Psalm 114

Psalm 114

Author: Anonymous

This psalm resembles Psalm 29, which celebrates God’s revelation. Israel here, refers to the 12 tribes, not just the northern kingdom.

Verse 1 – When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Verse 2 – Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion.

If you’ll remember when the Israelites first went to the land of Egypt, it was when Joseph was in charge of all the grain. They flourished until a new Pharaoh arose and Joseph died. The people of God multiplied for four hundred years – and Moses brought them out of a land, of strange language.

Verse 3 – The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back (Red Sea divided).

Verse 4 – The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs (Mount Sinai shook and the very heavens respond to God’s presence).

Verse 5 – What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back?

Verse 6 – O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

These rhetorical questions, reflects on the majesty our God can cause be His very presence.

Verse 7 – Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,

Verse 8 – Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters (Exodus 17:6).

There are so many psalms, like this one, that lets us know, nothing is too hard for our Mighty God! If He can make water come out of a rock which He did twice for the Israelites, then do you not think He can turn a heart of stone towards Him?

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Psalm 113

Psalm 113

Author: Anonymous

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!

Verse 2 – Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!

Verse 3 – From the rising of the sun to it’s going down the Lords name is to be praised.

The praising of God’s name means the recognition of His position of power and authority. This psalm is one of a set of songs recited during Passover. Some Bibles use “Yahweh,” God’s name. The phrase “servants of Yahweh” refers to the priests.

From the rising of the sun, indicates God’s omniscience and longevity of the Kingly reign.

Verse 4 – The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.

Verse 5 – Who is like the Lord over God, who dwells on high,

Verse 6 – Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

Verse 7 – He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap,

Verse 8 – That He may seat him with princes – with the princes of His people.

Verse 9 – He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!

God has a calling, purpose, and destiny, for everyone’s life. Keep in mind, you are not going to start out on top. It could take years of God’s Holy Spirit training you, but He will use the willing. He pulls us up and out to get us where we need to be.

In Zechariah, chapter 4, Zerubbabel is told, “For who has despised the day of small things?” Now, I know we don’t talk that way, so in other words , “Don’t disregard or despise small beginnings.” Your purpose and destiny will start with a strong desire, and if it doesn’t fade and you don’t quit, God will bring it to pass. Like the psalmist wrote, “Praise the Lord forevermore!”

Psalm 112

Psalm 112

Author: Anonymous

Do You Want to be Blessed?

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

Many blessings are available to us. We don’t pick and choose which of His commandments we will follow though. God’s ways never change. His precepts are the same today as they were yesterday. When we adapt, follow, and trust His will by letting it become our will, then you will see blessing upon blessing on your life.

Verse 2 – His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Verse 3 – Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

You know why our righteousness endures forever? Because our righteousness is not of ourselves; it comes from Christ alone, and that’s why it endures for all time. (I like the wealth and riches part being in my house, don’t you?)

Verse 4 – Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is full of compassion, and righteousness.

Verse 5 – A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Verse 6 – Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

A generous person will be remembered for his giving to others, just as a stingy person will be remembered as being self-absorbed in only themselves. However, those who know who their true source is, will be considered upright in their ways.

Verse 7 – He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

(Keep reading. These are the characteristics an upright person follows.)

Verse 8 – His heart is established ; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

Verse 9 – He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor.

These verses cannot only be said of Christ, but His followers. Are we not to be “Christ like” as Christians?

Verse 10 – The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.

You know , a person has to be pretty angry or jealous to gnash his teeth together.

There are several references to “gnashing of teeth” in the Bible. In Luke Jesus is talking about people who pretend to know Him, but He doesn’t know them. Luke 13:28 – There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

He’s talking about hell, but look who they see while in hell. Part of the punishment for not coming to Christ, I believe, will be all those that go there will be able to see the saints, living with our King and that’s why they gnash their teeth. Why do I believe that? Because of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. (Read Luke 16:19-31)

Did you notice the rich man isn’t named? Why, because “all his desires” and he himself is not remembered. When the rich man and Lazarus both died, the rich man could see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom being comforted. Then Abraham said to the rich man in verse 26, ‘And besides all this between us and you there is a great gulf fixed; so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor those from there pass to us.’

