Message of the Day: God Is All The Refuge That We Need!

Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us
.”:Selah (Psalm 62:8, NKJV)

God alone is the strength of David’s assurance. David’s enemies think they can ruin him. They think he is as unstable as a leaning wall, as easy to push over as a broken-down fence. Actually, he is a strong and secure as a fortress, for he is built on God. All God’s people should therefore take courage and realize that they can trust in God through all circumstances.

There is not a desire which God cannot relieve us; not a danger in which he cannot defend us. There is not a spiritual want in which he will not feel a deep interest, nor a danger to our souls from which he will not be ready to deliver us. He is the only refuge; he is all the refuge that we need.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: We Are Safe If God Is Our Friend!

I called on the Lord in distress;
The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me
?” (Psalm 118:5-6, NKJV)

Originally this hymn was apparently sung by a combination of the temple singers, the congregation and the king, to mark some great national occasion such as a victory in battle. The scene is set in the temple, where the royal procession enters the gates and moves to the altar. The singers call Israel to worship, and the congregation responds with praise to God for his steadfast love. The king then recounts how, in answer to prayer, God saved him from his enemies.

He is a standing proof and living witness of God’s mercy. We can take encouragement from him.

In the very midst of trouble he called upon the Lord; his voice was heard, as it were, coming from the depth of his sorrows. God heard his prayers and delivered him. He was before pressed on every side; sorrows compassed him around; he could not move; he had no liberty. Now God gave him space and freedom on every side, so that he could move without obstruction and pain.

The Lord is with us. He is our helper. He defends our cause. We have nothing to be afraid of. God is more mighty than any or all of our foes, and he can deliver us from all. People can do no more than God permits. They cannot destroy us when he means to save us; they cannot defeat his gracious designs toward us. We are safe if God is our friend.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: An Inward Call to Praise for God’s Love and Compassion

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits
..” (Psalm 103:1-2, NKJV)

Psalm 103 is a song of joyous praise, in which David rises from a thankful acknowledgement of personal blessings to a lively celebration of God’s gracious attributes, as not only intrinsically worthy of praise, but as specially suited to man’s frailty. It is a psalm of inimitable sweetness and excellence; it contains the most affectionate sentiments of gratitude to God for his mercies; and the most consoling motives to continue to trust in God, and be obedient. He concludes by invoking all creatures to unite in his song.

Realizing how easily people forget God, David reminds himself of the many blessings, physical and spiritual, that God has given him. Gratefully, he praises God for them all. He forcefully calls on his soul, and all his faculties and powers, to magnify God for his mercies, love and compassion. Under such a weight of obligation the lips can do little; the soul and all its powers must be engaged. It is thus, an inward call to praise.

God is worthy of all our praise and adoration which our entire being can render. No one of our faculties or powers should be exempt from the duty and the privilege of praise.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Minsitry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Praise for God’s Lovingkindness and Faithfulness!

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations
.” (Psalm 100:4-5, NKJV)

Psalm 100 is a call to paise the Lord. Verses 4-5 is a call to praise followed by a declaration of why the Lord is worthy of praise – his lovingkindness-and-faithfulness are unfailing through all time.

People of all the world are to worship God gladly, acknowledging him as their God, their maker and their shepherd. They are invited to come into his temple, where they can unite in thankfully praising him for his loving faithfulness.

The Lord is good. he is not just a being of mere power, he is not merely the Creator; but he is good-hearted, and is, therefore, worthy of universal praise. He is the God of truth and his truth endures means that in all generations he shows himself to be faithful to his promises.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

Message of the Day: A Call To Praise and Thanksgiving!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms
.” (Psalm 95:1-2, NKJV)

Psalms 95-100 are six psalms grouped so as to form a series for use in the worship. The first psalm opens by calling people to worship God because he is the savior (95:1-2), the great God (95:3), the creator and controller of the universe (95:4-5), the maker of the human race (95:6) and, above all, the covenant Lord and shepherd of his people.

Worship, however, must be joined to obedience. Israel’s experiences in the wilderness show that people might claim to belong to God, but be so complaining, disobedient and stubborn that, it is impossible for them to enjoy the inheritance God promised (95:8-11).

Let us praise God, not only with our voice but with hearts tuned to gratitude, from a full sense of the manifold benefits we have already received. God is our rock of salvation! The strong fortress in which we have always found safety, and the source wherefrom we have always derived help for our souls. Let us praise him for what he has already done, and confess our unworthiness of any of his blessings. Our praise, thanksgiving and confession are acceptable to our Holy and just God!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The Blessedness of the Godly People!

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night
.” (Psalm 1:1-2, NKJV)

The book of Psalms opens with an exaltation of God’s Word. If David so loved the few writings that then constituted God’s Word, how much more should we love that same Word, which has now been brought to completion. Blessed are those who derive their understanding of life from God’s Word rather than from their worldly neighbors. Happiness and prosperity are theirs; not so the wicked. Over and over the godly and the wicked are contrasted.


Note, too, that the book of Psalms begins with a blessing or beatitude, like the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–12). Its first word is “Blessed.”
Some of David’s “Beatitudes” in the Psalms:
“Blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord” (1:1–2).
“Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (2:12).

