20180807

Psalms 3:7 Rise up, Yahveh! Save me, my God! You punch all my enemies on the face; you break the teeth of the wicked ones.

The psalmist had been counting his enemies, and saw them multiply before his eyes. No problem. In this corner is the LORD God. Watch what happens when he lands a punch. He can take them all on at once.

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20180806

Psalms 3:6 I am not going to be afraid of thousands of people who have taken their stand against me on every side.

The psalmist has chosen who he will trust, and that choice stifled his urge to fear his enemies. It didn’t matter how many were choosing to stand against him, as long as he knew God was standing for him. Let the enemies pile up by the thousands. They will never outweigh God.

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20180805

Psalms 3:5 I am lying down and sleeping; I will wake again because the LORD sustains me.

With the knowledge that his enemies are multiplying all around him, the psalmist declares his trust in God’s faithfulness by lying down and sleeping. The courage to rest in times of turmoil is either a sign of faith or a sign of insanity. You decide which it is for you.

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20180804

Psalms 3:4 I cry aloud to the Yahveh, and he responds to me from his holy mountain. Selah.

Sometimes it takes awhile before the LORD responds, but he responds. It is better to be found waiting on the Lord’s responds than to be found worrying about our responses. Unless the Lord tells you something to do in prayer, just wait on him to make the first move.

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20180803

Psalms 3:3 But you, Yahveh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

The LORD provides protection (a shield), position (my glory), and encouragement (lifts the head). He does help, and his help is just what the worshippers need.

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20180802

Psalms 3:2 Many are saying about me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah

It is the psalmist’s enemies who are boasting that God is not providing the help he needs. That makes it a whole new conflict, because it is not about personal strength or morality. They are questioning God’s existence and compassion. They are saying that God has to put up or else the worshippers should shut up.

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20180801

Psalms 3:1 Yahveh, see how my enemies have multiplied! There are so many who attack me.

Sometimes when we pray, we are merely whining to God. That is okay; he’s a big God. He can take it. We should not be afraid to point out what we are dealing with. As long as we keep in mind the fact that we are never alone. He is here with us.

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20180731

Psalms 2:12 Get things in order with the Son or he will be angry and you will be destroyed by your rebellion, because his anger may ignite at any moment. All who take refuge in him are fortunate.

Many leaders today take great pains to get themselves in order with their political backers, but not enough trouble to get themselves squared away with Jesus. He is the friend we really need in a crisis.
The problem is often that we fail to believe that Jesus is powerful enough to destroy those who ignore him. He is.

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20180730

Psalms 2:11 Serve Yahveh with fear and rejoice as you tremble.
The psalmist is still instructing the leaders of the world to show discernment by admitting that God is sovereign over them and their nations. That nation is blessed when its leaders recognize that God is still in control. The leaders who do submit can rejoice as they tremble because God will not let them fail ultimately.
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20180729

Psalms 2:10 Kings should show discernment now; judges of the land should take warning.
It should be that way, but seldom is. Instead, the leaders keep making the same mistakes, and history keeps recording those same mistakes. Unless our plans coincide with God’s plans, we plan in vain. The Bible serves as a guide for our personal decision making, but can also guide families and nations.
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