Month: July 2020
100 A Psalm for giving thanks.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
This short Psalm of five verses has sixteen direct references to God! Yes, this Psalm is about God and calls us to praise Him for who He is and for all that He does. By God’s grace we can enter into His presence and we are singing because of His great salvation to us. God made us; we are His people. Creation indicates both design and ownership. When we have the deep questions of life, we should take them to our Creator. When we have questions about where we belong, we should take them to our owner.
Entering into His gates speak of His city, the place where God lives, and we are called to enter it. Again, in our sin, according to Revelation 21:27, we cannot enter His city. Only by God’s grace and through faith in the work of Christ for us, can we ever enter into God’s gates, so we enter with thanksgiving and with praise. His name is worthy of all the praise and blessing we can bring.
All of this is because the Lord is good to us; His steadfast, undeserved, and unchangeable love never changes and never runs out. We are so very thankful that our Lord’s steadfast love towards us endures forever. (Husbands, this is the example of love we are called with which to love our wives. Yes, this is a high calling.) Even when we are unfaithful, our God is faithful to us. We have so many reasons to come into His courts with praise and with thanksgiving.
Take a moment to re-read this Psalm and to enjoy this meditation on God.
As our world continues to live in fear, we are drawn to greater faith in the God above the world. All of us, Christians and non-Christians alike, have been sown seeds of great fear. We have and are still hearing conflicting reports from week to week. Many people are ignoring the warnings and the sickness is on the rise in some places. We must look to our Lord and Savior, the one who alone is called by Isaiah: “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. No, I don’t want to get sick. Yes, I want to live above the fear. Let us edify one another in love. We need to hear from one another all that God is doing for us today. We are called to live above the fear.
Have a great day in the Lord,
Psalm 90:1 (HCSB)
1 Lord, You have been our refuge
in every generation. (from generation to generation)
Psalm 91:1–2 (HCSB)
1 The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My (source of) refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
By the grace of God, my parents have found their refuge in the Lord, Most High. By the grace of God, their parents found their refuge in the Lord, Most High. And as far as I know, even my parents, parents, parents, found their refuge in the Lord, Most High. These ancestors of mine date back to the mid 1800’s and would have been alive during the American Civil War. My grandparents were alive during WW I and WW II. My parents were alive during the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war. They all lived through outbreaks of diseases and viruses, plagues that took thousands of lives and crippled thousands more.
In meditation on Psalm 90:1 and 91:1 today, I had the wonderful realization that from generation to generation the Lord has been the refuge of our family. In the hours of their trials, diseases, wars, political crisis, and death, they found their place of safety in the protection of the Lord Most High.
Furthermore, in the same way that Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, my grandparents at least twice back are also currently with the Lord Jesus who was their refuge in life and their Savior for eternity.
What does God want from me? He wants me to hold on to the same promises in Psalm 90 and 91 that were read by my family for generations past and will be read for generations forward. God is the same and His refuge, His place of protection, is where we can dwell, where we can live every day of this life and forevermore.
God’s steadfast love never changes, and His mercies endure forever. Great is His faithfulness both to our generations past, present, and future.
So far, my dad and mom are at peace. There are some moving issues that are being worked out but in talking to them, they are at peace. Thank you all for your prayers for them. Please continue to uphold them before the Lord. God is and has been their refuge for many years. He is not going to forsake them today.
As the US approaches July 4th, this could be the most unusual, strange, and even most violent Independence Day ever. Let’s join in prayer for our brothers and sisters in the US to know God’s protection and care in the days and weeks ahead.
Have a great day in the Lord,