Category: Journey Through The Psalms

Be Still and Know


Psalm 46:10 ESV

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

How often do we obey the command in the first line of this verse? Be still and know that He, The Lord Almighty, is God. How often do we sit and get to know the Lord as our best friend and Father? How often do we sit still in complete silence without distractions of technology and our minds running a thousand miles an hour while try to sit reflect upon Him?

I have to admit that I often sit down to reflect on Him while the dishwasher or washer and dryer. My mind is usually bogged down with the thoughts and the situations of the day. However, when I come to the Lord without the noise going it is easier for me to focus on Him especially while writing.

Knowing the Lord is God.

Lord Jesus, pour out your spirit upon as we reflect upon Who you are as the God of all the earth and may we ever rejoice in the God of our salvation. May Your great and awesome Name be lifted high as You have declared in this verse. Pour forth your wisdom among all those who read this and may they be encouraged to actively and intentually be still and know that you Jesus are God.

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Psalm 16:1-2 ESV


Psalm 16:1-2

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

The above two verses from Psalm 16 should be in my prayers daily and along with the rest of this Psalm.

1. What does it mean for God to preserve you?

I will tell you what it means for me  after I did some research using http://www.blueletterbible.com. I used the lexicon on the site which uses Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionary.

The Hebrew Word I found was: shamar in the King James Version it is translated preserve 21 times.

shamar means to keep, guard, observe and give heed.

These are the four things that We should daily ask God for in prayer:

To keep us.

To guard us.

The last two things to observe and give heed are required of us as we Seek and take refuge in God.

What this means to me:

1. God is the ONE who keeps and guards me.

How does HE do this?

1. He gives direction in the WORD for us to follow as well as through our daily relationship with Him.

2. Sometimes God protects us by telling us to go home a different route than we normally take. He protects us every day and if we would listen and obey HIM then we would realize HIS protection in our lives.

I need to be reminded often that I have nothing good apart from The LORD!

Hebrew Name for the LORD is Jehovah and Lord is Adonai meaning Master.

Questions to Ponder and consider:

1. Do we take refuge in JEHOVAH?

2. Is He our Master?

3. Do we submit to His Authority in our lives?

4. Do we believe that we have “no good thing apart from HIM?”

Psalm 108 eSV


My heart is steadfast, O God!

I will sing and make melody with all my being!

Awake, O harp and Lyre!

I will awake the dawn!

I will give thanks to you among the peoples;

I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;

Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth!

That your beloved ones may be delivered,

Give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

God has promised in his holiness

“With exultation I will divide up Shechem

and portion out the Valley of Succoth

Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;

Ephraim is my helmet,

Judah my scepter.

Moab is my washbasin;

Upon Edom I cast my shoe;

Over Philistia I shout in triumph”

Who will bring to me the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

Have you not rejected us, O God?

You do not go out with our armies.

Oh grant us help against the foe,

for vain is the salvation of man!

With God we shall do valiantly;

It is he who will tread down our foes.

The verses in bold print are the ones that struck out at me today! Lord I praise you because Jesus sits at your right and He is my salvation and with Him I will do valiantly over my enemies. There is a nursery rhyme that I used once to give my testimony to children in Jamaica. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses and all the kings men could not put humpty together again!” I know one who can heal all your wounds of brokenness and His name is Jesus. He shed his blood on the cross so that all that would believe in HIM would have life abundantly. Jesus loves us no matter what we do in this life! Here is there with open arms for you today. Go to HIM He will give you life!

July 16, 2013 Things To Ponder


Today, while I was reading Psalm 18 some verses struck out at me to make me think. I would to share them with you and my thoughts on them.

Psalm 18:28-35 ESV

28 For it is you that light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.

29 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 This God-his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?-

32 The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.

33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.

My thoughts on Psalm 18:28-35

While David wrote this Psalm when the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from the hand of  Saul; this reminds me of all that the LORD has rescued me from. These verses bring me great assurance that I have been made secure and set on the heights of Heaven though I live here on the earth through my salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the LORD who initiates my salvation and understanding of scripture. It is the LORD who brings HIS LIGHT through the power of the Holy Spirit and expels the darkness. The shield of my salvation is  Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit living in me supports me. It is God who trains me who for war and that battle is fought with not a bow of bronze a worldly weapon but with spiritual weapons such as prayer along with those found in Ephesians 6:10 -20. This battle is also a spiritual battle and not with flesh and blood.

