The Journey with Ron Moore

Psalm 139:19-22  
If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

Religious extremists behead innocent people and video their evil acts for the world to see. Christians are herded like animals, marched to the edge of town and executed. Believers around the world are persecuted because they refuse to renounce their faith. Wicked, bloodthirsty people desire to destroy everyone and everything associated with God. How are we to respond?

David had such passion for God that he could not stay quiet about his feelings toward the wicked. He saw God’s enemies as his enemies. He knew they were intent on damaging the kingdom. His hatred was a boiling, righteous indignation as a result of seeing God being dishonored.

When Jesus saw the worship of God being turned into a moneymaking scheme, He made a whip of cords and drove the culprits from the temple. The disciples remembered the words of David, “for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me” (Psalm 69:9). David could not stand by emotionless as God was being insulted. Neither should we.

Father, stir my indignation for the things that oppose You. Help me to respond with love and conviction, gentleness and passion. Don’t let me be silent when others insult You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 139:23-24  
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

In a time of personal reflection, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Left on my own there isn’t much I can’t rationalize. My sin can be excused as something I deserve.  Whoever believes their heart is not deceitful is deceived! That’s why today’s passage should be our daily prayer.

David concludes this powerful psalm with an invitation for God to shine a searchlight on his heart. He calls on God to reveal anything hidden. He desires testing to see where anxiety pushes away faith. He asks God to point out the sin so he can seek forgiveness.

I am the absolute worst judge of my motives. I need outside counsel to assess my state.  I need the Counselor to lay open my heart and search every part I am trying to hide.

Father, I ask You to shine Your searchlight on my heart and make it known. Show me where I am missing the mark. Make known my anxious thoughts so I can turn them from worry to trust. Show me where I am offensive to You and others. Please don’t let me live my life doing things that offend others by my personality, actions, or words and not even know the damage I’m causing. Please don’t let me live in an offensive way towards You and never seek Your forgiveness. Father, help me follow hard after You. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Psalm 140:1-5  
For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path. 

Do you have any enemies? Any person who would like to see you slip and fall? A person who talks behind your back? Maybe a few people who try their best to actually cause you to fall? 

David had a few enemies. There were foes that devised evil plans and tried to drag David and his men into war. Adversaries slandered him with sharp tongues, “the poison of vipers is on their lips.” Some set traps for David to succumb. His nemeses wouldn’t stop until they saw David go down.

David knew that he was no match for the evil plans, poisonous rumors, and hidden traps, so he turned to God for help. He prayed that God would rescue him and protect him “from the violent.” He asked God to keep him safe and guard him from the hidden traps. David’s prayer can be ours as well…if you have any enemies.

Father, I am no match for my enemies. They are shrewd. They are persistent. I am afraid that I will let down my guard and fall. Please protect me. Please rescue me. Please keep me safe. Please guard me against my enemies. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 140:6-13 
I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy. Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed. Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf them. May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent. I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence. 

Every day is a day of battle for the believer. The enemy is suited for war. He is looking for a weakness, an opening. He waits to find an unguarded moment. He stalks for a time to pounce and devour. He is shameless. He waits…for fatigue, discouragement, and pride. There are no rules by which he plays.

David prayed for the day of battle. He prayed that God would show mercy and be his “strong deliverer.” He asked God to be the shield on his head. He knew the enemy was ruthless and would hold nothing back. He knew his only hope of deliverance was with God.

Every day is a day of battle for the believer. Like David we proclaim to the Lord, “You are my God.” Our hope is not in our strength or intelligence. We know that left to ourselves defeat will come. Our prayer is David’s prayer. Lord, show Your mercy. Lord, be my strong deliverer. Lord, shield my head in the day of battle. Lord, let me live in the peace of Your presence.

Father, hear my prayer. I depend on You and You alone. I am no match for the enemy. Be my strong deliverer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 141:1-4
A psalm of David.

I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.

Reckless words pierce like a sword (Proverbs 12:18). The emotional weapon forms in our hearts and the blade shoots from our lips. There are times we enjoy watching the pain. Our words are premeditated and purposeful. There are also times when we wish with every ounce of our being that there was a way to delete every syllable that poured from our lips. 

David knew the danger of reckless words. That’s why he prayed, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” David knew his weakness, his propensity. He needed God to stand like a soldier guarding the camp, like a watchman on a wall.

This should be our daily prayer: O Lord, guard my words! Keep watch over my lips! Shut my mouth. Help me think before I speak. Don’t let those I love go through life with the wounds of my reckless words. 

Father, David’s prayer is mine – Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 141:5-10  
A psalm of David.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me —that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.” But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge —do not give me over to death. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

Why do believers let other believers act like non-believers? Why do followers of Jesus refrain from telling other followers of Jesus that they are not acting like followers of Jesus? Why are some Christians more apt to gossip about other Christians than they are to confront other Christians about their sin?

