.

The Lord has heard my supplication, The Lord receives my prayer.
Psalms 6:9 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.6.9.NASB

God hears us. God knows what we are praying. We can call on Him when we are going through the tough and even not so tough things in life. He knows ahat the best response is in each situation and it may not always be what we think would be best, but we can trust that He knows the overall situation better than we do and still bring our prayers and concerns to Him. Will we trust Him enough to bring our thoughts to Him in prayer?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air and people everywhere will be talking about their loved ones today. Are we talking about everyone that we love? Look at Psalm chapter 5

But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.
Psalms 5:11 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.5.11.NASB

God is a refuge for us and He takes care of us when we are going through difficulties. Do we sing for joy and exult in Him? He is worthy of all of our praises and as the One we are to love most of all, He is to be our Valentine on this day of love.

How well do you sleep? It may seem like a strange question, yet so much is spent on sleep aids, pills, beds, etc, that it’s hard to discount the fact that many people struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, and feel refreshed from their sleep. Why is that? Read through Psalm chapter 4.

You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord , make me to dwell in safety.
Psalms 4:7‭-‬8 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.4.7-8.NASB

I know when I am lying awake during the night, I am often thinking about all the “worries” and anxieties that I see going on around me. God did not design us to spend all our time worrying about things, He designed us to bring our problems and worries to Him so He can take them. He makes us to dwell in safety and peace. He is the One that can overcome all that is coming our way. Do we rest in the gladness that He has put in our hearts? Do we lie down in peace and dwell in safety? If not, we need to come to Him and surrender to Him.

 

Running. That’s the background for today’s Psalm, chapter 3. David was running from his own son who was trying to incite a coup and take over the throne. David, the great king, humbled and on the run, writes these words.

But You, O Lord , are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
Psalms 3:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.3.3.NASB

Thankfully, my children have never tried to kill me, but I have certainly been in situations where others didn’t like me much and were making all kinds of untrue accusations. Here, we see that David didn’t have to protect himself, God was his shield. David couldn’t rely on his own power and glory to get him out of the situation, he had to wait on God’s. He couldn’t even lift up his own head, in other words there’s absolutely nothing that he could do on his own. He needed God to help him to do anything that he was doing. When we are being attacked, God does a much better job protecting us and standing up for us than we can do on our own. Will we trust Him and rely on Him in each of those situations.

We think we know so much. I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to forget that I really don’t know as much as I think I know most of the time. Many people get an idea that they know more than they actually do. When that happens, God laughs. Read Psalm chapter 2.

He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
Psalms 2:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.2.4.NASB

All those people coming up with all these grand plans and the Lord just laughs. I know that He has laughed at my plans several times before. So the question I have to ask myself is why I continue to make plans without asking Him for help and guidance. Or better yet, just let Him make the plans in the first place.

His plans are always best. Once we learn that we can trust Him, then we have no reason not to bring our plans to Him and have Him take those plans and remake them. Is the Lord laughing at us? Bring your plans to Him.

What’s the difference between the blessed person and the wicked person? This question is the basis for Psalm 1. As you read through that chapter, this verse stands out.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalms 1:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.1.3.NASB

As it is referring to the blessed person, we can see some of the benefits of living a life focused on obedience to God. While some of the chapter deals with a direct comparison between the blessed and wicked, this verse explains specifically some of the upside of choosing to live in obedience. One statement in there that really stands or to me is that the person yields fruit in its season. I love the reminder that even while living in obedience to God, there is still a season of bearing fruit. Just because we are obedient doesn’t mean that we will experience all straight and easy paths full of fruit. Fruit comes in its season. We are to be obedient, regardless of tge season, knowing that when the time is right, we will see the fruit that God has been preparing us for.

Regardless of what season you are in right now, continue to be obedient to God knowing that He is the One responsible for causing the fruit in its season.

Read Psalm chapter 150

VERSE:

Psalm 150:6–Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

TRUTH:

Are you breathing this morning? That’s really the only question to ask when it comes to whether to praise the Lord or not. We always have something to praise the Lord for and as the verse states, if we have breath in our lungs, then we should be praising God. Do we lift up His name and praise Him for every breath that we have taken today?

RESPONSE

Father, You are so worthy of praise and You have provided everything to me. I will lift You up and worship You. Thank You for the very breath that I am taking today.

Read Psalm chapter 149

VERSE:

Psalm 149:3–Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

TRUTH:

God loves for His people to praise Him, and He loves for that praise to be in lots of different ways. We can offer praise to God in so many ways and it’s important to have variety in our praise. We can dance, we can use instruments, we can use our voices, all of these can be done to offer praise to God.

RESPONSE:

Father, You inhabit the praise of Your people and You are delighted by multiple types of praise. I will lift up my praise to You today. I will seek to find other ways to lift up and praise Your name that give You joy.