Delighting In Dependance

PSALMS 16
A CRY FOR PROTECTION V.1-2 Preserve me,
TO THE ONLY ALMIGHTY        O God:
TO THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE  for in you do I

put my trust.
WHO KEEPS ALL HIS PROMISES

O my soul, you have said unto the LORD,
WHO CONTROLS ALL THE POSSIBILITIES
You are my Lord:
WHO ALONE IS MY PROFICIENCY

my goodness extends not to you;
(without you nothing makes sense)
A CONTENTMENT FOR THE PRIVILEGED V.3
THEY ARE SEPARATE But to the saints that

are in the earth,
THEY ARE SPECIAL     and to the excellent,
THEY ARE SATISFYING

in whom is all my delight.
A COLLAPSE FOR PRETENSE V.4-5
THEY ARE TRAUMATIZED

Their sorrows shall be multiplied
THEY ARE TREACHEROUS

that hasten after another god:
THEY ARE DESERTED

their drink offerings of blood will I not offer
THEY ARE DISCARDED

nor take up their names into my lips.
A CELEBRATION FOR OUR PROSPERITY V.6-8
THE LORD IS MY REWARD The LORD

is the portion of my inheritance
THE LORD IS MY REFRESHMENT

and of my cup
THE LORD IS MY RELIEF You maintain my lot.
THE LORD IS MY REAL ESTATE

The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places
THE LORD IS MY RICHES

I have a goodly heritage.
THE LORD IS MY RESOLUTION

I will bless the LORD,
THE LORD IS MY RESOURCE

who has given me counsel:
THE LORD IS MY REFLECTION

my reins also instruct me in the night season
THE LORD IS MY REMEMBRANCE

I have set the LORD always before me:
THE LORD KEEPS ME FROM BEING RATTLED

because he is at my right hand,

I shall not be moved
A CALCULATION OF MY POSSESSIONS V.9-11
I HAVE PLEASURE IN MY INNER FEELINGS

Therefore my heart is glad,
I PROJECT PLEASURE IN MY EXPRESSIONS

and my glory rejoices
MY ENTIRE BEING IS AT PEACE

my flesh also shall rest in hope
BECAUSE I WILL BE RESURRECTED

For you will not leave my soul in hell
BECAUSE I WILL BE RESTORED

neither will you suffer your

Holy One to see corruption
BECAUSE I WILL BE REVIVED

You will show me the path of life:
BECAUSE I WILL BE REJUVENATED

in your presence is fulness of joy;

BECAUSE I WILL BE RELAXED

at you right hand there are

pleasures for evermore.

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The Boldness of Standing

                          PSALMS 15

THE CONCENTRATION OF THE WORSHIPER            LORD,

THE COMPANIONSHIP OF GOD’S PRESENCE 

                                                                        who shall abide in thy tabernacle? 

THE COMFORT OF GOD’S PERFECTION  who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 

THE CHARACTER OF THE WORSHIPER

     HIS DIRECTION IS COMPLETE               He that walks uprightly,

     HIS DEVOTION IS CORRECT                   and works righteousness,

     HIS DECLARATION IS COURAGEOUS  and speaks the truth in his heart.

     HIS DECISIONS ARE COURTEOUS

         SLANDER IS AVOIDED                 He that backbites not with his tongue

         ACCUSATION IS AVERTED         nor does evil to his neighbor,

        ALLEGATION IS EVADED  

                                                         nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor

THE CLARITY OF THE WORSHIPER

    HIS DETERMINATIONS ARE CONSIDERATE

      REPRIMANDING PERVERSION 

                                                         In whose eyes a vile person is contemned

      REVERENT IN PURITY        but he honors them that fear the LORD.

      RESILIENT IN RIDICULE    He that swears to his own hurt,

      RIGID IN DISDAIN               and changes not.

  HIS DESIGNS ARE TRUE GAIN

     CORRECT INVESTMENTS    He that puts not out his money to usury,

     CONSISTENT INVOLVEMENT

        EXPOSES TRUTH TWISTING   nor takes reward against the innocent.

