Archive for January, 2016

Give Thanks to the LORD

January 30, 2016

Each day  we are blessed with life carries a responsibility. The responsibility is not to make our ancestors, parents or children proud. The responsibility is not to endeavor in what most consider altruistic. Our responsibility is to worship God.

We have a tendency to offer worshipful words, songs, gestures or dances when God does something that we deem in our favor. God deserves our worship period. One friend shared a definition of worship in his studies and presentation to a men’s group I was involved. He said worship is thinking, speaking and acting in ways that convey God’s worth to the world around us. It is highlighting God’s worth. Well, we are woefully inept at that because God is incomprehensible; yet, God calls for us to worship Him.

In 1 Chronicles 15:1–16:43, we see David leading the people in expressing worship because the Ark of the Covenant, a symbol of God’s presence with the Israelites, was recovered. It was a time to celebrate. In John 14:16-18, we know that God conveys that He is present with the follower of Jesus through the Spirit whom He gives to live in us. Emmanuel, God is present with us not in the flesh of Jesus but in the Spirit of Jesus.

1 Chronicles 16:34-35

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
    gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
    and glory in your praise.”

This morning. I am not asking God for anything. I am simply praising God for who He is and what He has done and will do. Join me in worshiping God. He deserves all praise, glory and honor. Join me in reflecting over God’s involvement in your life over the past hour, day, week, month, and year. God has done incredible things in our lives. Let’s celebrate God’s goodness, mercy and grace toward us and man.

Father, I thank you for who you are.

God is

  • a righteous judge.
  • present in the company of the righteous.
  • the Lord.
  • my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  • our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
  • the King of all the earth.
  • seated on his holy throne.
  • our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
  • my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
  • for me.

I could go on and on, but that is enough for me to give glory to God and be encouraged in my spirit despite what I am confronted with in my life. God is for me. Hallelujah. If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, God is for you too. If not, God’s wrath remains on you. Surrender to God, so we all can Give Thanks to the LORD.

Give Thanks. Amen.

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TRUST: Saved by Hoping in His Unfailing Love

January 27, 2016

I don’t have a lot of time this morning, so I will keep my comments brief. There are a myriad of attacks on my family and me right now. Honestly, the schemes and players are to grand for me to keep track, so I do not. I am making every effort, like God calls us to, to put my hope, faith or trust in the Lord Almighty. This is what I shared in the post TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You.

Today, I am reminded of that as I read Psalm 33. Verses 10-12 and 16-22 really stood out to me, but God may have different verses for you. Read the Word of the Lord listening to Him speak to you. Then, just do what He said.

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
    he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
    he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You

January 25, 2016

In the post TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy, we learned that God hears our cry for mercy and responds to those who belong to Him. Similarly in Psalm 31, we see David TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You. King David was regularly in danger from Saul or those close to him.

We can learn from David by considering what he says in the Word of God. He gives us valuable insight in how to respond whether he responded properly or not. In Psalm 31, we see a proper response when facing perplexing or difficult and trying circumstances. We wee the range of emotions from fear to confidence. When he feared, he looked at the circumstances more than the Creator. When he was confident, he looked at the Creator more than the circumstances.

In this excursion into TRUST, I have shared that when we look at who God is, His character, and what God has done, His works, one’s response aligns with what God expects – TRUST in Him. Here in verses 1-8, David evidences the same thing – TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You.

Psalm 31

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You is the admonition in this passage. David expresses his wish in trusting God. Throughout it, David reminds himself of who God is while asking God for what he needs to be safe from those attempting to harm him. He expresses trust in God in each for the first eight verses.

Are you expressing trust in God in the midst of what presently assails you?  What are you concerned about? What confronts you? What harm besieges you or someone you love? In contrast to the harm, do you see God as your sole help? David prompts us to TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You.

Will you TRUST: Look to God for Strength when others seek to Harm You? Stop where you are right now and pray. Pray that God will be your strength as you trust Him in your affliction. God is faithful. He will strengthen you. Listen to what the Prophet Isaiah says about trusting God for strength and help.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy

January 23, 2016

Significant snow fall is not a regular occurrence in Atlanta. Over the past day, children have been calling for snow. First, they wanted to miss school. The other reason was to be able to play in the snow. They do not consider the inconvenient and dangerous circumstances that may result from the snow or ice.

I had to remind my daughter that she was stranded for hours on the expressway two years ago in our last big snow storm. She remembered me having to finally come get her from a friend who brought her part of the way home. Fortunately for her, she experienced TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy.

Now, from North Carolina to New York, the current snow storm has people crying for help, mercy. Even at this moment, there are people stuck in 35 miles of traffic on Interstate 75 in Kentucky. There are infants, kids and the elderly. People with diabetes who need snacks to keep their blood sugar levels regulated who too are looking for help. In Psalm 28, King David expressed TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy.