In today’s psalm David invites what Scripture teaches—as iron sharpens iron so one believer sharpens another. David uses hyperbole to make the point: Confrontation is kindness. It is like refreshing oil being poured over a weary head. If a person is courageous enough to get involved when you step out of line, you know that they really care for you.

So…is there a person you need to have a conversation with? A person who seems to be skating on thin ice—spiritually speaking? A person you love too much to let alone? Remember, confrontation is kindness. If the person you confront doesn’t thank you today, they will tomorrow. 

Father, give us the courage to sharpen each other. Give us the courage to guard each other’s back. Give us the strength to be kind enough to confront. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 142
A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.

David was on the run and the enemy was closing in. He felt alone. “No one cares for my life.” His situation was urgent. “I am in desperate need.” The opposition was too strong for him. Death was certain unless God intervened. David cried for God’s mercy. He prayed to be set “free from my prison.” David was sitting alone, afraid, and desperate in a cave. 

Some of you can relate all too well. An illness, a job loss, a relationship heartbreak, abandonment, grief—a significant life situation has imprisoned you. You sense the enemy pursuing and closing in fast. Like David you are sitting alone, afraid, and desperate in your personal cave. 

And…like David you can “cry aloud to the Lord.” Ask God for His mercy. Pour out your complaint before Him. Tell Him your trouble. He cares for you when no one seems concerned. He is your refuge when there is no place of protection. He is your defender when you are helpless. He is your strength when the enemy is too strong. God is your freedom when you are alone, afraid, and desperate in your personal cave. 

Father, my prayer is David’s prayer. You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise Your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 143:1-6  
A psalm of David.

LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.

Where do you turn when your spirit grows faint within you? Where can you find peace when your heart is filled with turmoil? Where can you hide from the enemy who is crushing you to the ground? 

David had many challenges throughout his life. For over a decade he ran from a jealous King Saul who was determined to kill him. He spent many days and nights hiding in caves and crying out to the Lord. Often his cries were desperate. His longing for God’s deliverance was like a man dying of thirst in the desert.

Maybe your cries are desperate today. You are disappointed with your current situation. Discouragement has settled over your heart like a dense fog. You long for God; and…He longs for you! He hears your cry for mercy. He is coming to provide relief. Hold on! The heavenly Father will always take care of His children—now and forever!

Father, hurry to my rescue. I am not sure how much longer I can hold on. Bring light to my darkness and hope to my helplessness. Quench my thirst with the comfort and confidence of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 143:7-12  
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

In this portion of Psalm 143 David prays for four things. Let’s make David’s requests our own. 

Lord, let the morning bring Your unfailing love. Unfailing love is the translation of “hesed,” a rich Hebrew word that describes a love of covenant, a love that will never let us go. Let God know how much you desire this love that holds you close and never releases you.

Lord, rescue me from my enemies. Ask God to protect you from those who would want to see you fall or who are trying to make you fall. Ask Him to protect you from the Enemy who constantly seeks your destruction. 

Lord, lead me by Your Spirit. Ask God to show you the path to take and the decisions to make today. Ask Him to teach you to do His will. Ask Him to give you the desire and focus to follow hard after Him.

Lord, preserve me. Ask God to protect you, to keep you safe. Ask Him to keep you walking close to Him. Ask Him to continue the good work that He started in you. Ask Him to deliver you safely home. 

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 144:1-4
Of David.

Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. LORD, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.

Praise be to the LORD…

My Rock: He is the One I run to for refuge. With Him I can never be moved.

My Fortress: He is the One I stand behind for protection. Behind His walls I am defended. 

My Stronghold: He is the place where I hide from my enemy. In Him the enemy will never find me.

My Deliverer: He is the One who snatches me from the jaws of defeat. The enemy is powerful but no match for my deliverer. 

My Shield: He is the One who always has my back. His shield guards me on all sides.

Father, thank You for being my Rock, my Fortress, my Stronghold, my Deliverer, my Shield. My hope and trust is in You alone. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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Reflecting the Glory

Psalm 144:5-11  

Part your heavens, LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them. Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten- stringed lyre I will make music to you, to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.

It’s time to get out of the rut. It’s time to stop singing the same old song, praying the same worn out prayer, falling into the same ugly sin. Yesterday is in the past. Its challenges are over—won some, lost some. Today is a new day. It is time to sing a new song!

David was a songwriter and well prepared to make music to God. With his ten-stringed lyre he composed beautiful songs to the One who gave the victory and delivered His servant. God rescued David from nature, warriors, and even those “whose mouths are full of lies.” From the heat of the desert to the mouth of the deceitful, God always comes through.