So don’t go there! Hell was not created for anyone except Satan and his angels. Make the right choice while you still can and for goodness sake, don’t be a pretender. Your only fooling yourself.

Do You Doubt God’s Willingness

The measure of faith

Have you believed the lie that Jesus won’t do what He says in His Word, for you?

Have you seen what you believe, come to pass on your behalf?

The problem is not that Jesus doesn’t have the power or the willingness to do it for you. I think, for some, there is a blockage of doubt that He will do it for “you.”

Too many, and I used to be one, start their prayers with, “Lord if it be your will… I know I don’t have the right to ask because I’ve done so many things wrong.” Because we are in Christ, we are to go boldly to the throne of Grace.

Put the breaks on and stop right there! Are you born-again? Yes, well then, do you think you really have to ask, “if it be your will to; save that person, heal, deliver, or protect you or someone else? We often think we don’t have the right to ask for healing because we’re unworthy. Not so. We think that Christ can’t use us because of that “Ole sin – consciousness.”

God placed “all your sin” on Jesus! God is fully aware of the wrongs we now do, while being His. And yes, He wants you to stop doing it, to yourself and to treat others right, but not because He’s going to reject you when you pray.

He loves you and wants each one of us to have that abundant life that Jesus died to give all of us. Sin is a thief of that life and it will destroy you (John 10:10).

The truth is, a lot of people make their sin greater than God’s grace. Don’t limit God because you connect it to your worth and value. You do have value, because Jesus died for you.

Another truth is, none of us deserve what God has given but because you accept and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, we receive that gift of grace!

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Every single person, at the end of the day, come up short of being perfect in all our ways. And we mustn’t think because we’ve done better than most, God won’t hear their prayers.” Grace is greater.

Our sin was dealt with at the cross “Once” (Hebrews 9:11, 12).

Please do not misunderstand what I’m saying. We do not continue to live as we did prior to coming to Christ. When there is a true transformation, you want to do right according to God’s standards. And yes, consequences are still going to be there that some will have to deal with according to their actions.

Your redemption is not “short-term.” Too many like to quote, “Once saved, always saved.” That’s only partially true. If you don’t believe me go read Hebrews chapter 6. My Bible teaches me, “If you continue in Him! You can’t make a little confession and then go about life as usual living anyway you seem fit. There will be a transformation of your life.

Or why else would Jesus have mentioned the “Lukewarm” when He was speaking to the church in Laodicea?

Revelation 3:16 – “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.”

He was talking to a body of believers in the church, so it does happen to the believer.

Please keep in mind, sin is not only what we have done, but also what we are not doing. James 4:17 – Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

So how do we get rid of this sin – consciousness to believe our prayers will be answered?

First of all, “Stop believing the lie from the enemy that God won’t hear your prayer when you pray because you weren’t perfect in every way, today. Start believing what the Bible says about your new birth. You are the “Righteousness of God in and through Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).

After being born-again, Christ came to live in you, so when God looks at you He sees His Son. He hears your prayer because you are in “Right standing.”

The next time your pastor asks for those who know the power of prayer to come and pray for someone who needs healing, get your self up there and just do it! The Father is the one who does the work!

Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Those are Jesus Words and I make them mine. You are worthy to stand in His presence and make your request known to Him and He will do it. You will begin to see your prayers answered, because you believe and then you receive. God loves you!

Psalm 111

Psalm 111

Author: Anonymous

Reverence for God is the beginning of wisdom.

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The psalmist praised the Lord, both in private and in public, as should we.

Verse 2 – The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.