Psalm 18:39 ESV

39 For you equipped me with strength for battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.

This verse brings me great joy for knowing that everyday I pray the LORD makes my enemies sink under. I do not need to fear for the LORD has equipped me with HIS strength.

In reflecting on these scriptures I have begun a 52 week plan to read the whole Bible within that time. I actually started this plan three days ago.

May the LORD bless each of my readers today and may they be encouraged in some way by this blog posting. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen.

Psalm 7:8-11


In my reading this evening my heart is stirred by the following verses:

Psalm 7:8-11

8 The Lord judges the Peoples;

judge me , O LORD, according to my righteousness

and according to the integrity that is in me.

9 Oh, let the evil and the wicked come to an end,

and may you establish the righteous —

you who tests the minds and hearts,

10 Oh, righteous God,

My shield is with God

who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge,

and a God who feels indignation every day.

 

There is no righteousness in man except through Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection we  are made righteous through faith in Him. For in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans in Chapter 3 verses 10-11 None is righteous, no not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God. Later in the same chapter we read that the Righteousness of God is through Faith and that it was by God’s grace that He paid the ransom for our sin.

In Psalm 7:10 I was struck by the words my “shield is with God”

Shield as defined by http://www.merriam-webster.com

1. A broad piece of defensive  armor carried on the arm

2. One that protects or defends

4. A device or part that serves as a protective barrier

So, after reading these definitions for the word shield reaffirms to me that:

1. God is my defensive armor  Ephesians 6:10-19 in verse 16 take up the shield of Faith which can extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one.

2. God is my Protector and Defender

3. God is my Shelter or hiding place from all that this world would bring into my life.

The other verse that struck me was Psalm 7:11 “God who feels indignation every day”

Indignation as defined by http://www.merriam-webster.com

1. Anger that is aroused by something unjust, unworthy or mean

So, God feels anger everyday because of the sin of mankind. In Genesis Chapter 6 we read that the Lord was grieved that He created mankind because the hearts and thoughts of mankind were pure evil. But there was one righteous man and his family that He saved after He sent the world-wide flood. Then He, God put a rainbow in the sky to remind the people who He would never again destroy the human race again with a flood. So instead of wiping out mankind totally for the evil they have done God chose send Jesus Christ into this world as a baby. Jesus lived with one purpose in mind to obey the will of the One who sent HIM even death on the cross.

Here in the United States today marks 40 years of Roe V Wade Remember that God is still angered by the genocide of the unborn children as He is with all sin: Remember that Jesus paid the price for our sin and will gladly forgive all those who have had abortions and come to Him like a little child and receive His love and grace today!

May God bless all my readers today!

In Jesus Name Amen!

Psalm 23 Thoughts


V1 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not lack.

What does a Shepherd do?  A Shepherd is one who tends, feeds or guards flocks of sheep. So this verse says to me that The Lord is the One who takes care of me, feeds and provides for me, and guards my steps. I shall not lack because He provides everything.

V2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still water.

He has everything that I need. There is safety as He leads me through this life for He has already been there and knows what will occur.

V3 He refreshes and restores my life; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Through His Holy Spirit I am refreshed and through the sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross for my sin; He has restored my life. As I seek His direction in my life He will lead me in the path of righteousness.

V4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and staff , they comfort me.

As I live this life on the earth and face trials and temptations; I have no need to fear For God is with me.

V5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with      oil; my cup runs over.

You have baptized me with Your Holy Spirit and may it overflow into the lives of others.

V6 Surely goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life and through the length of my days the house of the Lord shall be my dwelling place.

Lord this is my heart’s desire to be forever in the presence of my Lord all the days of my life here on earth.

Psalm 91:3-4NASB


Psalm 91:3-4

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper. And from the deadly pestilence He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a bulwark.

Definition of snare: a trapping device often consisting of a noose; used for capturing small birds and mammals.  (from freedictionary.com)

Definition of Pestilence: usually a fatal epidemic disease (from freedicitionary.com)

God is the One who delivers me from the snare of Satan and the pestilence of sin. Sin is deadly and causes Separation between us and God. You have to seek Him out as a refuge when times get hard and even when times are easy for you seek the Lord and He will answer you. He is a faithful God. His faithfulness is a shield. I know it is because I have experienced His protection in the midst pain, sorrow, and storms. He is, He was and He will be there for me in all my circumstances. All I have to do is come to Him and ask Him for help. Praise Him for all the things He has brought you and I through.