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Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, Daily Word - "Psalm 5:11-12"

Psalm 5:11-12
"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.  For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield."
Marvelous words from the psalmist point to the object and reason for joy.  His joy was found in his safety, "let all who take refuge".  Those who have found safety in the Lord find that joy is a natural outcome of their faith, because where one finds security, real intimacy exists.  He asks God to spread the protection and favor over him.  It is a picture, in my opinion, of the robe of righteousness.  Each believer is covered in the perfect obedience of Christ and in that cloak, one finds reason for celebration.   The object of the psalmist joy was the name of the Lord.  What's in a name?  A name represents who a person is, it is their very nature.  The psalmist rejoiced in the nature of God.  Today, celebrate and be joyful because God is God.  Because of His enduring love and faithfulness, because of His holiness, because of His righteousness; we have reason to rejoice.  What the object of your joy?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Daily Word January 29, 2011 - "Psalm 4:7"

Psalm 4:7
"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound."
I wonder this morning, what is the joy of your life?  Family?  Children?  Spouse?  Occupation?  Money?  Possessions?  All of these things are good in themselves.  Obviously, there is little joy that compares to the love of a beautiful spouse, wonderful children, and a supportive family.  For men, it is easy for us to find our fulfillment in our occupations, it is what we do.  And money, it is not ungodly or unspiritual to enjoy money.  The root of evil is the love of money that is displayed so prevalently in the American society.  In fact, this love and pursuit of money has led to social injustice, the destruction of families and churches, and many other things.  But the psalmist says that he found more joy in His God than others had found in their riches.  You see, only God can provide satisfaction and fulfillment.  As long as we pursue the things of this world, we will always find ourselves void of fulfillment.  But when we find the steadfast love of the Savior Jesus Christ, words in the English language cannot express the joy and contentment found in Him. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Daily Word January 28, 2011 - Psalm 3:3-4

Psalm 3:3-4
"But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.  I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill."
I love how the psalmist here describes his God.  He says that He is a shield about him.  That means that he felt surrounded by the protection of the Lord.  His protection was not in money or resources.  His protection was not in the government or the promises of men.  His protection was solely in his God.  Therefore, God deserved his complete trust.  Second, he says that God is "my glory".  Glory is the best thing about something or someone.  The glory is the thing which sets one apart from another.  The psalmist is saying that God is the best thing about him, his glory, what sets him apart from another.  This we know in the recesses of our minds to be the truth.  When we read of people in the culture, their failures, their sins before a holy God, and the utter destruction that they are submitting themselves to; we must be reminded that left to our own demise, we would do the same.  The only thing that sets us apart is our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Then, he says that God is the "lifter of my head".  When the circumstances and situations of life have you down, there is only one worthy and strong enough to lift my head from the mire and muck.  God alone has the ability to lift us out of whatever situation we may find ourselves. 
Listen to the promise he closes with: "I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered".  What a promise!  That God hears me when I pray.  Take comfort in these words!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Daily Word January 27, 2011 - "Psalm 1"

Psalm 1:1-2
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the cousel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."
Powerful words concerning a day in the life of the righteous.  Those who are called by His name are to live a life worthy of that calling, a life different from the lives we see in the culture.  The media loves to find those "Christians" whose lives do not line up with their words.  Here the psalmist David says that the righteous do not walk, stand, or sit with the wicked.  There is a logical progression here: those who walk eventually stop and stand, those who stand eventually sit.  Therefore, we should be careful of even the places that we walk.  This is not to say that we are to be withdrawn or removed from the world, in fact, just the opposite.  However, when our testimony or our ability to remain pure become limited by the place we are walking, it is best to tread on new streets.
But notice the final thought.  It is not just enough to be careful where we go, we must fill our minds and hearts with the Word of God.  You see a life filled with the Word of God, walking in the wrong places is still dangerous.  But, to guard yourself physically and leave out the Word of God is as much of a hindrance to the believer as standing a foot outside the front lines without their weapon.  Therefore, the believer must spend time daily on the Word of God.  And if he does: "He is like a tree planted by the streams of water that yield its fruit it its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he propers" (Psalm 1:3).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Daily Word January 26, 2011 - "The Trustworthy God"

Psalm 148:5-6
"Let them praise the name of the LORD!  For he commanded and they were created.  And he established them forever and ever, he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away."
This verse has been in my mind much over the past few days.  In life, there are always suprises.  Things we didn't see coming.  Sometimes, those suprises are good, while others shatter the very foundations of our faith.  However, the great thing about God is that He is God!  We need not ever wonder if He is in charge.  We need not ever doubt that He is in control.  The psalmist here has explained that everything was created by God.  And all of creation, including you and I, are upheld by His power.  Therefore, let everything praise the Lord, because He is in charge.  Not a word He has spoken will be squandered - "He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away."  Today, take encouragement in the fact that God is in charge and praise His name.

First of the First!

I have had many firsts in my time at Cornerstone Baptist Church.  Today, my first blog!  Just two years ago, I wasn't even using email.  All that said, this blog is being created for Cornerstone Baptist Church, family, and friends.  Every morning, I will post a "Daily Word".  This will be a passage of scripture with an additional few thoughts for contemplation.  I would welcome you to leave your comments as we journey through the Word of God together.  I look forward to growing with you.