They did not wait: Psalm 106.13

“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.”

Psalm 106.13 NIV

At the Red Sea, Israel “believed [God’s] promises; they sang praises to him” v. 12. But facing the desert, they lost their faith. In their impatience they did not wait for his “counsel.” So they died there.

What a beautiful moment to see God powerfully work his salvation! But when we face the desert, do we wait in faith for his plan to unfold? Or do we require him to act now?

#votd #Psalms #wait

They refuse to change: Psalm 55.19

“God, the one who has reigned as king from long ago, will hear and humiliate them. (Selah) They refuse to change, and do not fear God.”

Psalm 55.19

David felt despair because of enemy attacks. He did not give up because of God’s certain judgment. Refusal to change and fear God is a sure path to destruction.

Repentance is necessary for salvation, Lk 24.47. One must make the decision to change and then make the change. God’s people are repentant ones and confident of his judgment against those who refuse to change.

#votd #Psalms #repentance

As long as I live: Psalm 146.2

“I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!”

Psalm 146.2

Man is concerned with how long he can live. God’s people are concerned with praising and fear him for as long as they live. One’s life may be long, but futile.

People in the world’s “Blue Zones” live longer, so there is great interest in what they do to love so long. People in God’s Kingdom have eternal life. How interested are you in it?

#votd #Psalms #eternal-life

Food to those who fear: Psalm 111.5

“He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant.”

Psalm 111.5 NLT

Food represents “everything necessary to live” (NBV). God’s giving is a part of his covenant with his people. So is that reverent fear which demonstrates itself in obedience.

With the Lord as shepherd, “I lack nothing” Ps 23.1. How do I gain that confident sufficiency? What must I do to possess the good gifts of God?

#votd #Psalms #sufficiency

They didn’t trust his saving power: Psalm 78.22

“because they had no faith in God, because they didn’t trust his saving power.”

Psalm 78.22 CEB

Israel failed for lack of faith. They tested the Lord. In spite of all he did for them, they rebelled against him. So they were punished for their failure to trust.

We easily see Israel’s failure, but not so much in ourselves. How does our lack of trust in God’s saving power demonstrate itself? Worry? Anxiety? Impatience? Insistence in solving our own problems?

#votd #Psalms #trust

Lead me in your truth and teach me: Psalm 25.5

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 25.5 ESV

In this acrostic psalm, David prays to be delivered from foes and confesses his sins. To arrive at truth, he needs God’s leading and teaching. The first verb “consistently refers to God as he leads the righteous in straight paths” (TWOT).

Truth is not an inner discovery, but an external objective to be reached by seeking God. That process is sought today through the Scriptures. Have you read your Bible today?

#votd #Psalms #truth

As far away as the ends of the earth: Psalm 48.10

“The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth is worthy of your reputation, O God. You execute justice!”

Psalm 48.10

This third of three praise psalms focuses on God’s actions on behalf of Zion (1-8) and her reactions to his deliverance (9-14).

God’s concern covers the whole world. He desires praise from all peoples. He works in his people to that end.

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Give Jerusalem priority: Psalm 137.6

“May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy.”

Psalm 137.6

Sing holy songs to entertain pagans? How wrong! Let God judge the wicked, while his people put his holy place above all else.

Earthly joys must give way to the cause of Christ. Am I bending my faith to please the world? Is the kingdom of God my top priority?

(For the Christian, today’s “Jerusalém” is to dwell in Christ.)

#votd #Psalms #priority

Salvation belongs to the Lord: Psalm 3.8

“Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah.”

Psalm 3.8

Fleeing from his rebellious son Absalom, King David still believes that God will save him. He has his promise. Circumstances say otherwise, but faith sees beyond them.

What situations threaten my faith in God’s promise of salvation? How to strengthen my faith in God for difficult moments that will come?

#votd #Psalms #salvation

Success: Psalm 37.23

“The Lord grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable.”

Psalm 37.23

This acrostic wisdom psalm proclaims the blessing of the righteous, in the face of apparent contrary evidence. No one should envy the wicked. The Lord will give success to his people.

God gives success according to his definition, in his time. He also defines commendable behavior. The righteous trust his promise, await his judgment, refuse to believe what they see in the present.

#votd #Psalms #success

Sins I am unaware of: Psalm 19.12

“Who can know all his errors? Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of.”

Psalm 19.12

Only God is omniscient. We cannot know ourselves thoroughly. We need his guidance and insight, vv. 7-11. It is important to be aware of what we are unaware of.

Our limited knowledge of ourselves calls for humility. The Christian can be sure that as he walks in the light, the blood of Christ cleanses from all sin.

#votd #Psalms #sin

Your protector: Psalm 121.3

“God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.”

Psalm 121.3 CEB

In this pilgrimage psalm, God not only protects, but he is protector, i.e., his nature and work is to look over his people. He is “the one who guards.”

This verse may be a prayer, based upon the truth of God’s protectiveness. We may be sure of him. Let us be sure to seek him.

#votd #Psalms #God

The direction of my life

“I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.”

Psalm 119.59 NLT

Psalm 119 is a prayer to God for help, in the midst of opposition and anguish, in following the word of God. This acrostic shows great thought on spiritual direction.

Thought and action are two necessary steps to pleasing God. Before acting, proper consideration for one’s life must be given. Choosing to obey God is the only right way.

#votd #Psalms #mindfulness

Commit your future to the Lord! Psalm 37.5-6

“Commit your future to the Lord!
Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.
He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause.”

Psalm 37.5-6

The context is the presence of evil people around us. We must not fear them nor envy them. God is in control of the situation and cares for his people.

Often, the Lord will act at what appears to be the last minute. He shows that the power is his. He works to foster trust in his will. How have you seen God work in your life?

h/t Don Ruhl: https://emaildevotionals.com/2018/07/22/what-happens-when-you-commit-your-way-to-the-lord-2/

#votd #Psalms #trust

The Lord responds: Psalm 4.3

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

Psalm 4.3

After a moving request for help, v. 1, and a challenge to threatening men, v. 2, David expresses, as a part of his reply to the wicked, his confidence that God will answer.

“Sinful behavior is ultimately fruitless and self-destructive” (NETB). The godly who rely on God will be “safe and secure” v. 8.

#votd #Psalms #prayer