        EXONERATES TOTAL INFLEXIBILITY

                                                  He that does these things shall never be moved

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1. A DECISIVE PERSON Revelation 1:1 Part 1

1. A DECISIVE PERSON Revelation 1:1-3 Part 1

A Sovereign Encounter V.1

The Subject His Unveiling        The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Source His Undertaking   which God gave unto him,

The Show His Utterance         to show unto his servants things

The Specifics He’s Unshakable which must shortly come to pass 

The Sign His Unassuming         and he sent and signified it

The Servant His Unction         by His angel unto his servant John:

A SOVEREIGN ENCOUNTER V.1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things, which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by His angel unto his servant John:

Dan. 2:28-29 There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be  

THE SUBJECT HIS UNVEILING         The Revelation of Jesus Christ

It’s suspenseful to uncover something new, especially when it’s so gripping and dynamic.  I don’t know where I came up with the impression that Jesus is slow.  Maybe it’s my impatience and intolerance.  I feel immature and edgy about what is around the next bend in life.  Real faith is to step ahead in the confidence of the love and the reality of God’s presence.  It is a relying recognition that Jesus is really in charge of everything.  This is what we have uncovered so masterfully in Revelation and it is an incredible unveiling.

John has a sovereign encounter with Christ enthroned and ruling.  He gathers all the loose threads of the Bible together and in the power of the Spirit lifts us in Revelation to have the same sovereign confrontation.

To see Christ on the Throne exalted and dictating every event appears difficult when we look around at the present condition of things.  We hear nothing but a stir of the constant media.  They describe everything in ugly implications and tinged insinuations.  All appears as unharnessed confusion.  We want to demand quick results and clear solutions for our immediate perception.

Christ is mentioned on the throne 45 times in Revelation.  MSN, Fox and local news don’t inform us that Jesus is walking among the Churches and even knocking on their doors, attempting to get in our company to share His heart with us.

CNN doesn’t mention that the Lord Jesus is on the move behind the scenes of all occurrences with a purpose and plan in every happening.  We can only see Him in His expanding agenda in each current event through the blessing of Revelation.

Here is a Revelation of Jesus, exalted and in control of all incidents.  We know the Bible is about Jesus Christ, but when He came in His First Coming, as a man, it was in humility.  He was self-effacing and non-demanding.  He was mocked, rejected by most, and killed as a criminal and fraud to religion.

But now in Revelation we see Jesus raised, ascended and exalted.  He is relevant as the Head of His Church and involved in the scrutiny of every detail.  He’s going to return in a Second Coming. Every vision and description of Him in Revelation is significant of His majesty, power, and glory.

Has Jesus been unveiled and uncovered to us?  Do we see Him more clearly and are we exposing our self to Him.  Maybe that is what really discloses Christ to us is for us not to hide our selves.  He is seeking us out in Revelation and asking us to step into His light.

THE SOURCE HIS UNDERTAKING      which God gave unto him,

God is the great giver, but all that He provides is not always recognized.  He shows us in Revelation.  He gives His tactics and a strategy to His own and clarifies warnings for those that reject Him.

When Daniel wrote, he was to “shut up the words, and seal the book” Dan. 12:4; John was given opposite instructions: “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book” Rev. 22:10.  This vision will be unsealed as we let His hands open the book to us and we release our hearts to Him?  John says “if we walk in the light as He is in the light” or live with our lives open to let Christ reveal Him self to us.  This will cause us to be closer to each other as we are living in the intimate presence of Jesus.  If we hide from Christ we become ambiguous in our relationships, living in an illusion of artificial misconceptions.

THE SHOW HIS UTTERANCE   to show unto his servants things

We’re inclined to want our own things and those things are not especially the things of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah writes there are things no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and the heart of man hasn’t imagined, and it’s what God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Cor. 2:10 magnifies, these things, God has revealed (his things) to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.

The only things that satisfy we hear described in what the men sought when they came to the disciples in John 12:21 and said, “we would see Jesus” There is no greater passion then to see Christ and have a deep bonding with Him.  Jesus says that the hour is coming when the Son of Man is to be glorified.  That hour is now for  Christ to be glorified and magnified in our lives.  He says that it’s by a seed being buried in the dirt in death that meaningful fruit is produced.  That sounds drastic, desperate and severe and it is.  Being self-protective is destructive.  The person that loves his life in this world is rejecting of Jesus and will end up destroyed.  The person who forgets and literally hates His life in this world finds real life in Jesus.

J.I. Packer writes “weakness is a state of inadequacy, or insufficiency…There is physical weakness, which keeps us from excelling in sports; there is weak health, which makes us vulnerable to all sorts of diseases; weak capacity limits us as employees, business people, and entrepreneurs; weakness of memory keeps us from becoming top-notch teachers or managers; weakness of character unfits us to be leaders, parents, trainers, team captains, and perhaps team members too; and so on.

