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Psalm 24

Read Psalm 24 – The meaning of life.  What a great day this is!  Beloved, once you fully understand Psalm 24 everything in life lines up.  

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” :1  It’s not about me.  It’s not mine.  Yet God has blessed me to enjoy and care for his creation.  He has blessed me to delight and care for my very own life because I am his.  

Those who seek the LORD with a clean hands and a pure heart will enter his presence, receiving blessing and vindication. (:3-6)  Exhale, Beloved, life is that simple so don’t lose your way with the things of this world.  Walk close with Jesus; stay on the narrow path, and know that the best is yet to come.

Regarding :7-10, when there is a knock at your door, what do you ask?  “Who is it?”  So, who is this King of glory?  He is the one the doors to heaven must be thrown open for!  He is the LORD, strong and mighty, mighty in battle, the LORD Almighty – he is the King of glory!

This was written as a song, most believe it was written for the Ark of the Covenant when it was carried into the tent pitched by David for it, or possibly the Temple built by Solomon.  And it clearly has the dual, prophetic meaning of Jesus at his ascension.

I am amazed once more this morning at God’s Word.  It is so multifaceted and rich.  One could spend about a minute reading Psalm 24, or one could meditate on it for all eternity.  Reading the Bible is our opportunity to fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus every day.

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Psalm 23

Read Psalm 23 – The LORD is my shepherd. Okay, raise your hand if your grandmother made you memorize this. I hope your hand is raised, and if not, will you commit to memorizing it now? These 6 verses are excellent for navigating life in our fallen world with the Good Shepherd.

King David had a correct view of himself as a sheep, and the LORD as the shepherd. Remember, David was a shepherd; he knew a shepherd’s role and the needs of sheep. The LORD guides and guards his sheep. The shepherd is responsible for food, water, rest, care from sickness, and protection from attack when caring for the flock.

Okay, now re-read and pray through Psalm 23. “I shall not be in want.” :1 Lord, am I fully trusting you for all my needs? Show me my heart through your eyes…. (confess anything He brings to mind) Green pastures, still waters… offer gratitude for the Lord’s provision. Fear… what are you fearing? Get practical: is it a tax bill, a relationship, a promotion? Remind your fear how big your God is! Prepare a table… Thank God for knowing the plans he has for you, plans for your good and his glory. Goodness and love… Beloved, celebrate with the LORD that you don’t have to get tangled up in this world, his goodness and love follow you and ultimately you will dwell in the house of the LORD forever… In the New Testament, Paul says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 As you view this life through the lens of God’s care and control, know that the best is yet to come. Your future is certain in Jesus Christ our Good Shepherd, and all the days leading up to that divine appointment are filled with meaning and purpose because you are His.

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Psalm 22

Read Psalm 22 – Blessed David, did he know when he penned this how prophetic it was?  Did he live through an instance that led his heart to cry out these words?  He certainly lived through many times of peril.  Yet Jesus used these very words during the last moments of his human life, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34  

Did you know the number markers, 3:16, 8:28, 22:1, etc, were added over a thousand years after Jesus?  In his day, one would bring up a passage by uttering the first few words.  

I say that to ask you to picture Jesus as you read.  This is Jesus, scorned and despised (:6).  This is Jesus with his tongue sticking to the roof of his mouth (:15).  This is Jesus, pierced through his hands and feet (:16)… read about this wrath that we deserve, yet was paid by him who knew no sin.

Sit in wonder as you consider how perfectly this prophetic psalm was fulfilled in our Savior hundreds of years after it was penned.  There is so much to marvel at; I will be quiet and trust the Holy Spirit to work on your heart as you read and meditate on Psalm 22.

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Psalm 21

Read Psalm 21 – Praise the LORD, Jesus is King!  “How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!  He shouts with joy because you give him victory.  For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested.” :1-2

These verses had the present meaning of David’s joy as he reflected on the LORD’s hand over his life.  They also had the future meaning as Jesus walked this earth, completing all he set out to, conquering sin and death, rising again in glory… “You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.  You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.” :3  God’s Word is incredible, multifaceted, true, rich, layered, timeless and perfect.

“You will capture all your enemies.  Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.” :8  ALL always means ALL.  It does not mean SOME or MOST; All means ALL.  All the enemies of God will have their day of reckoning.  So many people hate God today… it shocks and saddens me, yet it is no surprise to the LORD and one day they will be blotted out like a mosquito.

My husband and I went to the movies last night.  It was an action film about dinosaurs, and the corruption of man trying to play god… the bad guys always want to rule the world.  The good guys prevailed, preserving life, even the dinosaurs.  Some of the bad guys saw the error of their ways, repented and began life brand new.  Other bad guys were destroyed by the very thing they sought to control.  It was silly entertainment, but reality is not so far off.

Beloved, may your joy in the LORD be a light for those headed for destruction.

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Psalm 20

Read Psalm 20 – I feel as if each Psalm is a brand new gift to open. Other books of the bible tell of an era, while each Psalm is whole and complete on its own. Psalm 20 is a prayer offered before a battle. In King David’s sense it was a literal battle. In Jesus’s sense it was that night in the Garden of Gethsemane as he prepared to lay down his holy life in sacrifice for you, me, and all who call upon his mighty name.

My friend welcomed a new granddaughter into the world yesterday, for the mother, the battlecry was labor… endless hours of pushing her body further than any other day would require, and the victory was so excellent, the pain and exhaustion faded to the background.

For others it could be sickness or family upheaval.

