1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103 1-5
Man was made to praise God with his thoughts, words and actions, in essence with all that you are. The thought might cross your mind, why does GOD need so much praise? Is he so full of himself? Can’t he not live without our praises?
The answer is quiet simple, We praise him, because we get too many benefits from him, literally everything that we have, we receive it from him. So we praise him, because we cannot contain it. (If we can truly recognize the love and the tender mercies that we receive from him.)
Sin and decease go hand in hand. Sin is the cause, while disease is the effect. You might think, what did I do to receive cancer or what did my unborn baby do to receive a congenital disease? Sometimes it happens to bring about God’s glory (Ex. think Nick Vujicic) or maybe it’s the result of our collective sins. You see if every Christian decided to contribute money or resources to eradicate hunger or famine, then no one would have to experience it.
When your life is in the pits, it’s almost always because we allow sin in our lives. Sin causes disease, it also causes us to hate ourselves. It causes us to loose perspective. It causes depression, poverty, life in prison etc. but thank GOD, he will forgive us our sins. Not only that, he will anoint us with the balm of love and compassion. He will teach us to forgive ourselves and receive the grace of GOD. God’s love and compassion will lift our spirit from the pit that we condemn ourselves
All of the ungodly desires which caused us to sin, he will replace it with godly desires and he will fill it until it overflows. We are afraid to grow old and die but with God on our side, no matter how old we are, we will look forward to a new day with great hope, we will not be afraid to die, because it will only bring us closer to GOD. When the desires of our heart is aligned to God, he will meet all of our needs, it will be replenished daily and we will fly like an eagle no matter how old we are
Play characters like Dr. Faust traded his soul to avoid it. And in the novel ” The picture of Dorian Grey”, Dorian Gray tried to cheat it by having his mortality trapped in a painting. We are all afraid of death, the dark stalker, who is after us all. Because of the curse of death hovering over us, it will get us all.
Human mortality is abolututely no problem for our Savious Jesus. The one who created us in the first place can re-create us in the twinkling of an eye. His mission for coming to earth two millenia ago was to reconnect lost people with their aching Father, to undo the death sentence, and to open up a second life after the first death.
A synagogue president named Jarius had a sixt-grade daughter whome he dearly loved. Her untimely death devastated him. Jesus arrived at Jarius’ home and encountered funeral bedlam: “Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing’, Jesus said. ‘SHe is not dead but asleep’. They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up” (luke 8:52-55)
Only God could call death a nap. Omly God could do something about Jairus’ daughter. Only God can give you life after death.
Soon, soon you will personally witness the son of God’s unlimited power over death as he forces graves all over the world to yield the bodies in them.
Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.
The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles long, winding up and down and through rugged mountains from Georgia to Maine. It takes thru-hikers an average of 165 rigorous days to make the trip, and it requires about 5,500 calories a day to sustain their strength. That’s equivalent to nearly 10 Big Macs daily. Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in one summer is grueling, but it simply requires putting one foot in front of the other—about five million times.
The Bible often compares our Christian life to a walk—but it’s no easy stroll. It’s an arduous hike requiring perseverance. When we begin our walk with God, we’re like infants taking their first steps—we are filled with glee—but we don’t know quite what we are doing. But as we mature, this should change and our footsteps should become more stable, firm, and determined.
If you’re tired on the trail, don’t give up. Psalm 85:13 says He has gone before us, and we’re simply walking in His footsteps. And Psalm 86:11 offers us a prayer: “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.”
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:3
Every parent experiences the disconnect between a child’s words when being put to bed at night—“I love you, Mommy”—and a willful act of disobedience the next morning. That disconnect between profession and practice illustrates the intimate connection between love and devotion (or obedience).
To be sure, a child is immature and not to be held to adult standards of understanding and practice. But the illustration serves its purpose in a way that is instructive for us as adults. When we say we love God but do not obey His commands and desires, we make ourselves out to be liars (1 John 2:4). “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him” (1 John 2:5). So obedience to God is a kind of barometer, a measure, of our love for God. Just as small children learn to combine love and obedience in their relationship with their parents, so we grow in the same understanding in our relationship with God. The relationship between love (faith) and obedience (good works) is a key theme in the letter written by James (James 2:14-26).
Give thought today as to how your obedience to God reflects your profession of love for God.
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.
In the Old Testament, what did weavers, artists, tentmakers, carpenters, and ship captains—among others—have in common? They all possessed wisdom. More accurately, they possessed skill. The Hebrew word for wisdom is the word for skill. So, as a craftsman built the tabernacle with skill, Proverbs teaches us to build a life with skill.
What is skill (wisdom) in living? Proverbs 9:10 says it begins with “the fear of the Lord.” From there, it means living life from God’s perspective. Understanding His ways, values, plans, expectations, and methods. Most people spend their life searching for true happiness; the book of Proverbs says that happiness comes from finding wisdom, and wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. God is eternal; knowing Him means eternal happiness (Psalm 16:11). Only God, His Word, and His counsel will stand forever (Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 40:8). Like the grass and flowers, everything else will fade away.
What is your source of happiness today? Is it temporary or eternal? Find wisdom and happiness in your relationship with God.
The kind of wisdom that God waits to give to those who ask him is a wisdom that will bind us to himself.
J. I. Packer