Day 129

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Psalms: 27-32 (NLT)

Jerry Tarver, Worship Team
 
David fought wild animals, a ferocious giant, and numerous battles. It would be understandable for him to look inward for strength. He left his childhood home to live in the house of the king.  He could have relied on the powerful but unpredictable Saul. But David chose to face the circumstances of his life from the shelter of God. “The thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come.” Psalm 27:4,5. David determined to take up permanent residence in the fortress of God.
 
When we, like David, seek most to live in the house of God every day, we find incredible benefits await us such as the following:
 
Intimacy. With God, we don’t ever have to be alone. “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord I am coming.’” Psalm 27:8.  “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” 27:10. 
 
Influence.  The more we live in God, the more likely we are to adopt His point of view when it comes to our enemies, (“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart.” 28:7) our weaknesses, (“The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” 29:11) our sorrow, (“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” 30:11) and our fears, (“For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger” 31:3).
 
Direction. The One who opens His home to us surrounds us with songs of a victorious life.  “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” 32:8.

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8 responses »

  1. Thanks Jerry,

    Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)
    Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.
    Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

    Isaiah 40:31(KJV)
    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    This is faith. Though life isn’t always pleasant for the Godly, we find peace knowing that our future is secure. Waiting is a theme for the believer.

    Psalm 30:4-12 (NLT)
    Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
    Praise his holy name.
    For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime!
    Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.
    When I was prosperous, I said,
    “Nothing can stop me now!”
    Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
    Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
    I cried out to you, O Lord.
    I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
    “What will you gain if I die,
    if I sink into the grave?
    Can my dust praise you?
    Can it tell of your faithfulness?
    Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
    Help me, O Lord.”
    You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
    that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

    This passage gives testimony to the fact that the absence of God’s favor, destroys the security of the proud. Only God’s favor can permanently and powerfully over come human failure and the depths of despair. Most of these life lessons are painful but when you finally get it, Joy really does come in the morning.

  2. Lord, You are my All in All. There is nothing outside of You that I need or need to desire. You provide it all as I look to You. Thank You for being my Everything.

  3. Today we see a second line spoken by Jesus from the Cross. Are these the words of Jesus through David reflecting the intimacy of David’s relationship with the Lord? Or are these the words of David used by Jesus at the Cross?

    Psalm 31:5 “Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.”

    • Great question, James. I am leaning toward the words of Jesus spoken through David as a prophesy. Since God knows the end from the beginning, He may have inspired David with these words knowing that Jesus would speak the very same words on the Cross. Imagine the looks on the faces of Scripture scholars of that time when they heard these familiar words coming from the One being crucified.

      • Since you are leaning that way, consider the ever presence of Jesus and reconciling my comments the other day. Please know that I am not an authority here, but raise questions and thoughts so that we may dig deeper and understand God where we are at and where He wants us in relationship to Him. Just as iron sharpens iron, so each of us should continually sharpen each other (my paraphrase). The Holy Spirit will bring us to the Truth and give us discernment to weed out opinions like mine.

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