Psalm 28

To you, Lord, I call;
    you are my Rock,
    do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
    I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Hear my cry for mercy
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
    toward your Most Holy Place.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
    and bring back on them what they deserve.

Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.

Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.

TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy. There is nothing like crying out for help and no one responds. It is more agonizing to have someone respond, but he/she is not able to do anything about your circumstance. He/she can offer no assistance. Then, the reality of your cry for help will go unanswered. We see that being expressed in verse one in the text.

By the end of the text, we see David’s confidence in the Lord. In verse eight, David says “The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” This is great news for those who follow and believe Jesus Christ who is God’s anointed one. They have the assurance that God will hear their cry for mercy. They will be able to say TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy. Praise be to the Lord.

But for the unbelieving, God is not a fortress of salvation. They will experience the dread, fear and frustration of not having one to save them in their time of need. They have no confidence in being able to proclaim TRUST: He Has Heard My Cry for Mercy.

Trust and follow Jesus; for He is the anointed one who can save you in your cry for mercy.

TRUST: Never Be Put to Shame

January 20, 2016

One of the most comforting thoughts in my pursuit of God is that I have never felt like a fool or experienced that feeling from trusting in God. In life, we will have to trust in something or someone. God desires that we trust in Him. Why? God says TRUST: Never Be Put to Shame.

God knows that He never slumbers or sleeps. God knows that He never fails. In fact, He is incapable of failing. God knows He knows all and what is best. God knows what we need when we need it. God is God; therefore, it makes sense for us to trust Him.God says TRUST: Never Be Put to Shame. Despite that, trusting God is our greatest challenge in life. We are reminded in Psalms 20 that some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we, as true followers of Christ, must trust in the name of the Lord our God.

In our text, Psalm 25, today, we see that God says TRUST: Never Be Put to Shame.

Psalm 25

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Our choice to trust is always God or someone/something else. Who or what in all of creation is more able, trustworthy, all powerful, etc. than Jehovah, the Almighty God? It is a rhetorical question. We know that no one or no thing is superior to God. So why our penchant for trusting in chariots and horses? We are sinful; yet, God says TRUST: Never Be Put to Shame.

The psalmist here tells us that No one who hopes in God will ever be put to shame. The word used here for hope is qavah which means to wait, look for, hope, expect. In order to do that, one must trust or have faith in who God is, His character, and what God has done/can do, His works or the power thereof. We do not wait or expect anything from one whom we feel cannot deliver. God has delivered throughout His Word. He is currently delivering us. Are you trusting in Him to see and experience His deliverance or faithfulness.

Shame in this passage is the word buwsh which means to be overwhelmed with unexpected calamity for failing to rely on God. It is to be put to silence because of your misplaced faith failed you in what you were expecting. The object of one’s faith either delivers or not. God says that He delivers, but shame will come on those who fail to trust in Him. God says TRUST: Never Be Put to Shame.

What will it be for you today shame or joy? Choose God!

TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God

January 19, 2016

 

I do not need to ask if you have ever been done wrong. That is a foregone conclusion. One of the most natural responses to being done wrong is revenge. You want to get the person back for what he/she did to you. For the believer, we are encouraged and commanded to not repay evil for evil. In Deuteronomy 32:35, God says, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” By believing and obeying God, we are saying that we TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

We see God’s man, King David, affirm this position in Psalm 24. Of this passage, hallowed commentator, Matthew Henry, states that “this psalm is concerning the kingdom of Jesus Christ, I. His providential kingdom, by which he rules the world, Ps. 24:1, 2. II. The kingdom of his grace, by which he rules in his church. 1. Concerning the subjects of that kingdom; their character (Ps. 24:4,6), their charter, Ps. 24:5. 2. Concerning the King of that kingdom; and a summons to all to give him admission, Ps. 24:7-10. It is supposed that the psalm was penned upon occasion of David’s bringing up the ark to the place prepared for it, and that the intention of it was to lead the people above the pomp of external ceremonies to a holy life and faith in Christ, of whom the ark was a type.”

What I see in response to the issue of revenge is TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

There is no one greater to ascend the mountain of God and to stand in His holy place with clean hands and a pure heart than Christ. Christ did not swear by a false god when being sacrificed for the sins of man. We see Peter discuss Christ’s example of not seeking revenge in 1 Peter 2

19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

When being done wrong, Jesus committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. He did not retaliate when being insulted. He made no threats when suffering. What He did do was to entrust Himself to him who judges justly. Jesus trusted God. Jesus is the shining example of TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

While I have fallen short of my Savior’s example on many occasions, I can attest to God giving me vindication in some instances when I just trusted in Him. First, I was not soiled by anger, bitterness and revenge. I was able to move on and be at peace despite the injustice done to me. Jesus was my example. He did no wrong. I sin daily, but God stood by me. This is why I am advocating TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

The word used for vindication is tsĕdaqah which is translated as righteousness in the KJV but vindication here in the NIV. According to dictionary.com, vindication is to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone’s honor; or to afford justification for; justify:

In times where I was just done dog wrong, God has justified me not just in my dealings with Him where I did Him wrong, but also in when people have done me wrong. He has proven that what was said, assigned or attributed to me was not only wrong but it was the opposite of what was said. It is so fulfilling for God to put His stamp of approval on you when others say or treat you in a manner inconsistent with the truth.

