19th in a series.
Today’s Psalms are 19, 49, 79, 109 and 139.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
1. Psalm 19:1 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God…” The created worlds speak clearly of their Designer. The information revealed through nature “pours forth” day and night. No shortage of evidence of the Creator. But as we saw on day 14, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” (Psalm 14:1) Pray for someone who believes there is no god. Pray for eyes to see and ears to hear. Pray for him to release the bitterness that keeps his eyes blind to God. Pray that when she hears God’s voice today, she will not harden her heart. (Psalm 95:7,8)
2. Psalm 19:7-11 “They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold.” Gold does not compare to the value of God’s words revealed to us. Why? Listen to a song (1) about these verses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-1tGZFgN3g The words of the Lord are perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, enduring, true and righteous. Pray into these words.
3. Psalm 49:7 The insufficiency of wealth. “…for the redemption of his soul is costly….that he should live on eternally, that he should not undergo decay.” Imagine a man standing before the Judge to make a case for why he should live eternally in paradise. What argument will prove him righteous in that court? He struggles to explain his many wayward deeds, impure heart, and general neglect of God. “Though while he lives he congratulates himself…,” he “…will never see the light.” (v18,19). Pray for those who are lost and far from God.
4. Psalm 49:15 “But God will redeem my soul…” As the sinner ponders the just sentence to come from the Judge, suddenly there rushed into the courtroom an advocate who said, “Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom…” (emphasis added, Job 33: 24) Jesus Christ gave “…His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) Praise God for this gift above all other gifts. Pray for your unbelieving friends to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and faith to receive this gift today. THERE IS NO OTHER RANSOM. (John 14:6)
5. Psalm 79:8 “Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us…” Pray for our nation to avert the judgment deserved for our sins. “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled…” (Daniel confessed sins on behalf of himself and his people, Daniel 9:4,5). We the Church have been proud and self-righteous; we must humble ourselves and confess our sins for the nation.(2) Perhaps God will forgive our nation of our many and monstrous crimes against heaven. Lord, assist us to cry out for mercy.
6. Psalm 79:13 “So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever.” We can give thanks forever only if we live forever. We will live forever for the purpose of giving thanks. It will never grow stale. “To all generations we will tell of Your praise.” Can we even begin to imagine the eternally new wonders of His grace?
7. Psalm 109:1 “O God of my praise, do not be silent!” Consider the relationship words: “God of my praise,” or “God whom I praise.” In Jesus Christ, “…you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” Cry out for His help as a child would ask her dad.
8. Psalm 109:27 “And let them know that this is Your hand; You, O Lord, have done it.” Pray for help with the confidence that God not only loves you but intends to demonstrate His glory in your life. He sometimes does this by placing His beloved child in a seemingly impossible situation. He will deliver. Pray the glory of God in your trials and tests today.
9. Psalm 139:1-6 You know me. I cannot fake it with You. “You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.” (v6) Meditate on this truth, that God has laid His hand on you. He has touched you to calm, to heal, and to call you. I was reading a story today about a man, Russell Moore, and his wife who adopted two Russian boys. After they arrived at the “little mining community near the Black Sea, the couple noticed how the orphanage was quiet despite being filled with children.” When they asked about this, an orphanage worker explained “…that the orphans do not have someone to answer their cries, so they eventually stop crying. Every day for 10 days the Moores visited the boys. Each day the boys stayed silent when the Moores walked in and silent when they departed. On the last day of their visit, Moore laid his hands on the boy’s heads. ‘I will not leave you as orphans,’ he prayed aloud. ‘I will come back to you.’ As the couple walked out of the room, one of the boys began crying. ‘That was the most beautiful sound I ever heard,’ Moore recalls. ‘He knew he had parents. He knew someone was going to hear him.'” (3) We cry to God as members of His family.
10. Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart…”
(1) I learned this song in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Bowling Green State University, in 1974. The song is by Joanne Roberts Graham
(2) The Church in America is not somehow exempt from the need to repent. We must confess our self-confidence, our use of wealth and our pride. I am not thinking here of the apostate Church with it’s clear forsaking of the Word of God. Jesus will deal with them We, the Bible-believing Church is worldly, and I include myself. We tolerate certain sins, but condemn other sins. This inconsistency should not be. We must confess our own sins, not just call on the nation to confess their sins. We must take the first step. Our half-hearted devotion and lukewarm hearts are the place to start. If America is to have a revival, it will begin in the Church.
(3) “Russian Rescue,” by Edward Lee Pitts; page 44, World Magazine, December 28, 2013.
Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible, 1995, The Lockman Foundation.