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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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CHRIST ALONE
Waiting on God to fulfill His promises. He has promised us a way of salvation, the forgiveness of our sin, our sin nature with which we were all born and our sins committed. He only is our foundation and salvation , its Christ alone! Nothing added not church membership, not church or religious rituals, not personal works or practices. Apart from the shed blood and death of Christ on the cross of Calvary we have no hope, but only an eternity of torment in Hell for our sin. He has given us a promise and will complete that promise. He also is our defense against the attacks of satan both direct and indirect, through our own minds and thoughts to destroy our testimony. God has given us directions for daily living as our defense. He is our refuge vs 7 our place to go in times of trouble and danger. Trust in Him, tell Him all our problems, our doubts and our feelings. As the old preacher C.H. Spurgeon said “God graciously rewards the poor, imperfect works of His people we see in it a clear display of mercy” . Our efforts to avoid things which can lead to our spiritual etc hurt, our efforts to study to know His will and learn more about Him, our efforts to reach out to others in love with His message. He in mercy rewards our less than perfect efforts. Let’s keep Him in our focus daily, hourly, moment by moment. Psalm 62;1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. 3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. 4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. 5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. 9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. 10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. 11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. 12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

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Call and Abide
Psalm 61
When life gets rough, problems arise, dealing with what seems just too much at times. As the Psalmist did we also need to cry out to God. He is our shelter, the place of protection, security and help in the storms of life. The warm place in times of the cold we face in daily living. Getting and staying close to Him is our protection from our main enemy (Satan) trying to devour us. Our enemy uses deception to trap us in many ways. Just recently I see numerous ads to play fan football, it only shows the winners. Pay to play others loos so some can win, this is against the principles of Christianity as taught in the Bible. All addictions begin with just one step. Do it just this once you won’t get hurt is Satan’s lie, in gambling, drinking, drugs and porn. God says don’t to keep us safe and off the paths to destruction. The Psalmist says to abide in the presence/tabernacle of God and trust Him. We can’t abide with God and go against His Word and principles. No one can go in opposite directions at once, we go toward God in close fellowship and obedience or toward the World and away from God. The Psalmist had made his vow/commitment then he sings praises to God daily keeping God in the forefront of his life daily. That brings inner peace and Joy . Nothing between my soul and my Saviour should always be our goal in life. Psalm 61: 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. 5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. 6 Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. 7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. 8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

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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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TRUST AND MERCY
The psalmist pleads for mercy from the merciful God, he ask twice because the need is urgent. His/our trust in God, is like a little baby chick snuggles up close under the wings of the mother hen, there finds warmth, peace and security. As we stay close to our God and Saviour through reading His Word we find warmth, peace and security . Let nothing come between you and our Saviour Jesus Christ. In that secure relationship the psalmist still cries out with confidence to the almighty God who does all things for him and us. If there is no way on earth to meet the need then He will send the help from heaven. We pray for mercy He sends both mercy and truth, more than we ask. The psalmist and we live in danger daily some dangers are different, he list lions, fire, spears, arrows, sharp swords and the tongues of men. Satan uses some people and many things and ways to set the nets for us Gods’ children. As the psalmist says his heart is fixed he is committed to trust in our great God. Sing, give praise and glory to Him the glorious God. He will tell and sing of Gods mercy and greatness to all those around him, giving glory to God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Its sad when a Christian is silent about his love for his Saviour. Christ hung on the Cross in public for us, can’t we give Him praise and glory to others. We see today our nation is turning its’ back on God openly with the new acceptance of homosexual marriage now legal, the content in movies and things that were condemned a few years ago by Christians are now accepted as being ok, but still condemned by God and His Word. It has been said truthfully, evil increase when Christians are silent. The question for each of us before God is what will you do. Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
As the hymn writer put it in the hymn Nothing Between
Nothing between my soul and the Savior , Naught of this world’s delusive dream; I have renounced all sinful pleasure, Jesus is mine! There’s nothing between. Nothing between my soul and the 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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Beware

As with the Psalmist we are in a battle daily, our enemy , Satan attacks are constant. At times he uses people we know friends, family etc. His one desire is to see a Christian fall completely. He makes many unaware of the dangers on their path . He uses those walking close to and ignoring the dangers to be an influence on others so he can bring his attacks on them. Some may for a while walk close to danger for a while and not get hurt and others will be destroyed much sooner. A deceiver never tells the truth in the beginning. Today sin is always presented as enjoyable and good, the alcohol ads and movies mostly show good looking people having fun and enjoyment. We use nicer words to make sin sound ok, fornication is referred to as sleeping or just living together, homosexuals are call gays etc. but the end is the same,  heart ache  then eternity in hell. Yes we need to have a fear of the devil and stand clear of his deceptions. But in our fear we need to trust in God. Praise His Word, starts with reading and studying it because of its value. As the Psalmist says in verse 4 of Psalm 56 “fear what the flesh can do unto me” that is my flesh the natural me but for the grace of God anyone of us could do all that others have done. Our enemy Satan just waits daily for an opportunity to cause us to destroy our lives and testimony before God and others. As Christians we have been delivered from death (Hell) only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. That is the only hope we have for forgiveness and eternity in heaven we have nothing to offer.  Now let’s pray that we will walk carefully before God and others in our daily lives. Our confidence is in God. Psalm 56:1Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.  6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.  7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.  8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?  9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.  10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.  12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.  13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

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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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