Hallelujah! TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

TRUST: Remember God’s Character In Sufferings

January 18, 2016

Our post today stems from Psalm 22. Like Psalm 69Psalm 22 is a foreshadowing of the sufferings of Jesus Christ on the cross. Without a doubt, Jesus is the greatest example for man to follow in the midst of hardships, trials or sufferings. It is Jesus whom we are to emulate.

Obviously, this psalm was written before Christ’s incarnation, becoming a man. Since that is the case, who wrote this psalm? We are told that King David wrote this psalm. From Matthew 1, we also know that Jesus came from the linage of King David, so God was using King David almost a 1,000 years before Christ’s incarnation. Jesus is called the son of David because He was the long-awaited deliverer of Israel who also fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. The point here is that if David and Jesus had the same mind in dealing with hardships, trials and sufferings, so should we. Their mindset was to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

Again Psalm 22 is well known for its many citations and allusions in the New Testament (Matt. 27:35, 39, 43, 46; John 19:23, 24, 28; Heb. 2:12). The psalm, like Ps. 69, expresses the suffering of Christ, the Son of David, dying at the hands of wicked men.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

Here, we see David’s anguish in feeling abandoned by God. Let’s face. In spite of God’s promise to never leave nor forsake us, we all can identify with David’s and Jesus’ feeling of ‘where are you God’; yet, both David and Jesus show us how to respond in our feeling of abandonment that arise from our hardships, trials or sufferings. David and Jesus espouse TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

David reflects on how his ancestors had put their trust in God and God delivered them. There are three examples that have been proposed that David could have reflected upon: David could think of the time that Abraham was delivered from the five kings (Gen. 14), Joseph from the Egyptian prison (Gen. 41), and most of all Moses and Israel from the land of Egypt (Ex. 1–15). In doing so, David and Jesus help us to remember to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

The result of trusting in God in the midst of hardships, trials or sufferings is deliverance, salvation and honor as outlined in verse five. Which of us would not want deliverance, salvation and honor as a by-product of our hardships, trials or sufferings. Then, we must follow David’s and Jesus’ example of TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

I am not sure what you are facing now. It could financial, relational or health related, but any of the challenges associated with either should be given to God. While you might not be able to see a way out, we are required to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering. The passage (v.3) tells us that God is holy. Holy as being pure, clean and free from defilement. As fellow believers in Christ with David, we too are called to be holy. Ephesians 1:4 tells us “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

If we are to be God’s children and brothers/sisters with Christ, we have no choice in hardships, trials and sufferings other than to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering. Trust God with your challenges today.

TRUST: The King Trusts in the Lord

January 16, 2016

In our world, there are trends or fads set by those whom society imbrues with confidence and trust. The trendsetters lead the way in style, fashion, innovation, etc. I wonder what would happen if we followed trendsetters in matters of eternal significance rather than temporal times usually shorter than two years.

Well, in our passage, Psalm 21, today, we have insight into what happens. TRUST: The King Trusts in the Lord is a great example of following trendsetters for eternal purposes not temporal ones.

Psalm 21:1-7

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
    How great is his joy in the victories you give!

You have granted him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips.[b]
You came to greet him with rich blessings
    and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
    length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
    you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
    and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord;
    through the unfailing love of the Most High
    he will not be shaken.

 

It is obvious from reading the passage that King David was utterly convinced whom He served and where his help was derived. Verse one tells us explicitly that David rejoices in the strength of the Lord. David also reflected on God’s assistance in battles whether physical or not. His conclusion was how great was his joy in the victories God give!

Are there victories that you need from the present battles that you or others are entangled? Of course there are. The question is are we trusting God in our battles or someone/something else.

The passage says For the king trusts in the Lordthrough the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. This verse is not stating that the king would not have troubles. Verse one eliminates that as a possibility. What verse seven is proclaiming is that the King, in this case David, clearly understands where His confidence lies. It is not in anything he has done, has, or acquired. It is solely in the Lord. The word used for Lord there is Yĕhovah which translated to English is Jehovah = “the existing One”. David trusted in the one true God, Jehovah.

