I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1–3
David is waking from a really bad period in his life and so he thanks God. He wrote it “when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” So David is thanking God for delivering him from trouble. The Psalms are like his prayer journal. He sang and prayed this Psalm as a reminder of the ways the Lord had delivered him, and so can we. As we look at how David prayed in this Psalm, we see he prays three ways. He prays in desperation, in darkness, and in deliverance.
The great thing about the book of Psalms is we can learn how to guide our prayers. In other words, I can read a Psalm and pray what the Lord is saying to me through it.
These verses point to the fact that we can depend on God. When you are in distress and have nowhere to hide, let us seek refuse in The Lord and depend on His almighty arms. When we are facing hardship, we think really hard and try all possible ways to solve our problems, but we forget the most important thing, which is We can depend on the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, help me build my life on your foundation. Shield me this day from those who would oppress me. Hide me in the shadows of your wings. I love you Lord with all my heart!
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
Our Father knows what we need (and want) even before we ask him. We are promised when we ask according to his will, he will answer us and give us what is best.
As our heavenly Father, He loves us and has our best interest at heart. This does not mean we will not have problems, but it does mean he will deliver us as we go through them. In fact, He allows many of them because they mold us, strengthen us, give us wisdom and build our faith.
There is nothing too large and nothing too small for us to bring to him. He longs to hear our joy and thanksgiving, but he also wants to hear our requests. He knows our weaknesses, but he wants us to talk to him about them. In this way we are given strength to overcome. There is no better time to mediate on the word of God than when we are talking with him. This opens the door of our hearts to a better understanding and wisdom of how to apply his word in our lives.
Thank you, Father, for seeing my needs, hearing my cries, answering my prayers, and coming down to save, comfort, and bless. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Holy Father, giver of all things good, I thank you for your church. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family and for the encouragement I receive from my brothers and sisters. Use me to further your cause. Guide me to be where you want me to be. Forgive me when I fail to do and to be all I should be. I ask you for unity among your people. Help us to love each other and to show it so we can attract those who do not know you. As you are holy, so we are to be your holy temple so help us always follow your will. I pray in the name of Jesus.
We are called to live a life that points others in His direction.
I want to live my life as the best example I can be. In other words, I want to let them see Jesus in me. I mess up, I make mistakes, but I will do my best to be a light for others to see in this dark world!
I will say that we may be the ONLY witness that some people will see so let’s show them a good representation.
I am reminded of the words of Colton Dixon’s song this morning and am praying them earnestly…
Let them see you, in me
let them hear you, when I speak
let them feel you, when I sing
let them see you,
just let them see you, in me
Yes, Lord, yes! I want people to see You in me. I praise You Father for these words this morning. Lord, how we live on this earth will determine where we will live for eternity. Oh how I pray for more people to come into relationship with You. Father, fill me to overflowing so people will see You in me.
It is through forgiveness of our sins that gives us the joy of our salvation. We can accept God’s forgiveness when we recognize, admit and repent of our sins. He will give us strength to overcome and fill our hearts with His joy.
What this means for us is no matter how hard we fall, or how much we have rebelled against God, we can always get up again and turn our hearts toward Christ. He is generous to forgive us, and His love for us never fails. If we give our hearts to Jesus, He will once again fill our lives with the joy of His Salvation as we renew our relationship with Him, knowing He alone is our Lord and Savior.
O Lord, our Lord, God of heaven and earth, in you I live and move and have my very being. It is your Son who died for my sin and so I commit daily my life to him and to you. I know that I fail to live up to all you want me to be and I ask for you to create in me a pure heart every day and help me be stronger to overcome every sin in my life. Forgive me when I fail. Use me to your glory and to the good of others around me. Thank you for your love. I pray in the name of Jesus.
“To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest to all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” ― C.S. Lewis
This quote really struck me as a reminder that although we find our time taken up more than ever before by others, we shouldn’t allow our faith to fall by the wayside. Romantic love is a wonderful thing, but it is secondary and dependent on a greater source. If the divine romance is neglected, our earthly friendships, families, and marriages suffer the effect.
If we aren’t in the Word or loving Christ with our whole heart then we truly can’t love our husbands/wives like we should. I love this incredible quote by CS Lewis~
Not only does Christ himself make a marriage truly Christian, as we look to him, but he also guards a marriage against idolatrous instincts and impulses.
As we remember that it is Christ alone who gives our wife/husband all our life and light, We don’t need our wife/husband to be more than they can be. We can receive our life together as the glorious miracle it is, and marvel at how present Christ is with us. Our imperfections are the very place where he dwells the most meaningfully.
“I will praise thee, O Lord with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High,” (Psalm 9:1-2)
David tells us in these verses that he will praise God with his whole heart. He’s giving God everything he has as a part of his praise. He’s not withholding anything from God. Unfortunately, many of us hold out on God sometimes because of fear (perhaps the fear of what people will say or think). We have to move beyond that fear and praise God aloud and with purpose.
Our praise includes telling people about God’s marvelous works. Praise God by telling someone your testimony. Let’s open our mouths and tell the world of all he has done. Let’s sing praises to God and to His name. Even if we’re not the best singers in the world, we can still sing praises to His name.
As you go about your day today, remember God’s marvelous works. Think about all the times He’s delivered you from trouble. Think about all the blessings He has given you. Think about the favor, grace, and mercy He has shown you. When you do these things, I’m sure you’ll begin to open your mouth and sing about His marvelous works.
Loving Father, thank You that in Christ I know Your name, Your character and Your amazing grace, which is poured out in such abundance on all who trust in the Lord Jesus as Savior. I pray that my heart may seek You more and more with each passing day and I ask that You would increase in me a deeper longing to know You more and to love You better, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.