THE WORD FOR TODAY
Psalm 43-45 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Psalm 44:1 1 We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old.
I remember fondly the days when my grandfather, Poppa Holloway, would read to us the scripture. Every grandchild who visited received the story of God’s love. I can’t remember how many times Poppa Holloway read John chapter 3 to us. Today, now that I am older, I understand that passage so much more than I did back then. Its one thing to “hear” a story it is another thing to “live” the story.
The Psalmist declared, “We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old.” Verbal tradition was the major means of passing down the stories of God’s work in the lives of His people. Rather than surfing the local cable channels they spent much time telling and retelling the story. Then when God did the same work in their life they knew it was from God and not some fluke thing from fate.
I am afraid that we don’t tell the story well anymore. I am saddened that my children and grandchildren don’t have memories of me reading John chapter 3 to them…again and again and again. But that is something I could start today. I could make sure that I am not SILENT about the “deeds of God” in my life. I can tell the story over and over and over again. And so can you.
Lord, You have done Your marvelous work in our life…may we not be silent about that work. May our voices forever tell of Your great love…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!
THE WORD FOR TODAY
Psalm 37-39 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Psalm 37:3 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
I declare today...Do Good Day! You we have all of these special days…Mother’s Day…Father’s Day…Memorial Day…Veteran’s Day…Hump Day (middle day of the week)…and many more. We need…the world needs another day so I declare today…DO GOOD DAY.
The Psalmist tells us, ” Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Let me give you some ideas for observing DO GOOD DAY!
Your elderly neighbor’s yard may be overgrown. Why not mow her yard, trim her hedges, and trim all around the yard.
You may know someone who can’t get to the grocery store. Why not offer them a ride and then after the shopping’s over have lunch with them at their favorite restaurant.
Men your wife may have that project she has wanted you to do for months…hmmmm…sounds like an idea.
On this DO GOOD Day intentionally find someone you can help in the name of Jesus and because you trust God. Doing good for others shines the light of the hope of God’s great love.
Lord, show me someway I can do good for today and help me show forth Your love in a powerful way…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!
THE WORD FOR TODAY
Psalm 34-36 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Psalm 34: 1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
I begin everyday of my life with a “to do” list. I used to call it my “get r dun” list but not anymore. My “to do” list keeps me busy. But there is one activity I need to add to my list for every single day I am blessed to breathe. I need to add, “I will bless the LORD at all times today,” to my list.
The Psalmist’s simple but powerful declaration, “I will bless the LORD at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” gives you and me something for which to strive today.
We should desire to “bless the LORD at all times” because HE BLESSES us with some many incredible blessings. There isn’t a day I don’t see and feel and touch a blessing from God.
We should desire to “bless the LORD at all times” because HE LOVES us so much that HE gave His only Son for our sins. His LOVE secured our forgiveness and cleansing.
We should desire to “bless the LORD at all times” because HIS ETERNITY is our promise. God has prepared a beautiful place for all who trust HIM. We know that place to be heaven. I pray that you have trusted Christ who is the way to heaven.
We should desire to “bless the LORD at all times” because HIS SALVATION is sure. I have no doubts…zero doubts about the Salvation He has secured for me.
We should desire to “bless the LORD at all times” because HIS SON paid the price for sin that we could never pay. He paid the debt we couldn’t afford and I BLESS HIS Name.
Will you bless the LORD with me today?
Lord, You are good and Your mercy endureth forever…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!
THE WORD FOR TODAY
Psalm 31-33 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Psalm 32:3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.
When a criminal is arrested they are read their rights. Part of them says, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…” Not a very good incentive to speak up!
There is a time to be silent and there is a time to speak up.
Just ask King David, the author of Psalm 32. The whole of the Psalm 32 is related to him and his sin. Notice what he said, “When I kept silent, my bones grew old, through my groaning all day long.” The King James says, “My bones waxed old.” He didn’t want to talk about his sin. He didn’t want to confess them. He didn’t want to admit that he had done terrible things. He wanted to avoid the shame that facing his sin would certainly cause. He played the avoidance game hoping that with avoiding it, the sin would just go away. But it didn’t…
You have heard it said, “Confession is good for the soul.” Well it is. We can’t keep silent about our sin…especially with God. He already knows the sin. He is aware of every step we have take and every word we have spoken. He knows the “REAL” motivation behind everything we say and do. Confession…agreeing with God about our sin…is good for us. It may be painful…it will be painful. But the healthiest thing we can do is to fall broken before HIM who knows our heart and pour our soul out to God.
Now is the time to confess to God our sins! Let me share with you a believer’s rights, “If we confess our sin HE (CHRIST) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Lord, forgive my sin in the Name of Jesus my Lord…You know my going in and my going out…You know my thoughts how they turn from You…You know the steps of my feet when they run from YOU…forgive me Lord…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!
THE WORD FOR TODAY
Psalm 28-30 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
I stood beside the grave of a dear friend, Pete Milam, just barely two weeks ago. I remember hearing taps and just feeling the grief shoot through my body. Even though I knew that Pete is in heaven I still grieve.
Losing people we love causes us to grieve.
The Psalmist knew something about pain and grief. He knew how to mourn…to hurt at the loss of people he loved. But he also knew something that helps us…God has a wonderful way of “turning our mourning into dancing” and “clothing us with gladness”. We may never dance the same way…in fact we won’t. We may dance better than we ever danced because of the gladness of heart from God. We might dance with a limp that reminds us that life is fragile and should be treated with utmost care.
Today you may be grieving the loss of a loved one. It may be the anniversary of their death. I pray that God will transform your mourning into dancing and that HE will cloth you with HIS gladness. Doesn’t mean the sadness and grief has disappeared but it does mean that “greater is HE that is in you” than the pain that is wrecking your soul.
Lord, turn our mourning into dancing and cloth us with YOUR gladness…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!