David’s Psalm was for the nation of Israel, and we would be wise to offer steady prayers for our nation as well. No matter how things look, remember: “Some nations boast of their chariots and some horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God.” :7 Pray with vigilance for our nation because God is greater than anything in this world!

Beloved, are you facing a battle? What are you trusting in?

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Psalm 19

Read Psalm 19 – The heavens declare the glory of God – I’m visiting my cousin in Northern California and stepped outside to catch the sunset last night. I was awestruck by its beauty.    It was fiery orange and gold.  It declared the glory of God right before my eyes.  I felt very small in the presence of such majestic beauty…as if the very arms of God were holding me tight. I felt safe and protected and loved by the Creator of heaven and earth. 

David speaks of things such as this in Psalm 19.  It is poetic and it draws the soul into the awesomeness of the Lord.   He speaks of the law and the delight of following it with words like perfect, refreshing, trustworthy, radiant and pure. (:7-11)

Verses :11-12 invite one to inventory both the hidden sins and the willful ones – that they do not rule over oneself. By our sin nature we are prone to both. May each of us invite the Holy Spirit to reveal every transgression, that we would confess and be clean. 

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ” :14 

With reverent and humble surrender we are invited to approach the throne room of grace.   Hallelujah and amen.

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Psalm 18

Read Psalm 18 – My God is…. How do you complete that statement? Will you spend some time on this? Will you write it down? It’s one of the most important things one can do… have a clear perspective on who God is to oneself, personally.

David says, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” :2

I woke up excited to discover what the Lord has for me today. I opened to our Psalm 18 and read, and read. It is wonderful, this summary of the LORD, His rescue, His promises for the righteous and the wicked. Imagine the scene David paints as God responds to his distress in :6-12! And in :19 we learn why God did this, for His own delight. Wow, right? It’s one giant wow after the next.

I won’t take up any more of your time, as Psalm 18 is one of the longest and a delight the whole way through. Enjoy, Beloved, then finish the sentence, “My God is…”

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Psalm 17

Read Psalm 17 – Marvelous lovingkindness, unfailing love, steadfast loving-kindness, the wonders of your great love… these are the words that appear in different translations on 17:7 “Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.” (That was from my NLT) Bible commentator, David Guzik notes, “Many of us ask for or only expect God’s moderate lovingkindness. We make our prayers, our faith, and our expectations small. David shows us a pattern to expect and ask from God marvelous lovingkindness.”

I am feeling very convicted by this and will be putting the matter to prayer today. Jesus has shown me that he does not answer prayers ‘just a little’; no, he answers prayers in big, undeniable ways! I am wondering where my limits have come from because I need BIG things. I need his full and marvelous lovingkindness to carry me through this life – how about you?

David has the hope of heaven on his heart when he closes this beautiful psalm in :15, “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” That alone is a statement of faith far beyond the common man. David did not have Pauls words, “And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.” Galatians 3:27 David had the kind of faith that simply knew.

Isn’t it so true, that the trials and hardships of this life grow dim against the backdrop of heaven and the hope that is ours in Christ? It’s been said – don’t tell God how big your troubles are – tell your troubles how big your GOD is!

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Psalm 16

Read Psalm 16 – Read about pleasure and joy. Do you ever think about eternity? It is that moment when we escape this world and discover what true life really is. It is that moment when time stops, when we see Jesus face to face, when we look upon every earthly trial with true perspective and know the value of what we once thought of as suffering. Oh, Beloved, the best is yet to come, yet here on earth is our only chance to shine for Christ upon those who do not know him, whose eternal destiny might be destruction, but for our impact.

David makes the very most of his days on earth beginning in verse one – asking the LORD to keep him safe and be his refuge. David tells God, “You are my Master. Every good thing I have comes from you.” :2 He speaks of the godly on earth, his true heros, those he is pleased to be with. And he speaks of those who chase after other gods, their troubles multiply. (:3-4) Have you seen how life does not make sense to those who chase after other gods? Be it money, power, spirituality, they seem so on top until trouble comes.

Verse :5 is priceless! It is the one I will be holding on to today because it reminds me that the LORD is with me now and the best is yet to come! Which verse did the Holy Spirit speak to you through? I would love it if you shared.

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Psalm 13, 14, 15

Read Psalms 13, 14, 15 – These are quick reads packed with simple truth.  

Psalm 13 is a roadmap for despair.  Sorrow comes on all of us from time to time and David shows how gratitude to the LORD is the lifeline out.  “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the LORD for he has been good to me.”  :5-6

Psalm 14 – There sure are a lot of fools running around right now! “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God,’ they are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”  Life gets so complicated when the LORD is dismissed.  Verse :2 assures the LORD looks down from heaven to see if any understand and seek him.  Beloved, do not be surprised by corruption, but also, don’t feel alone – the LORD is your refuge and he doesn’t miss a thing.

Psalm 15 – Godly standards look for, “Truth, justice and the American way!”  Okay, I’m back on hero’s and that quote is from the Superman comic book series prior to 1993 when they dropped the ‘American way’ part…. interesting, right, but not what we are here to talk about.  And our verses bring another quote to mind, “Be your own hero!” Maggie Mayhem from Whip it!  A lesser known, but pertinent quote.  The point is, we need heroes.  We need godly, courageous standards to aim for and the best place to look is in God’s Word. 

David captures the goal of godly and courageous, “He who does these things will never be shaken.” :5b 

Beloved, guard against the things of this world that corrupt, and your own sin nature that is at war with you.  Examine these points and pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal anything in your life that needs cleaning up.  May your walk be blameless.