Psalm 12 is the cry of the sensitive believer today oppressed by the society in which we live! Where are the godly ones? Where are the people living for the Lord? Faithfulness is disappearing. Instead what is seen?
Two faced people.
People with no restraint over their mouths.
The wicked strutting around with approval.
Is there encouragement in this scenario? Yes!
The words of the LORD are pure words;
What refreshment! I love this! God’s words are pure and can be trusted.
God will never lie or flatter or say what He doesn’t mean!
I bank my life on His word! This is why I read my Bible and think about what He says. People’s words fail. What a contrast with God’s word.
I’m with Jeremiah…
Your words were found and I ate them,
So, today here in the Blue Ridge mountains, it’s a really rainy day. Yesterday we were able to hike in the mist and drippy rain, but I fear today is different. What adventure lies ahead of us today? This is my view as I read my Bible today. Ahhhhh!
David, in Psalm 11, got some bad news. I don’t know what it was, but he was told to run for it! “Flee as a bird to your mountain.” Instead, He fixes His gaze on the Lord. Instead of running, He rests. That was one of the themes that came through to me on the weekend at Camp Hope. What a great weekend with the ladies there! Jehoshaphat said, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” I love what David says about the Lord in this Psalm.
The Lord is my refuge
The Lord is in His holy temple.
The Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked.
The one who loves violence His soul hates.
The Lord is righteous.
He loves righteousness.
And then this…
The upright will behold His face. Wonderful! There is nothing sweeter than that!
Craig and I are in the mountains for a few days of rest. (I laughed when I read, “flee as a bird to your mountain!) Wow the beauty! The weather is gray but I’m still hoping for some good pictures. The above picture is the mountain we drove around to get where we are staying.
I’m noticing God, my “Shield” in my reading through the Psalms. Here David says his protection is with God. That got me looking ahead in the Psalms to see what is said about God, my shield. Love it! (The above picture is last night's sunset in Georgia!)
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. Psalm 28:7
From reading through these verses and their chapters, I noticed David’s response to God, his Shield.
and sing some more.
This is so good! I’m getting ready to do a weekend conference on being a woman of praise. What a great start! Praise comes from a heart full of Him! Today I'm thankful for God, my Shield! Please pray for me. Tonight I speak around 8 pm. Thanks, my praying friends. What do you appreciate about God today?
But You, O LORD--how long?
I read “how long?” and it was the cry of my heart today! We are traveling and it's the traveling cry. “How long before we get there?” I think every kid says that! I’m saying it today! How long, Craig? Are we there yet, Craig? Yes, I'm a child!
This made me think of all the “how long” cries in the scripture. It is the cry of longing desire, of expectation! The present dark, evil world gets to me. I’m looking forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus and all that will unfold in the future. The future is bright! How long, Lord? Are we there yet, Lord?
Then I remembered His answer:
And behold, I am coming quickly. Revelation 22:7
Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
O Lord Jesus, how long, how long
Give ear to my words, O LORD,
Consider my groaning.
Heed the sound of my cry for help,
my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
In the morning, O LORD,
You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You
and eagerly watch.
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.
For it is You who blesses the righteous man,
O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.
All is calm here today as Craig and I read our Bibles. You wouldn’t think looking at us, that we have a very long road trip ahead of us.
So many good thoughts today! God hears our groaning and our cry for help! Every morning David prayed and eagerly watched for what God would say. It’s not enough to pray, one must watch for God to respond. Wait on the Lord! Be strong and let your heart take courage. Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27) I’m going to be watching for God’s response! What an encouragement!
The other encouragement is that God surrounds the righteous with favor as with a shield. That is amazing! Remember Psalm 3? But You, O LORD, are a shield about me. I noticed in Psalm 3 that His protection was a shield all around, not just in front. Here I notice His shield is favor. What a refuge we have in God! This is reason to sing for joy!
Gotta go… Georgia here we come. Well, maybe just Tennessee today. Thanks for praying for us!
For the choir director; on stringed instruments.
“In pressure You have enlarged me” is one of the translations of verse one. I needed this reminder today. When stress and difficulties come into our lives, God uses the pressure cooker to grow us spiritually.
Yesterday in Psalm 3 He lifted up our heads. Today in this Psalm, David asks God to lift the light of His countenance on him and make him glad. When He lifts our head, we see His face which makes us glad! He has made me glad.
Pressure cookers and gladness. Something to think about!
Psalm three is written by David when he was running from his son. I am especially interested in this because we are reading 2 Samuel in prayer meeting. It’s so good!
David’s trial is sore. Running from your own son. Imagine! What a sad time in David's life. How can he make it? It’s all in the Lord!
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
Are you in the middle of trouble? How can you make it? It's all in the Lord.
First, God is the shield around him… his protector! I’m so thankful that in the middle of the fray, God protects!
God is David’s glory. God was the best thing about David. He rejoiced it Him. God’s perfections were David’s joy.
God is the One who lifted his head. David could lift up his eyes toward heaven and wait for what God would do. He could expect God to work. What confidence!
I love this! Do you need a lift today? These are rejoicing points. God is my shield, my glory, and the lifter of my head!
Give to the winds thy fears.
A note to my friends who pray. I'm preparing to travel to Camp Hope in Georgia to speak to the ladies this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Would you pray for me? Thanks! I'll probably post pictures later! I'm expecting God to do great things! He's the lifter of my head!
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
I love this Psalm! That's why I quoted the whole thing! I love that I’m reading the Psalms now!
Do you want to be happy? (That’s what “blessed” means here.) First, the psalmist tells us what NOT to do… Don’t hang out with sinners. Don’t walk in the sinful path. We are bombarded with the thinking that doing what we want and living a sinful life will make us happy. That is so wrong!
What to do? Delight in the scripture! Think about it day and night!
He tells us the end of both ways. The wicked? They look so good now. But they are nothing. Chaff. In the end, they will perish. The righteous? That person will be fruitful and prosperous. The Lord knows the way of righteous! Ahhhhh! Happiness!
For me the choice is obvious! This is not complicated! I am delighting in the word today! And delighting in the Writer!
Then Job answered the LORD and said,
What a wonderful response! Job has “seen” God in His sovereignty. He repents.
He realizes he uttered what he didn’t know. (and if you don't know the rest of the story, read it!)
A few recurring themes struck me this time reading through Job.
We don’t know what God is doing.
God’s greatness is surpassing.
God will accomplish His desires.
I can rejoice in Him!
In prayer meeting the past couple weeks we’ve been memorizing a verse:
There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the LORD.
I find such overwhelming comfort in this! Hallelujah!
God uses two more animals to show Job his inability. They are so fierce that one hides in fear when they arise. God moved from the sweet creatures (deer) to the terrifying creatures!
Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?
This is the point. If you can’t stand before the creatures God made, how much less can you stand before God himself! He is Great in majesty and power. God has not answered Job’s questions. He has caused Job to think about His Greatness.
When faced with our own afflictions we need to think about God’s splendor and majesty, His greatness and power!
Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
I'm thankful for the Lord Jesus, who brings sinners into the presence of a holy God and gives us a standing there! Wow!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!