But weakness is the way to life with Christ as our strength.”

To see Jesus we open our inadequacy and weakness as sinners to Him and He pours in His grace that allows us to be all He wants us to become in Him.

THE SPECIFICS HE’S UNSHAKABLE which must shortly come to pass 

The word “must” refers to the certainty of what’s happening and soon to happen, but “shortly come to pass” is a phrase of perspective.

There’s our perception of “shortly” and God’s angle on “shortly.”  We may feel that “shortly” means soon and abruptly but with God “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” 2 Peter 3:8

The reference of “shortly” scheduled is not a suggestion of when it will happen, but how it will happen.  The “how” is the events will happen rapidly with increasing catastrophe and tragic disaster.

We all would like to see certain things expedited.  To be able to climb up a steep hill without having to drop down to the lowest gear is a good feeling.  We want things accelerated and rushed.  We want to be on the fast track.

THE SIGN HIS UNASSUMING and he sent and signified it by his angel

THE SERVANT HIS UNCTION   unto his servant John: 

To signify means to declare, to make known and to make clear to show by signs.  His Angel is referred to here in the first verse and His Angel is mentioned the last chapter Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent my Angel.

Jesus Angel or messenger is His intermediary. W.W. Wiersbe writes: Sometimes Christ Himself conveyed information to John Rev. 1:10; sometimes it was an elder Rev. 7:13; and often it was an angel Rev. 17:1; 19:9–10.

Sometimes a “voice from heaven” told John what to say and do Rev. 10:4. The book came from God to John, no matter what the various means of communication were; God’s Spirit inspired it all.

The message of Revelation is made clear through the use of signs and symbols.  Revelation is a book of 348 symbols.  These aren’t random symbols with fanciful and novel explanations.  These are traceable images from the Old Testament.

A.G. Fruchtenbaum in his book The Footsteps of the Messiah writes: “While the Bible does use many symbols, it is consistent in its usage of symbols. A specific symbol will mean the same thing throughout the Old and New Testaments in the vast majority of cases”

The Book of Revelation has no direct quotations from the Old Testament, but it has about 550 references back to the Old Testament.

David Jeremiah writes: of these symbols, “some represent people. In the first chapter, Jesus is seen as a judge with a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth. Later, the Antichrist is presented as a beast; the great religious system is described as Babylon the Great.

Why is there so much symbolism in the Book of Revelation? To begin with, symbolism is not weakened by time. John was able to draw the great images in God’s revelation and write them into an exciting drama; symbols can stand the test of the years, without relating to one particular era or culture.

Symbols also impart values and arouse emotions. How much more graphic it is to speak of “beasts,” instead of “dictators.” There is more color in referring to “Babylon the Great” than the “world system.”

Symbols can be used as a secret code. Just as secret projects are given code names, so the prisoner of Patmos had a spiritual code, which was circulated to the churches.

The political climate of this period was not unlike that of the forties in Nazi Germany. A diabolically wicked leader, Domitian, believed in his own ability to rule his empire and establish himself with god-like powers.  He realized that these people who called themselves Christians had an allegiance to another God. Whereas Hitler annihilated the Jews, the emperor Domitian set out to abolish the influence of the followers of a man called Jesus.  Thousand’s of Christians were killed; others, like John, were imprisoned for their faith.

John wanted to encourage those believers, so he wrote letters to the churches, urging them to stand firm, not to waver in their faith. However, he had to disguise this message in such a way that the Roman authorities would not understand it. The Christians could decipher this secret code, but Domitian and his henchmen would be puzzled by it. It would be similar to POWs in our century tapping out codes on cell walls to encourage their fellow prisoners.

The first-century believers understood this symbolism, so it is equally vivid to Christians of every age. We can understand the symbolism in Revelation because each symbol is accompanied by its own interpretation. Throughout Scripture symbols occur as a vehicle for divine revelation, but Revelation contains more symbols than any other book in the Bible”, compiling from the entirety of the 65 books of God’s Word.

Symbols and figures of speech are not literal.  Psalms 23 informs us the Lord makes us to lie down in green pastures but not in a literal sense?  Literary figures of speech are styles of writing used to reveal a literal truth. David wrote of God riding on the wings of the wind coming in thick clouds of darkness in wrath Against David’s enemies.  This is poetic prophecy.