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven” (32:1).
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (33:12).
“Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (34:8).
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak” (41:1).
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house” (84:4).
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you” (84:5).
“Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord” (94:12).
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord” (112:1).
“Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (119:2).

Psalm 1:1 speaks progressively of association with the ungodly ways.

Blessed…is the “happy condition” or a “desirable one” of those who revere the Lord and do his will, who put their trust in him, and so are blessed by God. This happiness is consists in that fact that he avoids the companionship of the wicked; that he has pleasure in the law of the Lord; that he will be prospered in this world; and that he will not perish at lasts.

The psalter begins by proclaiming the blessedness of the godly and ends by calling all living things to praise God in His earthly and heavenly sanctuaries.

The passage shows our life as godly people and the reward it brings, and the life of the ungodly and the judgment it will receive. God is the supreme controller of our destiny, and he orders everything according to his own righteousness. In both our thought and behavior, we are different from others. We are constantly increasing our knowledge of God’s Word, and as we allow that Word to change our outlook and attitudes, our character becomes more and more like God’s.

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The Word Of God Is Our Guide So We Will Not Stumble!

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path
.” (Psalm 119:105, NKJV)

When the psalmist is taught by God through studying and meditating on his word, he learns true wisdom. He is wiser than all the worldly-wise in spite of their years of experience. The wisdom that comes from God’s word produces moral uprightness and sound judgment. It shows the psalmist how he should behave when he is praying or worshipping and when he is in danger. It gives him constant and deep-seated joy.

The idea is that the word of God is a lamp or a candle that gives light in every dark place, and it is a general light shining upon all our ways. The word of God shows us the way; it prevents us from stumbling over obstacles, or failing down a cliff, or wondering off into paths which would lead into danger, or would turn us away altogether from the path to life. It is a light which shines on the road that we tread, so that we may see the path, and that we may see any danger which may in our path.

If we make the word of God our guide, and mark its teachings, we are in the right way. We will clearly see the path. We will be able to mark the road in which we ought to go, and to avoid all those by-paths which would lead him astray. He will see where those by-roads turn off from the main path – often at a very small angle, and so that there seems to be no divergence. We will see any obstruction which may lie in his path; any declivity or drop-off which may be near, and down which, in a dark night, we might fall.

We need such a guide, and the Bible is such a guide!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Pray to See Wonders In God’s Word!

Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law
.” (Psalm 119:18, NKJV)

The psalmist knows that if he has this desire to be guided by God’s word, his life will be full of purpose and meaning. Though he may be unsure of his future.

There are deep secret things in the word of God which are not perceived by the natural man. Man by nature is spiritually blind. This spiritual blindness is the effect of sin and is universal. It exposes man to danger. The removal of this spiritual blindness will enable man to see the truth of God’s word. It will excite wonder and fill his mind with admiring views of God. He is brought into a new sphere and new world.

We see here the importance of prayer because the proper illumination or understanding of these deep secret things is connected with prayer, and can be hoped for only in answer to prayer. So we pray to God to take away the veil that is on our heart, so we will see wonders in his word.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Obedience that Proceeds from the Heart

I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart
.” (Psalm 40:8)

David here refers to some past experience in which God rescued him from what appeared to be certain death. David felt like a person who had fallen into a muddy pit and was sinking to death, but God pulled him out and put him on firm ground again. He can now continue his journey, singing as he goes and thereby encouraging others to put their trust in God. His song is one of praise to God, whose loving works on behalf of the faithful are more than can be numbered.

What God is most concerned with our lives is not what we can do or any material sacrifice but the offering of our lives; not the mere performance of religious rituals, but the willing performance of all God’s will. God wants us to open our ears to hear his instruction, then to carry it out willingly and joyfully. He wants us to put his law within us so that our obedience will not be external but will proceed from our hearts.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Always Desire To Be Restored To A Life Of Joy And Gladness

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit
.” (Psalm 51:12, NKJV)

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In Psalm 51, having committed adultery with Bathsheba, David then arranged for her husband Uriah to be killed, so that he could take Bathsheba as a royal wife (2 Sam. 11:1-27). The prophet Nathan found out Daivd’s sin, condemned him to his face, then pronounced God’s judgment upon him (2 Sam. 12:1-15). This psalm displays David’s deep sorrow as he confesses his sin to God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me
.”

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit
.” (Psalm 51:12, NKJV)

What David fears most is to be separated from God. He therefore asks God for a new heart, one that is free of sin, so that he might enjoy God’s presence and obey God’s law as he ought.

The prayer implies that he had formerly known what was the happiness of being in a state of having a good relationship with God. That joy had been taken from him by his sin. He had lost his peace of mind. His soul was sad and cheerless. Sin always produces this effect.

He prayed for a state of mind in which he would be willing and ready to obey all the commands of God, and to serve him faithfully. He prayed for grace and strength that he might be kept in a state of mind which he could be constant and firm, and a state in which he would always be found willing and ready to keep God’s commandments.

The only way for us to enjoy life is to do that which is right; the only way to secure the favor God is to obey his commands; the only way in which we can have comforting evidence that we are his children is by doing that which shall be pleasing to him.

It is therefore, proper that we should always desire to be restored to a life of joy and gladness. To always pray that we may be always kept in a state of mind in which we will be willing to do all that God requires of us, and to bear all that may be laid on us.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com