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TROUBLE COMING

The psalmist begins by seeing that God had rejected the nation(culture) and its defenses were broken down. There was constant fear of what was to come, the nation was torn apart is was shaken. God had judged their nation, they were hurt and in trouble. No nation or group of people can reject God, His Word and ways and receive His blessings. Our nation has been greatly blessed, as a nation and people we acknowledged God, were friend and protectors of Israel and at least respected the Church and the teaching of His Word.  Today that has and is changing at a rapid pace. Not just outside the Church but within, some professing Christians embracing the sins of social drinking and homosexual relationships, both of which are plainly condemned by God. Some preachers, Christians are speaking of the soon coming judgment. Many secular people also are speaking of the coming collapse of America, articles on the financial collapse, others on TV how to prepare for the coming trouble (the preppers). The downfall of our nation as we know it is advancing, some pushing for more gun laws to restrict ownership, registration was the step before confiscation in countries in the past. Making special provisions for Muslims, so they have a place to pray in government buildings. Peace loving Muslims, not what the Koran teachers, its kill unbelievers as we have seen in other countries. Christians need to get things right between themselves and God to see and understand what’s going on. . Sin in ones’ life blocks understanding of both current issues and the Word of God. Let’s have nothing between us and God.   Repent be renewed, forgiveness is just a step away , our hope is in God.  Psalm 60;1  O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies? 11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

 

 

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Save Judge Hear
Save me is one prayer God will always hear and answer from anyone for salvation. We can also cry to God to save us from situations, circumstances and people we find ourselves in. Sometimes we create bad situations because of wrong decisions and at times because of others decisions. In each of them we can still cry out to God to save us. Judge me, we ask God to look at me and make His judgement whether I am right or wrong. Judging is not just condemning it’s also to determine right or wrong. We have a promise that God will hear our prayers. But remember two important things; we will not always be given what we ask because God knows it’s not good for us at the time; second is if I allow sin (in Gods’ view not my opinion) He will not hear my prayer. Ps 66:18. That is anything not pleasing to God attitudes or actions. God is our helper, what a thought the awesome creator of the universe cares and will help me personally, I am important to Him. The Psalmist response should be ours also . I will freely sacrifice unto the Lord. Two words to note; freely is not required, but done willingly. Sacrifice cost you something. Then we praise Him for His goodness, kindness, love and holiness. Because He has delivered us/me from troubles and greatest of all from the penalty of sin an eternity in Hell. He suffered and died for me because of His love. The question for us is will I live my life for Him.
Psalm 54 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah. 4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. 5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. 6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

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Christian, you and I still sin! Maybe not as the Psalmist David did but in different ways before a holy God. What do you do now? In Psalm 51 David goes directly to the only one that can help that is God Himself. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:15. He relied on the character of God, His mercy and his lovingkindness. He looks to God alone to blot out his sins, to make him clean again. He is repentant he turns away from his sin confesses that he did wrong, offers no excuses. He was troubled by his sin , he had no peace. As with the psalmist a Christians’ sin always troubles him. The psalmists’ plea blot out my transgressions, wash me from my iniquity, cleanse me from my sin, purge me. Hide thy face from my sin. He wanted to be restored to that pure, clean close fellowship he had with God is the past. As Christians we have the invitation from God to confess and repent of our sin He promises to forgive them and also to forget them . The Psalmist wanted the joy of his fellowship with God restored when Christians sin in any way we lose the joy we have of God in our daily life. With the Psalmist there was confession without excuse, forgiveness by God. His joy in God, His Word and life was restored. We have the opportunity to follow the same path confession, repentance and restoration to intimate fellowship with God. Because of the price Jesus paid on the Cross of Calvary. But always remember God will forgive and restore our relation with Him. But the consequences of our sins don’t vanish, the fruit produced by sin may well come to its’ full hurt. We never know where the first step toward sin will lead a look a action or a word will end. When David was restored He committed to teach, tell others of the ways of God so others could be restored. Christians tell others of your salvation and the love of God. In our daily walk lets follow the hymn writers words “let between my soul and my savior”.
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. 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. 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. 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. . 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.
Psalm 51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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GOD IS GREAT
He is great and we are to praise Him, He is a refuge, loving kindness, tell the next generation. He is great in knowledge, He knows all there is to know nothing is hidden there are no secrets, all that people do or think He knows all about. Great in power He is all powerful He can calm the oceans and wind nothing is too hard for Him. Great in love, so great is His love that He was willing to become a man to pay our penalty for sin and suffer and die on the cross of Calvary. He desires all people to be saved “..not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “” 2nd Peter 3:9.But each must make the decision to accept Him or reject Him as the only way of salvation. He is also a just God and the penalty for sin must be paid so He paid it and offers it to all men to take the gift. We in our minds may find it hard to comprehend God but we can look around and know that He exist, read His word and know He loves us and wants to forgive and cleanse us from sin. Its our choice. Psalm 48 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. 3 God, in her palaces,
Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They passed by together.5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they [a]fled in alarm. 6 [b]Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth. 7 With the east wind
You break the ships of Tarshish.In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God;
God will establish her forever. [c]Selah. 9 We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of Your temple. 10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let Mount Zion be glad, Let the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments. 12 Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; 13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For [d]such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us [e]until death.

