Psalm 28:1-2

I was having a hard time finding what I wanted to say to everyone today. I wanted to go in order (from Psalm 1 – 150), but I was struggling with finding a couple of verses for today. I found one I liked, but I didn’t love the way my “message” would have ended. Then I found exactly what I need to say today. (Thanks, Jesus!)

Psalm 28:1-2: 1 LORD, I call to You; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If You remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit. 2 Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Probably most everyone has been in this position before, at some point, at some time in their life. This is not that uncommon. You hear it all the time. “Well, I prayed, but God didn’t answer me.I might as well give up/quit asking/not worry about it. God must not care” or “God can’t hear my prayers,” or my favorite, which I have heard people say, “God’s just taking too long.”

Wow, what harsh immature, and especially ignorant statements. People who say these things are ignorant. Now, I am not calling them names. I am simply stating that they do not know or understand God fully. Now, again, I am not talking about David who first wrote this. He was asking God not to forget him, and to answer him when he called. He was not saying, “God can’t hear my prayers”.

If you pray and ask God for something, and then don’t believe it to be true or able to become into reality, then of course it wont. That would be like a child asking their mother for a pop tart. That kid knows, that she knows, that she knows, that she knows.. Mom’s going to get me a pop tart. We have to have faith like this. We have to know that God is listening, and God does love us.

Jon Foreman wrote a song called Your Love is Strong. There is one line that makes me tingle when I hear it, he says, “Two things You told me..that You are strong, and you love me.” Wow. That is so true. God is so strong. He is the strongest. (I don’t compare God’s strength with anything because its no competition.) And, boy (sorry, Wesley’s been watchin a lot of Andy Griffeth), does He love us.

My favorite part about this morning, is when God showed me what made me choose these verses. Psalm 30. Verses 1-2. I’m not sure if these are in order of when David wrote them, (but that makes sense). Wow.

I’ll end this with the verse.

Psalm 30:1 : 1 I will exalt You, LORD, because you have lifted me up and have not allowed my enemies to triumph over me. 2 LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and You healed me.

Psalm 28:7

7 the LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song.

I am really not sure what I want to say. I keep typing and erasing what I’ve typed. I do not know what God wants me to know, or you to know from this verse. It is so beautiful. The part(s) that stand out to me most, is God being our strength and sheild.

I looked these words up…
Strength: mental power, moral power, courage
Sheild: something that protects
Trust: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, etc., of a person or thing: confidence

I’m a person who likes to look up stuff! But see how it helps? The Lord is our mental power, our moral power, our courage to make it through the day. He is also the thing that protects us mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually throughout the day.

Onto trust…Do you rely on His integrity? His strength? (My goodness) His ability? We should! That is something that we all need to work on. I know that I don’t always rely 100% on God to do the little things for me, when I should.

My church is going to Mexico in a week and a half. Keep us in your prayers. Pray that God will help us keep Him as our strength and song, and be able to show that to the people that we are going to minister to.

Psalm 27:13-14

13 I am certain that I will see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD: be courageous and let your heart be strong. Wait for the LORD.

I got this from somewhere… not really sure where… I’m just trying to give credit where credit is due: God doesn’t always say, “Don’t just stand there, do something!” Most of the time He’s saying, “Don’t just do something, stand there!”

I agree.

So many times we run off and try to do the Christian thing, when if we were to really stop and ask God what we needed to do, he would tell us to slow down and relax and wait on Him. We live in a fast paced world. First there was the pony express. You mail a letter, and 3 weeks later, they recieve it. Then we had the good ole’ postal service (which we still have). They can mail a letter from NYC to LA in like 2 days. Thats fast. But not compared to email. It gets there in seconds. If you check it regularly, thats great, but to be sure that person gets your message you can text. That is very instant, because 90% (actually probably more than that) have cell phones that we keep right by our sides. We live in an instant place. We like it that way. Fast food, fast cars, fast communication.

Be still and know that He is God. He doesn’t always respond to us as quickly as email. He’s not always going to answer us within a day. Wait on Him.

I think we have all rushed into things before in our lifetimes. Some people rush into buying a car, others rush into deciding on a major… Even worse, some rush into marriages. Wait on the Lord. He knows what’s best for you; He wants what is best for you. He loves you so much. He knows the plans He’s made for you, and He wants you to acheive those plans. Sometimes you have to wait.

Patience is a virtue. Not many people have it, that is for sure. Even those who do tend to lose it now and again. We need to all show a little patience, not just with people, especially with people, and especially with God. He know what’s best.

Wait on the Lord. He will come.

Psalm 27: 4

Psalm 27:4 says, “I have asked one thing of the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking Him in His temple.”

Wow at my options here. I could talk about how this could be literal, and say that David wanted to live at church. I could take a figurative aproach and say that David is talking about the afterlife and the “house of the LORD” is heaven and David is just making sure he will be there. I could also say, figuratively, that David is saying He wants God to be with Him at every moment; that David wants God to dwell with him. I could say all these things, but I would be uncertain. I don’t know for sure if David is using a metaphor or not.

I do know that David was a “man after God’s own heart,” and I know that when David screwed up, he did it big.

I do know that David longed for God. He yurned for God. He wanted to see God, to touch God, to hear God, feel His presence, understand Him, know Him more and more, become so close to God it were as if they were one thing.

I also know that I do not seek God like that. I read my bible in the moring, and I listen to Christian music only, and I’ve given up TV and movies, and I am married to a preacher, and I sing in the praise band at church, and I havent missed more than one Sunday of church since I was 9, I keep the nursery every Wednesday night, and I pray before every meal even in public. Some would say that it seems as though I follow after God pretty closely.

I know my heart.

God knows my heart.

I do love God with all that I am. He really is my everything. But I also know that, my list of things, (number 1) is all listed. That is all I do for God. It may sound like a lot, but there is ay more stuff I do more than stuff for God. And (number 2) there are probably 100 things I should add to that list, like witnessing to everyone I meet, praying for people on the spot, going door to door, etc.

I do not chase after God. I should. I normally point the finger in these little devotions, (you should… we shouldn’t…), and you should be chasing after God like David as well, but this mornings message was very much for me.

Pray for me, and I will be praying for all of you.

Psalm 25: 16-18, 20

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted. 17 The distress of my heart increase; bring me out of my sufferings. 18 Consider my affliction and trouble, and take away all my sins. 20 Guard me and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You.

The subtitle to Psalm 25 is dependence on the Lord. I wonder how many times when struggles hit do we run to God? How many times do we run to ourselves, doctors, best friends, husbands, wives? You get my point there.

Last Monday we had a Cinco de Mayo party. After everyone had left, we looked around and couldn’t find Hunny, my chihuahua. It was dark outside and it was not like her at all to be gone this late. I called her from the back porch…nothing. I called her from the front porch…nothing. Wes and I walked up and down the driveway…nothing. We came inside and Wes remembered he needed to clean out his spray gun. I went with him and was calling for Hunny, then I stopped and prayed, “God…bring my puppy back…” before I could continue Wes said, “Well, there she is.” I shout, “Thank you, Jesus!”

I say all that to say…no matter the problem, no matter big or small, like a test, losing your dog for a couple of hours, getting talked about at school, debating divorce, cancer – whatever it is, if it is importat to you, it is just as important to God. Include Him in your little struggles and your big ones as well.

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