Are you ready for a new song? Ready for something fresh, new and bold? Listen to new music. Read a fresh portion of Scripture. Serve in a new area of ministry. Share the Gospel with a friend. Go someplace where you can sing at the top of your lungs.  Get out of your rut! Sing a new song!

Father, forgive me for being stuck. Help me get unstuck. Put a new song in my heart that is fresh and bold. Let me sing it like I have never sung before. Stretch me to worship You with renewed joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 144:12-15  

Then our sons in their youth will be like well- nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets. Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.

God’s work is evident to all. Sometimes He stretches us with challenges. Sometimes He brings great blessing and joy. Sometimes His work causes us to sing a new, fresh and bold song. God’s work in our lives is dynamic, never static. 

David noted that the people whose God is the Lord are blessed. Their young men are spiritually rooted like well-nurtured plants. Their daughters stand strong like pillars carved to adorn a palace. God fills their barns with food and their pastures with livestock. God’s work results in great blessings.

God is at work all around you. He delivers plenty of food. He puts a roof over your head. He gives meaningful work for sustenance and generous giving. God is at work in your life. Open your eyes! Don’t miss His great blessings.

Father, help me see You at work in my life. Make me aware of Your actions and help me respond with heartfelt thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Assurance

 

Psalm 145:1-7  
A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The story of God is settled in Scripture, and He uses people to pass it on. One generation tells the story of God’s greatness to another. We tell the stories of the Bible and we share the experiences of God’s good work in our lives. God give us a story to tell and we should pass it on!

How do you experience the mighty acts of God so that you can pass them on with passion? Here are a few ideas.

  • Share the Gospel with a friend or family member. You will never get over the joy of introducing a person to Christ.
  • Serve at a local mission or shelter. While you are serving find time to hear the stories of those there. When you take the time to serve, God works in your heart in powerful ways.
  • Serve in your local church. Every believer has at least one gift. Use it to serve others.
  • Go on a short-term mission trip. Away from your personal comfort zone you see God at work in new and exciting ways. Every mission trip I take I see God in refreshing ways and am personally stretched.

Father, I want to share impassioned stories about You with my children. Help me combine the truth of Your Word with the passion of real life experiences. Give me stories to tell of the times when You were powerfully at work in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Faith

 

Psalm 145:8-13  

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

God is gracious! He gives us what we don’t deserve and could never earn. His gift of salvation was purchased in full by Jesus on the cross and is offered to all. The gift is presented free of charge without condition.

God is compassionate! He saw our need and did something about it. He sent His Son to pay the penalty of sin. In compassion God stooped down to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He cleanses our hearts and gives us a fresh start.

God is slow to anger! God does not treat us as our sins deserve. He is patient with our human failure and stubbornness. He welcomes us home when we leave for a time and do regrettable things. He wishes that none perish but all would repent and come home. 

God is rich in love! God loved the world in this way: He sent His Son to die on our behalf on the cross. Jesus came to bear our sin in His body at Calvary. He took the wrath of sin for us.

Lord Jesus, how can I ever begin to thank You for Your great love? Words cannot express my gratitude. Help me thank You with my life. In Your name. Amen.


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Resources

 

Psalm 145:14-21  
A psalm of praise. Of David.

The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

The journey is filled with dangers. The road signs for temptations are brightly lit, attractive, and luring. The path has treacherous downhill grades and exhausting climbs. Sometimes we get worn down. Sometimes we fall down.

The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

The journey is filled with decisions. There are different paths to different destinations. Our assessments are not always wise, our judgments not always prudent. Sometimes our choices weigh heavily on our souls.

The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

The journey is filled with dreams. There are things we want to accomplish. There are aspirations we long to achieve. The path does not always arrive at the doorstep of our desires. The death of our dreams leads to the land of great disappointment. 

 The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Lord, thank You for holding me up even when I take the wrong path, make the wrong decision, and follow the wrong dream. Thank You for holding me up every step of the journey and delivering me home in victory! In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Mission

Psalm 146:1-5  
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

What delivers confidence? What brings calmness? What produces peace? What gives you hope?  A thriving economy? A stable job? Your person in the White House? A hefty retirement account? A strong military?

Check out today’s passage. Human beings—even the most powerful—cannot save. Even the most impressive person will die, robbing them of any semblance of power. On the very day the big shot dies, their hubris dies with them.

Who are you going to trust? Where are you turning for confidence? If your hope is not found in the Lord, sooner or later your teetering tower of trust will come crashing down. Without God, it’s just a matter of time before your faux calm turns to feverish chaos; but there is One who is eternal. He remains faithful forever. Blessed are those whose confidence is in Him. 

Father, it is tempting to put my trust in things and the people around me. Give me great leaders, but never let me forget that You are the only One who will stand for eternity. Help me follow hard after You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 146:6-10  
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.