To accentuate who he was trusting, David stated another aspect of God’s character which served as his confidence – Unfailing Love. As humans, it is hard for us to comprehend what unfailing love means. We fail in love. Others have failed us in love, so it is unheard of for us to experience unfailing love save through God. God promises unfailing love. Let’s reflect on 1 Corinthians 13 to help us gain a clearer picture of unfailing love. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Love never fails. David knew that was a trend, and more importantly, a God whom he could follow because love never fails. It never fails to be patient, kind, proud, sacrificial, forgiving, truthful, to protect. As such, David could always trust, hope, and persevere. Who wouldn’t want a love like that? Clearly, King David desired a love like that. Let’s follow that trendsetter in the matter of TRUST: The King Trusts in the Lord.

I shared my wonderings at the inception of this post. The prophet Isaiah answered my wonderings a long time ago. Isaiah 50:10 says, “Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.” Isaiah, David and I are encouraging you to TRUST: The King Trusts in the Lord, so should you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRUST: In the Name of the Lord our God

January 14, 2016

In Psalm 20, David conveys the choice that we all have in life. We can either trust in things/people or we can trust in the name of the Lord our God. Now, if you do not believe in Jehovah, trusting in Him is not considered as an option for you. If you claim to believe in Jehovah, then, it is clear what we must do while mired in a difficult situation. We must TRUST: In the Name of the Lord our God.

The Reformation Study Bible as provided by Ligonier Ministries states that the believer’s rescue from sin and Satan, like Israel’s deliverance from enemies, is grounded in God’s trustworthiness. All along, I have purported that it is our belief about who God is, His character, and what God has done, His works, that drive how we respond to God in a crisis. How well we know God dictates our response. Let’s look at the proper response in Psalm 20.

 

Psalm 20

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

Verse seven is the pivotal verse. Some trust in chariots and horses is a reference to people putting their trust in supposedly superior weaponry in battle. It is an indictment of not trusting in God. It is a sentence of ruin for failing to trust in God. Rather than putting one’s faith in God, some trust in other things only to their failure, demise or ruin.
Christ was handed over and condemned so that any believer in Christ would be spared the eternal consequence of sin – separation from GOD. Romans 8:32 attests to this fact. Romans 8:32 says, “32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” The proposition is that if God will give up His own Son for us why wouldn’t He do everything else that is congruent to saving us. The biggest and most costly part is over – the sacrificing of Christ. It is a matter of formality that God would provide everything else that we need for our full and final glory.
While David did not know of Christ historically like us, we both have placed our faith in Christ. David said that God gives victory to his anointed or God saves his anointed. This was a direct reference to Christ. Just as David believed in Christ, we too must believe in order to experience the victory.
In fact, the text echos a common phrase “in the name of the Lord our God” That is His position, power, reputation, fame and glory.  From Zephaniah 3:12, we know that The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.  The Word of God says that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess. Whether now or later, all will acknowledge who God is and what God has done. Why not benefit now? We must TRUST: In the Name of the Lord our God.

Isaiah 45:23-25 NKJV

23 I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.
24 He shall say,
‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength.
To Him men shall come,
And all shall be ashamed
Who are incensed against Him.
25 In the Lord all the descendants of Israel
Shall be justified, and shall glory.’”

TRUST: The King’s Heart Is In The Lord’s Hand

January 12, 2016

Man’s biggest choice in this world is the matter of trust in Jehovah, the one true God. Trust in God will always be the biggest issue in life. Hebrews 11:6 tells us “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Therefore, we have no real choice but to TRUST: The King’s Heart Is In The Lord’s Hand

In the verses below, TRUST: The King’s Heart Is In The Lord’s Hand is clearly seen. Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

Proverbs 21:1 (NKJV)
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.

Proverbs 16:9  (NKJV)
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Exodus 14 (NIV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am theLord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them,20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed[b] the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward[c] it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

TRUST: The King’s Heart Is In The Lord’s Hand. We should clearly see from the text that God controls the king’s heart. Just as God directed Pharaoh’s heart, God can direct the heart of anyone He desires on your behalf, but ultimately, the purpose is for God to gain glory for Himself. As we see in verse four of Exodus 14, it’s not just the king’s heart but every man’s heart as Israel did as the Lord pleased too.

God is in control of everything. He controls hearts and actions to gain glory for Himself. Ultimately, God’s priority is to bring glory to Himself. He is worthy of it, so it makes sense. When we see His mighty hand at work in our lives, the clear choice is to put our trust in Him.

God’s goal for man is for him to be convinced that his trust or faith would not be centered in human plans, promotion, programs, or human personalities, but in the Lord Himself. For whatever they might need and face, the Almighty God’s desire for man is that he would have an unwavering and unending trust in the provision and faithfulness of the Lord and His powerful Word.TRUST: The King’s Heart Is In The Lord’s Hand