Righteousness will go before Him
And will make His footsteps into a way.
I’m thinking about paths today.
God’s way or His path is righteous.
He always leads us in paths of righteousness for His name sake.
This is such a wonderful help today… I can ask myself if I am following Him in righteousness! If not… STOP!
My steps have held fast to Your paths.
My feet have not slipped.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
Make me know Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Three times Korah uses the phrase “How blessed” in this psalm.
How happy! I want to be happy, don’t you?
How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.
How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Happy people, blessed people...
Living near to the Lord, drawing strength from Him and trusting Him.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 82:3, 4
It’s good to love what God loves.
They need an advocate. They need a rescuer.
This is one of the reasons I appreciate the Lord Jesus.
I was weak and helpless. He rescued me!
Now I have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous!
I, the LORD, am your God,
Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
This verse stood out to me today because I am just starting to be able to open my mouth wide after dental procedures that damaged my jaw. Opening wide has not been an option. What does it mean in this verse?
I had to ask others…
Who is able to grasp the full meaning of the sentence! He is the omnipotent Lord; there is nothing too hard for the Lord. Open thy mouth, He says, as wide as you can, and I will fill it. Ask anything in My Name, He says in the New Testament, and I will do it. All He asks is obedience to Him, the yielding of the heart and will.
The thought is that if they came to God with great petitions, He would grant them. There is nothing good that He would not do for an obedient people.
Oh this is so wonderful! I’m asking large things of God today!
It reminds me of a song by John Newton…
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
None can ever ask too much.
Psalm 80 is a beautiful psalm calling God’s face to shine on them because they are His
flock and His vine. Oh, the joy of having God’s face shine on you and the horror of being without His favor!
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
This chorus is repeated three times.
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Psalm 80:3, 7, 19
This is my prayer today. Please, Lord, shine your face on us.
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Psalm 79 is a Psalm calling God to take action against their enemies.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;
And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name's sake.
I love the prayer… help us! deliver us! forgive us!
I love the title of God… The God of our salvation
I love the reason for the prayer… the glory of Your name. Your name’s sake.
And then a promise follows…
So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture
Will give thanks to You forever;
To all generations we will tell of Your praise.
Psalm 78 is a history lesson in the faithlessness of people and the faithfulness of God. I was going to write a thought about teaching the next generation about what God has done and is doing. Read the Psalm. But today I am rejoicing in God’s shepherding His people.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.
This thrills me. The integrity of His heart! The skill of His hands!
Because of God’s faithfulness to me, I should remain faithful to Him.
What a Good Shepherd.
All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well,
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
Asaph begins Psalm 77 with introspection, complaints and grief. The turning point comes when he looks away from himself and his troubles and looks to God.
That is a pattern to follow!
I shall remember the deeds of the LORD;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
Today is a great day to look away from myself to the Lord.
Fixing your eyes on Jesus! Hebrews 12.
For the wrath of man shall praise You;
When men set their face against God, God uses even that to His praise!
Now that is a point of rejoicing today!
This Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God,
you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.
But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death,
since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
Acts 2:23, 24
The wrath of man shall praise Thee,
The rest shalt Thou restrain,
And out of earth's disasters
Will bring eternal gain.
The purpose of man's evil heart
Works out Thy sovereign will.
Our God is still upon the throne,
Therefore, believe, “Be still.”
“Be still and know that I am God,”
This banishes our fears,
While passing through this scene of strife,
Of sorrow and of tears.
The One who rules the heavenly hosts
Holds all within His hand,
And none can say, "What doest Thou?"
Or can His arm withstand.
We're covered by His banner,
We're shielded by His might,
He knows the way He taketh,
His way is always right.
The surgings of the nations,
Can but fulfill His will,
His own may dwell in "perfect peace,”
He's over all, "Be still.”
We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks,
For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works.
God is near!
This truth has been my song this week.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
They delight in the nearness of God.
“Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off?”
Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.
The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence
and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!