John didn’t make up the images. And we can’t interpret them using our own ingenuity. They’re carefully taken from the rest of the Bible.

Sensationalizing these symbols with strange associations is not anything but speculative fiction.  I’ve read a variety of speculative theories, which are a step above fortune telling craziness.  One writer predicted that lasers will be created that will melt modern weapons so that future warfare will be fought with stone age weapons with the only vehicles being horses.  Another wrote that when the calculator was devised that to own such a hand held devise was equal to taking the mark of the beast.  Another said the flying creature of Revelation with stings in their tails were a helicopter with intensely destructive weapons.  This makes for bazaar drama but lacks credible proofs.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORD JOHN 1:1‑18

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORD JOHN 1:1‑18

THE DEITY OF JESUS V.1-2
    THE CLARITY OF THE WORD V.1

       THE COMMENCEMENT OF TIME        In the beginning

           HE’S OMNIPOTENT

               HIS COVERAGE                                  was

               HIS CHARACTER                               the Word
        HE’S OMNIPRESENT

               HIS INDIVIDUALITY                        and the Word

               HIS INTIMACY                                    was with God
        HE’S OMNISCIENT                              

               HIS DISTINCTION                             and the Word

               HIS DEITY                                            was God
   THE CERTAINTY OF THE WORD V.2

      A CONFIDENCE                                          The same

          CONTINUITY                                           was in the beginning

     A CONVICTION                                            with God.

THE DESIGN OF JESUS V.3
    THE CREATIVITY OF THE WORD 
      HIS COMPREHENSIVENESS               all things
           ORIGINALITY                                       were made
      HIS CAPABILITY                                      by Him
           INDEPENDENCE                                 and without him

           INVENTIVENESS                                was not anything

           INNOVATION                                       made                      

           IMAGINATION                                    that was made.

THE DELIVERANCE OF JESUS V4-5

   HIS IDENTITY V.4-5
        THE LORD V.4                                      In Him
        THE LIFE                                                was Life and the Life
        THE LIGHT V.5                                    was the light of men

           CHRIST RADIATES                         and the light shines in the darkness
           CHRIST REFUSED                           and the darkness comprehended it not

  THE DECLARER OF JESUS V.6‑9

      HE WAS SENT V.6

          A MAN                                                    There was a man

          A MISSION                                           sent from God,

      HE WAS SPECIAL
          HIS INDIVIDUALITY                       whose name was John.

          HIS INTENT V.7

                TO PRESENT                                 The same came for a witness,

                TO PREACH                                    to bear witness of the Light,

                TO PERSUADE                              that all men through him might believe

           HIS IMPLICATIONS V.8                He was not that Light,

           HIS INFERENCE

                A COMMISSION                           but was sent

                A CHARGE                                      to bear witness of that Light.

            HIS INSTRUCTION V.9

                DISPLAY CHRIST’S

                      CHARACTER                          That was the true Light,                    

                      CALLING                                  which lights every man

                      COMING                                   that cometh into the world.

THE DECISIONS ABOUT JESUS V.10-13
     THE REFUSAL V.10-11

           INDEFENSIBLE

                HIS PRESENCE IS APPARENT   He was in the world,

                HIS POWER IS APPEALING        and the world was made by him,

                HIS PERSON IS AVOIDED           and the world

            IGNORANT                                             knew him not

            INSULTING

                 THE PRIVILEGES                           He came unto his own,

                 THE PROBLEMS                             and his own received him not. 

        THE RECEPTION V.12

              A POSSIBILITY                                   But as many as received him,

              A POWER                                              to them gave he power

              A POSITION                                         to become the sons of God,

              A PERSON                                            even to them that believe on his name
         THE RESULTS V.13

             A NEW BIRTH

                 NOT BY DESCENT                        Which were born, not of blood,

                 NOT BY DESIRE                             nor of the will of the flesh,

                 NOT BY DESIGN                            nor of the will of man,

                NEW BY DELIVERANCE             but of God. 