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OUR PRAISE HIS PROMISES
The Psalmist (Psalm 34) tells us what our attitude and actions should be; to bless or declare the Lord, speak of Him, praise Him, Boast of him, magnify Him and exalt His name. For the Christian speaking of and sharing who He is and what He’s done for us should be part of our regular conversation. What’s more important to us than Christ, our lives reveal what’s important. How can one not speak of Christ who died for us to pay our sin debt and offer it as a free gift to us. Our salvation and forgiveness is by Christ’s death on the Cross of Calvary , nothing added no church or good works it’s Christ alone. How can we keep silent after what He’s done and does for us. Some may teach today that Christians live without any problems. But Christians/Believers will face problems, sorrow and hurts in this life. God promises to be with us and deliver us. The poor man cried verse 6, the righteous cry verse 7, many are the afflictions of the righteous verse 19. In all of these the Lord delivered them. Remember we all will go through hard times, sorrow and hurts but He has promised to be with us and see us through them, trust Him we are never alone. Jesus is coming soon as He promised be ready be sure. Psalm 34 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together., 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. 11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. “ As the hymn tells us in the hymn Where He Leads I’ll Follow
Sweet are the promises, kind is the word,
Dearer far than any message man ever heard;
Pure was the mind of Christ, sinless I see;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.
Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown,
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known;
Kind to the erring one, faithful is He;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.
List to His loving words, “Come unto Me”;
Weary, heavy laden, there is sweet rest for thee;
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure;
Lean upon the Savior, and thy soul is secure.
Refrain
Where He leads I’ll follow,
Follow all the way.
Where He leads I’ll follow,
Follow Jesus ev’ry day.

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BLESSED
Four things concerning the blessed person: 1. Transgressions are forgiven 2. Sin is covered, 3. His iniquity not added to his account, 4. Honest in his dealings. There is nothing in this life better than knowing our account is clean before God in His eyes. He has promised that He will not remember our sins when we confess them. We remember our past sins, we can say that we know something that God doesn’t , my past confessed sins, He chooses and promises not to remember them again. Our confessed sin are covered by the blood of Jesus so when God sees me his view is filtered through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ and He sees me pure without sin. Unconfessed sin takes its toll spiritually, mentally and physically over time as the psalmist said even my bones feel old. He encourages us to seek God while we can, then confess, receive forgiveness and be restored. He is our protector to shield us from Satan’s attacks and our teacher to show us the way we should walk daily. Trust in Him and be surrounded in His mercy. The be glad, rejoice and shout for joy. Remember God has cleansed our sins and forgotten them and promises to remember them no more. Hebrews 8:12”For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.:” Don’t let the past harm your future since God has set it aside so should we. Forgiven, cleaned and restored let us press toward the future staying close to Christ through His Word and prayer committed to live for Him the way He leads each of us. Psalm 32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. 7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. 8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. 11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

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Confidence & Commitment
The Psalmist ask God to do three things, judge me, examine me and prove me. His desire is to be exactly what God would have him to be, that should be the desire of all Believers. He ask God to take a careful look at his life, he desires that close unbroken fellowship with Christ. Is there anything in my life that is unpleasing to you Lord is his request. I believe the Psalmist is confident that there is nothing between him and Christ, but he still ask to be sure. Gods’ love is always before his eyes and motivates him to follow Gods’ ways , love is the greatest motivator. He says I have walked in thy truth, I have separated myself from those who live contrary to your ways, friends one must choose carefully. He hates evil because God hates evil, he is careful of his steps, what he allows in his life because he sees where it could go. If others have failed he knows he could also. He desire is to praise God for who He is and tell of His wonderful works. He is committed to walk in ways that please God, and give praise to God both with his voice, speech and life example. The question we must face is not what we think is wrong but what God thinks and stay far from the dege as possible in our daily walk. Little things destroy, termites can destroy houses and ants can corrupt large bags of flour and sugar. Be careful, Be committed. God loves you. Psalm 26 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. 2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. 4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. 5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. 6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD: 7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. 8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. 9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: 10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. 12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

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