That verse says a lot about someone’s faith in finding their answers for life in the Word of God. Christians who love and take pleasure in studying scripture, finding out all God’s great works, will praise Him forever, and ever.

Verse 3 – His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.

Verse 4 – He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

If you never read about what all God has done, then how will you ever know about His works? Studying the scriptures helps us to trust and build our faith every time we read of deliverance. He doesn’t always deliver in the same way, but He is faithful to His own.

Verse 5 – He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.

God’s Word is food for our soul. We learn to trust in His provision for our very life!

Verse 6 – He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

This verse is reference to God giving Israel Canaan, His chosen people.

Verse 7 – The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure.

The word verity is – certainty, truth, trustworthiness. God’s works and words, you can count on as “Truth!”

Verse 8 – They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness (psalmist is still talking about God’s works).

Verse 9 – He has sent redemption to His people, He has commanded His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name.

Verse 10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

God sent the perfect sacrifice to redeem us; the price was paid by Christ. These verses are not talking about worldly wisdom. This kind of wisdom scripture refers to, is only from God. It comes when we worship and reverence the One and Only true God.

Salvation Includes Healing

Psalm 51

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

In this verse the Greek word “Soteria,” is used for “Salvation.” It includes not only forgiveness of sin, but also healing, deliverance, protection, prosperity, and to make whole.

Now look at James 5:14, 15 – Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save (sozo) the sick.

The Greek word for save in this verse is “Sozo” and is used with “Soteria” to denote salvation and deliverance from suffering. Healing is part of our salvation. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation; unto our healing; unto our financial prosperity; and unto our deliverance. We are made whole!

To be healthy has a lot more to do with what we feed our spirit. Do you know that when you are at peace on the inside, that it will boost your immune system? Look at Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

We look too many times for a pill to fix the problem or even eating certain foods, but if we’d pay a little more attention to the spiritual root of things, we just might discover some things about how God works.

Isaiah told us in 26:3 how to stay at peace on the inside: Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.

This is something I’ve had to train myself in. Any time pressure comes from things out of my control, I recall what the Bible says about that situation. We then begin to build our faith and trust in knowing God said He is working it all out for my good. Why? Because I love God and I’m called according to His purpose – so I trust Him (Romans 8:28).

So when you need healing, go find all the verses that say we are healed; we were healed; look at all the times Jesus healed others in scripture. Build yourself up and believe it because God said it!

Psalm 110

Psalm 110

Author: David

This is one of the most quoted psalms in the New Testament. It clearly references to the Messiah.

Verse 1 – The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

This verse is quoted by Jesus when answering the Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-46.

A lot of people have a vague belief in God, but refuse to accept Jesus as anything more than a great teacher. However, both the Old Testament and the New Testament clearly proclaim the deity of Jesus. This is also quoted in Mark 12:36, 37, where Jesus was explaining He is greater than David.

Then Peter used this psalm to show that the Messiah sits at the right hand of God and is Lord over all (Acts 2:32-35).

Jesus was always and always will be. Look in Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image.” John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word (the word was spoken and all creation was made), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth – Jesus!

Verse 2 – The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

Romans 11:26, 27 – And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. (verse 27) For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.

Verse 3 – Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.

Verse 4 – “You are a priest forever according to Melchizedek.”

God promised an eternal dynasty to David (2 Samuel 7:14-17). Jesus Christ, as a descendant of David and as the Son of God, fulfills the dual roles of King and priest forever (Hebrews 7:17, 21).

This is why Jesus is the only mediator between man and God. He is all we need. Our high Priest is perfect in every way!

Verse 5 – The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.

Verse 6 – He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.

There’s coming a day, not just any day, but “The Day of the Lord”, when the wicked rulers and kings will be destroyed.

Verse 7 – He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head.

(I have no idea what this verse means, sorry. Maybe it means, the leaders of the those countries will see their destruction coming and they will know from whom it comes.)