THE DESCRIPTION OF JESUS V.14-18

    HIS EMBODIMENT V.14

         ETERNAL EXISTENCE                        And the Word

         EVIDENT ENTRANCE

             THE MYSTERY                                   was made flesh,

             THE MANIFESTATION                   and dwelt among us,

             THE MAJESTY

                 HE IS UNDERSTANDABLE       and we beheld his glory,

                 HE IS UNIQUE                                the glory as of the only begotten

                 HE IS UNFATHOMABLE             of the Father,

                 HE IS UNLIMITED

                     IN LOVE                                         full of

                     IN LIFE                                          grace

                     IN LIGHT                                      and truth.

           EYEWITNESS EVIDENCE

              HIS IDENTITY V.15

                   HE IS AUTHENTICATED        John bare witness of him,

                   HE IS ACCLAIMED                   and cried, saying,

                   HE IS ADMITTED                     This was he of whom I spoke,

                   HE IS ADMIRED       He that cometh after me is preferred before me

                   HE IS ADORED          for he was before me. 

              HIS INDWELLING V.16

                    A FILLING                 And of his fullness

                    A FULFILLING         have all we received,

                    A FOUNTAIN             and grace for grace.

              HIS IMPROVING V.17

                    PERFORMANCE BASED

                        DEMANDING         For the law

                        DISTANT                  was given by Moses,

                    PROPORTIONALLY BALANCED

                        REFRESHING        but grace

                        REALISTIC              and truth

                        RELATIONAL         came by Jesus Christ.

                HIS IMPRESSION V.18

                      INVISIBILITY          No man hath seen God at any time;

                      INIMITABILITY     the only begotten Son,

                      INTIMACY                which is in the bosom of the Father,

                      ILLUMINATION     he hath declared him.

 

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PSALMS 88 THE GLOOMIEST PSALM

PSALMS 88 THE GLOOMIEST PSALM

THE PIT OF PROBLEMS V.1-8

  EMBRACING OUR DESPAIR V.1

     THE ENTRANCE TO RELEASE        O LORD God of my salvation,

THE EXPRESSION OF RELIANCE I have cried day & night before You

  EXPLAINING OUR DESIRE V.2

     LET Us PERCEIVE YOUR PERCEPTION Let my prayer come before You

LET US PENETRATE YOUR PRESENCE incline Your ear unto my cry

  EXPRESSING OUR DISTRESS V.3-6

     FEELING DOWN FROM LIFE’S TESTS V.3 For my soul is full of troubles

FEELING DONE FROM LIFE’S TESTS 

       CRYING FOR DEATH and my life draws near unto the grave.

CONSIDERED AS DEAD V.4

I am counted with them that go down into the pit:

DEVASTATED WITH DOUBTS I am as a man that hath no strength:

DEMORALIZED WITH DYSFUNCTION V.5

           DREARY Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave

DISCONNECTED

DISENCHANTED AND FORGOTTEN who You remember no more:

DISENGAGED AND FAILING FEELING TRAPPED IN A TOMB

DISILLUSIONED and they are cut off from Your hand.

DEPRESSED     You have laid me in the lowest pit,

DISCOURAGED V.6 in darkness,

DESPAIRING         in the deeps.

FEELING DAMNED BY LIFE’S TORMENTS v.7-8

     BOGGLED BY HIS WRATH V.7 Your wrath lies hard upon me,

BURIED BY HIS WAVES

                             and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.

BANISHED BY MY WORRIES V.8

        I FEEL DISTANT You have put away my acquaintance

I FEEL DISEASED far from me;

I FEEL DISABLED I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

THE PAIN OF PROBLEMS V.9-12

DEPLORABLE EMPTINESS V.9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction:

DISREGARDED EFFORTS LORD, I have called daily on You, I

                                    have stretched out my hands to You.

DISTURBING EVIDENCE

     DEAD PEOPLE DON’T RECORD YOUR AMAZING GRACE

Will You show wonders to the dead?

DEAD PEOPLE DON’T RESOUND YOUR ADORING GLORY  

will the dead arise and praise You? Selah.

DEAD PEOPLE DON’T REVEAL YOUR AWESOME GOOD

       TENDERNESS V.11  Shall Your loving kindness be declared in the grave?

TRUSTWORTHINESS

         DURING DESTRUCTION     in destruction?

DURING DARKNESS V.12 will Your wonders be known in the dark?

DURING DISILLUSIONMENT 

                                                   and Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

THE PERPLEXITY OF PAIN V.13-18

   CONSISTENT CRYING V.13 But to You have I cried, O LORD;

CONCERTED CRYING and in the morning will my prayer prevent You.

