Friday, April 29, 2016

We Walk With Him, In Life

"I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living." (Psalm 116: 9)

We are in the land of the living, because we have Jesus.

Because Jesus has us.

He is the Way, the Truth, and most importantly of all--the Life!

He is our Life, and we can take Jesus up on His promise, that He wants us to have life, and that more abundantly (JOhn 10: 10)

Where did anyone get the idea that our Lord and Savior wanted us to be miserable?

We walk in Him, in His Spirit, and we overcome the flesh (Galatians 5:16) because we have ceased from our own works (Hebrews 4: 10)

Let's enjoy His rest! Let us walk with the Lord Jesus, identifying with Him (1 John 4: 17) and abide in the Land of the Living!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jesus Delivers Us From All Evil

"For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling." (Psalm 116: 8)

Jesus delivers us from death.

He died for us and as us:

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" (1 Peter 3: 18)

and

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5: 8)

He knows about our tears, and our sorrows. He wants us to be free from this sadness:

"Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?" (Psalm 56: 8)

and

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:4)

He also will preserve us from falling, if we trust Him:

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

"24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand." (Pslalm 37: 23-24)

The promises which God the Father gave to His Son -- they now apply to us, too!

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand." (Psalm 91: 12)

Jesus takes us from death to life, wipes away our tears, and keeps us from falling!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We Can Rest, Because Jesus Has Taken Care of Us

"7Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee." (Psalm 116: 7)

I have learned a great deal about the rest that we receive in Christ Jesus:

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6: 29)

and

"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." (Hebrews 4: 11)

Now, most people struggle with resting in God's grace.

I used to think that I had to rest in order for God to work in my life.

The truth is -- He has "dealt bountifully with" us!

We can rest, because He has already been at work!

Jesus is our rest.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11: 28)

Through Jesus, our Daddy God has blessed us indeed:

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 32)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

He Does Not Bring Us Down, He Lifts Us Up

"The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me." (Psalm 116: 6)

God is in the business of protecting us, preserving us from trouble, from pain, and from other hardships.

In the Old Testament, some of the saints, and the Psalmist, declare that God is out to get them, or out to bring them down.

No!

God sent His Only Son, that  if we believe on Him, we are taken from our death to His life.

Jesus is in the saving business!

Now, what does it mean to be "simple"?

One without wisdom, without knowledge, and its first mention appears in this verse:

"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." (Psalm 19: 7)

Notice that we do not make ourselves wise, He does.

Notice that we cannot take ourselves out of our naivete. He does!

Most importantly, though, he does not bring us down.

"I was brought low."

God did not bring the Psalmist down low.

Yet He helps us!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jesus: Gracious and Righteous

"Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful." (Psalm 116: 5)

Notice that "Gracious" is the first description of the LORD in this passage.

He is gracious, full of favor for all of man.

His commandment to the first man and the first woman?

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:" (Genesis 2: 16)

Freely -- freely!

God is all about giving!

When will we stop struggling with this truth and start believing Him?!

He is gracious. That is the first revelation we have of Jesus when He came to ththe world:

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:4-5)

and then

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (JOhn 1: 14)

and also

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1: 17)

Jesus is all about grace.

He died for us when we did not deserve anything but death.

Grace -- we get what we do not deserve.

Through Jesus, we are made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5: 21) and He is now our righteousness (1 Corinthians 1: 30)

Keep receiving these gifts. Possess your possessions of His abundance of righteousness and His gift o grace! (Romans 5: 17)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jesus Our Deliverer

"The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

4Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul." (Psalm 116: 3-4)

Let us never forget that death is no longer an enemy which we fear.

Jesus died for us and as us, that we may receive His Life!

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." (Hebrews 2: 9)

He tasted death that we may drink in His Life!

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14)

Jesus is the saving business.

He is our Savior, not just from death to life, but in every hardship that we face in our lives.

If He delivers up His Son for us, we should trust Him to deliver all other things to us as needed:

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 32)

God is in the delivery business.

He delivers us from harm and delivers to us every good and perfect gift (James 1: 17) through His beloved Son Jesus!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

He Listens to Us, Even Before We Call

"2Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live." (Psalm 116: 2)

The theme of Year 2016: Take God for all He is worth, Possess Your Possessions.

God is in the giving business.

He is the first, foremost, and forever donor in our lives.

In fact, He is our life:

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3: 4)

We have nothing of ourselves.

So, let us not think that we are alone in this world.

We can call on Him, and we can trust that He is hearing us, that He heeds our hurts and concerns.

The Israelites in bondage to Pharoah did not even mention the Name of the LORD.

They simply groaned, and that was enough for God to remember His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:

"And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them." (Exodus 2: 23-25)

He was listening. All He needed to hear was the groanings of the Israelites that they would stop relying on their own strength, their own efforts.

He is already listening.

Call on Him!