|Last night we had our midweek Church service and I so enjoyed meeting with God's people. We had a good crowd and God blessed. Several visitors were there as well, and for that we are grateful. We trust God will continue to bless throughout the summer. I know we are gearing up for a great summer. I'm in Psalms this week, and here are some things I would like to share. Items that spoke to me this morning as I read:|
1) EVENING, AND MORNING, AND AT NOON- Psalms 55:17 says: "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice." If you are not getting your prayers answered.... pray more! God wants to hear from His children. How forgetful we are of God and His constant presence. Let us never be found to neglect our God. Yet... sadly, this happens. Why not make a conscious effort to pray: evening, and morning, and at noon?
2) GOD HAS ALL OF THE POWER- Psalms 62:11 says: "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this: that power belongeth unto God." God has all power and all authority. Therefore, we pray to Him knowing He is the source for all of our needs. He can do something about our needs, because He has all power. Let us pray with confidence! (another word for FAITH)
3) SEEKING GOD- Yesterday, we talked about having a thirst for God. Today, we see the same thing said in Psalms 63:1, 8- "O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" (vs. 8) "My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me." Here we see David seeking God. He riseth up early! He has a thirsty soul for God! He followeth hard after God! He is like a thirsty man in a barren, dry land with no water.... but not thirsting after water; thirsting after God! May God help us to seek Him in like fashion.
4) A PREREQUISITE OF PRAYER- Psalms 66:18 says: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the LORD will not hear me:" We cannot harbor sin in our lives and expect God to answer our prayers. This is not saying we must live perfect, but we must confess and repent of our sins if we expect God to listen to our prayers. He will answer the prayers of His obedient children.
5) MAKE HASTE- Six times in the book of Psalms, David prays and asks God to "make haste" to deliver and help him. In Psalms 70 and 71, we have this mentioned three times. Here they are: Psalms 70:1 "Make Haste, O God, to deliever me; make haste to help me, O LORD." Psalms 70:5 "But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying." and Psalms 71:12 "O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help." Do you ever get impatient with God's timing? Well, David did and let God know about it. He pleaded with God to hurry up and make haste. We get that way ourselves, but we must learn to wait on the LORD, but apparently it is alright by God if we ask Him from time to time; to make haste to help us!
Well, this is all I have to share today. Let me say a simple prayer:
LORD, I am again reminded today to seek your face. I must get thirsty! Your Word says: "I will pour water on him that is thirsty." LORD, please let me thirst for You, let me follow hard after You. You are in my possession, but I want to be totally in Your possession. Take my life LORD, and use it for Thy glory. Let me pray evening, and morning, and at noon today. Let my thoughts never wander far off from thee. So many things could pull me away from your presence, but let it not be; not today, not any day. I confess my sin and failures. I humble myself in Your presence. I am nothing, and You are everything. Dear God in heaven, with all power; help me in ways I'm not even aware of right now. Help your children. Thank you Jesus! Amen.