CONCENTRATED CRYING V.14-15

WHY DO YOU REJECT ME LORD, why cast You off my soul?

WHY DO YOU RUN FROM ME why hide Your face from me?

WHY DO YOU RUIN ME

WITH DEVASTATING AFFLICTION V.15

                                 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:

WITH DISTRACTING ANGUISH

while I suffer Your terrors I am distracted.

CONFUSING CONDITIONS V.16-18

     I FEEL LIKE A WRETCH V.16

       FILLED WITH TRAGEDY Your fierce wrath goes over me;

FILLED WITH TERROR   Your terrors have cut me off. 

I FEEL LIKE A WRECK V.17

       SWALLOWED WITH A DELUGE They came round about me daily like water

SURROUNDED WITH DISASTER they compassed me about together.

I FEEL LIKE A WASTE V.18

       DISREGARDED Lover and friend have You put far from me,

DEJECTED       and mine acquaintance into darkness.

 

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GRIEVED AND GRAPPLING PSALMS 102:3-11 BLINDED V.3

  1. GRIEVED AND GRAPPLING PSALMS 102:3-11

   BLINDED V.3 For my days are consumed like smoke,

What should we do if we feel like our life is a waste. We can get in a tangle of feeling meaningless and inconsequential. When we boil everything down, there comes this miserable sense, that even our expressions are pointless, hollow, irrelevant and futile.

Our days are consumed like smoke. The end result of a burned up item is there is nothing but smoke drifting up in the air. Smoke quickly disappears in an elusive flume. Smoke is a ghostly eerie puff of flurry, evaporating into nothing. Are we nothing but a combustible substance?

Satan is the stoker of this blaze. The end result is the sensation of rising into nowhere.

We are asked in Jas 4:14 for what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.

The question is what is our life? Is it nothing but a cloud of smoke? Others may ridicule what we say as just blowing smoke and worthless nonsense. But really, our words are our life, for it’s out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

When it is our life that is in question it is our value that is constantly challenged. Our life is very fragile in a number of ways.

There is our life according to its duration. How much time do we have left?

There is our life according to our distinctiveness. What are the characteristics of our life? What impressions do we leave others?

The other delicate aspect of our life is that the slightest decision can crumble our possibilities. What are our life decisions? The expression of the psalmist is that he feels wasted, useless, unsuccessful and out of it. This is looking at our life according to our personal determinations. Our determinations are our opinion of our life’s effectiveness. The Psalmist is expressing his despair and the vacuum that depression causes. When you add in the negative censor of others, we can end up feeling stifled and repressed. If we feel like smoke and we feel the additional weight of lacking positive influence for others, it adds to our discouragement. But really what is our life or what are we surrendering it too? Are we unattractive and are we yielding and giving way too feeling distasteful and unappealing?

OUR LIFE IS WHAT WE LOVE THE MOST.

Where our treasure is there will our heart (life) be also.

   We need to GIVE OUR LIFE TO THE LORD

Prov. 23:26 give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

We need to GIVE OUR LOYALTY TO THE LORD

Dt. 30:2 return to the LORD thy God, and obey his voice,

We need to GIVE OUR LOVE TO THE LORD

Dt. 6:5 love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all thy soul,

and with all thy might.

We need to GIVE OUR LONGING TO THE LORD

Psa. 119:2 seek him with the whole heart,

We need to GIVE OUR LIABILITY TO THE LORD

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

We need to GIVE OUR LOOK TO THE LORD

Jer.29:13 you will seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me

with all your heart.

We need to GIVE OUR LIVELINESS TO THE LORD

Rev.5:12 Worthy, is the Lamb that hath been slain, to receive

ALL OUR ENERGY                the power,

ALL OUR EARNING              and riches,

ALL OUR EXPERIENCE      and wisdom,

ALL OUR ENDOWMENT    and might,

ALL OUR ESTEEM                 and honor,

ALL OUR EXALTATION      and glory,

ALL OUR ENDORSEMENT and blessing.

Our value is enhanced when we give our life to the Lord and allow the life of Christ to be our life: Gal.2:20

OUR IDENTITY                 I am crucified with Christ:

OUR INDIVIDUALITY   nevertheless I live;

HIS INDWELLING       yet not I, but Christ lives in me:

HIS INVOLVEMENT   and the life which I now live in the flesh

HIS INSISTENCE         I live by the faith of the Son of God,

HIS INTIMACY             who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Ro 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

When our life is given to the Lord our life is not a waste. Self-deprecation or criticism from others is invalid. We are not smoke.

