Truth Tuesday – Where Is Your Dwelling Place?

Through out the Psalms, David would often refer to God as his fortress, refuge and strength.   In David’s world, the fortress was often walled off from the rest of the city, and was supplied with food, water and ammunition where people could be protected and defend the city.  David knew he didn’t need to fear anything because he had found God to be a fortress stronger than any attack he would ever face.

We all have our own fortresses we run to when we face difficult circumstances.  Our fortresses can be people or things, which we think will protect us, bring us happiness or take our minds off our problems.  These people and things are not always bad or wrong for us, but we must be careful to not make them our “go-to” priority for comfort and neglect trusting God, our true Fortress, Defender and Protector.  He is the only One who is stronger than any attack we will ever face and will faithfully provide us with direction and strength to go through the attack.

Take a moment today to read Psalm 91 and reflect on the goodness and power of God that is promised to us when we dwell (stay) and abide (live and rest) in His presence.

Psalm 91 New Living Translation (NLT)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

Have a grace full week dwelling in shelter of the Lord ~

 

Truth Tuesday – How Long, O Lord?

Have you ever asked God how long?  Or felt the raw emotions of feeling as if God had forgotten you?  In Psalm 13 David ask God that same question and also felt abandoned by God.  In despondency, David fell on his face, pouring out his heart to God.  As he did, he determined to trust God and the covenant of His unfailing love.  In the midst of the struggle with no end in sight, David meditated on God’s goodness and grace.  Through reflecting on God’s character and past dealings with him, David journeyed from crying to confidence, from despair to dependence to delight.

The next time you feel that the waiting is too long, you can do what David did:

  1. Call out to God and voice your concerns.
  2. Reflect on God’s character, trusting and rejoicing in His covenant of loyal love and His salvation gift for you.
  3. Sing a song of praise to the Lord, remembering all the times that God has been good to you.

Psalm 13

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

Have a grace full week waiting on the Lord ~

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – Being Completely Satisfied

All too easily and quickly, we look to people – our spouse, kids, family, friends, bosses, boyfriends, teachers and mentors –  for their approval and affirmation. We may even find ourselves looking for recognition in our possessions or position.  Do you ever catch yourself thinking, “if only I had or could…..then I’d be fulfilled.”  I know I have. But I have found that no matter how much I do or get, it’s never enough to fill me up and make me feel satisfied.  And it’s not suppose to!  Why?  Because the empty places in our hearts were created to be filled by God alone.  The deepest thirst of our souls can only be quenched by Him.  We will only have this thirst satisfied as we read His Word, meditate on the Word, pray, and spend time with Him, desiring to know Him more and more.  As we do this, we will come to know that His love for us is better than life itself….and be completely satisfied.

Spend some time today reading this passage  ~

Psalm 63

O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,
    meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your strong right hand holds me securely.

Have a grace full week longing for and earnestly seeking God…and sing for joy!

Truth Tuesday – God Wrote the Story of Your Life

Perhaps you have recently been caught off guard by something….a medical diagnosis, a change in a relationship status,  a loss of job, a pay cut, a loss of a dear family member, a friend that greatly wounded you.  It is during these times that we should remind ourselves of the truth that God is never blindsided or surprised by anything that happens to us because He wrote the story of each one of our lives.

God is well-aware of each and every “caught off guard moment”, and because he has already gone before us, he has also made a way for us to get through it.  As we travel these steps, following in his wake, we can be confident God will also walk beside us in the present and guard us from behind.  Truly, God knows us like the back of his hand, and we can rest and trust in the truth that his powerful presence hems us in on all sides Continue reading “Truth Tuesday – God Wrote the Story of Your Life” »

Truth Tuesday – Unshakable Focus

Are there days when your focus is more on your difficulties… your fears… your worries?  There is a Psalm that I have come to love when I need to be reminded where my focus must be.

Psalm 16. 

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

In this Psalm, David doesn’t focus on the situation from which he needs refuge, or that which threatens to shake him.  Rather, David celebrates God’s help in difficult times and His presence that keeps him safe and makes him joyful.

Take a look at verse 8.  It says, “I have set the Lord always before me.”    I am reminded here that not only did David know that God was always with him, but he chose to intentionally live out this truth.  Leaning on Him.  Trusting Him.  Talking to Him.  Surrendering to Him.  Instead of living in a way that believed God is distant…instead of focusing on the problems and challenges he faced, David chose to live in the light of the truth of God’s persistent presence.  As a result, David proclaimed that he was not shaken and had found joy!

Like the Psalmist, you too can choose to live in the light of the truth that God’s presence is always with you.  When you live this out, you will not be shaken  by the inevitable disappointments and detours of life.  You will stand firm in the midst of suffering or opposition.  You will find strength to press on in service to God as you live for His kingdom in this world.  You will find fullness of joy!

Wishing you a unshakable grace full week as you find joy in His presence ~

Truth Tuesday – The Lord is Good

Rather than being bogged down by our concerns today, perhaps what we really need is to think about how good and great God is.  When we remember His greatness, righteousness, patience with us, nearness, steadfast love, splendor, abundant goodness to us, wondrous works and awesome deeds our hearts and minds can trust and rest.

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Truth Tuesday – Focus On God’s Promises

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

This verse was written to the Israelites who had been taken captive and exiled to a land where they would live for the next 70 years. Although the Israelites were not where they would have expected, nor where they would have asked God to place them, God promised them that they were not forgotten and He still had a plan for their lives.  Even in the midst of their difficult situation, God gave them an assignment to settle down where He had placed them and be a blessing. (Jeremiah 29:5-7) As they waited on God and obeyed His instructions, they were to find their hope and strength in these promises:

  • God has not forgotten you.
  • God has good plans for you.

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Truth Tuesday – Oh How He Loves Us!

Every now and then I think it does our hearts good to be reminded of God’s love for us.  His love is not based on our  performances, beauty, positions or abilities.  It’s not based on what we have done or should have done.  The truth is….God will never love us more or less…no matter what.  His love is complete and we are the object of His heart’s affection.

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Truth Tuesday – Let the Enemy Know Not Today!

Are you struggling with fear in any area of your life right now?  Perhaps there is a relationship that is causing you anxiety.  Or a difficult circumstance where there seems to be no solution.  Can I just speak honestly to your heart right now?  Satan wants you to be afraid.  While you are distracted with fear, the enemy is pickpocketing your purpose, crippling your courage, dismantling your dreams and blinding you to the beauty of God’s great plans.  Bu you don’t have to live in that place of fear.  You can stop right now and speak the name of Jesus.  Proclaiming His name brings power, protection and perspective that CRUSHES fear.  It is the name above every other name.

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Truth Tuesday – Are Your Words Gracious and Salty?

Words can make or break every relationship that we have.  Our words will either draw people to us, or they will push people away.  Words, written or spoken, carry great weight in our lives.

In today’s verse, God is encouraging us to let our words, “always be gracious and seasoned with salt”.   Let’s consider what salt does and then make some spiritual applications so that we can live out being gracious in our conversations.

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