Friday, 23 February 2018

33 - The Cheer

Why do we find it natural to Cheer for our favourite sports teams or musicians, but when it comes to worshipping God we seem to fall silent? You can even attend a school sports event and hear the wonderful cheers and war cries from the students. They all offer support and encouragement to their team mates. It is a fantastic thing to hear.

Sadly, we have developed a notion that 'quietly' praising God (and there is nothing wrong with this) is the only acceptable form of worship. However, there is also a call for us to CHEER for the Lord. The Psalms are the call for us to Cheer for Yahweh.

1-3 Good people, cheer God!
    Right-living people sound best when praising.
Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!
    Play his praise on a grand piano!
Invent your own new song to him;
    give him a trumpet fanfare." - Psalm 33 (Message)

I am sure that God doesn't mind how we "CHEER" for him, but it does bless God when we actually put some energy into it. So, if you prefer to use your voice, or guitar or grand-piano then use these things to Cheer for God.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 22 February 2018

34 - The Desperate Prayer

The word for today is simple and clear.

When we pray our desperate prayers, God makes sure that an Angel surrounds us and protects us.

"In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles.
For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
    he surrounds and defends all who fear him." - Psalm 34:6-7

You may not be feeling it today, but this verse teaches us that the Angel of the Lord is there. Let us believe it!

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

35 - Don't stay silent

"O Lord, you know all about this.
    Do not stay silent.
    Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
    Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice.
    Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
    Now we will eat him alive!” - Psalm 35:22-25 (NLT)

Did you notice how many times David pleads with God to ACT, even if some of them are in a round about way. He asks God: 
To Speak, 
To Accompany him
To Wake up
To Rise up 
To Defend
To Declare "not guilty"
To be Just
To quieten others who laugh
To change the voices of his oppressors.

God is a GOD who ACTS on our behalf. God is on our side and God will defend us in the times of trial. Be reassured of that this day. Even when things seem to be turning out differently, God is acting for us.

Living in Grace
D3LM3


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

36 - Meteoric and Titanic,

"God’s love is meteoric,
    his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
    his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
    nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
    slips through the cracks." - Psalm 36:5-6 (Message)

How amazing is this passage from Eugene Peterson's translation? Have you ever considered these aspects of God and heard them described in this way?

Love - Meteoric
Loyalty - Astronomic
Purpose - Titanic
Verdict - Oceanic

God is so incredible that not even a mouse slips through the cracks - God always notices us. 

Reflection: Take a minute in your prayer time to use the four words from the Psalm to offer prayers to God. Meteoric, Astronomic, Titanic, Oceanic.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Monday, 19 February 2018

37 - Taking it one day at a time

We have all heard the saying - "taking it one day at a time!" The meaning is simple:
"don't get ahead of yourself..."
"don't live in tomorrow, when there are pressing things for today..."
"take things slowly..."

The question in all of this, is "where are we going that we need to take it slowly?" David gives us some insight:

"Put your HOPE in the Lord.
Travel STEADILY along his path." - Psalm 37:34

The road we are trying to walk down, is God's path. We need to walk steadily and be reassured that God is with us. When our HOPE is in Jesus, we will not be disappointed.

Prayer: "Lord, help me to walk down your path and to keep walking in Faith. Let me not get ahead of myself, but stay close to you. Amen."

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Friday, 16 February 2018

38 - Will God dump you?

"Don’t dump me, God;
    my God, don’t stand me up.
Hurry and help me;
    I want some wide-open space in my life!" - Psalm 38:21-22

For all of us who have a broken heart before, we can relate to the words of David in Psalm 38. It is almost as if he recognises the signs before him and that God has slowly become a distant companion - the silence has become deafening for him. David fears the worst and so he pleads with God not to dump him - not to stand him up.

And yet, earlier on in the same Psalm, David answered his own question in a way when he wrote:

"Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God." - Psalm 38:15

He knows that God won't dump him and won't leave him hanging. God will hear his cry and will answer him in time. And that promise is the same for us today.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that you don't stand us up! When you commit yourself to us, that is your true covenant. You will not leave us to find someone else - you are a faithful God.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 15 February 2018

39

Have you wondered how long you will live for? I know it is a tough question to ask, but sometimes we need to contemplate the life we have been given. Of course, we can never know the 'length of our days', but we can surely remember that life is fleeting. In a strange way this motivates me to try and live my life to the fullest. When I remember I am 'dust' and to dust I shall return, then the urgency of Life grips me.

This is what David contemplated in Psalm 39...

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.

You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure."

 
“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.” - Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Prayer: Lord, we are grateful for the breath you have given us, but teach is to remember that our days are fleeting and that we need to use every moment as a gift from you. How can I honour you with my life today?
 
Living in Grace
D3LM3