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He remains faithful forever. He will never renegotiate a promise.

He fights for the oppressed. God lifts up those who are beaten down.

He gives food to the hungry. He takes care of His own.

He sets the prisoners free. The chains of sin were broken at the cross.

He gives sight to the blind. Those living in darkness have seen a great light.

He lifts those who are bowed down. He offloads heavy burdens.

He loves the righteous. His love extends all the way to the cross.

He helps the helpless. He helps those who can’t help themselves.

He frustrates the wicked. He wins every time.

He reigns forever. He is the eternal King! 

Father, You are the Maker of heaven and earth. Thank You for Your constant work in my life today and throughout eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Enter The King

Psalm 147:1-6  
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our LORD and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. 

God stands by the brokenhearted. But He doesn’t just stand by. He is not a passive onlooker. He comes to us in our brokenness as the Divine Doctor, the Sovereign Surgeon. He is the Holy Healer. He brings exactly what we need at the precise moment we need it, not a moment too soon, not a second too late.

God stands by the brokenhearted. He comes to broken bodies and broken dreams. He arrives at the right time with the right prescription and injects us with the healing power of His Spirit. When He brings healing, confusion is driven away by calmness; panic is chased off by peace. He finds all the places where doubt has broken through and rebuilds the wall.

God stands by the brokenhearted. Difficult times can leave us in painful places. We feel like God has left us and let us down. The “Why?” question is never far from our minds. Spiritual and physical exhaustion wear us down.  God comes to bind up our wounds. Don’t hide your hurt. Uncover your wounds so He can gently bind them with His tender touch. 

Heavenly Father, thank You for standing by me in my brokenness. Thank You for binding my wounds. Help me uncover any wound I may be hiding. Thank You for Your powerful work in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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The King’s Arrival

 

Psalm 147:7-14  
Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Extol the LORD, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion. He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you. He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

God sent His Son, not as a conquering warrior but as a baby. He took away every privilege of deity in order to demonstrate His unfailing love to man.

Tiny hands waving about uncontrollably. A shrill cry piercing the damp air of a borrowed cave. A peaceful smile on the lips of a mother wearied by labor. A mysterious smile on the face of the mother’s husband who has helped deliver a miracle. The Incarnation: God confined to an infant.

Growing hands pointing to the ancient scrolls. An adolescent voice asking and answering questions. The teachers of the Law, amazed at His understanding. A mother who “treasured all these things in her heart.” The Father smiling with favor. The Incarnation: God growing in stature.

Powerful hands turning water into wine, feeding multitudes, touching life into lifeless bodies. Thankful faces without words to express their gratitude. A mother’s smile as she hears of her Son’s marvelous deeds. The Incarnation: The Father being glorified through the Son.

Bound hands led away by Roman soldiers. Tied in complete submission to the eternal plan. A mother waits; the dreaded time has come. The Father controls the final blow to sin. The Incarnation: “Led like a lamb to the slaughter . . . he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

Constricted hands; the result of spikes driven through His wrists. Arms outstretched; nailed to a wooden beam. A mother looks on, feeling every painful throb as her own. The just Father turns His back on His burdened Son. The Incarnation:  The Lord caused the sin of us all to fall on Him.

Scarred hands in resurrected glory. A chariot of clouds lifting Him to the Father. A joyful mother watching her Son ascend. A promise from the lips of the risen Savior: Just as I go, I will return again. The Incarnation: The assurance of our resurrection.

Open hands inviting every sinner. Accepting all who come to Him in faith. Blind eyes see; prison doors are opened. The prince or pauper; none are turned away. Eternal life for all who trust the Son. The Incarnation: Sinful man in communion with the eternal Father through His Son.  

 

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The King’s Message

Psalm 147:15-20  
He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the LORD. 

It is an absolute fact of spiritual growth: You cannot grow unless you are regularly reading God’s Word. His Word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path. It points us to the right path, tells us when we stray, shows us how to get back on the path, and challenges us to stay on the path of obedience. God’s Word judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

In the day this psalm was written fast runners carried messages. The psalmist likens God’s Word to one of those message carriers. God’s Word “runs swiftly.” The Lord personally delivers it to those who follow Him, just in time. When we receive the message it “melts” us and stirs our passions. God’s Word produces action in our lives.

Now is the time to make commitments for a new year. My challenge to you is to commit to reading God’s Word every day. Scripture is our spiritual food. It nourishes our hearts and quenches our thirst. God desires to melt your heart, stir your passions, and encourage you for action. This coming year make it your resolution to read God’s Word.

Father, thank You for Your Word that melts, challenges, and encourages my heart. Help me make the commitment to read Your Word each day. Give me the encouragement to follow through with that commitment. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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