Pursue me: Psalm 23.6

“Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.”

Psalm 23.6

God’s qualities are personified. The Lord is vigorous in his pursuit (literally, “persecution”) of those who seek him. Such have great security and feel certain of their continued place in God’s presence.

Gauge the level of your certainty in God’s goodness and faithfulness. How can it be strengthened?

#votd #Psalms #God

Pursue me all my days: Psalm 23.6

“Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.”

Psalms 23.6

God does not abandon his faithful people. He gives complete assurance of his abiding presence. He blesses all the way through life. He chases us down with his goodness.

What event could shake my confidence in God’s goodness? How does God show his commitment to me?

#votd #Psalms #God

God delights in every detail of our lives

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

Psalm 37.23-24 NLT

In this acrostic psalm, David deals with the presence of evil people around him and how the Lord work in the life of the righteous.

Do you ever feel that God doesn’t pay attention to your problems? Does it seem like he’s neglectful toward some important details? He always knows and cares.

#votd #Psalms #God

Remove the obstacles: Psalm 5.8 VOTD

“Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me!”

Psalm 5.8

After an opening appeal to be heard, 1-2, David bases his prayer on God’s holy nature, 3-6. He himself will worship and acknowledge God, 7, but the wicked lie and rebel, 9-10. His request and expectation center in joy, 11. He ends with another affirmation of God’s action consistent with his person, 12.

How does this psalm contrast with the attitude of the Pharisee praying in the temple? Lk 18.9-14.

#Psalms #prayer #VOTD

We fly away: Psalm 90.10 VOTD

“The days of our lives add up to seventy years,
or eighty, if one is especially strong.
But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression.
Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.”

Psalm 90.10

The title to this psalm attributes its authorship to Moses, “A prayer of Moses, the man of God.” Most of his life was one of hardship.

Jesus lived 30-plus years. He came to die for man’s sin. His years were short, but his life was full. Our time on earth is short-lived and full of trouble. In Christ, life is blessed and eternal.

#Psalms #life #VOTD

7 Keys to Psalm 117

By Rick Kelley
Introduction: Seven powerful words from the shortest Psalm, the mid-point of the Bible.
#1: Praise
                a. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm
                b. Not only that, but Praise is the beginning, the ending, and the point of the Psalms
                c. The Psalms are, by and large, prayers, petitions, and praises to God.
                d. Praise is perhaps the one thing humanity can offer to God that God cannot offer to Himself, and which God cannot extract from us.

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Goodness: Psalm 31.19 VOTD

“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”

Psalm 31.19

In his trials, David is still able to see God’s goodness and the favor he bestows upon his people.

The saint must not judge his life and God’s treatment of him by what happens in a single day. Where can you identify God’s goodness in recent days?

#divine-goodness #Psalms #VOTD

Freedom: Psalm 119.45 VOTD

“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”

Psalm 119.45 NIV

Freedom of movement and security within his space come from seeking the word of God.

Some believe God’s commandments are restrictive. In fact, they are the means to true freedom. Christians should be clear on this.

#freedom #Psalms #VOTD

Determined: Psalm 57.7 VOTD

“I am determined, O God! I am determined! I will sing and praise you!”

Psalms 57.7

Fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave, David steadfastly maintains his commitment to praise God. He keeps in view that God is sovereign.

How does remembering God’s sovereignty help us in any given situation?

#Psalms #God #VOTD

Pure lifestyle: Psalm 26.6-7 VOTD

“I maintain a pure lifestyle, so I can appear before your altar, O LORD, to give you thanks, and to tell about all your amazing deeds.”

Psalm 26.6-7

The psalm declares the conditions of entering and remaining in the presence of the Lord. This negative confession humbly presents itself as a holy people pleading with the holy God.

What is involved in a pure lifestyle?

#purity #Psalms #VOTD

Special favor: Psalm 4.3 VOTD

“Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor; the Lord responds when I cry out to him.”

Psalm 4.3

David speaks to those who seek to bring shame upon him, v 2. He appeals for their repentance, v. 4.

God hears his people’s prayers. They alone are so privileged. He helps those who seek him. What pleas do you make to God today?

#Psalms #help #VOTD

VOTD: Psalm 37.37

“Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.”

Psalm 37.37 NLT

So what does it mean to look at them?

#examples, #psalms, #votd

VOTD: Psalm 119.2

“How blessed are those who observe [God’s] rules, and seek him with all their heart” (NET).

Psalm 119 begins with two blessings. This is the second of the two. It pairs obedience to God’s commands and a full-hearted seeking of God. What few consider a blessing today is actually even more so in the new covenant of Christ. If it was a blessing under the old law, how much more so is it a blessing today.

#blessing, #obedience, #psalms, #seek-god

Psalm 119.86

So how the second line connect with the first?

All your commands are reliable.
I am pursued without reason. Help me! (NET)

And in what sense is a command reliable?

#commandments, #psalms, #votd

When we opened our eyes this morning

empty-bedOne out of eight Americans die in their sleep. Surprisingly, one study found that people with sleep apnea are no more likely to do so than others. There’s a perception that the elderly die in their sleep more often than others. And, of course, there’s the dreaded Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In the Bible, people died in war, from sickness, of old age, and from personal violence such as murder. Just like today. The first sin we have record of outside of Eden was premeditated murder. Many died as a direct result of sin — think of Nadab and Abihu, Korah, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira.

All death is a consequence of sin in the world. It was not a part of God’s original design. Continue reading

#corollaries, #death, #psalms, #urgency