“Wicked men will be wiped out, but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land.”
Man must do his part: rely on the Lord, rather than attempt to make things happen. (Think Abraham and Sarah.) God will do his part: bless and fulfill the terms of the covenant.
To inherit the earth, or possess the land, is to receive the full promise of God to his people. To receive it, the question is: How much do we rely on the Lord?
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“He has sent redemption to his people. He has ordained his covenant forever. His name is holy and awe-inspiring.”
Psalm 111.9 CSB
This acrostic wisdom psalm acknowledges the greatness of God’s good deeds, as well as his precepts, v. 7, which should be “faithfully and properly carried out” v. 8b NET. Redemption is in his covenant. All this makes his name inspire deepest respect by those who study and treasure his works, v. 2b.
How does my heart consider the name of God?
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“I was glad because they said to me, ‘We will go to the Lord’s temple.’”
The writer knew the value of being in God’s presence together with the people of God. To be inside, v. 2, where God has built his abode, v. 3, to pray and praise together, vv. 4-9, is a great joy.
God is in the midst of his family, the church. We gather together to praise God and pray for one another. Does this give me joy? Do I assemble with high hopes?
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“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?
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“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.”
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.
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“I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!”
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?
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“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?
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“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?
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“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?
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“The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth is worthy of your reputation, O God. You execute justice!”
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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“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.”
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; your blessing be on your people! Selah.”
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
“The Lord grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable.”
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.
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“Who can know all his errors? Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of.”
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.
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“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.
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