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Joyful, singing praises and worship go together when directed toward God. Christianity has joyfulness when we as His children come before Him, we come with Joy. False religions don’t have joy. They go before their gods with solemn fear with no joy. We are to have a certain fearfulness. But we come as His children without fearfulness. We approach without fear but with respect and love, we as His children know we are always welcome.

See His works of creation and power to open a river for the Israelites to cross over, the created universe and His love for us is beyond our comprehension.  He does what is needed for our good to bring us into the right place.

The psalmist declares that after the trials he would still worship and serve the God who keeps him secure. Then we have a sincere solemn warning —if we harbor wrong with our hearts God will not here our prayer request to Him. Don’t allow your problems in relationships with others be one of the things that hinder your relationship with God.  Let nothing come between you and God, keep the way clear.

1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.  3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.  4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.  5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.  6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.  7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.  8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.  10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.  11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.  12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.  13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,  14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.  15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.  16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.  17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.  18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

 

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EARLY
When we get up in the morning what do we do, some shower, get coffee, eat breakfast before starting out for the day. The Psalmist says to seek God early, that is spend some time with Him, in His Word and prayer early. Before meeting others, if only just a few minutes to get our focus right and ask guidance for the day. There are probably only a few occasions when we really couldn’t take a few minutes. The Psalmist had a thirst for God, as Christians where is our thirst for the one who suffered , bleed and died in love for us. Since we can’t meet Him physically we have the Bible His letters to us and the Holy Spirit within to teach us, give us understanding as we read and pray. To all professing Christians, just ask yourself am I really thirsty for God and His Word. Is my thirst shown by actions, life practices. Because of His love shown to us we praise and bless, glorify and exalt Him is our minds, hearts and to others. Because of all He does and has done for us we rejoice. How can e not share our love foe Him and His love to others. The Psalmist says he follows hard after God. How is our personal commitment to live for Him daily. Ones’ life is changed when we go from a head knowledge of Christ and true acceptance of Jesus Chris as Saviour. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new.” Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. 7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. 9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. 10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

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HEAR
The psalmist starts Psalm 49 with the call to all people to hear, listen and pay close attention. What is going to be told is most important. Whether you are living in luxury, or just the average or even in extreme poverty there is a message you need to hear. Many today are focused on getting more money to live better but let the spiritual part of their life take a lesser priority. I see many professing Christians who talk and tell about many things in their lives but rarely if ever mention their relationship to Christ. All that we have will one day belong to others or will be burned in fire.
Three things we should take to heart in this life: 1. Death is sure we know not when. 2. Eternity is for sure lasting forever with two places to spend it Heaven in joy or Hell in torment. 3. All need to be saved, forgiven and cleansed of sin. The message is simple romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 10:9, 13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The final choice to accept or reject His love is yours.
Our priorities will be shown in our daily living with work, Church, the Bible and God, prayer and family. Each must ask where are my priorities and where should they be in view of eternity.
Psalm 49:1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

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In this life troubles will come to all some more that others it seems. Troubles that come through no fault of their own and yes sometimes they are at fault but we face them just the same. As David writes this Psalm he is in the midst of great troubles. See the story in 2nd Samuel 15. Most Christians face trouble in this life they are different than those David faced but still bring heart ache. Troubles come in health, finances, friends and families. At times we may feel the same as was said to David, where is thy God. But as we stop and think, reminding ourselves of His promises we have learned. We can look up to Him as our shield, we can cry aloud to our God and know He hears us, in that we can have rest. As David says don’t fear when trouble mount and seem to be overwhelming. Look too, call upon God and trust in Him and rest. Psalm 3 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8 Salvation belongs to the LORD.
Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
As the Hymn writer put it “In Times like these”
In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
Chorus
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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1st john 5:14-15    Confidence

