Posts Tagged ‘Psalms’

Psalm 16:5 (The Passion Translation)

Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance.
You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.
I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (I’ve been chosen), I believe God has chosen each of us to be part of his family. I make no apology for talking about being chosen again today, after all we read in many places in the bible, that we have been chosen, so it must be true!

When we know someone has chosen us, we are reassured that they will guide and direct us, and possibly protect us, and that’s exactly what God has promised to do for His chosen people.

So let God guide and direct you by choosing Him today.

How many times have you heard a mother or father say to their child, “Do as I say” or “Do as you’re told”?

Does the child always obey? No, of course they don’t! I’m sure when we were that child being told to do something we too, didn’t always do what we were told, did we?

What about when it come to God asking us to do something, are we more willing to do what God asks of us?

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. ~ Psalm 119:60 (NIV)

When it comes to our heavenly Father, we need to be ready and willing to firstly, listen to Him, and secondly, do as the above bible verse says, respond quickly to all God asks us to do.

Are you ready to obey today?

We can seek healing for many things: physical illness or injury, spiritual brokenness, emotional frailty etc. But do we seek healing from the correct source?

No matter what part of our life is in need of healing, if we ask God to help us, He will reach out to us and helps, and heals us.

So reach out to God today, and He will heal you of all your ills, physical, emotional or spiritual. Just trust Him.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore ~ Psalm 16:11

Do you believe you are in God’s presence? I believe that wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I’m in God’s presence, because God is all around me, always. Even when I’m not thinking about Him, He is with me.

Why? Because He loves me and wants me to be who he planned for me to be, where he’s planned for me to be.

Are you living in God’s presences, just where He wants you to be?

During your prayer time, do you always remember to prayer for all those people/situation you intended to pray for?

I found a while ago, that while I went about my daily life, I often thought of specific people or situations that needed my prayers, however when it came to my quiet time with God, I’d often unintentionally forget to pray for some people/situations. That I found quite frustrating and also annoying as how could I expect others to pray for me when I needed their payers if I couldn’t even remember to pray for them?!

My problem however was easily solved, as I now have a prayer notebook in OneNote that I use to jot down prayer topics/situations/people as they come to mind – An easy solution which has greatly enhanced my prayer life and hopefully also those I now remember to pray for!

So if you’re having difficultly remembering prayer topics during your quiet time, why not try using a prayer notebook. N.B. I use an electronic prayer notebook, but it would work equally well with a paper notebook too, so don’t be put off by my use of technology!

Somebody’s Prayin’, so please let it be me and you that’s praying today!

Have you ever stopped to think how many times each day you say, do or think something which you shouldn’t?

I’ve never actually counted myself, but I’m sure I would surprise even me how many times I fail!

How do you think God feels as we looks down on us as see us fail Him so many times?

Psalm 130:3-5 (NIV)

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Thankfully as the above words from the bible tells us, God forgives us of all our sins, regardless of how many they may be. So all we have to believe in Him and ask Him to forgive us, and in return serve Him with all our heart.

Ever wondered just how much we should thank God for all He provides for us and all He does for us?

Well just last night I found myself considering that question. So what were my conclusions?

My conclusion was that we can never thank God too much for all He has done for us, and all He continues to do for us! Whether we thank God once a week, once a day, or a hundred times a day, it will never be enough to truly thank God for everything.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever (Psalm 30:11-12 NIV).

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (Ephesians 1:15-16 NIV).

So if we can never say thank you enough to God, how do we thank Him?

We serve Him and do His will…that’s all He asks of us!

How Could I Ever Say Thank You by Kathryn Scott
 
How could I ever say thank You
When the whole of this life’s not enough
Though I offer each breath back in worship
It never could match Your great love
So great are Your ways
Such encompassing grace
Love that reaches beyond each defense
Your mercy disarms the most broken of hearts
Such complete and profound faithfulness
How could I thank You
How could I ever repay You
When You laid aside Heaven for me
You came to the earth its Creator
Incarnate to set sinners free
 
I love You Lord
I love You Lord
I love You Lord 
I love you Lord
 

Have you come across people who say they are doing it ‘all for God‘ yet get upset when they don’t get credited for what they do?

Well for various reasons I’ve been thinking about this in the last week.

So what are my conclusions? Well my first instinct would be to say that of course people deserve credit for what they do. However on reflection, surely if the work they are doing truly is for the Lord, it should be Him who gets all the credit not us!

Here’s Robin Mark reinforcing this message in the song All For Jesus:

The Mind of God Toward You

There is never a time
when you’re not in His thoughts,
never a time without grace,
never a time when He turns away
from any need you face.

There is never a time
when you’re not in His heart,
never a time without love,
never a time when you’re not blessed
with good things from above!

Excerpt from the devotional gift bookAlways Loved” by Roy Lessin.

God is with us always. His cares for us always. Even though we may sometimes feel as if God has deserted us, He hasn’t He is waiting for just the right opportunity to help us.

I am thankful for God’s love to me. He is patient and thoughtful in all He does. Thank you Lord.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Psalm 139:17-18 (NIV)

Do you spend much time thinking about all your sins? If you’re anything like me, you probably have answered no to that question!

It’s true, we all know we sins many times each day, but are probably all guilty of not talking to God about our sins, acknowledging our failures before God, and accepting His forgiveness for our sins.

We must acknowledge our sins to God so that He can forgive us and help us do better in the future.

I think we walk around with some unconfessed sins on our shoulders, and we all know how debilitating it can be walking around feeling guilty and burdened by sin.

It takes strength to admit our faults, but it’s only by doing so we will ever be truly forgiven. So when we pray we must freely admit to God all our sins. No only will that allow us to receive God’s forgiveness, but it will lift the burden of sin from our shoulders.

Psalm 32:5 (NIV)

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD— and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Here’s Rebecca St. James singing Forgive Me – a wonderful touching song that fits perfectly with my thoughts today: