This battle can be any battle we are struggling with in life. It can be relate to a person's battle with their addiction, a person's battle in divorce/custody, a battle with a disease, a battle in poverty. At the times when they are lowest, they need to know God is there to help them out. If we know someone in a situation, we can help show the "light at the end of the tunnel" but helping them see God is there for them. What are some ways you can help? It is Christmas time, let us remember to give.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Psalm 22 seems to be a whirlwind which can be related maybe to a battle scene. At first the battle starts, and the fighter calls out to God saying "Where are you?" As he is getting closed in by the enemy who are mocking him, the Lord is not far off. As he is victorious, he proclaims God's name and praises him. As the battle ends, the fighter promises that all generations will bow before the Lord for He allowed the fighter to overcome the evildoers.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Psalm 21 offers thanks to God for having stood by the king. Verse 8 says "For the king trusts in the Lord, stands firm through the love of the Most High."
Another reason to give thanks this season, and one we must remember and continue to teach, is thanking God for the birth of Jesus. For many families, holidays can bring a bit of sadness if family members are no longer with us. I have a coworker who lost her husband to cancer the day before Thanksgivng this year, so this will be her first Christmas without him. He was a man who knew God, who trusted in God's will. So we know he is with God now, and that is only possible because of Jesus. So even though we may be saddened by our losses, we must also celebrate the goodness of Jesus's birth (and death) brings to us: we get to spend eternity with God!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Psalm 19:6-7 it [the sun] comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber, and like an athlete joyfully runs its course. From one end of the heavens it comes forth; its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat.
I don't think I have ever read a more beautiful description of the rising and setting of the sun. This is another reminder of how magnificent the earth is and the sun's journey in our daytime is another wonder God has bestowed upon us. Makes me want to go camping just so I can watch it rise and fall. Because at home, we find so many things to keep our minded occupied that I miss this experience happening. When we go camping, all those "necessary" things fall quiet and we get to be one with God and nature. Unless we rent a cabin, it will be a little while before we get to go because it has gotten too cold to sleep on the air mattress on the ground for this pregnant mama!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Psalm 18:25 You, Lord, give light to my lamp. My God brightens the darkness about me.
Psalm 18 was lengthy and full of encouraging words of God saving the psalmist from his enemies. This one verse stuck with me. In times of trouble, God is our light. When we are lost, he will brighten the darkness so we can find our way. I heard a woman on the radio the other day talking about how her daughter had gotten lost when they were in the woods, and the daughter continued to sing a song she heard earlier on KLove and eventually found her way out of the woods, some 10 hours later. I know this isn't always the outcome of stories we hear, but it is encouraging. God is with us.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; keep me in the shadow of your wings from the violence of the wicked.
Many times I have heard parents say their children are the "Apple of their eye," and here we see the psalmist asking God to keep him as such. God made us in his image, and this verse is a reminder that we are his children and we want him to protect us young birds (children) keep hidden under their parents wings. And he will. He is the shepherd who will leave his 99 sheep just to find the one, because we are all special and all loved.
I pray daily for God's protection for myself, my family, and the world.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Psalm 15 shows us who will not be allowed in God's tent. It shows us how we should act: speak truth, do not slander, do no harm, keep your promises, don't make money off of someone's unfortune. Some of these are similar to our commandments from God.
There are several ways in the bible it is written how we should act, yet there are so many people who continue to stumble. I am one of those people. As I have been taught, however, we are human and sin is too easy. Being righteous for God take work, and thank goodness for forgiveness and grace. It's so easy to fall into pits with people you are around daily. We, I, need to consciously work on doing these acts daily. Otherwise, how am I to lead others to God if I can not show it through my own actions.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Psalm 14:2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the human race, to see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God.
Have you ever sat and wondered what God must think when He sees our world? Is He embarrassed? Mad? Sad? I just pray what when He looks down and is ready to give up, that he will be as generous as he was with Lot and if he finds even 10 people worth saving, he will not destroy us.
Can we fix it? Maybe not, but we can always try. We need to stop allowing people to take God out of our schools and our country. We need to elect political people who actually will stand up for what is right (although most are wolves in sheeps clothing). We need to teach our children what it's like to be a good Christian and pray they will follow God and spread the word. We must trust that God will prevail.