Confidence in prayer stems from our confidence in our personal relationship with God and His promises. Our confidence for our eternal destiny is based only on His promise that the blood of Christ shed at Calvary is the payment in full for our sin, our only hope, the Spirit gives witness with our spirit that we are His, Romans 8:16. Then comes the assurance of our prayers when according to His will give en in His Word. The only way we can truly know God’s will is through the study of His Word. We learn of His desires and  His character. We must understand that just because God desires all to be saved (2nd Peter 3:9) and living according to His daily will for their lives it doesn’t happen because within His sovereignty He has given each man the freedom to choose to accept or reject His will. God is love, love is only voluntary and can never be forced. When we pray according to His revealed will we know that He hears our prayer and we have the petition that we desire. This can be the difficult part for us to see that within Hes will He has allowed men to choose. So we keep praying for those in need of salvation until their death. When we pray for things for self we must be sure their is a need and not greed (James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”) Our confidence comes from being sure it is according to the will of God. This is where the health and wealth preachers get it wrong as they teach that God wants all believers to be rich in material things. Their plan is usually you send them money so that God will send you more, and that’s a lie. The way to avoid lies is to know the truth that only comes through study of the Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to confirm the truth to you. That takes time alone with the Bible and prayer.  “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us; And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.: 1st John 5:14-15

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PERFECT LOVE
The love mentioned here is the love that has grown to perfect love, that is love that has matured in commitment, security and confidence. Love that starts between the young in love used to be called puppy love that was an immature love. That at time could grow into a mature love that would last a lifetime. As believers we start with an immature love, but as we learn more about Christ that love becomes a mature/perfect love. The love of God that gives us security and confidence when we will face the judgment seat of Christ Romans 14:10 “But why dost thou judge thy brother: or why dost thou set at nought thy brother: for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” 1st Corinthians 3:13 “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” Our lives will be reviewed for the way we have lived since becoming Christians. We will either receive rewards for the things done or lose rewards for what we could have done but didn’t do. One’s goal should be to live with the attitude an actions daily as Jesus would in our situation. But we will have confidence in Him as we stand before Him knowing that our future is secure. Knowing that all my sins are under the blood of Jesus, their price has been paid for at Calvary. There is no fear in perfect/mature love we have confidence in His love for us and His character to stand for what He has promised. Our love for him is because of the love He has shown for us. We are humbled that the Holy, all knowing God could love us enough to suffer and die in our place at Calvary. Our lives now should be lived so as to show our love and thankfulness to Him. 1st John 4:17-19 “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth our fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.” The hymn writer gave a goal in More Like the Master, will this be your prayer and goal daily?
1. More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.
2. More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in;
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.
3. More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self-denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be.
Refrain:
Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart, and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now implore,
Wash me and keep me Thine forevermore

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Whatsoever we ask we receive. Many today take promises like this out of context. We see this by many of those on TV they ignore the context and or requirements related to the verse, they quote. In context of what has been written leading up to this promise. We are told how we should love others, no hatred within the heart. We must be willing to even laydown our lives for others as Christ did for us. In our country at this time will are not called upon to do that we have freedom. But we are taught in the Bible that we should live our lives for others, to share even at our own cost with a brother in need, not find a reason not to help. We must have a clear conscience before God and in God’s sight, nothing between. We are to live as Christians not just trying to keep the commands found in the Bible, its going far beyond to be seeking what can I do that will be pleasing to Him. This should be our goal and attitude in every situation good or bad. Our lives before God should be going beyond what is commanded and or required but going the extra mile because of our love for Him. The desire that He will not give us what we ask for it its for our good and His glory and not give us what we ask for if it’s not for our good. James 4:3 “Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lust.” Many prayers are only for personal gain remember god knows our heart and motives. Seek His will with our whole heart then we can rest on his promises. When we know God’s will we can pray for that with confidence. The apostle reminds of His two commands; “to believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ” and “to love one another”. Then we know that we are walking with Jesus and abiding in Him. 1 John 3:22-24 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” The hymn writer sums it up in the hymn “Nothing Between”
1. Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.
2. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between.
3. Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.
4. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.
o Refrain:
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

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