8 I will listen to what God will say;
surely the Lord will declare peace
to his people, his faithful ones,
and not let them go back to foolish ways. (Psalm 85:8 CSB)
God speaks in many ways to each of us individually. Billions of people and God speaks to each one like we were the only one. That is mind boggling.
But we must listen.
And few of us do.
Oh, we hear every other voice around us clamoring for our attention. But within the din God is drown out. So He seeks other ways to reach us. The beauty of this is He keeps reaching out.
The world today is in uproar. We seem more distant from one another than ever before. But we are not taking the opportunity to draw closer to God. The faithful one who can bring us back together again and not let us go back to our foolish ways.
I will listen….
6 …I will praise your name, Lord,
because it is good.
7 For he has rescued me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked down on my enemies (Psalm 54:6-7 CSB)
We are quick to call upon God when the road gets rough, but once it smoothes out how quick are we to praise God’s name?
We cry out ever so quickly but we tend to praise ever so slowly. Some times we are waiting to see if the difficulty has truly passed. But more often we are simply only focused on one side of the coin.
That side is the side where God comes to our aid and has righted our wrong.
We must sign loudly upon the mountain tops as everyone can hear us. When we are in the valley often our voice is muted. God is a god of ever time, not just a genie to be called upon in trouble.
Thus make your praise loud and your sorrow soft. God is a god of deliverance so that others might see and be brought near.
1 Be gracious to me, God,
according to your faithful love;
according to your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion. (Psalm 51:1 CSB)
I have a rebellious nature. It kinda runs in the family.
My ancestry has been traced by my uncle all the way back to the Vikings on my fathers side. Sam Bass the notorious Texas train robber is on my mothers side.
This too extends to my faith life and I am just glad that our God is a god of faithful love and abundant compassion.
It is too often that I must ask Him to blot out my rebellion. That I must pray again for forgiveness for wilfull sins.
But this is our sin nature that we must battle throughout this life. Thank you God for showing faithful love and abundant compassion.
20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,[a] I am with you always,[b] to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 CSB)
At times we can feel very alone in this old world. Even when we are with others we can carry this feeling of aloneness.
But the first of this passage gives us a glimpse into how we can go through life without feeling alone.
If we will but look toward scripture, learning as much as we can so that we can teach others to observe Gods commandments. Then as we interact with others we can, through out actions, be an element of God’s teaching by what we do. We do not have to actively teach, but through our actions others will see the God who is “with us” at all times.
10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast[a] spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me,
and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12 CSB)
A good spring cleaning just tends to make us feel better. Getting rid of the things we no longer need, cleaning everything and putting it in order. It may seem a daunting task at first but once done we can sit back and feel good about how we have our space in order.
Our lives may need a good spring cleaning as well. A time to cleanse our hearts and renew our spirit. To ask forgiveness and give thanks for all that God has done for us over the last year and what He will do for us in the coming year.
Part of this process is to open ourselves and ask for a willing spirit so that we may accomplish God’s divine plan through us. Sustaining us and continually moving us toward the path God has set for our lives.
Do you need a spiritual spring cleaning?
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all. (Psalm 103:19 CSB)
When we become established in an area we tend to be known by it to some extent. Whether this is in our career or in our personal lives, how we establish ourselves, is how we define ourselves.
God established himself as the ruler of all. I like to say He is; In all, Through all and Over all. This establishes in my mind that there is nothing in my life that God does not have domain over.
Now, He gives me a lot of say in what I do. And more often than not I make bad choices with that freedom. But He gives me that freedom none the less. I am just grateful that He loves me no matter what choices I make.
25 He spoke and raised a stormy wind
that stirred up the waves of the sea….30b Then he guided them to the harbor they longed for. (Psalm 107 25 & 30b CSB)
Sometimes we need to be shaken out of our current way of living. God may allow or may create a storm. However, we can bet that once we have righted our course He will guide us safely into the right port.
We do not like to think of God in this way. We want the loving God who simply answers our call. In other words a genie. We do, though, have a loving God who my put us in situations for our own good. To correct our path or to move us to a new path all together.
We want clear signs and a road that is straight, smooth and without weather. But life is not that way. Life is a lesson, you learn it when you’re done.