Rev. 8:3 and another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

Our smoke can be an enjoyable incense that is received by the Lord. Our emotions are not a waste. Our sacrifices are not a waste but an act of worship.

We may feel like:

Lam 3:18 my strength and my hope is perished from the LORD.

We can get haunted that our splendor is evaporated as a fading vaporous smoke. But in Jesus our labor is not in vain in the Lord. We can cry out:

Lam. 3:19 remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

Sure we can feel that the expressions of our life are nothing but disappearing smoke. We can sense that our smoke stings the eyes of those around us. But our evaluation could be a figment of our own imagination. We may be nurturing a hypersensitivity of defeated thought patterns.

We should raise our sights above, to the one who has the real worth. Don’t give in to the crass disarray of our groveling perceptions and spooky misgivings. Jesus is the solution to the battling in the shadows of our mind games. The Psalmist took his smoky feelings to God. This can renew the vigor away from uselessness to our value in Christ.

F.W. Faber wrote:

How wonderful, how beautiful the sight of Thee must be,

Thy endless wisdom, boundless power, and awful purity;

O how I fear thee, living God, with deepest, tender, fears,

and worship thee in trembling hope and penitential tears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BESTOW ACCELERATION TO MY CALL PSALMS 102:2B

  1. BESTOW ACCELERATION TO MY CALL PSALMS 102:2B

Incline Your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

Is asking God to cut us some slack in the timing issue a signal of impatience? Why do we start feeling edgy and intolerant when impending loss is imminent? Why does stress and exasperation gurgle inside of us with unnerving surges?

The pointed direction is: Redeem the time, because the days are evil.

Now that’s a novel concept. How do we add that to our shopping list? How do we buy time?

Dan 2:18 the king answered and said, I know of a certainty that you would gain the time, because you see the thing is gone from me.

The magicians we’re stalling because they didn’t have an answer for the king and they didn’t know how to solve his dream mystery. They we stalling for time. Daniel comes along and seizes the moment, (Redeems the time) He squeezed everything possible out of the opportunity. He makes this acquisition by crying out to the Lord. It is a simple request. He asks for insight for the situation. He is given the insight. In addition he gains a miraculous promotion and a timeless blessing. This is all accomplished by buying up the opportunity. God gives exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that we ask or think.

The alert is: Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. Eph.5:14

We can live like we’re dead to the spirit sphere. We can bang through life unaware of the light He has for us. We can just be in a fog, missing the spiritual options in each situation. The answers are obtainable; we have to buy up the opportunities, to get at them. Prayer really isn’t that baffling. I confess I miss great bargains constantly. We have to be aggressively opportunistic. The prayer method is a simple one-word phrase. No lengthy piece of poetry really. We just need to say “HELP!” The privileges are present and now. God’s prospects surround us.

Eph. 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Circumspectly, we don’t hear that everyday. We are to be attentive. Awake to where we are and where we place each step. We have to get alert and aware, conscientious to how we use each moment. It is being meticulous, painstaking and careful with our time.

Incline Your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 

Or in other words pleading with God to please help, please open our eyes, I’m dumb, so please hold my hand. I’m weak so please hold me up.

We are asking God to hear us and run toward us in our every need. He is asking the same of us. He is prompting us by the alarm clock of jarring circumstances. He is telling us to wake up and rise to Him by asking Him and keep on asking Him over and over.

Prayer is the time exposure of our soul to God. This is the process of the image of God being formed on our soul through the proper use of time. We need to redeem the time. We are living in an age of instantaneous digital photography. We have lost the former process of photography. We need time in the dark room. Time for exposure to various solutions is essential. The digital process of the instantaneous is not adaptable to spiritual exposure.

We can end up with a hazy image of our eternal and infinite God. Our picture can end up poor because our negative is weak. The negatives need the time in the dark room and His likeness will come in the light. We have to give God time to achieve a proper likeness, to be changed into the same image from glory to glory. A fool has been described as one who has lost the proportion of things. We get captivated by the secondary and lose sight of the primary.

The present time can be one of difficulty. But the application of the truth to all the circumstances that appear to be obstacles in the way is the only way we will redeem the opportunity. We must buy every opportunity for God. He gives us the purchase power in prayer. This is how we get the right focus.

 

 

 

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