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Confidence in God
Judge me O God, Psalm 43, the psalmist ask God to be his judge. We can judge actions whether they are right or wrong according to Gods’ Word. But only God can truly judge the motives and intents of a person. We may think , assume another’s motive but only that person and God know the truth of their motives. We can and should make judgements as to what is right and wrong according to the Word of God. Then because to the troubles the psalmist is facing he begins to think that even God has forsaken him in his time or need. At times many of us may have had the same feelings, at times forgetting His promise to never leave us or forsake us Hebrews 13:5 . In His despair he ask God for guidance to lead him. Then he will with joy praise God. In our times of trouble we nee to take a look around and see the heartaches, the lack of provisions others have, the health problems etc and thank and praise God for what He has given us. As we remember that’s a hare thing to do in our world today with the fast pace the many distractions. We need to take time to stop and think of the blessings He has given us. It can start with our rescue from Hells’ destination. His love paid our price of forgiveness on the cross of Calvary. Then we remember our hope is in the one true and faithful God and His promises. Then with a thankful heart we have hope in the future because our God. Psalm 43 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. 2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. 4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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Attitude and Reactions
Troubles come, no question about it they will come. Many times from other people that’s what the psalmist (Psalm 35) is speaking of here. He pleads for god to be his defender to fight the battle, he ask that their attacks on him not succeed but are turned back onto them. This Psalm relates all that other were doing to him. And gives us an example to follow, when others go against us. In verses 13-14 we see his reaction his love and compassion toward his attackers, instead of rejoicing when they had trouble he had love and sorrow, for them. “But as for me when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.” His prayer to God is rescues me and I will give you the praise to others. He ask God to judge him because he is confident of his walk with God knowing God knows the real truth. In closing he says that God is pleased with the prosperity of his servants. Remember real prosperity in God’s sight is what last for eternity. He concludes with his commitment to speak of and praise God daily. Let’s do the same in our daily conversation. Psalm 35 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. 3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. 4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. 7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. 8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. 9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? 11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. 14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. 15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. 17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. 18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. 19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. 20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. 22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. 23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. 24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. 25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up. 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. 27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. 28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

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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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When God Laughs Ps 2: 4-12
When men reject God, want no part of Him in their lives, are determined to have their own way. To make their own rules and standards without Gods’ influence. That seems to be the way our nation and many people are going today. They close their eyes and minds to the truth and their destination. God laughs and ridicules men when they think they can get rid of God, set Him aside as though He has no power or influence. They say He doesn’t exist, His Word is not true or meaningful for today that becomes their reality, that there is no God and the Bible is just a fable. Then He speaks with and unleashes His wrath and troubles them. What God has determined mere man cannot change Christ will rule. His words to the kings and all men serve the Lord with fear, that is utmost respect, serve Him with joy, the joy over what He has done for us in paying the price of our sin and making us His own. Trust is the road to blessings, trust His Word, His promises and His character. Study His word to know His promises and learn of His character.. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure….Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and ye perish from the way when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalm 2:4,5,12.

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Actions speak louder than words a very true saying. The apostle reminds us that it’s not what we say but we do that confirms our professed belief. “If a man say I love God and hateth his brother he is a liar…” pretty strong words but true. The truth of what one says is confirmed by actions is a very clear fact here. The same is true in other areas the truth is revealed by ones’ actions.
People say:
I believe the Bible to be God’s Word. So with a message from the almighty, all knowing and Holy God, How much time do you spend reading and studying it?
I believe in the local Church. Do you attend regularly, regularly may not be the best word, but faithfully when they have services to teach and preach the Word?
I believe in a literal Heaven and Hell. What are you yourself doing to help redirect others from Hell to Heaven?
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for my sins. How does it really affect your life?
Just some thoughts we should consider personally and do our answers satisfy God’s desire for each of us.
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1st John 4:20-21.
Actions are the evidence that reveals the truth.

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Words are cheap, it’s actions that cost. In daily living it’s not just what one says that’s the evidence of their beliefs and or character. But their actions even when no one is looking. Compassion is sympathy for someone in need. The apostle writes, if one has some ability, yes he’s talking here about material goods, he is not talking just for the wealthy but those that have something they can share. The challenge is for us as believers is to have an open hand when others are in need. He doesn’t say unless it’s their fault for their current condition. Often we like to soothe our consciences in telling ourselves if they had done it right they wouldn’t be in need. That may be so but that’s not included here. The prodigal son was welcomed back to the Fathers house without being criticized for his actions. We can assume from the from the prodigals decision to leave that he was involved in many conflicts in the home Note the apostles question, when one doesn’t show compassion on another, he ask how can the love of God dwell in him? The assumed answer is that it can’t and doesn’t. We must always remember that God loved us enough to die in our place when we were His enemies (Romans 5:8). Our question should not be are we going to help but how and how much. The prodigal son hit bottom before he came to his senses and repented but the father loved with an open hand when the son left and also when he returned. Love can only be shown by actions and presenting the truth. We each must decide how we will help those in need before God who knows our hearts and intents. Christ set the example for us to follow as He walked on the earth, knowing His future was the Cross. Even there He loved those who had rejected and hurt Him, He loved them to the end. “17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. “ 1st John 3:17-19 The hymn writer put it well in “It’s just like His great love” The first verse, A Friend I have called Jesus, Whose love is strong and true And never fail, however tis tried No matter what I do; I’ve sinned against this love of His, But when I knelt to pray, Confessing all my guilt to Him, The sin-clouds rolled away.” Just sharing my thoughts as I read and think on the passages.

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