Posts Tagged ‘Psalms’

I was reading this morning from the Psalms and this verse caught my eye and brought comfort and hope to me.

For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

You cover him with favor  as with a shield.” – Psalm 5:12

What a great peomise to hold on to. As you may know we have been going through some tough times as of late. Uncertainty clouds our thoughts and vision. It’s always easy to get discouraged when we fail to see the big picture; that Christ redeemed us, made us righteous, and showers us with His favor for His glory and our good.  May I count it all joy as we face various trials and setbacks. He is working in us for the glory of His great name. Blessed be His Holy Righteous name. Amen!

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Just thought I’d share this Psalm with you all today…

Psalm 124

 1 “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,”
         Let Israel now say—
 2 “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
         When men rose up against us,
 3 Then they would have swallowed us alive,
         When their wrath was kindled against us;
 4 Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
         The stream would have gone over our soul;
 5 Then the swollen waters
         Would have gone over our soul.”
         
 6 Blessed be the LORD,
         Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
 7 Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
         The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
 8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth.

His grace is what sustains us. Where would we be if the LORD were not on our side. We certainly would be consumed by our enemies. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”Romans 8:31. Praise be to Jesus who has taken our sins upon Himself! We have been adopted and thus His fatherly care is upon us.

J. C. Hahne

How can God be worshiped? This morning I was reading from David’s song of repentance from Psalm 51, and I came across this verse that brought me to meditate upon what God desires from us. Verse 17 says:

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

God wants us broken before His holy throne. He wants us humbly bowed down admitting failure to live up to His standards. He will not despise the broken heart. David came humbly broken before God and was described by God as “a man after God’s own heart.” Truly there is none righteous, no not one! We have all sinned, and fall short of God’s righteous standard.

In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector from Luke 18 we see this same thing. The one who is justified is not the self-righteous Pharisee, but the lowly tax collector; the sinner who cried out for mercy. After telling the parable Jesus goes on to say, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.Luke 18:14.

So how will you worship God? There is only one way. Come before Him with a humble, broken, contrite heart. God will not turn you away. Just as He did not despise David or Peter, He will not despise you as you bow before Him. May God be our only boast, for we are but sinners saved by grace. Any good thing that comes out of us is the fruit of His grace.

I now close with Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

J. C. Hahne

It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 118:8-9

Oh how easy it is to put our confidence in men; in those who appear to be mighty or wise. We are often short-sighted, and can’t see beyond what is visible. God grant us faith that our eyes would see above and beyond, for man is like the flower. He fades and withers. His beauty and strength are for but a season, and then he fails. However, the LORD our God is a rock; solid and sure. There is no changing in His appearance or in His words. “For I am the LORD, I do not change” Malachi 3:6. Therefore cast your eyes upon Him. Be of good cheer. Trust in Him, for He shall not fail.

“…Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40: 7-8

J. C. Hahne

Psalm 3

1LORD, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many
are they who rise up against me.
2 Many
are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.”  Selah

3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the LORD with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.  Selah

5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set
themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O LORD;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation
belongs to the LORD.
Your blessing
is upon Your people.  Selah

What a great example we have here for us on how to respond in the midst of trial. Here we see David surrounded by trouble; by persecutions… “Many are they who rise against me. Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God.'” (v.1-2) Are you surrounded by trials, temptation or persecution? Do you feel at times desperate? Look at David’s example. He could have cried and given up… But he didn’t! Full of faith he proclaims that God is his defender, his protector, the faithful One who hears his cry. “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill.” (v. 3-4)

After proclaiming and preaching the truth to himself, we see David’s assurance. In the midst of trouble, among the many who rose against him, he lays down to sleep. His rest, his peace is in God almighty, his sustainer. He says in verse 6, “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” And being so confident of God’s protection, David claims victory. “Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.” (v. 7-8 ) Salvation is indeed in His hands, He stands ready to fight and defend. His blessing is upon His people. What a great God we have!

I encourage you to have David’s attitude in the midst of trouble. Preach the Word of God to yourself! Take hold of His promises and rest! Claim Victory!

J. C. Hahne

Be Still!!!

Posted: 06/07/2008 in Devotions
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1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

-Psalm 46

I love seeing our God described here in this Psalm. In verse 1 He is described as “our refuge and our strength”, and our helper in time of need. As we see and understand Him we gain confidence and become assured that there is no need to fear. God is big, bigger than we can imagine. He is Almighty, Sovereign, Omniscient, Omnipotent, and yes, He is always good to His beloved… So, “Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.” Even if the nations rage, even if everything seems to go against us, “The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge!” What great encouragement we find in that our unchanging God is the God of Jacob, the God of Israel. “Come behold the works of the Lord…” Did He not deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt through many signs and wonders? The plagues were poured out, the great sea parted, the pillar of fire led them by night, the cloud by day, manna was rained down from the heavens, water burst forth from the rock. “Behold the works of the Lord…” and “Be still!” Stop your fretting! Be at peace! “Know that I am God”, and be strengthened by His past grace, that you may also hope in His future grace. “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Take hold of this promise. The Lord will be exalted. He will fight for His names sake. He will not abandon His people for His name shall not be shamed.

The Lord our God is our refuge… Therefore, Be Still!!!

J. C. Hahne