But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold,
the God who shows me lovingkindness.
Psalm 59:16, 17
I’m singing today of these things I appreciate about my God.
My refuge in distress.
The God who shows me lovingkindness.
Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods?
Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?
No, in heart you work unrighteousness;
On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb;
These who speak lies go astray from birth.
This is the world in which we live.
Filled with unrighteousness. Violence. Lies.
But God will judge righteously one day.
Then we will say…
And men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!"
It’s always good to have perspective.
It’s good to live for the future, not the present!
Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?
Be gracious to me, O God,
be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
Psalm 57:1, 2
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!
I love that David begs God for grace. He knows that it is God who accomplishes all things for him. He has found his hiding place from destruction under God’s wings. The result? A steadfast heart and a song of praise! What a refuge!
Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.
Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?
You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
In the LORD, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.
What should I do when I am afraid?
Tucked right in the middle of not being afraid and trusting in the Lord is:
“This I know that God is for me.”
Now that's the God I can trust! It reminds me of Romans 8.
What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not spare His own Son,
but delivered Him over for us all,
how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Just as it is written,
"FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer
through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing,
will be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.
Oh man, I love this verse and the truth of it! David had troubles and this was his testimony. Me too! Me too! Imagine the Living True God, the helper and sustainer or your soul. Another cause for praise… oh wait, that’s what he says…
Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.
I am a thankful girl because He is my helper. He is the sustainer of my soul!
Bless the Lord O my soul!
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God,"
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good.
God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God.
Every one of them has turned aside;
together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good,
not even one.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.
If this doesn’t make you marvel I don’t know what does!
What an amazing love!
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good,
in the presence of Your godly ones.
Psalm 52:8, 9
I love the “But as for me” verses in the Bible. In this Psalm David talks about an evil man. David is determined to be different from that man.
David gives thanks.
And he does these things forever.
Because God has done it.
Because God is good.
But as for me… I’m with David!
For the choir director.
A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him,
after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
Some things strike me about David and his sin from the whole chapter.
He realized his sin was against God!
He called his sin evil.
He knew God was right in judging his sin.
He knew God has mercy.
He knew God could clean him up.
So many many more good things here.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we saw sin for what it really is and avoided it?
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and all it contains.
Shall I eat the flesh of bulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;
Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright
I shall show the salvation of God.
What can you give God?
He owns it all. Everything.
A sacrifice of thanksgiving!
It honors Him. Did you read that above?
Has He delivered you? Thank Him!
Has Him been with you in trouble? Thank Him!
Are you still waiting for deliverance? Thank Him!
Thanksgiving has a way of increasing our faith and reminding ourselves of the faithfulness of God. He is faithful! Thank Him!
Then order your way aright!
I’m thankful today. What about you?
Psalm 49 is all about wealthy people who think their life is about money.
The problem is that wealth can’t do anything for eternity. Life is short. Eternity is sure.
No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him--
For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever
Psalm 49:7, 8
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,
For He will receive me.
All the money in the world won’t prevent you from dying.
But God has the power to give life after death.
Take the long look. Where will you spend eternity?
Jesus paid so that you could have eternal life!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!